About Me

I started my career in tech, at first, as a graphics specialist and systems administrator on Capitol Hill and, later, a small government agency tasked with overseeing the S&L cleanup. After my stint as a systems administrator for a member of Congress, I moved back and forth between graphic design and systems administration until I was offered an opportunity to edit a technical book. It was then that I moved on to writing and editing. I have a degree in political science.

I suspended my career as a writer and technical editor of computer how-to books twelve years ago to homeschool my daughter.  My job as her teacher is now done. My daughter just turned eighteen and is in her junior year as a Fine Arts and African American Studies double major at one of the California State universities.

My interests have always included political science, philosophy (social ethics), and economics, though, thanks to a certain columnist I follow, I’ve discovered that my true passion is social justice.  I am tri-lingual in English, French, and Hebrew.

My daily challenge is to give myself five minutes or less to write each comment I post in the opinion section of The New York Times where I was recently featured in a piece about their commenters. After almost two years of writing almost daily essays on this blog and making submissions to various newspapers and magazines (without much success), I’ve decided to try and turn this blog into a proper magazine, with the support of my readers.

I am a huge fan of Jazz (Be-bop and Afro-Cuban).

I live in Southern California with my family.

Thanks for stopping by!

Rima Regas

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A sampling of my daughter’s art:

My daughter at community college graduation, May 23rd, 2014:

Waiting to receive diploma
Waiting to receive diploma

Notice to readers: I need your urgent support, both personally, and for Blog#42 itself, which I am trying to turn into a small business, as a reader-supported site. It is my full-time job and I cannot do more without your financial support. Thank you.

  • Charles Bane, Jr.

    How long since we changed the oil?
    When I seizure, I’m confused. I
    never told a soul until I met you. I was
    afraid of small town rule; by force
    of will, I begged sometimes to be
    excused. Gran mal, you said, it
    sounds so lovely; it sounds like
    a painting Sargent might make
    of Venetian canals. Let’s walk,
    you said, starling, and if
    you drop, I’ll stop mid-
    flight to dip in foam.

    Charles Bane, Jr. is the American author of The Chapbook ( Curbside Splendor, 2011) and Love Poems ( Kelsay Books, 2014). His work was described by the Huffington Post as “not only standing on the shoulders of giants, but shrinking them.” A writing contributor for The Gutenberg Project, he is a current nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida. “In Paris” is from his new release.

  • paulhoss428

    Comment from Charles Blow’s piece in today’s NYT, which I don’t have much confidence they’ll publish:

    “…to honor the heroes of the past but also to motivate the activists of the moment.” Two of the activists of the moment were former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, ten feet to the right of the Obamas on the bridge.

    Why did the New York Times decide to crop out the image of the former president and his wife from their front page on Sunday? The Bushes were there voluntarily to demonstrate their support for the march and the movement, weren’t they, or did someone force them to attend?

    I’m an un-enrolled (independent) Massachusetts voter, not a die hard republican and found this decision by the Times to be nothing short of despicable. This partisan reporting is something I’d expect from Fox News or some urban tabloid but not from the paper of record that boasts of publishing “all the news that’s fit to print.”

    Shame on the New York Times. Shame on you.

  • Love all the work you do here, Rima! Keep it up!!

  • Awesome site, hon! Nice to see you getting the good word out 😀

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  • gun

    Now that was a good read. My bird dog nose and yours have tracked the same trails and come to the same conclusions…keep up the good work…

    • Thanks so much! I can’t tell which piece you are responding to, presuming it isn’t my about me page that you are referring to.

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