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In memorium

Bob TaylorRemembering a coworker who passed away on Friday. Bob Taylor, you will be remembered.

Kesha, Kesha, Kesha

I’m officially old, because I don’t “get” current music. Sure, I’ve heard of Kings of Leon and Death Cab for Cutie.  I may have even heard some of their music when my daughter plays her iPod too loud. But then I saw Kesha on American Idol:


Who is Kesha anyway? Is she Lady Gaga for straight boys? Read more »

Ghost story

I’ve been receiving a few e-mails from Reseda High School students asking me about Mary Ann Henderson. She was the 15-year-old classmate of ours who was raped and murdered after a football game in 1976. These current Reseda students tell me stories of a ghost haunting the campus, and they think it is her.

I’m not going into beliefs about the afterlife and the supernatural. I’m curious why high school students today would be interested in a murder that took place 34 years ago. Perhaps it says more about the times they’re growing up in than about the era when we grew up.

Since Columbine and Virginia Tech, we almost accept school violence as a possibility. Last week, someone planted acid bombs at my son’s elementary school, but they were safely disposed. Students at all levels keep their eyes out for the “loner” who can be the next shooter.

This was not the case in 1976. Schools were a safe haven. This was especially true in Reseda, which was still a predominately middle class community then. You could go walk with your friends to the bowling alley, hang out at Reseda Park, go to football games at night, and not have to worry. The idea that someone could be killed at a school like Reseda High seemed an impossibility.

This is why her death was so shocking to us then, and why it affects us to this day. It shattered our innocence and forced us to face our mortality. Read more »

What I would have said

One of my duties as a Little League president is to give a speech at the Opening Day ceremony. Unfortunately, it looks like we’re going to be rained out for the second Saturday in a row. So, we had to cancel the ceremony. Here is what I would have said to the parents of Saddleback Little League if we had an opening ceremony. Read more »

The wheel of fortune

It has been a rough few weeks in Little League. And the topper, our Opening Day will get rained out because of a storm that is rolling into our area early tomorrow morning. When confronted with situations like this, I think of the wheel of fortune. Not this one:

This one:

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