Point of View

Priorities

UNITED STATES—Some of the top national stories today, that get most of the attention and headlines include: Marriage Equality (gay marriage) Gun Control Abortion Laws Government Economics These are probably reasonably important to some folks, but I can't help thinking that a lot of the reason for our preoccupation with these topics is stage managed by powerful interests who really do not want us...

Are You Kidding Me?

UNITED STATES—The issue of gun control continues to be a major problem in America nowadays.  This whole issue with the second amendment and the right to bare arms has everyone in uproar about the possibility of having that right taken away from them. With the recent epidemic of unspeakable acts of violence against people of the United States through the...

Cheap Thrills Were Missing

LAUREL CANYON—My personal heroine – no pun intended - was Janis Joplin. The theatre production of One Night with Janis Joplin at the Pasadena Playhouse was a mélange of a play and live concert – sort of. The house was packed. We loved Janis and her bravado, her determination to throw it back in your face. She may be gone,...

Emotional Scars

UNITED STATES—Our emotions play a big part in our lives. Things happen to us in life that no matter how much we grow from those tragedies or events the scars still remain.  Why is that?  As human beings we sometimes wear our emotions on our selves. Things happen to us that with time we are able to overcome, but we...

Finding Work Without Experience

UNITED STATES—Can you believe spending four years at a university studying your tale off, to learn that you might come out of school and not have a job?  Trust me I know the feeling.  A college degree is like a high school diploma nowadays.  If you want to stand out against the rest, you have to have a graduate...

Marathon Of Hate

UNITED STATES—To all those affected by the bombings in Boston, my sincerest sympathy, and hope for a better future. Once again, we have the specter of a horrible act of hate. This time it is in Boston. We are seeing this tragedy played out the same as always: victims, rationalization, and retribution masquerading as justice. How can we end this...

Ratings Update

UNITED STATES—The Motion Picture of Arts Association has adjusted its ratings system as of Tuesday, April 16.  The new system is geared to further educate parents on why certain pictures received a specific rating.  Just to reiterate those ratings for everyone there is: G, PG, PG-13, R and NC-17. NC-17 is something that is rarely seen in cinema, as it’s...

The Draft Vs. A College Education

UNITED STATES—It is a discussion so many student athletes have time and time again while in college.  When it comes to professional sports what is the likelihood of being drafted if I leave school?  It’s not a decision that can be made on a whim; it takes time to process both the pros and the cons. This discussion is at...

Penny Pinchers

UNITED STATES—Money, oh money, it’s something we all strive for.  Some of us are much better at saving money than other people, but is it ever okay to be a penny pincher?  I guess it depends on who you’re talking to.  Some people frown upon those who try to conserve their income compared to those who may spend frivolously. ...

Protecting The Wildlife

UNITED STATES—Have you ever watched Animal Planet?  Most of us haven’t, but for those that have you’ll be surprised at the things that you learn. Just the other day, I stopped on Animal Planet and found myself thoroughly engrossed in a documentary that I was watching about the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  It was quite fascinating to say...
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