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A Walk on The Hill

| May 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

I always find that the classes and lectures I attend at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCSD teach me something I did not know before. Recently I attended a lecture about Bankers Hill given by Dan Soderberg, a San Diego native who has a wealth of knowledge about America’s Finest City. Since I […]

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Mo`olelo – Act II

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

It began with a call in late summer last year. “I have news for you, but I need you to keep it confidential for a little while,” she said. “I have been offered another job and it will probably be finalized very soon.” My response, “Well, to be candid, I’m not surprised; I knew this […]

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Reversing the Panic

| March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

The phone rang at 3 a.m. waking me from a sound sleep. It was my sister and the panic in her voice was alarming, “You need to come over immediately, it’s an emergency.” My sister has Multiple Sclerosis and is paralyzed from the waist down. She had caregivers during the day and at night, after […]

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| February 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

I needed to learn the real meanings of current acronyms and buzz words. I realized this when I signed a message sent to someone who was going through a crisis with LOL. No one had told me yet that it stands for laugh out loud, which was not my intention. I thought I was signing […]

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That Perfect Gift

| December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

The holidays are here, each year a little earlier, each year a little more frantic. The holiday music started hitting the stores in early November and I’ve already seen houses decorated in my neighborhood. But this year frantic hits a new high (or low). It’s bad enough that Black Friday has become de rigueur, but […]

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Our New House of Books

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

I love libraries, all kinds of libraries. I love the Library of Congress and I love the little Mission Hills branch on Washington Street. It was with this love that I eagerly anticipated the opening of our brand new central library, and it is all I hoped for and more. The day of my first […]

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Ask for the Senior Discount When Robbing Banks

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Watching the news recently, I heard one of the newscasters refer to a bank robber as an elderly gentleman. Later in the broadcast he said the bank was robbed by a 68 year old man wearing a mask. Whoa, I thought, wait a minute, 68 is considered elderly? I’m in that age group, I never […]

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Girls and Boys and all Their Toys

| September 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Girls and Boys and all Their Toys

  As the mother of two sons I watched how my boys played and thought nothing of it. Although I did not see them gravitate toward dolls or dishes, I thought they must be playing the same as girls only using different toys. Instead of dolls they had G.I. Joe and action figures, instead of […]

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Thank You Mr. President

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

The President of the United States went on television to publicly attest to his feelings of what it is like to be a black man in America. Whatever your politics, you must admit this is a brave thing to do. It’s been my impression that President Obama wants us to think of him as a […]

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Traveling Can Change Your Disposition

| July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness Mark Twain (1835-1910) You’re going where? I could almost hear my father’s voice although he’s been gone 17 years. You’re going to Germany? I remember the first time I bought a German car and my father was disappointed in me, in fact he was aghast. He had […]

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