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A good friend sent me a nice note about one of my columns. Of course I was pleased, but as I started to write an answer, I noticed a robot had read her praise and was suggesting that I reply, “How sweet. Thank you!”This really annoyed me.Why is a robot or an algorithm or whatever snooping in…

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Q: My doctor told me to meditate to help me reduce my anxiety and blood pressure. My mind is always racing with things I need to do, fears and worry. I’ve tried meditating, but I can’t just stare at a candle or sit with my eyes closed and spontaneously stop my thoughts. Failing just makes me…

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In March when I wrote an article in the Palos Verdes Peninsula News about churches and the coronavirus, I quoted a communiqué from the Archbishop of Los Angeles. In it the archbishop said, in part: “the Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to advise that most people in the United State…

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Readers of previous columns may have noted my desire to protect the wildlife on our three acres. Granted the noisy peacock population we inherited with the house has dwindled to almost nothing these days. But that's the fault of my son's big black dog whose hobby is chasing the birds off the…

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At the beginning of 2020, I was excitedly working on a new venture to help those with memory impairments called, “Live, Love, Art.” It was to launch in April 2020—and then COVID-19 hit! My team nonetheless quickly implemented the program at my memory care homes and with my in-home care clien…

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There were a couple of ways that I knew my age was catching up to me: I needed glasses to read labels and menus; and food didn’t have the same forgiving relationship with my body that it did 10 years ago. 

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The book I’m currently reading is a novel titled "The Guest Book" by Sarah Blake. It’s the tale of a New York clan who once   bought a small island in Maine. It was inexpensive to buy in the 1930s, but the present day heirs are having a hard time hanging on to it. 

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In a little more than seven weeks, school is scheduled to start on the Peninsula for more than 11,000 students. But unlike the usual beginning-of- the-school-year questions of where’s my locker, will any of my friends be in my classes and who are my teachers, my daughter is dealing with only…

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In March, in commentary I wrote for the Palos Verdes Peninsula News on “Churches and Coronavirus,” I quoted a communiqué from the Archbishop of Los Angeles: “This week, the State of California declared a state of emergency to help the state prepare for and contain the spread of the virus. Ho…

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This week I was going to write about my dismay when I heard Pier One was going out of business. Where, I wondered, was I going to buy my next back scratcher?

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Let’s take a step back and look at what we’ve been continuing to overcome, and what we can gain from our world being temporarily closed.What we can gain? It sounds crazy, I know. For many of us, so much of this still feels foreign and overwhelming, but I promise within this uncertainty, ther…

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Another week has rolled around and we’re still stuck at home. Not too much to say on that topic for now. But when I caught sight of a dark blue sky thorough my window, I ventured outside. There’s plenty going on out there.We’ve had a banner spring, a mixture of sun and rain that’s unusual fo…