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“I don’t know how to quit you,” the famous line from “Brokeback Mountain,” reverberates in my mind as I stare at my pandemonium-strewn desk. I have an intense lavender-scented candle going to soothe my nerves. My Pomodoro task timer uses a babbling brook sound, which is probably why I often …

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“Pass the rolls, please,” the nice-looking, white, middle-aged gentleman said to me. It was the autumn of 2005, and I was at one of the countless luncheons I attended as a journalist. This one was in a small yet sumptuous dining room at the Pasadena Ritz-Carlton. The expected elegance was on…

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Recently, we learned that our efforts to ensure the best possible count of our community members in the 2020 census fell short. 

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“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” The Wizard of Oz maintained his ruse for far too long. Eventually, he is revealed to be the fraud that he is by Toto, a scrappy little cairn terrier and Dorothy’s best friend.

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For many years now, my female friends have received an unusual invitation from me regarding Aug. 26, Women’s Equality Day (W.E.D.).

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Gestapo and Brown Shirts, the KGB, STASI, anyone? Just when I think I’ve heard it All, (capital “A” my emphasis), the Texas Legislature comes up with yet another dangerous attack on women’s rights. I’m talking about the idea of having regular Texas citizens collect a $10,000 reward for turni…

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Celebrated author Erma Bombeck wrote, “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad ge…

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My name is Jeff Prang. I am the 27th assessor of the great County of Los Angeles. I was elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. I am here to share with you exactly what my office does and how this office directly affects you in, what I hope, is a most positive manner.

I am throwing down a gauntlet: someone, please invent a way to recycle and repurpose doggie doo-doo! I’m a bit pooped lately, forgive the expression, and I’ve had way too much time to mull this over, which is perhaps a “waste” of my intellect. That said, consider the megatons of bowser boom-…

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I am blessed with long-standing friendships from my school days and was overjoyed when one of my besties from high school visited this past week. Genice Winter Rodne lives in South Dakota, where we both hail from, so I wanted to give her a vacation as far removed from the prairies as possibl…

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It has been 13 months since I wrote my first column about COVID-19, and I thought it would be interesting to revisit it in light of where we are now. 

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