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Be Careful

The Harvey Weinstein accusations have opened long overdue conversation about sexual harassment. Nothing is more demeaning that subjected a person to unwanted advances. Women who were afraid to talk about are beginning to do so, and that will hopefully lead to more men understanding we need to treat women with respect. As with all social […]

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second novel

My second novel with the working title They Didn’t Come For Me follows the characters in my first novel Our Time, San Francisco in the 70s through the AIDS years and beyond. It will be published next year. This is an excerpt from one of the early chapters. Unwanted Advances San Francisco, 1981 A hot […]

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Bad PR

In July of last year I hired Lawrence Helman to do PR on the novel I was writing. When I look back, it was too early to hire a PR person. I also commissioned a video at the same time. The man producing it and I had to get to know each other, but he […]

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My hospital stay

Last Tuesday at 3:00 AM with excoriating pain in my gut I took a cab to the ER in San Francisco after sending Michael an email that I was doing it. The ER was almost empty and I was seen shortly after getting there. After a quick exam, I was hooked up to a morphine […]

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Dinner with Michael

The first time I saw him Michael was a square smiling face tending to the other customers in Toad Hall in the middle of the day. He was husky with a natural masculinity. His father was a blue collar worker in the aerospace industry in Southern California who built the house Michael as raised in […]

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The Fifties and now

I’m reading Billy Hayes’ brilliant ‘insomniac city’ and he talks about the 60s and 70s as his era, so when I watched a PBS program of pop music from the 50s it took me back to my era. Patty Page is dressed in a flowing floor lengthen sparkly powder blue gown and a jacket with […]

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We are on the march again January 21, 2017

We are on the march again January 21, 2017 As a kid I read saddened newspaper accounts of blacks brutally beaten when they stood up to segregation. I watched urban riots burn swaths of Detroit and LA to rubble. I watched demonstrations at the Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1968 turn into a police riot. […]

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The next four years

The Trump presidency will prove once and for all that Republicans can’t govern. They run against government and once they get into office they raid the treasury and vote for tax breaks and regulations no one sees that let corporations get away with murder. Trickledown economics has never worked and Trump’s neo-fascism won’t work either. […]

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If Thomas Nast, the cartoonist, was alive today

Thomas Nast is famous for his depiction of 19th Century politicians and robber barons. I can’t draw but were he alive today one of Nast’s cartoons would have on one side of the frame a group of overweight businessmen in 3-piece suits sitting around a table covered with piles of cash. On the other side […]

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The Coming Storm

In the last week I’ve sensed a coming together among the diverse communities that make up America. The drumbeats are getting stronger. None of us is happy with the recent election but no one is going to lie down and take it. Fortifications are being built, resources are being stored and we are preparing to […]

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