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Bombings in Beirut a Day Before Paris Attacks Get Minimal Coverage


All lives matter – ALL lives – and it’s about time the media embraces that fact and proves it by the stories that are covered. Read More »

Travels in Turkey: Part 1 – Cappadocia

Hot-Air Balloon, Cappadocia, Turkey

Fairy chimneys, cave hotels and monasteries, and an unforgettable hot-air balloon ride. Read More »

Terrorists Attack Paris – New Yorkers and All Americans Should Show Support


On this cold fall day in New York my heart is in Paris. Read More »

Theater Review (San Antonio): ‘Pinocchio,’ Created by Teatro Del Drago

Pinoochio AtticRep

The centuries-old traveling show is brought to life in a charming production at San Antonio's AtticRep. Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘My Mañana Comes’ by Elizabeth Irwin at ArtsWest

Tyler Trerise (Peter), Joshua Chessin-Yudin (Whalid), Chris Rodriguez (Pepe) and Santino Garcia (Jorge). Photo by Michael Brunk /

Naturalism gives way to contrived plot mechanics in Elizabeth Irwin's play. Read More »

Veteran’s Day Honors Those Who Served – Brings Back Memories of Those Passed On


If you do have an opportunity to meet a veteran today, don’t forget to extend your hand and say, “Thank you.” It’s the least any of us can do. Read More »

Remembering My Dad and The Greatest Generation on Veterans Day


Remembering the Greatest Generation as it dims from memory. Read More »

Darcy Dennett Talks ‘The Champions,’ Her Film About Michael Vick’s Dogs

Handsome Dan, The Champions, Hamptons International Film Festival

The Champions is an amazing and heart-felt documentary about the “infamous” dogs that PETA and The Humane Society advocated should be euthanized because they were ferocious killers incapable of “rehabilitation.” These were the pit-bulls who had been rescued from the dog fighting compound of Michael Vick, the NFL Atlanta Falcon’s star quarterback. Vick secretly and illegally bred pit-bulls for his ... Read More »

Book Review: ‘My Mother, My Mentor,’ by Pamela F. Lenehan


Children of working mothers are thriving and beautifully positioned for adulthood, according to a new book by former Wall Street executive Pamela F. Lenehan in "My Mother, My Mentor" which shows that integrating career and family benefits kids — and in some surprising ways. Read More »

Starbucks Red Coffee Cups and Mall Santa Glacier Not Anti-Christmas


Plain red paper cups and a glacier display in the mall do nothing to ruin my Christmas. That already started when I heard Christmas music in a store on October 30th. Read More »