Thoughts of the Week Blog

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Who Are You Trying to Become?

All of us, on some level, are on a meandering journey headed in the general direction of self-discovery. We’re trying to answer the essential questions sentient beings have always asked: Where did I come from? Where am I going? Who am I? For some of us, there’s another crucial inquiry: Who is the person I...

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Idealism Lives

Cynicism is the easiest thing in the world. Being cynical takes no effort, merely apathetic resignation. Idealism takes work. If cynicism is the gradual downhill slide to confirmation of your worst fears, idealism is the persistent trudge to the top. Having high ideals while so many around you seem not to can be dispiriting. But don’t be...

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An Open Letter to Friends of Runyon Canyon (FORC)

Dear Friends of Runyon Canyon (FORC), On behalf of your fellow Runyon Canyon friends, on behalf of the hundreds (thousands?) of citizens who have attended Emergency Meetings, who have called and written their Councilmember, who have been compelled to file a costly lawsuit to protect the park from your heavy construction, we ask you to...

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Poem: To a Progressive Friend Frightened of Progress

Your righteous race to accumulate Good Karma Requires making love And opposing hate This noble social justice quest cannot carve out exceptions To the covenant Between your values and yourself You cannot advocate for the homeless While cheerleading for the Wall Street Banks that put people out of homes You cannot advocate for Peace While...

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Defending Runyon Canyon: Why FORC Must Go

“If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.”   ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching The disturbing story of how a group of politically-connected opportunists calling themselves “Friends of Runyon Canyon” (FORC) almost succeeded in hijacking one of Los Angeles’s greatest natural treasures will eventually come to a happy ending. To...

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Preventing and Defeating Depression, in Five Easy Steps

All of us get down occasionally. We all get the blues. For some, it’s worse. The darkness never seems to brighten. Moroseness, hopelessness and inertia set in, rooting us ever deeper in a self-made hole. This is commonly known as depression, and the medical industry has an expensive and fleetingly successful solution for the illness....

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Bernie Sanders Will Be the Next President

In poker, when you bet as though you have a winning hand even though you don’t – that’s a classic bluff. But when you also have chances to improve your presently weak hand into a strong one later – that’s a semi-bluff. The Hillary Clinton campaign, in concert with their partners in the corporate media...

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Runyon Canyon For Sale: Winners, Losers and Copious Apologies

After nearly two years of secretive deals brokered in the shadows, the bright light of public inquiry has finally shined on Runyon Canyon. On April 4, at a standing-room-only emergency meeting of the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council, convened at the Durant Library, elected officials and their development partners were compelled to explain to the...

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Emergency Meeting: The Future of Runyon Canyon

Because of overwhelming public outcry over the construction of a corporate-sponsored basketball court in the middle of a wilderness area, a secretive deal arranged by Friends of Runyon Canyon (FORC), the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council, the advisory board that oversees Council District 4 and Runyon Canyon Park, is convening a special town hall meeting. The hastily...

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Elizabeth Warren vs. Hillary Clinton

Liberal acquaintances who support the candidacy of Hillary Clinton – friend of Wall Street, friend of the Private Prison industry, friend of the War Machine – admit that they’re much more enthusiastic about voting for the maverick progressive muckraker from Massachusetts, Senator Elizabeth Warren. Unfortunately, she’s not running for President. Actually, she kind of is...