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Summer family fun with Common Sense Media

Media has become the master of us all. As much as we love it, we struggle to catch our breath during the summer movie onslaught and to watch all of the new shows – which are now on cable, on […]



Amanda Bynes is using social media as a weapon. And although most of us can laugh off her ugly tirades and chalk her up as a girl in need of some attention, what we can’t laugh off are the two […]


One song can change everything

“But we keep a’comin’. We’re the people that live. They can’t wipe us out; they can’t lick us. We’ll go on forever, Pa, ’cause we’re the people.” – From the movie, “The Grapes of Wrath,” 1940 I have been writing […]


See a play, change a life

The glamour of the Cicada Club in Downtown Los Angeles is a signature locale for the entertainment industry. You’d recognize its art-deco interior – the vintage oak columns, glowing chandeliers, and glitzy cocktail bar – in films such as Pretty […]


Something’s gotta give . . . making my way “Home Again”

There are many meanings to this title: 1. The feeling of being completely lost and knowing you can only find your way by starting over at the very beginning. 2. Begrudgingly calling your mom for the most obvious advice. 3. […]


Tuxedo? Check. Cufflinks? Check. Portable toilet? Check. Wait . . . portable toilet?

Packing for any trip can be tricky, especially with those pesky baggage fees. Paring down all the things you want to bring to the absolute necessities. I’m about to leave for the Cannes Film Festival, which requires a certain level […]

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