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Honda’s New Hot Hatch

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport
UNITED STATES—I remember the “Hot Hatch” as the car your parents bought when you were no longer small enough to fit on the luggage/parcel shelf of their British roadster. It was hoped this steroid-injected version of the practical hatchback would ease the pain of having to give up those topless drives (the car was topless, not the occupants) through...

Dream

UNITED STATES—February 10, 1992, I said goodbye to Los Angeles. “The Strawberry Butterfly,” the screenplay that had grown from the chrysalis of “The Persecuted,” had not sold, but I had faith in it and Everett Lewis’ belief in it. Three years had come full circle. It was surely time for me to move on, and just as surely, when...

Foliage Shows Its True Color

UNITED STATES—Flowers were originally colorful only to attract pollinators. Breeding has improved the color and quality of many garden varieties of flowers, to make them more appealing to the people who grow them. Some have been bred so extensively that they are sterile, which defeats the original function of flowers. Now their function is merely to look good in...

Beverly Hills At Night

UNITED STATES—Oh yes, Beverly Hills at night. To my delight, based on an exhaustive sampling of three people encountered walking an a recent Friday night, there predominates a single category of walker: the tipsy kind. In contrast, the people I have encountered during my morning walks break down into three main categories, and they reinforce a harsher vision of humanity: --The...

Endgame

UNITED STATES—The house on 1514 Manhattan Place was emptying out, prelude to its new career as a sober living facility. As part of the Wylie team, we already had the wife of the handyman Lorenzo staying in the long windowless room that opened onto the cathedral ceilinged living room. After the meek postman, the next tenant out was the relative...

Shade Is Not For Everyone

UNITED STATES—There is no way around it. Just about every garden has some degree of shade. Even low profile single story houses without eaves or fences are shaded on the north side. Eastern exposures get the cooler morning sun. Western exposures get only the warmer afternoon sun. There are vacant and treeless parcels out in the desert that lack...

Lame Duck Period

UNITED STATES—In Danny’s coffee shop Uncle John looked at me levelly and said, “Someday you are going to hit it big.” He said it so jauntily, so casually—like a fact of nature. My uncle secretly implied that it may not happen right now. But it will happen. That’s a nice thing to put in your pocket and travel with. I...

Car Of The Month, No Fool’n

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
UNITED STATES—I don’t usually declare a car of the month, mainly because it would require too much research and digging into sales stats. However, March did feature my first sighting of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Yes, Quadrifoglio. That’s Italian speak for “four leaf clover." Now, I can’t guarantee that my sighting occurred on St. Patrick’s Day, but...

Christian University Celebrates ASL 200th Anniversary

ROCKLIN—American Sign Language (ASL) will celebrate its 200th anniversary since being established at the first American school for the deaf in 1817. A community eager to promote this history is the ASL program at William Jessup University (WJU). They are holding the event, “ASL Day For All” on Saturday, April 8 to bring the Deaf and hearing people of northern...

Grand Finale

UNITED STATES—The filmmaker Everett Lewis with whom I was collaborating on “The Strawberry Butterfly” used to peer down and say “yep yep yep” when a scene in the screenplay clicked. The pages mounted, almost effortlessly; the Brother Word processor kept humming. Finally, come December, Everett took one last look at the batch of pages, now over 105, and said...
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