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Mack Payne: It all started in Vietnam

Sometimes in life utterly unexpected events occur with profound and happy impact.  Such an event recently happened to me when one day I was contacted by Mack Payne from Florida. As we talked I discovered the he had recently read […]

Mack Payne: It all started in Vietnam

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Sometimes in life utterly unexpected events occur with profound and happy impact.  Such an event recently happened to me when one day I was contacted by Mack Payne from Florida. As we talked I discovered the he had recently read […]

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Play ball, sort of: Sports are back in a COVID-19 world

Now that baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey and football are all set to return, Las Vegas can start taking over/under bets on how long before their seasons come to a

Jonathan Daniel Brown is surviving in a locked down Hollywood

I interviewed actor and comedian Jonathan Daniel Brown about life during quarantine and how quarantine is affecting Hollywood, and here is what he had to say. Jonathan Daniel Brown: I'm

July letters to Jim: Will it get any worse?

We are halfway through the year and unless you have access to some marvelous hallucinogens, you probably can’t wait for the second half to end. Let’s take a look

One man’s service in Vietnam, Part 3

Part 1 —  Part 2 His arrival in Vietnam was utterly unlike anything this brave young Marine had ever before experienced. After disembarking the aircraft in DaNang, South Vietnam  the

Invitation to a great journey

For far more years than I care to admit I have been writing about all manner of things from plays and movie reviews to fantastic travel adventures and more.

Anne Baldwin finds inspiration in self-quarantine

I interviewed Anne Baldwin, an artist who has overcome traumatic injury, homelessness and during self-isolation quarantine due to the COVID-19 Pandemic became a self-taught portrait artist with no formal

Depression: When the fog returns

In December of 2014, I wrote an article, Out of the Fog, which could be my most widely read piece for the Los Angeles Post-Examiner.  In it, I wrote to commemorate

Earl “Chinna” Smith: A Kingston reasoning, Part 2

 with Legendary Guitarist  (The Interview: Part 2) In part one of my March interview with legendary guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith – conducted at Chinna’s house in Kingston, Jamaica – many topics were

June letters to Jim: Coronavirus and demonstrations across America

Wow!  There is a lot going on and the mail this month is filled with questions and concerns about a variety of issues. Dear Jim, It appears as though the nation

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