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 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...

 
 By Carole Bell    Opinion    March 2, 2017

Smart And Spicy

Smart And Spicy I Could Host The OscarsBy Carole Bell It wouldn't be dumb, for one thing. Can you imagine? Picture an intelligent evening. Have you seen the BAFTAs? Impossible to duplicate Stephen...

 

Smart And Spicy

Quick, when is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday? When is George Washington's birthday? Every schoolchild in America used to know these dates. Now we celebrate "President's Day". I wonder if anyone knows...

 

Unprecedented (UnPresident's) Day

Quick, when is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday? When is George Washington's birthday? Every schoolchild in America used to know these dates. Now we celebrate "President's Day". I wonder if anyone knows...

 

SMART & SPICY-Listen Up! What To Do About Valentine's Day

I stepped onto the bus, mesmerized. A forest of fine ribbons hung in front of me, each tipped by a tiny origami crane, uniquely patterned, of singular colors. I wished I could have one. It was Valenti...

 

Take A Break: Entertaining Santa Monica Symphony Celebration

Smart And Spicy "I try to have fun," he told me, when I asked about the cowboy hat and the train whistles. I'd watched Guido Lamell, Music Director/ Conductor of the Santa Monica Symphony, wearing a S...

 

Christmas Wish - Peace for Christmas

Enough about politics – I'm thinking about war. My Christmas wish for you is at the end of this column. In this season of goodwill on earth, peace to men and women, do you feel peace? Can you be at...

 

Cheating On America's Soul

Should cheating be a menu option? "Burgers, fries - and our special today is cheating". Can you imagine? No? Then what's happening in this country? It's shocking that what is shocking is no longer...

 

The New Political Lexicon Explained

Words are just words. You think? While we may think we know what words mean, the stamina is in their associative power. (Think you know what stamina means? Please see below). Fuzzy, friendly words...

 

Is It Worth Being Excellent?

When you see those people at the top of their form, how do you think they got there? Do you wish you could sing like Streisand or play like LeBron James? Do you think Frank Sinatra had it easy...

 

Family Drama

Anything’s possible with families today. Yet viewed with antediluvian wisdom, it's the way it was; la plus ça change. What's up with families was a recurring theme throughout the American Film Inst...

 

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