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Nature provides relief in tough times

On the Trail

Mercifully, nature appears to be among those things the pandemic cannot beat back. This became obvious on a recent jaunt from Bennett Park in Westlake Village’s First Neighborhood out to Westlake Lake on Lindero Canyon Road and on to the Las Virgenes Reservoir in the mountains above Triunfo Creek Park on Triunfo Canyon Road. My eyes are ever roving for […]

Robin Rousselet

April 12, 1957 – November 13, 2020

It is with profound sadness we announce that Robin Noel Rousselet has passed away on Friday, November 13, 2020 due to sudden cardiac arrest. Robin was born on April 12, 1957 in Hollywood, California. He was a loving husband, father and great friend to all who knew him. Robin grew up in the Hollywood Hills where he received his early […]

Weighing the ethical aspects of the COVID-19 crisis

Other Side of 50

There’s no debating that seniors are most at risk during this pandemic. While COVID-19 deaths have spanned all age groups, the hardest hit has been the 65-and-older population, which accounts for over 80% of the U.S. death toll from the disease. A friend offered her opinion that this pandemic may just be nature’s way of getting rid of the weak, […]

Opposing views can spark confrontation or spur conversation

Other Side of 50

I’ve never enjoyed confrontation. I’m happiest when everyone is getting along and working toward a shared goal. And believe me, that happens a lot—although it’s hard to discern that if you scan the media these days. So many topics are polarizing. It’s hard to have a conversation without something coming up that causes angst. I try my best to search […]

When a specialist is no longer special

Other Side of 50

Two years ago, I had a problem that landed me in the emergency room. A specialist physician was called in to perform an emergency procedure. I spent five days in the hospital and recovered well, but in the process I learned I had a treatable autoimmune disease. After my hospitalization, I continued to see this physician for outpatient checkups. In […]

Away from the manger: holy family in exile

Roots of Faith

COVID- 19 has thrown a wrench into our normal Christmas customs. Due to travel restrictions and vulnerable relatives, many families may be unable to travel home for a traditional holiday celebration. The first Christmas took place far from home, too. Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth (Luke 1:26-27), a small town over 70 miles north of Bethlehem. When Mary was […]

Soaring with the divine Son of God in John’s unique gospel

Roots of Faith

The final column in our series on the Gospels examines the book of John, which in art is depicted as an eagle as it soars to the heavens in its lofty description of Jesus as the exalted Son of God. John 3:16 is perhaps the most familiar verse in the Bible, one that many Christians have memorized, a succinct summary […]

Job searching in the age of COVID is a whole new ballgame

Other Side of 50

Almost 13 million people in the United States were unemployed as of September. Of course, a great deal of the job losses can be attributed to COVID. Many of us can name multiple people we know who are out of work as a result of the pandemic; half our staff at Senior Concerns had to be furloughed due to the […]

Plan now to celebrate holidays from afar

Other Side of 50

Many of us will be missing our loved ones this holiday season. In normal times, with busy schedules and families scattered across the country, holidays may be one of the few times loved ones get to spend together. We look forward to these special occasions all year long. These visits help to strengthen our family bonds and keep traditions going. […]

Jesus throws support for underdog in Luke’s gospel

Roots of Faith

The third in our series of the Gospels covers Luke, the only Gospel written by a Gentile (non-Jew). Luke was an educated Greek physician, which is perhaps why he included a number of healing miracles. It’s the longest Gospel, and the one with the most parables, including some of the most beloved stories: The Good Samaritan (10:29-37), the prodigal son […]


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