Trials of a gay man

What do Tony Kushner, Larry Kramer and Moises Kaufman have in common? A lot. They are all award-winning contemporary playwrights. They have all been civil rights activists. They are all Jewish. They are all gay. And, in one way or another, these life experiences all turn up as themes in their plays. Take Kaufman, whose last production was... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Sharing helps in finding the silver lining

I didn’t set out for this column to be about serious things. I wanted to write about fun toys, cute silly days and adorable things my son says. But this column is about what is going on in our lives as a family. And our lives this year have been challenging. I had a miscarriage in January. A lot of people don’t talk about... Read more →

Community Profiles

Coming home

NEW YORK — The chatter died down as all eyes turned to a member of the cadre, who given the events earlier that day had something important to say to his ROTC students. It was just hours earlier that four planes hijacked by terrorists crashed into the twin towers in Manhattan, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., killing thousands of... Read more →


A visit with Mr. Green

A reclusive old man wanders from room to room in a cluttered, old-fashioned apartment that hasn’t been attended to since his wife passed away. The furniture is from another era and the walls and bookcases are filled with tchotchkes accumulated over a long lifetime. Old spice bottles and seasonings stand in rows on the shelves in the... Read more →


No wars over this oil

Despite the popularity of adding EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) to a frying pan every time a burner is ignited on some popular cooking show, olive oil is not always the best choice for cooking. Yes, olive oil does boast major health benefits such as the antioxidant oleocanthol, an anti-inflammatory. Olive oil is also rich in monounsaturated... Read more →

Book Review

‘Mud Blood — Murder in the Sacramento Delta’

Publisher iUniverse presents us with a novel by Joan Del Monte in the mystery and detective line. The formula is there. We have an amateur detective, in this case a female writer, a side kick, the private investigator from whom she is taking an adult school class and a body, along with the murderer who is not revealed until the end. It is... Read more →


Making peace one community at a time

VENICE — At a Greek dive on Washington Boulevard, Finian and Ciaran Makepeace along with Conor Gaffney, who together comprise one of Westside’s most popular folk bands, The Makepeace Brothers chatted about their roots, their new CD, “Live In San Diego,” and their dedication to political activism. Finian... Read more →


Lobster rolls done right at Tomadachi

GENERAL COMMENT: I’m a big fan of lobster rolls in general. Not only do I like to eat them, but I’m always interested in the surprise of what comes out of the kitchen — sometimes it’s like a sushi roll with fried chucks of lobster inside; sometimes it’s like a California roll, with avocado and other veggies. One... Read more →


Easing the pain of separation

Dear New Shrink, In just two weeks my second child will be leaving for college. I am excited for this new opportunity and for him but I find myself much more anxious than when my first child went off to college. While he doesn’t talk about it often he has said a few times that has mixed emotions about leaving home. He will be on the... Read more →


California’s solid colleges

Each year, the U.S. News and World Report guide to U.S. schools gives a few days of glamour to academia. PR departments of colleges note with pride that their college is “moving up” in the rankings. What too few parents and prospective college students understand is how distant these rankings are from reality. The largest single... Read more →