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I just added some links to a smattering of the work I did for 805 Living where I was a regular monthly contributor from 2004 to 2008. I stopped writing when my real estate work amped up to the point I simply didn't have time.

Somewhere in storage there's a big old cardboard box full of pieces that I wrote about area places and people including Q&A's with some notable names ie Colbie Caillat, The Bachelor's Chris Harrison, CNBC 's Jane Wells, ABC's Ellen Leyva, Patrick Warburton, Anne Lockhart, surf queen Mary Osborne and more for the magazine's last page feature, PS. I'm going to try to find that big old box and scan some additional pieces and put them here. 
I'm not delusional enough to pretend I'm doing this for you. I know it's for me. For my ego. You don't even have to read 'em; I can see them. I can say 'okay, Simmy, you never threw a decent dinner party in your life but every once in awhile you wrote something. And someti…

On the street where I live

"I've lived so many places in my life and times... I've sung a lot of songs, I've- " Leon Russell

... I've lost count of how many places I've lived in .... 


Three continents, six countries, over a dozen cities and well over thirty houses, apartments, condos and town-homes and a couple of summer sublets.

I blame my parents for the first twenty years worth, the places numbered 1 through 15; from then on ... well, I inherited their very bad case of itchy feet. Looking at the road map of places I've been I may never figure out why my life's journey took this particular route, full of false starts and detours but what I'll try to do here is tell a story set in each locale. I'm beginning with some dusty old pieces which have been sitting here in the archives for ages. I'm gathering the guts to try some new stuff as well. Below is a numbered list of all the streets where I've lived; my intent is to add links as I post my tales, until there&#…

#33 Untitled Love Story: The Old Couple Next Door

#33: Mountain View Avenue, Mar Vista, California

Next door to our little house on the hill in Mar Vista there lived a very old couple. Among the first to move in during the post war building boom in the early 1950's, Bob and Helen saw little three bedroom bungalows springing up all over Los Angeles. Back then you could still see the Pacific coast from their front yard, and behind them the orange groves spread clear to Los Angeles.  Their love story isn't a story at all, it's the real deal.

Untitled Love Story
The coleus under Bob and Helen’s front porch window are looking a little scraggly, nothing but tall leggy stems bending in their bed of dry cracked earth. I think how the gardener wouldn’t let them go like that if Bob hadn’t been so sick. If he’d been up and around, those plants would be standing tall, their leaves firm and perky, the ground blanketed with a soft, moist layer of mulch. Well tended, that was the best way to describe Bob’s garden, and come to think of i…

#10: HOW TO KISS: a short lesson [short story]

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Every once in a great while I dip back into my own archives to take a look at things I wrote long ago. Lately I've been longing to try writing again - some of you follow me at Chapter1-Take1 where I blog about movies based on books; I do that because I'm fascinated by the transformation of fiction to film but that's not the type of writing I'm talking about. I'd like to dig deeper, possibly make you feel something. Anyway, I just discovered this old story, which isn't really fiction and doesn't have the necessary elements of a real piece of fiction at all. It's thinly veiled memoir, some of which appeared in my Beach Music piece published in the LA Times Sunday magazine. With a tad of creative embellishment. I posted it back in 2005, long enough ago that reposting is acceptable. My big discovery about this old piece is that I'm glad I wrote it if only for the pleasure I personally take in revisiting that time and place in my life. My version of a ph…