Reviews

NAMM 2017 – A Lot for Women this Year!

NAMM 2017 – A Lot for Women this Year!

I have been attending the NAMM show for years, way before it started exhibiting in Anaheim. And I have to admit that it has always seemed a testosterone-heavy event—very few women; mostly male engineers, male rockers, instrument manufacturers, and gear galore. My visit every year included a few booths that benefited […]

WELCOME TO THE MEN’S GROUP Movie Review

WELCOME TO THE MEN’S GROUP Movie Review

On August 11, 2016, I attended the screening of Welcome to the Men’s Group at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation in Los Angeles. With much anticipation I sat comfortably in the front row as the room filled with eager moviegoers. I interviewed actor Ali Saam, who plays the role of Mohammad, and […]

Book Launch and Interview – AMERICA’S SIMPLE SOLUTIONS: A VISIONARY’S BLUEPRINT FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

Book Launch and Interview – AMERICA’S SIMPLE SOLUTIONS: A VISIONARY’S BLUEPRINT FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

American Rag’s CEO Mark Werts launched his new book America’s Simple Solutions: A Visionary’s Blueprint for a Better Tomorrow at the La Brea store on August 10, 2016.  It was an exciting evening with distinguished guests and many opportunities that evening to meet the author. This literary work exhibits the incredible insight into the unchanging issues […]

HOW TO BEAT A BULLY DVD Review

HOW TO BEAT A BULLY DVD Review

What does a kid in middle school do these days when he comes face to face with a big bully? A problem that has plagued children for years has found not only a solution, but a guide to “rubbing” out that terrible annoyance. It’s spelled out in the timely comedy, […]

WAKING UP JOY by Tina Ann Forkner

WAKING UP JOY by Tina Ann Forkner

Joy, the main character and first person narrator of this comedic romance mystery, set in the fictional town of Spavinaw Junction, Oklahoma, is accused of trying to hang herself when she falls from the roof of the old Talley house where she has lived all of her life. Joy is […]

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

Four and one-half stars for this reflective and spiritually didactic fable.  This book is a lesson in valuing time.  Through the lessons each of the main characters—Sarah Lemon, a lovelorn teenager; Victor Delamonte, a wealthy and fatally ill man in his eighties; and their instructor Dor (Father Time)—learns, the reader […]

THE EAGLE TREE by Ned Hayes

THE EAGLE TREE by Ned Hayes

This is literary fiction complete with conflict, plot, rising action, crisis, climax, falling action, etc. Set in Olympia, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest, the main character and first person narrator is fourteen-year-old March Peter Wong, a brilliant, teenager whose favorite activity is climbing trees.  March, the name by which he […]

ABOUT THE NIGHT by Anat Talshir

ABOUT THE NIGHT by Anat Talshir

Five stars for this well written premier novel of forbidden love between an Arab and a Jew.  Lila was a Jew born and raised in Istanbul. Later an adult, she moved to Jerusalem. Elias Riani was an Arab, whose family has lived in Jerusalem for over a hundred years. In 1947 Elias and […]