What now? Reflections on the election of Trump

what-nowTo say the least, it has been difficult to process the outcome of this election. Like many of you, I am dealing with heavy emotions and deep concern for our future as individual citizens, as a nation, and as a member of the global community. Continue reading


2015 Scandinavian Film Fest picks

My favorite time of year… the Scandinavian Film Fest is upon us again! I figured why not post my top picks here for convenience of creating a shareable link to coordinate with friends who may like to accompany me 🙂

DEFINITELY want to see (in order of preference):

Sun Jan 18 11:15am
Life in a Fishbowl
(Iceland / Oscar submission)
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n61wmuQsIlI
Three tales of three people who have a lasting effect on one another.  A young writer whose career is skyrocketing finds himself in a stormy marriage.  He divorces his wife after the death of their daughter, shuts himself off from the outside world and drinks himself to death over a twenty-year period.

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Winning awards rules. Because the International Labor Communications Association has recognized some of my work in its 2007 media contest, my work just might fly me out to New Orleans for the convention in October.

woo hoo!

In case you’re curious, here’s what all I won*:

Linda Rapka
“Flight Fright: Airline Carry-On Policies Causing Concern over Instrument Safety”
Professional Musicians Local 47
sub-category: Local Unions

Linda Rapka
October 2006
Professional Musicians Local 47
sub-category: newspapers, Local Unions

Serena Kay Williams; Linda Rapka
Professional Musicians Local 47
sub-category: Local Unions

Yeah that’s right, General Excellence. Kiss my ass, JACC.

(* cited from ilcaonline.org)

How Neil Hamburger made me drink out of my shoe


Neil Hamburger guest bartended at my beloved Cha Cha Lounge on Sunday night. Here’s my tale of the evening as published by losanjealous.com:

Neil Hamburger served up drinks with his inimitable brand of humor last night as guest bartender at the Cha Cha Lounge. Continue reading

The saga of the L.A. Times scholarship

Many moons ago I worked on the newspaper at PCC, the Courier. One of the main benefits of the class was being able to attend the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) state and national conferences. In addition to mail-in and on-the-spot writing/photography competitions and numerous beneficial workshops, the conference also featured a scholarship awards ceremony. During my term as editor-in-chief in 2005, I submitted a writing entry for the L.A. Times scholarship, one of the three largest scholarships up for grabs, for the March conference. And wouldn’t you know that I won! Woo hoo for me.

A couple months went by and I still hadn’t heard a peep about my scholarship. So in mid-May I wrote to Timi, one of the JACC board members, inquiring about my money. Continue reading