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Maison en Provence in Mission Hills for 25 Years

| January 10, 2021 | 0 Comments
Maison en Provence in Mission Hills for 25 Years

This past month I received an email from Marielle Giai, one of the proprietors of Maison en Provence, located at 820 Fort Stockton Drive in Mission Hills.  Marielle was sharing with me that 2021 marks the 25th year that she and her husband, Pascal, arrived in Mission Hills.  And, though I have known them since […]

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The Hidden Story

| January 10, 2021 | 0 Comments
The Hidden Story

Sometimes life takes you on a journey that you never expected.  That’s exactly what recently happened to me. This past month I received a press release on DJ Lance and Tuxedo, a special canine, whose story is on page 2 of this issue.  However, the real story is with Tuxedo’s human companion, Barry Soper.  I […]

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Feeling Extremely Blessed To Have A Veterinarian in My Life

| December 14, 2020 | 0 Comments
Feeling Extremely Blessed To Have A Veterinarian in My Life

Most of us will admit that our pets have helped us maintain our sanity during this past year.  Lexi, my adorable Yorkie, has been with me every day.  When I start to feel down, I look at her sweet face and immediately feel better.  Her presence brings calm to almost every unbearable situation.  Unfortunately, Lexi […]

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St. Nicholas: An Inspiration For Us All

| December 13, 2020 | 0 Comments
St. Nicholas: An Inspiration For Us All

Many people don’t realize that Santa Claus is based on Saint Nicholas, who was born to Greek parents near the end of the third century in the coastal city of Patara, in a region that is part of present day southwest Turkey. He was orphaned as a child and is said to have used his […]

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Meet An Extraordinary Artist and Neighbor

| November 14, 2020 | 0 Comments
Meet An Extraordinary Artist and Neighbor

Recently I was introduced to Jeffrey Siegel, who has lived in various houses in Mission Hills since 1989. His current home is also where he has his studio. Siegel shared with me that he got introduced to clay and ceramics when he was 16 years old.

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The Packaging May be Deceiving

| October 12, 2020 | 0 Comments
The Packaging May be Deceiving

We all know, over the last several months that there has been a shortage of hand sanitizers and wipes on the market.  All of us have gone to various stores where the shelves are bare with no timeline on when we will see this change. So, it’s understandable that if we see sanitizing wipes on […]

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A Mayoral Candidate Lacking of Good Judgment

| October 12, 2020 | 0 Comments
A Mayoral Candidate Lacking of Good Judgment

People have asked me if I fear God. My response is, no. I respect and trust God.  He is kind, caring, giving and provides guidance and direction to all people.  He loves us and is present for all people around the world. So what does this have to do with mayoral candidates?  None of us […]

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Destroying History and Monuments Does Not Change The Past

| July 6, 2020 | 0 Comments
Destroying History and Monuments Does Not Change The Past

It’s been painful and shocking to watch the destruction that our “fellow Americans” are causing on monuments, historical sites and businesses around the country.  It’s as if they think that vandalism and destruction will change the course of history.  It does not. In fact, it only creates anger and more controversy that is contrary to […]

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Barbara Bry For Mayor

| July 6, 2020 | 0 Comments
Barbara Bry For Mayor

A Vision and Mission to Be The People’s Mayor, Not A Career Politician Over the past couple of years, we have seen by action how our two mayoral candidates for the City of San Diego have acted and voted.  One of them is a career politician who says he will work for San Diegans, yet […]

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Fatherly Advice

| June 8, 2020 | 0 Comments
Fatherly Advice

For all of us who have had loving, caring and resourceful fathers in our lives, we know the loss we feel when they are no longer with us.  That void, no matter how recent or long ago it occurred, still seems to resonate in our lives.  However, somehow, Dad’s words of encouragement and fatherly advice […]

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