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Unit 58

Carl's Jr. in Reseda

During beta 2 of The Ghosts of Reseda High, I will post spoiler-free commentary about issues and themes I cover in the book. This is the third of the series. Please download the beta and respond to the survey by Sunday, August 17.

Thirty-five years ago today, I started work at the Carl’s Jr. on Sherman Way in Reseda. We called it by the unit number it had at the time, Unit 58. (It has a different unit number now.) I’ve written about that Carl’s Jr. before, including the time when I was robbed at gunpoint.

I visited Unit 58 when I was recently in the Valley. A lot has changed.

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Two songs from the 1980s

Song lyrics I wrote in 1986Last year, I shared some poems that I wrote in the 1980s. As I was cleaning up some old paperwork, I found another folder of my old writing. These were song lyrics I wrote in 1986, but they were never put to music. One of these songs is dated, but the other is still relevant.

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Do students need access to technology to succeed?

iPhone 5s with MacBook ProDuring beta 2 of The Ghosts of Reseda High, I will post spoiler-free commentary about issues and themes I cover in the book. This is the second of the series. Please download the beta and respond to the survey by Sunday, August 17.

We had a catastrophe at our house: Our Internet access went down. It took a few days for a technician to come out to fix it. In the meantime, we reacted as if the plumbing failed. No Netflix! No YouTube! We had to resort to using our smartphones to check Facebook. The horror!

Yes, this is a first-world problem, but a lack of technology does affect students who can’t afford it.

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Rape: Why are women still blamed?

Mary Ann Henderson

Does she look like she deserved what happened to her?

During beta 2 of The Ghosts of Reseda High, I will post spoiler-free commentary about issues and themes I cover in the book. This is the first of the series. Please download the beta and respond to the survey by Sunday, August 17.

You would think that a murder that happened nearly 40 years ago wouldn’t be topical. Unfortunately, it is. I say “unfortunately” even though writers might like having a subject in their book be front and center in the news. For me, it’s an issue that makes me worried for the women I know, and it makes me angry that these horrible attitudes still exist after all this time.

Why are women still being blamed when they are raped?

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“What about the children?”

Disappointed All-Star team

A disappointed Little League All-Star team (photo: Cindy Yaminaka, Orange County Register)

Our local Little League district has been in the news a lot lately, but not for happy reasons. At the start of the season, a league was suspended for a rule violation. Recently, another league had its All-Star team disqualified from a tournament, also because of a rule violation.

To most people, this is just the case of meddling/vindictive/incompetent/glory-seeking parents interfering in a children’s game. “Let ‘em play!” the commenters post. Why should children suffer because of the actions of adults? We hear the cry, “What about the children?”

It’s time for some perspective.

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