SWIMMING WITH GANGSTERS


Ella blew out tunes like a smoke stack and with each soulful sound, her face drew more sweat. By the second song, the sweat was pouring down her face and into that gorge like cleavage that heaved with each breath.  I didn’t understand the emotions that distorted her eyes and mouth. Ella, crowned by a […]

PART TWO: SWIMMING WITH GANSTERS


“ Mommy the door knocked.’ I said “ Okay, let me get it.” The valet reminded me of the munchens in Wizard of Oz, because of their berets, and tightly fitted double breasted coats. But it wasn’t the valet or room service, or anyone that I recognized. “Lucille, darling is everything to your satisfaction?” “Hello […]

SWIMMING WITH GANGSTERS IN LAS VEGAS


1961 I held my mother’s hand, as she led me through the casino, stopping to accept embraces, cheek kisses, and an occasional wink, before opening the door to our suite. The patio view to the pool was a kaleidoscope of flashing jewelry because back then women wore their jewelry everywhere. Umbrellas, stacks of white towels, […]