Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Fragility and Danger of Good Reputation

Shakespeare gave us one of the all-time nasty guys in Othello, that curious little fellow Iago, who has figured out how the world really works. Who you are and what you’ve done, and what you’re doing at the moment, really … Continue reading

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Lessons Not Learned

The third career was in systems management, or maybe it was the fourth – it’s hard to remember now. No, it’s painful to remember. There was always a new project, and it was going to be different this time – … Continue reading

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In Photos

Move over Sarah Palin – Aimee Semple McPherson was there long before you – doing the same thing with much more flair. Angelus Temple The Evangelist The Parsonage This is where the flamboyant Christian Right started, right here in Los … Continue reading

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Regarding Moral Seriousness

Of course no one wants to be accused of not having any real moral seriousness, but we love to make that accusation. Those who opposed the Iraq War accused the Bush-Cheney crowd of not having any of that – you … Continue reading

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Out of the Desert

You learn from experience, because you could get killed out there. Here in Hollywood you learn that when you’re off to the grocery store for granola and paper towels or whatever, well, you’d better give anything that looks like a … Continue reading

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Seeking Redemption

There are no second acts in American life. F. Scott Fitzgerald said that, no doubt referring to his career. He wrote that brilliant first novel – The Great Gatsby – perhaps the Great American Novel, as they say. But each … Continue reading

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Locating God

As any location manager out here in Hollywood will tell you, setting matters. And now and then you run into a location scout staring at an alley and taking a few pictures. You have to have to set the right … Continue reading

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