Book Review: ‘Flight 7 is Missing: The Search for my Father’s Killer’

In early May, the book Flight 7 is Missing, by Ken H. Fortenberry (Fayetteville Mafia Press) came out. It’s surprising that is the first definitive account of one of the worst unsolved aviation accidents in U.S. history—the loss of the Pan Am airliner Romance of the Skies, which was flying from San Francisco to Honolulu … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Flight 7 is Missing: The Search for my Father’s Killer’

Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich Delicious

I wrote a poem. Kinda. I've actually been writing a lot of things even in this pandemic lockdown, though with freelancing all but dried up, I've had to focus on fiction. Anyway, I got an idea a few days ago and decided to try to make a poem out of it. Here it is: Buttermilk … Continue reading Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich Delicious

‘He Didn’t Go Away’–10 OC Women Describe Their Stalking Experiences

[NOTE: This story was first posted on OCWeekly.com on Nov. 27, 2019. It was one of the last stories to go up before the paper shut down after nearly a quarter century. Since then, former owner Duncan McIntosh Inc. has scrubbed the website of all online-only stories, which included this one. While the story is … Continue reading ‘He Didn’t Go Away’–10 OC Women Describe Their Stalking Experiences

People-Watching on the Disneyland Railroad

My girlfriend Angie and I recently purchased annual passes to Disneyland, so these last few weeks we’ve probably spent more time in the park than in all my previous visits combined. Each time we go I’m amazed at how many people there are–crowds and crowds of people spilling over every walkway and through every threshold. … Continue reading People-Watching on the Disneyland Railroad

My story’s done, but the ‘Romance of the Skies’ is still giving up a few secrets

It's been a few weeks since MauiTime published what's probably the most surreal story I've ever written. Written to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the mysterious, still officially unsolved crash of Pan Am Flight 7, it also revealed unexpected connections between me and the aircraft's then-26-year-old Flight Engineer, Albert Pinataro (my first cousin once removed). … Continue reading My story’s done, but the ‘Romance of the Skies’ is still giving up a few secrets

Remembering the only time I ever partied with Hugh Hefner

It didn't surprise to me to see that Playboy announced that Hugh Hefner, its founder, longtime publisher and self-appointed icon of modern maleness, died of "natural causes" at the age of 91 (click here for his obituary in the Los Angeles Times). The phrase brought back bitter memories from 15 years ago, when I criticized … Continue reading Remembering the only time I ever partied with Hugh Hefner

Here’s what happened when I decided to write one of those custom adult videos

So last month I wrote a short film. Okay, a short custom video. It's a comedy about, well, custom videos. Let me back up. Recently I listened to journalist Jon Ronson's excellent podcast The Butterfly Effect, which explores the ramifications of websites like Pornhub inundating the internet with free (i.e. stolen) porn films. The podcast … Continue reading Here’s what happened when I decided to write one of those custom adult videos

Why I dedicated my new Maui novel ‘Pau Hana Time’ to my friend Chris

It's finally happened: Event Horizon Press has published my third novel, titled Pau Hana Time. You can find it right now in paperback at Amazon (click here to buy it). An e-book version is coming soon, which will also be available at Amazon. This was a far more difficult novel to write than I originally … Continue reading Why I dedicated my new Maui novel ‘Pau Hana Time’ to my friend Chris

Donald Trump is scary because America is scary

The enslavement of Africans and African-Americans. The Pequot War. The Olowalu Massacre. The Trail of Tears. The Mexican War. The Civil War. The Sand Creek Massacre. Wounded Knee.  I've seen this Feb. 9 Vox.com post from Ezra Klein, titled "The rise of Donald Trump is a terrifying moment in American politics," a few times already in my … Continue reading Donald Trump is scary because America is scary