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I love my boyfriend. We’ve been together two years. Recently, however, we’ve been experiencing conflict over the issue of children. He wants kids; I don’t. I’ve always felt strongly about this, and he said he was fine with this when we started dating. But he’s been bringing up the subject of kids a lot lately (I suspect because he’s thinking about popping the question). The discussions have grown fraught — to the point where he was in tears at the end of an argument. I eventually said I could be open to kids because I love him and don’t want to lose him. But can this be healthy for us long-term? — Conflicted Though many things in life come with the opportunity to push the “back” button, once you have a kid, you have a kid. You can’t just drop ‘em off at the fire station if they turn out to be precociously criminal – already hot-wiring cars at age seven. Deciding whether to have kids is a very recent state of affairs, coinciding with the development and availability of reliable birth control (starting in the late 1950s with the Lippes Loop IUD). For most of human history, unless a woman spent her fertile years all alone on one of those New Yorker cartoon desert islands, there was a good chance she’d have not just a child but the beginnings...

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Love of LA

Poet honors all people in the City of Angels By Bridgette M. Redman Los Angeles has always had more to it than meets the eye. Beyond Tinseltown, beyond the celebrities, beyond the traffic gridlock, is a place that is home to people from all heritages, from all walks of life. That’s what Shonda Buchanan fell in love with and to which she plays tribute in her latest poem and the film it spawned — part of “For The Love of LA,” a digital series created by The Music Center. Buchanan is an award-winning poet, author, lecturer at Loyola Marymount University (her alma mater) and trustee of Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice. PBS NewsHour named her memoir, “Black Indian,” one of the “top 20 books to read” to learn about institutional racism and it won the 2020 Indie New Generation Book Award. Rodriguez’s project resonated with Buchanan on many levels. “I feel as if I am the quintessential LA artist,” Buchanan said. “I have such a deep love of everything LA, but not the glossy, celebrity Beverly Hills. That’s not my focus, though it is nice to go to Rodeo Drive.” Instead, it is the diverse LA that calls to her, the communities ranging from Native Americans to Latino to Ethiopians. Buchanan has immersed herself in as much culture as she possible, drawing upon Southern California’s diversity of...

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Music for the Masses

Ron Morrissey leads a full life playing for seniors By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Musician Ron Morrissey could not make a living out of performing, but playing for seniors has enriched his life. The Marina del Rey singer/guitarist performs 100 shows a year for isolated seniors in Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills , Culver City, Playa Vista, Hermosa Beach, West Palm Beach Florida and Tuscany, Italy. The project started merely as a way to entertain his mother-in-law after he retired in 2014. “It had a wraparound porch, and I brought my guitar,” the 71-year-old says about her retirement home. “She suffers from Alzheimer’s, and I was playing for her. I looked up and there were 30 clients in the audience. They came in from everywhere, sitting around this wraparound porch. “They were so happy I was playing music. I looked at my wife (Joan F. Morrissey) and said, ‘Look at this.’ That was about 11 years ago. I did it first during the summers off from teaching. Now I do it all year round.” He specializes in pop music — “sunshine pop” as it’s been called — from the 1940s to 1960s. Morrissey presents an upbeat show with songs that have sold 1 million copies or more by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Fats Domino, and the Moody Blues. He wants to ensure everyone knows the...

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Cut down on letters, please Editor: I have been a loyal Argonaut reader for many, many years. I enjoy the diverse articles about our community and I’ve always enjoyed the letters to the editor because they have always offered varying insights and opinions from community members in short, concise and often interesting formats. But lately the letters to the editor have become like articles themselves and my eyes just gloss over them when I see two pages consisting of two letters. Guy Shulman Playa del...

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Coronavirus by the numbers and local updates

Compiled by Kamala Kirk Cases and deaths by neighborhood as of October 8: Culver City: 2,892 (deaths 114); Del Rey: 41 (deaths one); El Segundo: 1,061 (deaths 10); Marina del Rey: 661 (deaths four); Mar Vista: 2,856 (deaths 37); Palms: 3,403 (deaths 64); Playa del Rey: 174 (deaths one); Playa Vista: 858 (deaths 12); Santa Monica: 6,587 (deaths 186); Venice: 2,651 (deaths 18); Westchester: 3,543 (deaths 57) Total Westside cases: 24,727 Total Westside deaths: 504 Total confirmed cases in LA County: 1,468,634 Total deaths in LA County: 26,284 Total new cases as of October 8: 1,204 Total new deaths: 30 Hospitalizations: 721 Positivity rate (seven-day daily average): 1.14% Total number of people tested: 8,751,974 (Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public...

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