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Have Broom Will Travel [memoir]

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Halloween 1995, Batman and me
My history is littered with Halloween fails. Before I became a mother the question of what I was going to be for Halloween terrified me.


1958:  Halloween on a blazing hot afternoon in Tripoli, Libya. Age 5 All the military brats from Wheelus Air Force base were going to a Halloween party in an airplane hangar just outside Tripoli. Lots of civilian kids—mostly Brits and Yanks—whose parents worked on the base in various capacities were invited which meant my brother and I got to go too. Our dad, who spoke Arabic fluently and had been with British Intelligence during the war, had something to do with managing the PX on the base. My brother went dressed as a hobo, his cheeks smeared grey by my mother with a piece of burnt cork, while his friend, the older boy who lived next door, dressed up as a woman—a pillow stuck down his sweater shaped into clownish balloon-sized breasts and big red sticky lips. I went as Minnie Mouse in a cheap, cellophane-thin, store-bough…

Out of Order

You know how once you take something out of the box, it's impossible to put it all back in perfectly?
This page is a box for the stuff that doesn't fit into the other boxes. 

7 Reasons Older Women Love Older Men
 First published at The Good Man Project


Doing Nothing: The importance of free time for kids Originally appeared in LA Children's Magazine

Hollywood Wives and Mothers While the cats away, the mouse holds down the fort, first appeared in the Daily Breeze.

Graduation Day Redux Another Daily Breeze piece

Irregular Care About my neighbor

The Tracks of My Years A birthday rant

Blue on Blue Oh, those mysterious aches and pains

Hey Cinderella! Get your own life Pardon me, but your Cinderella complex is showing.

Art+Architecture: Frank Gehry

The Art of Jeremy Lipking

The Art of Everything 

Dash It All, Downton! A long ago visit home

Photographic Memory Working as a copywriter at Max Factor in the 1980's

The Star Factor: Jaclyn Smith, Max Factor and Me Working as a copywriter for the iconic cosmetic company.

Put the Kettle on, Love  Feeling homesick for the land of my birth!

Smuggled Beer, Stolen Kisses Acting class was a blast but it was what happened after class I really loved.

Dear Mr. Redford  My one and only fan letter

Pros and Cons  My one and only foray into the Trifecta Writing Challenge (333 words)

A Summer Place: Theatricum Botanicum Where a kid can meet Shakespeare  at a very special summer camp.

10 Things You Might Not Know about L.A. Just a few factoids.

Have broom, Will travel Horrible Halloween costumes I have known.


* Oh, by the way, despite my best efforts to contain my junk under these neat and tidy labels, there's still some crap that's been left oozing out the sides, forgotten on the floor, dried up in the archives. So, tool around a bit to find them. Thanks for stopping by; I appreciate it.





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