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Jack London & The Iron Heel

Tweet This past weekend, Elizabeth and I stopped by Glen Ellen, California, a lovely small town north of the city of Sonoma, and the location of the Jack London State Historic Park. Jack London was one of the most prolific and successful writers of the early 1900′s – author of “Call of the Wild”, “White [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Salinas, California

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Chris.  Salinas, California. _________________________________________ Chris, what’s your take on America at this time? “With America being built on immigration for hundreds of years, we’re all immigrants, but we’ve let the illegal immigration go on for so long, maybe it’s been a century or longer, [...]

Maya Angelou & My Friend Joe

Tweet Joe Morhaim was my best friend.  He died in 2006, at age 79, from complications of heart surgery. Joe had such a bright, brilliant manner.  He was a wonderful writer, and for twenty-five years he lived and wrote screenplays in Paris. He loved France.  Even after he returned to Los Angeles with his French [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Berkeley, California

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Miles.   Berkeley, California _________________________________ Miles, what’s your take on America at this time? “My take on America is that we’re in a time when there seems to be a loss of hope among the American people.  There also seems to be a lot of [...]

Black and White

Tweet Nelson Mandela survived twenty-seven years in a jail cell. Have you spent even one day and night in jail?  Twenty-seven years was truly an eternity. The incomprehensible thing is how he managed to maintain his humanity amid this desert of timelessness. He wielded a heavy hammer for years in the hot blazing South African [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Hayward, California

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Corey.  Hayward, California. _________________________________________ Corey, what’s your take on America at this time? “Personally, I think the country is unstable.  There’s not a lot of leadership in terms of right side, left side, Democrats, Republicans.  It’s scary, having two daughters, 21 and 14.  I [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Soheila, Originally from Iran

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Soheila.  Came to this country originally from Iran with her family when she was sixteen. ____________________________________ Soheila, what’s your take on America at this time? “I think we are going through really hard times right now.  But at the same time, I think this [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Fairfield, California

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way. Demetrius.  Fairfield, California. ________________________ Demetrius, what’s your take on America at this time? “I feel like it’s very divided.  For several reasons.  I feel that race is a big issue.  It’s dividing everything, and obviously the President is a big issue right now.  I [...]

Richard Wright – Black Boy

Tweet I finished Richard Wright’s book, “Black Boy” today.  An extraordinary tour-de-force of the human spirit. Fifty years ago, perhaps, I remember reading “Native Son”, and I constantly had to put the book down, its emotional impact was so great.  I could not take too much at a time. Near the end of “Black Boy”, [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – East Oakland, Ca.

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Brayan.  East Oakland, California ______________________________ Brayan, what’s your take on America at this time? “There’s a lot of controversy between the rich and the middle class and the poor.  There’s a lot of confusion.  I’m not really certain about how I feel about America [...]