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Sometimes to find yourself you have to leave everything else behind… I got into politics to change the world. I got out of it when politics changed me. For 30 years I was a political activist living in Santa Monica, working with dynamic women to help create Heal the Bay, preserve the Ballona Wetlands […] Read more »

IRAQ: How the U.S. Can Stop ISIS – Peacefully

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BOOK: “Tongue-Tied” Singled Out by Reviewer

So, here’s something cool: A book reviewer singled out my essay in The Chalk Circle — an award-winning anthology of award-winning essays — as one that particularly touched her. (That’s me on the cover! No, not the old woman, the one eating the ice cream…natch…) Book Review Download an mp3 of Tell only the […] Read more »

IRAQ: Canceling Baghdad…

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IRAQ: Trip Considerations

I don’t want to alarm you, but, quite honestly, I’m more likely to get hit by a car than bombed by one – and anyone who has walked in a large city in the Middle East can relate! Sidewalks, when they exist, stop and start according to some ancient rhythm I haven’t mastered and are […] Read more »

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