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December 1, 2014

Bird Totems of Venice: The Cormorant

By Krista Schwimmer I first met the cormorant up close and personal on the same day the Space Shuttle Endeavor flew over Venice Beach. On September 21, 2012, my husband and I had gone out to watch its flight. While we were sitting in the sand beside the ocean, my husband noticed a large, blackish-brown...

RIP: Sunshine Baker

Sunshine Baker was run over by a car while bike riding on South Venice Blvd., just East of Speedway. She was 39 years old. The tragic accident happened at 5:10pm on November 27, Thanksgiving day. The car was making a left turn from Speedway onto S. Venice and Sunshine was riding against traffic. It was...

RIP: Dr. Geek

Dr. Geek, he’d ask your name and play his rapper game. All over the map people loved his rap. He made a rhyme every time. He had a huge hat and was kinda fat. With his big smile you could see him for a mile. His boom box he’d play with something funny to say....

Hoppy Holidays! A Tip Topper Christmas! And a Hoppy New Year!

By Marty Liboff Above the mural of Venus on roller skates on Windward Ave. it says,“History is Myth”. This is the story of one of the greatest mythical characters of all time, Hopalong Cassidy or “Hoppy”. He became the first big TV hero and was famous all over the world. His TV show started the...

Poetry

Roger Houston I Too Bled – Ronald Keith Mc Kinley I Can’t Breathe – Majid Naficy Blooms, Blossoms, and Blessings – Tina Catalina Corcoran Alan Rodman At the Laundromat Off Main & Market, Venice, 1999 – Krista Schwimmer Diane – Mary Getlein A Sunset with Mary, Patty & Greta – Marty Liboff Philosopher for Hire...

I Miss The Talking Stick

I honestly don’t remember the first time I walked into the Talking Stick. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to boast about how I immediately fell in love. I think I first heard about her from my brother poet Mark Lipman. He mentioned that readings were done there. I seem to recall being impressed...

The Talking Stick Closes

By Eric Ahlberg The For Lease sign is up on 1411 Lincoln Blvd. The Talking Stick is closed. Bottom Line: I blame rents. The start of its demise began when Rich and Sherry Braaksma, the original owners, were forced back to Canada by the Immigration Department. Rich and Sherri were just absolutely sweet people. They...
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