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With Friends Like This…

It’s been a really tough week, and it is in this safe space that I will admit to those of you willing to read this exactly how much so.  I own up to the fact that much of the pain and suffering I endure are through a series of poor choices I have made throughout my life, including life partners, professional lines I chose not to cross and personal ones I could not help myself to.  I’m human, dammit, and I’m frankly sick of having to constantly pay the price for being so, more than I dare say so many

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I Never Forget 9/11. No, Not Just THAT One.

NOTE:  This post is running concurrently today on our sister site, WWW.LEBLANGUAGE.NET.  Please visit it for daily updates on media, politics and life. You’d be hard pressed not to find someone not in a reflective mood today.  9/11 has brought out those kinds of emotions now for 22 years, which means that this year’s college graduating class has never known a world where this day doesn’t have the same kind of relevance and connection that, say, Pearl Harbor Day had for our parents and grandparents.  I’ve written previously about where I was in 2001, and how sobering it was for

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Still Fighting On

NOTE:  This post originally appeared on our sister site, www.leblanguage.net on August 20th.  We encourage you to visit that as well as our sports-oriented site, www.thedoubleovertime.com on a regular basis. We will also invite all who visit this site to consider a contribution and/or amplification to the link that appears below. No less than the ageless and indominatable Norman Lear, currently in the later stages of development for two new streaming services a few weeks past his 101st birthday, gives me the kind of confidence and resilience to continue to soldier on and push like mad for even a day

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I’d Like To Go Off The Board, Jack

OK, this will not be a musing that will have a lot of snark, or even insight.  I made the grievous error of seeing my bank account yesterday, not to mention a few social media posts I would usually avoid, and to say that I’m a more than a little bit freaked out would be a massive understatement. My birthday’s tomorrow, so when I do log into a social media site I get a prompt for whether or not I’d like to solicit contributions for a charity or a worthy cause.  I’ve given to plenty over the years, even when

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Food Don’t Lie

So I started a new job last week.  No, don’t be that excited–it’s not one that I’m particularly excited about, nor am I planning to do one of those “I’m happy to share that I started” form posts on LinkedIn that it seems only the most tangentially connected people in my contact list seem to be posting of late–you know, those that are somehow more often than not younger and more diverse than yours truly. And it did come of the heels of being let go from one of my previous “stopgap” ways to earn a living–rideshare driver for Uber. 

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A Hard Act To Swallow

It’s The Fourth of July, which of course means despite all of the warnings and admonishments from my building any involvement in fireworks will result in an immediate eviction notice, an awful lot of my neighbors either never got such a notice or truly don’t give a rat’s ass.  So I’m awake, the still night constantly punctuated by eruptions, and of course my mind reflects back upon how this is yet another anniversary of how I achieved the independence I so desperately needed to merely have the chance to live. But while fireworks may be technically illegal where I live,

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Carpe DEI-m?

No, it wasn’t a very good week for those who believe in inclusion.  Aside from the Supreme Court’s pre-summer vacation parting shots, the most notable of which was the de facto elimination of affirmative action, the entertainment medium was awash in stories announcing numerous departures of executives who had been specifically tasked with improving their companies through efforts of diversity, equity and inclusion.  It was epidemic enough for THE WRAP’s Sharon Knolle to fire off a late Friday night recap as her own midsummer night’s scream: Three studios and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences laid off or

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Who’s Your Daddy? Be Thankful It’s Not This Guy

It’s Father’s Day, and for those of you who are blessed enough to be one or still have one in your to celebrate, I envy you very much.  Mine is now gone nine years, and his last Father’s Day on Earth also turned out to be the day he was by mistake taken to a regular recovery room in a rehab facility he was in instead of the ICU his condition warranted, mostly because the staffer who was on call that day was quite inexperienced, since the regular person had the day off because, well, he apparently wanted to be

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Time To Gong Rong-Gong, And All Else Gone Wrong?

The Los Angeles Times has nothing whatsover to worry about when it comes to retaining me as a reader and a subscriber.  I’m far too much an admirer of their sports and Calendar sections, not to mention their Jumble and crossword puzzles, to even think of choosing to move on.   There are days when what it delivers in size vesus cost, which on some days is more than a dime a page, seems more than a bit excessive.  But considering what little other joy I have at my disposal these days, even at that ratio I’m usually pacified. Except when

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Loneliness. Such An Honest Word.

I typically write these musings when it’s quiet and dark in my room, often with little more than a desk lamp illuminating my screen and my mind.  Like anyone who would like to consider themselves a decent writer, I do this alone.  Which is fine. Except lately I seem to do virtually EVERYTHING alone.  Most days.  Many nights. And, ironically, based upon several reports that came out last week, I’m anything but alone in being alone. Per Nada Hassanein of USA TODAY: An epidemic of loneliness is plaguing Americans, jeopardizing well-being, health and sense of belonging. On Tuesday, Surgeon General

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