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Arizona, USA
March 10
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron is an award-winning former reporter for both the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star whose articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Salon, Working Mother, Orion and many others. During her Sun Times years, she traveled with and interviewed the top rockers, film stars and other celebrities of the 70’s and 80’s. And dated Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once. Her latest book, "The Keka Collection," is available at and Barnes and Noble--Kindle and Nook versions available. Her latest short story, Deadline, is a Kindle book availabled here:

I watch this show every year.  I've watched it get better and better and better and wins dozens of Emmys and dancers who previously would never have considered competing to be on or choregraphing for a TV show are standing in long lines and begging to have that chance.

Some… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2011 1:57PM

Superlungs: Terry Reid Forever!

I think I must’ve been, like…15 or 16 when I first heard Terry Reid wail.  It was when he opened for Cream in 1968, I think. 

He was all of about 18 or so.   Just this little scrawny English kid—beautiful scrawny English kid, though.  Still, we… Read full post »

 Fourteen or Fight from Wild in the Streets

Sorry Albert.  I’ve seen this “movie” before.  

It was called Wild in the Streets, and yes, that’s Richard Pryor on drums in the first clip and screaming, “Amend, amend, amend” in the galleryRead full post »

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JULY 3, 2011 11:51AM

The London "Rock and Roll" Summers: 48 Lancaster Gate

48 Lancaster Gate

My London summer "home away from home" 

Bless Google Earth…there it is:   48 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NA, UK.

It all changed there.  My whole life.  My outlook on life.  In fact, the rather prosaic life I’d been living gave way to the fast lane/… Read full post »

I don't have anything to say that can match what this song with few real words says all by itself.  Listen as "...a song becomes a thousand songs..."

If it makes you cry...that's a GOOD thing...



 Say Ladeo, from Vocabularies
Bobby McFerrin
Some days...because… Read full post »
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JUNE 12, 2011 12:32PM

The World According to Ebert (Yes, it's YOUR turn Roger)

Ebert and Meyer 

 The Roger I knew...with producer Russ Meyer

Okay, let’s go there, finally.

Why does Roger Ebert “tweet” my posts?

Easy but sincere answer?  Damned if I know. 

Not so easy and scarier answer?   I think he still remembers that tiny littl/… Read full post »

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JUNE 5, 2011 11:49AM

Horse Sense: Oprah Replacement Therapy

BIG boy Gulliver

Gulliver:  My Oprah Replacement Therapist

I had tried to think of ways to get out of this thing all week. 

This "thing" was an Epona workshop designed to teach volunteers at Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary to handle their most traumatized rescues. 

And I… Read full post »

Yep, California elected that guy in the clip there—the one on the left.

And I dated him.  Once.

It was almost on a dare.  It was the Conan the Barbarian days.  I had interviewed him.  He asked.  

Arnold as Conan

He had to. Read full post »

Merrill Garbus

I was going to post a scathing piece about how the Star (I am an educated Black Woman) Jones/Nene (I am not a Bully) Leakes Celebrity Apprentice feud made this educated black woman want to put a huge disclaimer ad in the New York Times. 

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  William Aston Martin

So okay…we really are British on one side of the family. Distantly.   I’ve even been to the town in Buckinghamshire that bears our family name.

But that’s not why I stayed up all night Thursday night to watch The Wedding.   For me, it was all abRead full post »

What a wise guy, right?  Did you listen to that clip?

If not, listen first.  It’s only a few seconds.  And make that your “character reference” for this guy.  

That is the “wizard, true star” Todd, goofing on Archie Bell and the D

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APRIL 10, 2011 1:15PM

Sweet Secrets, Ancestral Whispers


Mattie Russell

 Mattie Russell my maternal great-grandmother

They never mentioned him.   

Never uttered his name, except to tell me his name.  Once.   And only after I had grown up and was apparently ready to hear at least that much.

If I uttered the name, silence fell… Read full post »

APRIL 2, 2011 12:01PM

The "Animal" In Me

I was disappearing.

Seriously—I’d become a recluse.  

I didn’t go out of the house save to get the mail, turn on the irrigation system, pick up a prescription or answer an “emergency” call from my daughter.  

I had my meals and groceries delivere… Read full post »

MARCH 16, 2011 9:59PM

The Nike Ad That Changed My Life

I was watching Independent Lens...a documentary about the ad campaigns that changed the world, when there...on the screen...was the glossy Nike fold out magazine ad that completely changed my life. 

The creators of the ad talked about all the women who had called Nike and the ad agency to "test… Read full post »

Today, the April 6 Youth Movement sent the URL to this video to their followers on Facebook, and I can see why.

It's a beautiful video.  A tribute to the brave people who made it all happen.  Nothing I can say, nothing anyone could say, could surpass these images from… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2011 4:45PM

Minute Miracles--No More Ab Crunches

This is not an infomercial, but it will probably sound like one--I'm that stoked about this!

You see, as I continue looking for fitness advice and techniques that really work for women--and men--my age, I have uncovered some really remarkable things.  And the most remarkable of all was a seven s… Read full post »

I learned a very scary thing today.

Some of you may have already heard this, but it was news to me--even the Mythbusters weren't aware of this one.  If you're using your cell phone or a digital camera to take pictures, you may be giving anyone who looks at those pictures… Read full post »

Steven Tyler and Me

That’s it.  That’s the picture that started all this.    

Who IS that skinny girl there with Steven Tyler leering lasciviously at her side?  Me.  When I was a reporter.   And when I also wore a size…oh, -1 or so.


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This, is like...totally cool, you know?  I mean, it totally rocks and if we all, like...listened to this guy and spoke as if we, like...really cared about what we were saying and really believed we had a right to speak up, like...well...I dunno, but...maybe, just maybe...we could change the worl… Read full post »

Queen Zenyatta

After seeing The Queen take the ultimate prize last night, I just wanted to share some wonderful vids with you to make you smile after all the heaviosity and sadness of the past two weeks.  

They're videos of the amazing Zenyatta, who was named Horse of the YearRead full post »

Why did we cheer even as we cried?   Why did we rejoice and celebrate and not only bow our heads?

Well, first of all, because we’re TUCSONANS.    And we do things a little differently here, period.  

But mostly because, well…we’re healing. Read full post »

Saw it comin’. 

I was hoping against hope it wouldn’t happen, but  I’ve gotta quit thinking that we live in that Frank Capra America I still kinda believe in, sappy, bleeding heart liberal that I am.

Because now, as a registered Democrat, I’m apparently personally… Read full post »

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JANUARY 10, 2011 12:07PM

Sheriff Dupnik--A Different Type of Hero

While others quibble about whether the shooter here in Tucson was influenced by politics or not, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has decided it’s time to stop splitting hairs.  

I was stunned and inspired by his bravery in giving voice to fears and frustrations I have felt, and written about… Read full post »


Congresswoman Giffords



During a press conference it was revealed that there might be a second "person of interest" in the Giffords shooting.  And Channel 13 News here in Tucson reported that a neighbor who moved away from the block where the suspect in custory lives said he moved his… Read full post »

This handsome gentleman, is Diamond Rio.

Diamond Rio was shot and abandoned by drug smugglers

He was used by drug smugglers to carry their illegal cargo through the scorching desert. 

And then, one day, for no reason any sane person can imagine…someone shot him and left him to die.

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