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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. The survey is now closed, but you can still download the beta. Use the form on the download page to send any feedback you have.

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. The survey is now closed, but you can still download the beta. Use the form on the download page to send any feedback you have.

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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Write who you are

Should writers really “write what you know”? This Mark Twain quote is often misinterpreted. I think better advice is to “write who you are.”

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I Got Germanized, all right…

Selfie in a German soccer uniformI went on another business trip to Freiburg, Germany. This second time around, I was able to explore more of the city, experience more of the culture, and learn more about the history. I tried this time, to borrow the name of a popular YouTube channel, to Get Germanized. Doing this was more challenging than I expected.

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