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9/11

TweetAfter nearly 4 years of living in Manhattan, I had moved back to Los Angeles a couple of years before September 11, 2001.  My father was deep into Alzheimer’s and I wanted to be near him. It was just past

BYSTANDERS TO HATE

TweetEinstein said,”The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” I’ve watched a few clips of what goes on frequently at Trump rallies.  In Janesville, Wisconsin a teenager was

ON AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY

TweetI wonder if Ann Coulter and Donald Trump will reflect at all on this day about the fact that this country was founded by immigrants. The only true Americans are Native Americans. Everyone else traveled across oceans to claim this

A MESSAGE FROM GRACIE

TweetIt has come to my attention that there is a pug named Brandy who surfs and snow-boards! She has some YouTube videos, which my mother showed me, and is quite busy on Instragram. As the readers of my book (The

THE HERO OF SOUTH CAROLINA

TweetI don’t know if I could have done it — stood there recording as a man was shot in the back by a police officer while he was running away. Feidin Santana was just walking to work like he did

IN MEMORY OF MELISSA

TweetI didn’t know her well. I saw her several times a week, whenever I worked out at the Santa Monica stairs. A trainer, she was a dependable presence there. We always said hello, and occasionally we had brief, casual conversations. 

NEW RULES FOR 2015

TweetNow that we’re midway into the first month of the new year and many people are remembering why it’s usually a bad idea to make resolutions, since they tend to have a short shelf life, I think it’s a good

SONY, THE HACKERS, AND THE MOVIE

TweetNow that people can see The Interview — which I think everyone agrees is a good thing, since retreating in the face of threats is never admirable — we can finally hear what the public thinks of the actual movie

THE RIVER OF MEMORY

TweetThis is an article I wrote for Life magazine in 2006 when it was a weekend supplement in many newspapers. I wrote it on the second anniversary of my father’s death. Someone on Twitter just asked me about it, and

BILL COSBY

TweetWhen my father was in the last stages of Alzheimer’s, Bill Cosby came to visit my mother (and me, as it turned out — I was there that day.) It must have been around 2002 because my father was already

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