You learn something new everyday … if you’re lucky!   It excites me when I’m on the trail of some information. It happens when I least expect it. Something will peak my interest that may have nothing to do with the main point, but I have to stop everything to investigate it. Friday the Thirteenth,…

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Preparing for A Dickens Christmas

Christmas was close at hand, in all his bluff and hearty honesty; it was the season of hospitality, merriment, and open-heartedness; the old year was preparing, like an ancient philosopher, to call his friends around him, and amidst the sound of feasting and revelry to pass gently and calmly away.   —The Pickwick Papers, Chapter 28,…

10 Nov, 2011


Norman Corwin

Norman Corwin is my hero. He first came to my attention when my father brought him as a guest speaker into one of his classes at USC.  (My father taught radio and television at USC for 25 years.) I believe that that was how Corwin later came to teach at USC, where he is still,…

16 Oct, 2011


The Crisis of Diminishing Imagination

We were born with minds capable of dreaming–creating wonderful romances, exciting adventures, horrible monsters, and just revenges to fulfill our needs for entertainment, to relish an opportunity, to nurture a budding love, or to mollify the injustices we’ve suffered. How many times have we lain awake, reliving the glory and joy of a triumph, or…

22 Sep, 2011


Literature saves the day

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome My mother’s family told her not to consider marrying a man who had not read and loved this book. My father’s family had warned him of the unsuitability of taking as wife any woman who did not love this book. I guess that explains why they…

26 Aug, 2011

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