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What now? R-U DWT?

| June 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Here’s the short version:  a woman hears that a friend has suddenly died, and in haste and grief, she shoots off an email to the husband, expressing her condolences, offering heartfelt help if needed, and signs off with … “LOL.” Now, as any kid can tell you, “LOL, ” in our mile-a-minute world of communication, […]

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What Now? Clando Can Read

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
What Now?  Clando Can Read

If you can read this, you’re ‘way ahead of the thousands of adults and children in our town who can’t. Because they can’t, they either fake their way through their lives, or settle for minimum achievement – minimum opportunities; they never experience the pined-for successes they could actually achieve – if they could read. With […]

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Eat. Drink. Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
Eat. Drink. Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy

The San Diego Council on Literacy (SDCOL) has challenged over a dozen of San Diego’s finest Chefs to prepare a gourmet dishes inspired by a favorite book.  The results of their imagination will be served to those who attend the third annual Eat. Drink. Read – A Culinary Event for Literacy event from 5:30 – […]

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What Now? Old Town’s Leather Leader

| April 3, 2012 | 0 Comments
What Now? Old Town’s Leather Leader

There’s something about Dennis Toler – he just looks like a leather guy. He’s rugged, he’s brawny; he’s got good humor and a big smile. And, for 40 years, he’s had a super niche in Toler’s Leather Depot in Old Town State Historic Park – the “go-to” place for authentic leather goods. While he was […]

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What Now? Hack Me Not!

| March 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

No wonder Julian Assange took a talk-show host job. Given that hacking’s not what it used to be, the master’s career was probably in serious decline. If he weren’t booted out of the game by the authorities, by now his gig’s pretty far gone, anyway, taken over by … the times. By which I mean, […]

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Peacemaker Awards 2012

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Peacemaker Awards 2012

On Thursday, February 16, the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) will present its 24th Annual Peacemaker Awards.  We Talked with Steven P. Dinkin, NCRC’s president. LW:  This is Peacemaker’s 24th year!  What inspired Peacemaker? How has it changed over the years? SD:  NCRC’s Peacemaker Awards promotes the concept and the possibility of resolving conflict through […]

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Woman Power!

| December 29, 2011 | 0 Comments
Woman Power!

By Laura Walcher When a San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF) member parts with $2,000 every year, strictly for community improvement, perks abound. Friendships that might never have been otherwise possible, and an immersion into society and its needs that somehow escaped one’s notice in the course of daily duties, family, friends and careers occurs. Tracy […]

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What Now: Humor? It can really get ya’ down

| November 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

by Laura Walcher If you’ve missed your perfectly every-day sense of humor lately, well, it’s no wonder. But black humor may be your thing; if so, you’re in hog-humor-heaven with me. My personal favorite was Steven Colbert, who noted the headline, “Cain Hits Home Run with Kimmel.” “…impressive,” exuded Colbert, “because he was only trying […]

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Off My Desk, 2011

| November 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

My annual search through my tidbit collection yields … items: Bad: No one to blame? Blame the media. Newt Ginrich either didn’t have his cheat-sheet ready or just didn’t like the question. When debate interviewers (understandably) asked the candidates their opinions re healthcare, he scowled: “You want to puff this up into some giant thing?” […]

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Gotta Dance! Meet John Malashock

| October 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
Gotta Dance!  Meet John Malashock

  To meet John Malashock, that lean, limber, sunny man, you really might think right away, “this guy’s a dancer!” Voila! His dance company has presented dramatic, thrilling dance for near 25 years. John lives in Mission Hills with his wife, Nina. Their son, Duncan, 28, is a visual artist in Brooklyn. We talked: LW. […]

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