Weâ€™ve all heard of the midlife crisis, but up until relatively recently most of us had never heard of the quarter life crisis. It generally occurs some time in the mid twenties when life starts to get a little more confusing. This is the time in life when you suddenly realize whatever you do will have an especially profound effect on the rest of your life. You are at a turning point, the crux between childhood and adulthood. In other words, the heat is on. And as someone who is right in the middle of it I have to say it can leave you feeling frustrated, frantic, and burnt-out.
From the time... Read More
Having lunch with a coworker is a fine way to expand upon a functional working relationship, possibly even bridging one into a full blown friendship. Inevitably, people expose more of themselves when outside the workplace, even if only on a lunch break. This can be interesting, and even exciting, to learn about the disparate backgrounds that produced these people beside whom you now find yourself sitting.
But where is the line? When does a coworker become a friend, and why is it so hard to abort those attempted friendships that go horribly awry? Most of these people are folks you never would... Read More
Iâ€™d like to think Iâ€™m not an angry person by nature, but my behavior in traffic may indicate otherwise. Okay, so Iâ€™m a road-ragerâ€¦ but, wait, before you run for cover let me couch that admission in the following facts: 1. I donâ€™t carry a weapon; 2. I like my car enough (read as I still owe enough on it) to not want to put it in any unnecessary peril; 3. Iâ€™m almost always in too much of hurry to do anything save obscene gestures â€“ and thatâ€™s only when I get really, really angry. So with that being said, let me also say that the traffic situation in Los Angeles really needs its... Read More
On an anti-war march last Saturday I overheard a woman complaining about the Socialists, about how they overreach and â€œalways want to talk about everything at the same time.â€ She had no way of knowing that she was describing the rotten core of the Iraq anti-war movement.
If you were one of the â€œseveral thousandâ€ â€“ L.A. Timesâ€™ safest estimate ever? â€“ marching in the rain last weekend, you couldnâ€™t help but notice the proliferation of causes on display: signs pleading to Impeach Bush and Stop Bombing Somalia, reminding us What About Katrina? and of Genocide in Darfur and Occupation... Read More
By day, I am a somewhat mild-mannered executive assistant with lots of friends and a loving family. But at night I dream of a life a little more, shall we say, "glamorous". No, I don't want to be an actress, a model or even a rock star with male groupies who look like Russell Crowe (well, maybe). No, my dream is to be...a Hollywood Wife!
Now, why you may ask, would a woman like me dream of giving up all I have for something so shallow, so pretentious, so frivolous? Well, all my life I've been absolutely fascinated with Hollywood. Everything from how movies get made to (yes, even the "dishy"... Read More
Every morning before work I switch on the news for a few minutes. I am fully aware that I should not expect to receive too much information pertinent to my life, but it seems that the industry is getting more and more ridiculous. Many mornings I have awoken to hear the latest news about Paris Hiltonâ€™s DUI or Lindsayâ€™s rehab; Anna Nicoleâ€™s farcical behavior, the Olsen twins lack of body fat. Enough is enough my friends. Why are we not hearing more about our soldiers who are being killed and maimed, why arenâ€™t we hearing about the ongoing genocide in the Sudan? Why arenâ€™t we hearing... Read More
Professor Al Miller has taught Journalism, Screenwriting and Voice and Diction at Moorpark College, in Ventura County, for some 35 years. In the mid 60’s, his radio resume included stints as director of news operation and news editor for WILL-am and WIL-FM in Illinois and he also held positions as a newscaster at WGK Atlanta. He was a participant throughout the beginnings of cable broadcast and video, as we know it today, and also as we experienced it in the past. He is the holder of two A.B. (Artium Baccalaureus) degrees from the University of North Carolina. The first was earned with... Read More