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Star of the Desert

The Meanderings of Mazal HaMidbar

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Writer's Block: Starstruck
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Have you ever met anyone famous?

Actor/singer Bobby Sherman

Country-music icons Johnny and June Cash

U.S. Sen. Alan Cranston, Ed Begley Jr. and Shelley Duvall (all on an environmental tour)

Actress Thora Birch

Actor-singer Christian Kane (Angel, Close to Home, Leverage)

Actors Garett Maggart and Richard Burgi (The Sentinel)

Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Junot Diaz

I once talked on the telephone to singer-songwriter-actress-activist Holly Near

Writer's Block: Use Your Power
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LJ is asking what is apparently the most common "Writers' Block" question: If you could have one super-power, what would it be? This is a no-brainer for me (and the same answer I gave when this question came up earlier this year): To heal the sick ... for obvious personal reasons, and having nothing to do with what day today is ... I want to think this would be my choice even if my family situation were not what it is ...

Writer's Block: By Any Other Name
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If you could rename yourself in real life, what would you choose, and why?

I don't need to do it in RL, because I've already done it here in cyberspace. See, half a lifetime ago when I went to school in Israel, I briefly met an adorable little girl with the lovely name Mazal (Mah-ZAHL), which is the ancient, poetic word for "star" in Hebrew and also has the connotation of "luck" (think of the English expressions "star-crossed lovers" and "thank your lucky stars" and you'll see what I mean).

I decided at that time that somehow, someway, I would use that name in my writing. Finally, a few years ago when I started writing "alternative" forms of fiction and commentary that I knew most people in my RL would not appreciate, It was suggested to me to find a pen name, so I did.

Question for anyone reading this: In addtion to the above question per se, what does your online "handle" mean and how did you choose it?

Writer's Block: Words that you love and hate
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What are your favorite and least favorite words? Any reasons why?

For some reason, I love these words: time, home, world. And I love titles that use them, or even more than one, such as "At Home in the World," the biography of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, who attended the same high school my brothers did.