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Mary Getlein

Beachheads Write on the Beachhead

CJ Gronner Every town needs a newspaper, and The Free Venice Beachhead has been the one for Venice, California since 1968. I joined the collective staff in 2009, after writing a story about my beloved bike getting stolen … and then getting it back! The fact that Beachhead readers cared enough – first to read,...

Third Annual Venice Community Sleep-Out

By Mary Getlein The third annual Venice sleep-out went on without a hitch. Beyond Baroque lawn was filled with tents and people sleeping, talking, laughing, and eating. The performance stage was filled with with various and different performers raging from Ross Altman, a local folksinger, the the hard-working Carol Sobel, who has represented many homeless...

For Alice Gruppioni, who died here

For Alice Gruppioni, who died here she came here for her honeymoon she left, to go to her funeral a sun-kissed shore, that’s what they call Venice so many people have come here to come home: they come here and the last piece of the puzzle that is themselves, slips into place: and you go:...

Sixth Annual Philomenian

By Mary Getlein The Sixth Annual Philomenian was a big success this year. You would think that after all this time, people wouldn’t be as interested in Philomene Long’s poetry, but they are. The room at Beyond Baroque, where the event took place, was filled with ardent lovers of everything Philomene. Jim Smith was the...

PRISON NATION

By Mary Getlein Eugene Debs said it best: “While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison I am not free.” This quote was used in a political poster to help create the movement against the...

One More Time

By Mary Getlein I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou’s powerful memoir of her childhood in Arkansas, where a man was killed for raping Maya and she was shocked into elective muteness. She thought that what she had said had ended up killing this man and she didn’t want to speak anymore....

To Be A Poet

  to be a poet is to be a waiter you wait for inspiration you wait for that ray of sun that illuminates, explains some piece of life that eluded you before: a casual kiss of a child to its mother a smile, a laugh – you looking on: grateful for a happy glimpse of...

Little Free Library

If you walk around Venice, you might notice little boxes in front of houses. On closer examination, it says “Little Free Library – Take a book, leave a book.” Apparently this is part of a nation wide effort to put books in peoples’ hands. It’s a library that is free, with no supervision and no...

The Killings in Connecticut

By Mary Getlein Michael Moore (of Bowling For Columbine) told the story of a crazy man who went to a school and tried to kill some children, but it was in China and he only had a knife. No kids killed that day. The same day as the attack in Connecticut. Twenty children killed by...

What Have They Done to the Rain?

By Mary Getlein What Have They Done To The Rain? was written by Malvina Reynolds. Malvina’s song was protesting nuclear testing on the people and livestock of Utah in the 1950s. Most of the people and the livestock got cancers, and died. Malvina’s emphasis was on children and families – to protect our world, our...
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