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Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

Just a Thought – What Are You Looking At?

Just a Thought – What Are You Looking At?

More than once, I had to ask myself, what am I looking at? I felt a sense of relief turning off the television after the end of the Olympic closing ceremony. I don't usually watch sports but I can't resist the Olympics; the ritual, the spectacle, so many athletes at the peak of their powers. But coming right after the national political conventions, I've spent so much time in front of the tube [...]

Just a Thought – Styrofoam, Pseudonyms and Speed

Just a Thought – Styrofoam, Pseudonyms and Speed

It was not at all surprising that dozens of people spoke to the council about banning styrofoam/polystyrene on Monday evening. Dozens and dozens of legal entities in California and across the country have done so, and there's plenty of reasons why Culver City should join the list. As so often happens, we stumble between the desire to make progress and the desire to achieve perfection. Ban [...]

Just a Thought – The Price of the Ticket

Just a Thought – The Price of the Ticket

I found myself with an unexpected problem situation last summer, and now that the calendar has rolled back to August, I’m more than reminded of it; I’ve had a series of situations so much like it, I have to see this isn’t an isolated phenomenon. It’s a trend. We are now supposed to pay to volunteer. The problem – my beloved ‘Family Camp’ had been taken over by new directors, and [...]

Just a Thought – Herstory

Just a Thought – Herstory

It was back in 1992 when Bill Clinton was accepting the nomination for President, I was at a party in Venice that was turning from loud to rowdy. The convention, as can happen with a crowd of politicos, had become a marathon - binge watching before we coined the term - and only frequent excursions to the boulevard for more pizza, cigarettes and alcohol pulled people out of the room from time to [...]

Just a Thought – Road Rage

Just  a Thought – Road Rage

It happened again today. As I pulled into the left turn lane, with my turn signal on, someone behind me opted to accelerate and lean on the horn. This is the third time in about six weeks. You know the style, not a 'beep' on the horn, but that long, loud 'WAAAAAAAA' that sounds like someone has their elbow planted in the center of their steering wheel. Because, it seems, I slowed down in [...]

Just a Thought – Moment by Moment

Just  a Thought – Moment by Moment

The past week has sent many of us reeling – Police committing murders, mass shooter, the now-usual media turmoil over framing the coverage. The bad news has been heartbreakingly bad. But the good news is that we now have a moment to really shift our culture, and we can do that by taking individual actions. The problems are not new - what's new are the cameras and the social media platforms, [...]

Just a Thought – Dear Ari Noonan

Just a Thought – Dear Ari Noonan

So, now you're sorry? Now you're sorry? I can't help but notice there's a lovely slice of Culver City history that fits perfectly. A short bit of dialogue from Gone With the Wind -"You’re like the thief who isn’t the least bit sorry he stole, but is terribly, terribly sorry he’s going to jail." For those who missed the last few episodes of this particular soap opera, Ari Noonan's blog, [...]

Just a Thought – Only the Brave

Just a Thought – Only the Brave

Last night as the numbers were being tallied, I had a memory of sitting with my parents on a hot summer evening in 1972 watching the Democratic Convention. There were a lot of candidates on stage; my folks patiently explained the nominating process, spoke of the need to end the war, and offered their reasons for being Democrats. My father pointed out Shirley Chisholm. "She's not going to win [...]

Just a Thought – What News? What, NewsFeed?!?

Just a Thought – What News? What, NewsFeed?!?

Where do you get news? What's the daily go-to for the information you feel you need? I was listening to Madeline Brand's "Press Play" program on KCRW and heard a conversation that a majority of people now get their news from Facebook. We get our news curated by our friends. We rely on the other people in our lives to decide what we need to know. While social media makes this seem very new, [...]

Just a Thought – Disconnected

Just a Thought – Disconnected

It looked like an obvious news story to me; dozens of people complaining about spending hours in line to register for 'Just 4 Kids' camp through the Culver City Parks and Recreation Department. I went to the meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission, expecting a crowd of speakers waiting to address the issue. But there was no one there. Just the commissioners, available to discuss the [...]

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