journalism

• Dice Are How You Flex [OC WEEKLY, 3/28/19]

Dungeons & Dragons, a role playing game born in the 1970s that requires nothing more than paper, pencils, dice, and your imagination, seems more popular than ever. I explore the world of D&D in Orange County and find that young women are some of its greatest fans.

• Bruce Hermann Hates Nazis, but  Nazis are his Top Seller [LB POST, 3/26/19]

Antiques Roadshow alum and Long Beach resident Bruce Hermann hates Nazis, but sells a lot of old Nazi antiques.

• Talking Dogs and Racism with CSUF Professor Tyler Parry [OC WEEKLY, 3/8/19]

I talk with CSUF Professor Tyler Parry about the historical and contemporary use of dogs as tools of racist subjugation.

• Erika Jordan Loves Love [OC WEEKLY, 2/14/19]

I profile sexologist/model/B-movie actress Erika Jordan, who makes her living directing custom adult videos as well as helping guys find love

• Racism at the Pike [LB POST, 2/24/19]

Remembering a largely forgotten century-old protest by African-Americans in Long Beach against a racist game at the famous Pike amusement park that still has much to teach us.

• In Search of the Mysterious OC Sheriff’s Museum [OC WEEKLY, 1/3/19]

I go in search of the mysterious and apparently non-existent Orange County Sheriff’s Department Museum.

• Almost Geek Cool [OC WEEKLY, 10/4/18]

The legendary journalist Huell Howser died in 2013. I hang out with some of his superfans, who carry his memory as they try to retrace his steps across California.

• Himpathy at UC Irvine [OC WEEKLY, 9/27/18]

More than a dozen UC Irvine professors defend a disgraced colleague who resigned after being shown to have sexually harassed at least three women. I examine why.

• The Great Parking Lot [OC WEEKLY, 8/16/18]

There’s no question the Great Park in Irvine has a certain beauty, but I can’t say it all adds up to comfort and relaxation. It’s a wonderful place, but it isn’t actually a park.

• Ripples in the Universe [OC WEEKLY, 6/28/18]

For 30 years, I thought my best friend in high school had died in an accident. Then I looked at his death certificate.

• The Patriarchy is Bad for Men, Too (MAUITIME, 1/31/18]

Sexual harassment and assault touches everyone. I discuss this with a stripper I know, and learn some difficult lessons about what men must do to make things better.

• Romance of the Skies [MAUITIME, 11/1/17]

In 1957, Pan Am Flight 7 crashed in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. While investigating the mystery of its loss, I gain new insight into aviation history and myself.

• The Giant [MAUITIME, 10/12/16]

Elmer Cravalho made a mark on both Maui and Hawaii history. A man of great intelligence and energy, he wielded power on state and county stages for 25 years. A few months after his death at age 90, I examine his legacy.

• Transition Has Been Hell (OC WEEKLY, 5/22/14]

Veterans who commit suicide is a national tragedy and scandal. I know, because five months ago a close friend killed himself not long after his honorable discharge.