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Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

It's almost time for Comic Con in San Diego. The convention started in 1970 and now draws 130,000 plus attendees to the San Diego Convention Center. But I'm not going to talk about the madness of trying to get into Hall H, where all the premier panels happen, or squeezing past Predators, Steampunks, Captain Americas and scantily-clad cosplayers in the Exhibit Hall . I'm going to share one of my favorite memories of recent years and it involved The Walking Dead. A few months before the 2012 Con, I was…

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WHAT I LEARNED FROM VOLUNTEERING ON A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN

 This past year, I worked on a local campaign for a non-partisan candidate who had never run for office. It gave me some insight into politics and the problems people face if  they try to unseat an incumbent or not be affiliated with a political party.1. People really don't understand government My candidate was running for the office of the District Attorney. The District Attorney is a county-wide position overseeing all felony and misdemeanor cases. This is different than the City Attorney, whose office typically handles civil matters and misdemeanor…

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

When I was a kid my dad would lift me out of bed at around 2 a.m. and place me in the backseat of our station wagon. My parents had put down blankets and a pillow for me, no worries about seatbelts. They'd also loaded in luggage, food in coolers, up to four poodles, two cats and a rabbit. The animals were never restrained and roamed freely throughout the vehicle. The reason for our early departure time was the summer heat. We lived in the deserts of California and would…

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A Fish Story

 I grew up in the Imperial Valley, California. A wide bowl of desert dotted with fields of crops fed by an extensive irrigation system of canals. In elementary school, we had a "Dippy Duck: Don't Swim In Canals" program because the water looked placid on top but had strong undercurrents.When I was around six years old, my father decided to introduce me to fishing. We headed out to a canal, driving along a dusty road next to a field in his beat up white truck. When we got out, I…

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Was 2013 Really That Bad?

It's January 1,  2014. Yesterday, I ran 2013 through my head. It was depressing! I hadn't accomplished what I'd wanted to, lost a case I'd put years of time into, hadn't finished the book I've been writing and those 15 pounds I need to lose are still there. The negative stayed in the forefront of my thoughts. I was going to be happy to see 2013 go! Don't let the door hit it in the metaphorical butt on the way out, I thought. Then my family dumped out the gratitude…

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