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 By Carole Bell    Opinion    November 23, 2017 

It's Not About The Gravy

The velvet texture of gratitude, as comforting as that first sip of hot cocoa on a chilling day; it cossets us, suffusing mind and body. Feeling grateful is good for us; it improves physical health...

 

Imaginative and Historic

A good film entertains. A great film engages our feelings, and entertains; it teaches us. From Israel, Germany, Italy, and Spain, films beckon to our hearts. They call to us, at times as powerfully...

 

Sunshine and Good News

I decided to spend my birthday soaking in good news. Sunshine and laughter: a lovely way to spend one's birthday. * In Quebec, a six-year-old autistic boy was so super-sensitive it hurt to have his ha...

 

Smart And Spicy

I decided to spend my birthday soaking in good news. Sunshine and laughter: a lovely way to spend one's birthday. * In Quebec, a six-year-old autistic boy was so super-sensitive it hurt to have his ha...

 

Where Is Respect for Life?

When the great Russian ballet dancer Ivan Nagy was asked if ballet dancing were as easy as he made it look, he confessed, "It hurts. It hurts," with a suffering smile and begging eyes. "It hurts." It...

 

May You Live To Be 100!

Congratulations to cities and people who are 100. In the UK, the Queen sends a greeting card to everyone on their 100th birthday. It's a silver cup in Japan; royal greetings in Sweden; a President's...

 

Another Upstairs Downstairs?

It's time for a couple of lyrical, and not so, anniversaries. The time was sensational. A half-century ago, The Beatles released their seminal Sgt. Pepper album, shaking up rock music and culture....

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    August 24, 2017

Party Like It's 1939?

The real danger: Could Fascism replace our democracy? Are we heading to a second Civil War? Are we moving toward nuclear war? Who thought fascism and a Civil War redux would rise again? In the U.S.?...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    August 10, 2017

Sweet Joys Of Summer

Plein été. It's what the French call full summer. We're intensely in the middle of it. What's on your mind? Nothing, should be. Summertime, And the livin' is easy Fish are jumpin' And the cotton is...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    July 27, 2017

Sex, Doll?

A world in which men don't need women? We already have robot floor cleaners; now fake women can do the rest. By the rest, I mean sex. Men, how would you like a sex doll that lets you rape her? Women,...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    July 20, 2017

Summer Fruit For Thought

1 Cherries - much better than you thought. 2 But you must read the warnings! (see below cherries) I ate a cup of cherries for dessert. I'd forgotten how wonderful they taste. I felt very full, satisfi...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    July 13, 2017

Can We Live If Oceans Die?

"Everything on our planet is connected and the fear is we're taking out a huge piece." "Do do we need forests? Do we need trees? Do we need reefs?" Do you care? Coral reefs are dying. Everywhere....

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    July 6, 2017

Have Back Pain? Want To Fix It?

1 See a movie 2 Call a (specific) doctor 3 Read a book Would you believe something works if enough people swore it? What if it contradicted established medical thinking? What if someone said you could...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    June 15, 2017

Music: A Little Gem of A Concert by Culver City Symphony

That's what Frank Fetta promised. I agree. Last Saturday's concert by the Culver City Symphony glittered. The orchestra had three rehearsals during the week; I watched them turn a plain room with fold...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    June 1, 2017

I Remember May

I'm standing in the sun eating "Cabo Chips" ("Made with REAL ingredients" "Ground and uniquely crafted" "Cut & cooked in small batches.") when a man I don't know well walks up to me. "I lost my...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    June 1, 2017

The Egregious Mr. Trump

Let's understand what's really going on. Presidential elections in the U.S., for years now, haven't been about candidates' personalities. As I said in a 2008 debate before London's prestigious Harknes...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    May 18, 2017

Why Was Ed Asner So Grumpy?

Trick question! He wasn't; he uses it to cover up the pussycat he really is. Surprise: Asner's beloved, not just for seven Emmy's and television roles. Turns out, Asner's quite the hero. Honored by...

 
 By Carole Bell    News    May 11, 2017

$20,000 In 20 Minutes! - Sparkling Gala at Culver Studios

It was a true cliffhanger at Culver Studios: rain and cold threatened to doom a spectacular effort of verve by CCEF, Culver City's non-profit dedicated to helping students in Culver City. Could the la...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    May 4, 2017

Kid In A Candy Store

Top news first, candy store second: My favorite film from the COLCOA French film festival won the audience award for best film. I'm sure it will get a distributor; when it finds its way into...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    April 27, 2017

Life Intrudes on Current Events

Feeling hostage to current events? Let life meddle in your mind's troubled concern. If you let it, life can intrude, momentarily displacing disquieting current events, and perhaps enduring longer, if...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    April 20, 2017

India - With 1.3 Billion People, What's It Like?

t's gorgeous. Yet midst this exquisite beauty, current Indian movies dip into a dark side. The LA Indian Film Festival is intimate, in its 15th year. What a chance to learn. Perfumed with delicious...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    April 6, 2017

I Met The New Meryl Streep

The new Meryl Streep? At 10 years old? That's right. Her name's Mckenna Grace She's delicious: beautiful, intelligent, funny, and already with a conscience. She's been an actress, or an actor, as she...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    March 30, 2017

Are We Terrified Yet? Carole Bell

Feeling the fear? Scratch the surface of most Americans today. We're afraid. You're spooked whether you know it, or whether you'll admit it (which is something entirely different), whether you've...

 
 By Carole Bel    Opinion    March 23, 2017

Jazz in Culver City - Spontaneous & Joyful

Does it matter that it was for kids and families? Not at all. You could have come; there was no family magnetometer. T'was like a hot summer day in a British beach resort, You see a group of kids sitting right on the sand, quietly, waiting expectantl...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    March 16, 2017

Theatre: What Not To Say To A Woman

"Your breasts look incredible in that outfit." Inadvisable pickup line, for sure, Dude. That no man should ever say that to a woman he wants to impress is a given. Yet for Paul Linke, somehow that...

 

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