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What shall I do with the ghost staring at me in my living room?

Shall I shake his hand to congratulate him on his arrival? It must’ve been some ride from wherever he came from, no doubt. Shall I ask him to tea, ask him about life – and death – and ask him if he’s craving anything, like fresh strawberry pie or braised goat tacos from North Hollywood. Shall I […]

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Music Notes

Bad Moon Always Rising

I live anxious filled days and depressive nights.  Sometimes days are better, sometimes days, it’s light.  I live these days because I have to – and we have to. “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival When “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival was first released in April 1969, the United States – as […]

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Music Poetry Vignettes

G Chord to C Chord

The C chord is a magical chord powerful from the get. I struggle with its shape but when my fingers nail it it defines the moment. It’s present. The G chord is just right like the swish of a basketball through a net. When it’s strummed reverberations flutter through my heart. It echoes through time. […]

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Positively No Filipinos Allowed

There was one day, one era, in the past where anyone who looked like me was considered to be alien, wrong, and unwelcome. There are times today when this sentiment seems as raw as it was during that day and era, and there are feelings that perhaps nothing has changed at all. I think, if anything, […]

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L.A. Notes

The Reason Why I Fell in Love with Words

I gave my money to the Los Angeles Times today. When I was growing up, my parents read the newspaper religiously. The Daily Breeze when we lived in the South Bay. The Press-Telegram when we lived in Long Beach. My mother had told me: “Read the newspaper. You’ll be smarter.” And so I did, and […]

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An Ode to Dave Chappelle

In one bit on Dave’s Chappelle’s groundbreaking For What It’s Worth comedy special, he reminds us, right before he breaks into his famous Ja Rule bit, that we should stop worshipping celebrities. If I had the chance to go back in time and catch Dave writing that bit, I would’ve said, “Hol’ up. I’mma let […]

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Movies Notes

“The Opening Act,” Reviewed: A Portrait of The Artist As A Young Comic

Stand-up is a form of art, and if you hadn’t already known that, “The Opening Act” is proof evidence. Written and directed by Steve Byrne, “The Opening Act” dives deep into what is often the driving force behind what makes a comic become a comic. Will Chu (played by Jimmy O. Yang) is an insurance […]

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To Become A Full-Time Write-At-Home Dad

It was January, 2016 when I realized that I was dying inside. Nothing medical, though had I continued on my path, I was sure to lose a part of myself that was critical to who I was, my identity, which never even had a chance to blossom — the part that wanted to be a […]