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Two sons and a daughter were here last week and there was much sibling conversation and reminiscing. They recalled fun days and escapades from the 1960s and 1970s in Lunada Bay. Climbing down the cliffs, hiking up to Peninsula Center, and biking all over the place were some of their fondest …

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Hopefully, we will soon be able to return to the movies. What I wouldn't do to see a good ole fashioned Hollywood blockbuster on the big screen! With all of the challenges of the past year, we all want a saccharine-sweet happy ending in our own lives as well as on the screen.  But that is no…

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I love watching little kids playing. They’re inquisitive. They haven’t yet developed the filters of political correctness. Most of all, they’re fearless.

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A year ago, when the pandemic had just arrived, but before we had any idea of what was still to come, a friend described the season as “the lentiest Lent we have ever lented.”

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As pandemic boredom seeps into my every crevice, I have renewed appreciation for the grand memories of my travels as a Flying Tiger Lines flight attendant. Reminiscing with my former flight crew members has kept me somewhat sane. Here's a tour down memory lane I hope you, too, will enjoy. 

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At this time of the year, I’m usually scaling back on the sugars and carbs and adding in a little more gym time to rebalance the overindulgence from the holidays.

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On Christmas Day, my sister-in-law Pam and niece Rebecca had the sweet idea to contact everyone in the immediate family for a ZOOM get together. 

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Q: I’m not sure I understand why the stay-at-home orders and restrictions on restaurants and businesses are so strict. I know a lot of people who got COVID-19 but they weren’t much sicker than the flu. What’s the sudden panic for people to stay home and only be with people in their own house…

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Well, Christmas is coming, but some important parts of the family aren’t.The Northern Californians and the one in Brooklyn are staying put as requested. We were expecting two from Echo Park, but one is quarantined after being exposed to the virus. We’ll also be missing a Santa Barbara son. Alas.  

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I got scammed yesterday. And I’m miserable about it. Wasn’t I the first to spot a scam when someone called my husband a few years back, claiming to be our youngest grandchild stuck in a Florida jail after a driving accident? 

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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.