Poetry Day at the Cahuenga Branch Library


April 14th, 2018; 12:15 – 2:00 PM

It’s happening. After 27 years of splotching so many shoe-marks through the little pueblo of Los Angeles now branded by so many real estate signs as East Hollywood, which to me for so long has just been the place I call Home, I finally get to announce a major event in the neighborhood at which my dirty chucks and I can stand at the fore joined by fellow Angelenos and L.A. enthusiasts alike. Mark your calendars!

Poetry Day for Poetry Month is taking place at the Cahuenga Branch Public Library from 12:15 PM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 14th, 2018.

It is a major event. In the downstairs section of the library, and in conjunction with the library’s book sale that day as well as with support from the congruent Friends of Cahuenga chapter, I will be serving as emcee for an Open Mic celebration of April’s Poetry Month theme. The event will feature poets from Los Angeles, refreshments from the Friends, and of course, many of the library’s delicious books for sale.

If he were still with us, I’m confident that Roger King the chess coach would be proud. Roger passed on last year after a short battle with cancer, and although his games have been missed, this afternoon I could feel Roger’s local friendly spirit stamping through the classroom where the planning meeting with Cahuenga’s Friends was held, just like when the games took place there when Roger was still commandeering them.

Naturally, then, we’ve got our eyes on locals in the neighborhood for the big day, but every reader and supporter or friend of a friend of JT is now officially invited. There are also more details of the event to come, but for now consider yourself informed:

We are going to make you proud Los Angeles.


Tonight is that Night

Tonight two cities glue themselves to the edge of their seats to watch history unfold itself before their eyes. While I might hail from just one of those cities, I root for all the people from all the cities of the world who treasure any game as a medium by which to bring people and their communities together.

There is much going on in the world, but to pretend that entertainment isn’t a fundamental part of what makes us human would be like walking through the school yard past a playground during lunchtime to note only that there are kids rather than that there are kids playing and laughing and jumping to the drum of their heartbeats as they make up the moments that will make them who they are.

Games are fun. They expand our imagination and allow us to live, and sometimes even to achieve greatness. Of course they also allow us to play, and so naturally one couldn’t expect me to be serious when claiming to root for both teams as they meet one last time for all the marbels.

In the end you can’t please everyone anyhow.



It’s that time again,

Make it count Los Angeles,