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Staff

Publisher and Editor - Judith Martin-Straw

The Skinny - Amy Brunell

Looking Up - Bob Eklund

Ruth's Truths - Ruth Morris

Special Features - T. S. Owen

LOCALmotion - Jozelle Smith

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Ruth’s Truths by Ruth Morris

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Salty in Sodom -- I chose to come back to Israel for a second time in one year, overriding my bucket list of roads not yet traveled. Some Americans I encounter are so quick to point out Israel’s weaknesses, while we live in a glass house of random acts of gun-toting violence and institutionalize racism. To that I say: Israel is a country like any other, yet like no other. This was my [...]

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

A Hankering for Hiltons -- I love staying at Hilton hotels. I am not, nor have I ever been an employee of the company, although at one time I did own some stock, and one of my most beloved bosses was a former Hilton executive. I have been a frequent stayer at Hiltons since my earliest travels, and remain a "Hilton Honors" member, although I've yet to redeem any rewards. I just love me a stay [...]

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

In Collections We Trust -- My iPhone flashed bedside with a video texted from my brother-in-law: it was a scene where my late friend Kari Fretham (type her name into the Culver City Crossroads search engine) rocks a pair of my mother's shoes. My mom died in 1987, leaving bereft my father, her two daughters Ruth and Nancy, and a bevy of Bruno Magli shoes. My sister Nancy is also seen in the [...]

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Edifice Envy -- I just realized that I am attracted to buildings. Today alone, I went to a building in the MacArthur Park area to make a presentation, and arrived to find that it had been built in 1928. I am still attempting to research its history, but for the moment, I was moved by its old-world beauty and charm, and I find myself wanting to know what famous or infamous businesses had [...]

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Viva Cuba -- The final leg of my spring break trip this year was last, but in no way least: Cuba. I am so glad that I decided to do what I called the "Americana" portion first: New York to Florida via the I-95, and then departing for the decidedly non-Americana Cuba from Florida, Fort Lauderdale, to be exact. Cuba moved up a few positions on my bucket list when restrictions to travel there [...]

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Brother Cities -- I've always been interested in the concept of a "Sister City." Growing up in Los Angeles and then living in Japan through my twenties, I used to ponder on how or why Nagoya was LA's sister city. Urban sprawl, I thought? The fact that New York would have Tokyo as its partner is obvious, San Francisco and Osaka is a little more of a stretch. Actually, the whole process seems a [...]

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Bucket List Maintenance -- There is value in staying for a week in a place. You can unpack, take your time getting out in the morning, and do maybe just one or two activities a day. Short of staying for six weeks, as I once did once in both New York City and Seattle, or ten years, as I did in Tokyo, the week-long stay gives you a great introduction to a city that you may want to live in [...]

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Planes, Hotels and Automobiles -- The majority of my Ruth's Truths are travel related. I love writing while on my trips, or right after I get back from my sojourns. This time, I'm writing pre-trip; it's been a while since I had to plan details as carefully as I am right now for an upcoming trip to Cuba via the eastern seaboard's I-95 trail. I'm not the biggest domestic traveler, often [...]

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Blame It On Us -- Consistently rated as one of LA's top bakeries, Culver City's own Lodge Bread re-opened this past Saturday after a relatively short hiatus to renovate and expand. They opened in 2015, and my weight gain in 2016 is partially their fault. I'd often spend half a weekend day there with a cup of coffee, eating one of their special toast concoctions, or their shakshuka. I'd be [...]

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

Ruth’s Truths – Ruth Morris

My Journey of Japan in L.A.: Restaurant Edition -- After a film screening I attended that happened to take place at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, I couldn't pass up going out to eat in the area, even at the cost of missing a next event I had planned. If I had to choose one spot in L.A. to be trapped in, having to eat every meal there for two months, this would be the [...]

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