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My first kiss was an unwanted one. I was seven years old when a boy named David pushed me up against the wall outside our apartment building. Forcing his mouth on mine, his breath, hot and fusty, something sickly sweet like apple juice and milk gone sour in his gut that made me squirm. I don’t remember seeing him as I ran with my brother and the other neighborhood kids through the empty lot next door, scrabbling over the toppled trees, slick with moss, tripping over the bramble of twigs and woodsy decay, but he must have been there, his knees as scratched and muddied as ours, before he caught up with me in the driveway that ran alongside and behind the apartment building. 
As usual I’d tagged along in my older brother’s shadow. Tag, hide and seek, cowboys and indians, the games kids used to play. Outdoors, up and down the streets, no watchful mommies on red alert. Ignoring our mothers’ warnings—don’t go into the woods, don’t go into the woods—we went into the woods, woods that in fact …

A to Z Challenge


Like many of you, I've got a checkered past. Born in England in the 50's, my parents wandering ways meant we spent a few years in Tripoli and Turkey prior to coming to North America in the early 1960's. I came of age in Canada with the British Invasion before we took a detour to Puerto Rico and finally landed in L.A. I've been  a writer, a realtor, a media buyer, a copywriter, a Universal Studios tour guide, a substitute teacher, a film & television production coordinator and more. I've worked with stars like Brad Pitt, Bill Pullman and Elizabeth McGovern and I've worked with special needs kids who made me feel like I was the real superstar. In this year's AtoZ Challenge I've shared a handful of those stories. Sharing my life's stories, just trying to get it all down before I'm too old to remember, that's the whole point of this blog.


A: A is for Apple

B: Born in Britain

C: Cruisin' It

D: Dirt, Sex and Dr. Zhivago

E: An Everlasting Love

F: F is for The Favor. It's also for Fail

G: She's a Good Girl

H: There's no H in Satisfaction

I: Izmir

J: Swooning Under the Jacaranda Trees

K: The Key of Blue

L: Let's Liven this Place UP!

M: Meltdown Moment

N: The Name Game

O: Gimme a big fat 0, I never completed this one.

P: Past Perfect Imperfect

Q: Queen Me

R: Revisionist History

S: My Sister ... don't get me started

T: The Trip

U: She's come Undone

V: Vacate the Premises

W: Walking in L.A.

X: X-hibit A

Y: Yesterday

Z: How do you say it?

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