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gardenia jasmin

gardenia jasmin
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
May 28
I loved living in New York City way back in the early '70's. But I never had enough money to do concerts, theatre, restaurants, beaches -- why stay? In AZ there is less, but it's more accessible. We're pioneers here - we create it. Currently busy writing. Most recent novel is Rosie's Gold (, about personal trauma issues. On to the next, "Abuse of Power 101," about some of what ails us on account of our elected officials in arizona. Glad to have traveled on several continents and feel connections on many levels with folks on OS, from topics to places to foods to hopes and dreams.


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MAY 19, 2012 2:25PM

I'm Running for Sheriff


 I am sending up a trial balloon. I’m testing the waters. I’m forming an exploratory committee, and the committee is YOU. Shall I run for Maricopa County Sheriff?

It’s becoming a crowded field. The current sheriff appears to be in for life. In addition, a RepublicRead full post »

APRIL 26, 2012 12:25AM

Two Memorials

I've attended two memorial services this spring. They were both women. Young women. Oddly,  both young women had the same name. Let's say it was Carly.

The first Carly was 19. Just out of high school,very spirited, very trusting, hung around with homeless kids and maybe older people and ma… Read full post »

APRIL 3, 2012 6:04PM

Right turn into a cavity search

Who would have thought a right turn would land me in jail with a body cavity search? At a time I didn't even know what went into body cavities (except tampons). But there I was and there were the police. And once in jail, there was the search. Now the Supreme Court says that's… Read full post »

APRIL 2, 2012 7:14PM


Glad to be back posting and reading your posts. Got lost there for awhile.

APRIL 2, 2012 7:12PM


In reading Orioki's review of A Dry Hate and some of the labeling reactions, I'm reminded again how hard it is not to put others - and thus ourselves - in a box. 

There are now three guys running for sheriff in Maricopa County, AZ, one who you all know… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2011 12:22PM

Bluebeard Virus

 There is a folk tale about a young woman – a girl, really - who was seduced and coerced to go with a handsome, older, blue-bearded stranger to his castle. Turns out, he had murdered all his former wives and kept their bones in a locked room. Only the wisdom of… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 9, 2011 2:05PM

Feng Shue for our Sixties

            The crux was clutter. I didn’t notice it at first, in the warm soft throes of springtime romance, as Vance and I were finding our way, back in the ‘70’s. He was cute, we had common values, and we liked hiking and the… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 2, 2011 4:09PM


The fur lining of leather gloves feels soft to the touch as I slip them off my hands after freeing the dogs from their prong collars. This morning I employed these tough leather puppies to hold their leashes, much as a wrangler handles the reins to control his horse.     &nbsRead full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2010 11:07AM

Rosie's Gold, chapter 1

Chapter 1

8 She thought she’d give a short wave. She looked toward him.

Instead, a tall, older white man to his left caught her eye.

He was thin, swarthy, unshaven, with dark eyes and black

messy hair. A Jimi Hendrix T-shirt showed years of wear. The

jeans were rumpled, though by… Read full post »

This is Not about What Would Jesus Do?

It is a response to a recent question a friend asked about my client. My client, J, had just won a $75,000 judgment against Sheriff Joe in Maricopa County. He was one of seven defendants, all jailed and tried and acquitted, who became… Read full post »

JULY 7, 2010 9:28PM

Making the Sheriff pay

Yesterday seven plaintiffs  won a  settlement of almost $500,000 against our local sheriff, Joe Arpaio, for violating our clients' Constitutional rights to freedom of speech and the right to petition their government. Six were cuffed, jailed and brought to trial. At trial, all charges were… Read full post »