Exposing the naked truth to a kid

Hot Flashes

“Yaya, these people aren’t wearing any clothes.” Oy vey. When you take a 7-year old to a museum, be prepared to do a lot of ’splaining. I relied on Yiddish expressions even though I didn’t taste a bagel until I was 18. “ Well you know how it is, Coco,” I explained, “these people lived almost 2,000 years ago. Those […]

Hot and spicy dishes, drinks, decor

Acorn Epicurean

Like hot, sunny days in the tropics, a visit to Mejico Grill and Tequila Lounge right here in the Conejo Valley will warm patrons from the outside in. The inviting cottage-style building in Agoura Hills offers beautiful and relaxed outdoor seating just outside the bar area. Or nestle by the indoor fireplace for a cozy, romantic evening. The opposite side […]

Choose holiday season travel plans carefully

Flying Squirrel

With the holiday season approaching, many travelers are busy making plans for the hectic months of November and December. There are families to visit over Thanksgiving week. With some kids out of school, there may even be an opportunity to sneak in a mini-vacation to somewhere warm. As the calendar turns to December, travel can involve shopping trips, theme park […]

Sharing Yoda-like brilliance with the kid

Family Man

My 15-year-old son said he regretted leaving basketball a couple years ago to take up tennis. It’s not that he was sorry about playing tennis. He just felt he’d been getting better at basketball and wondered if had made a mistake sacrificing that progress to start at the bottom of another sport. How far, he asked, would he have come […]

The church stays grounded in solid teaching

Roots of Faith

In light of recent scandals surrounding Catholic clergy and the decline in Protestant church membership, perhaps we should stop and ask, just what is the church? Is the church merely a social club? A social service agency? A community group like the Rotary or Kiwanis? A therapy/support group? A corrupt organization that has outlived its usefulness? Or is the church […]

1-2-3 method: artisan sourdough for beginners

Convectional Wisdom

Wow. Thank you to everyone who has emailed me over the past month to share your sourdough starter adventures. I’m so excited for all of you! As promised, here’s a step-by-step guide to baking your first artisan sourdough loaf. This recipe is great for beginners. It’s known as the “1-2-3 method”—that’s one part starter, two parts water and three parts […]

Mini cups, large price tags in Malibu

Hot Flashes

This just in. I trekked my primitive bod, enlightened by processed cheese and vodka, to the village of Malibu. As usual, I found myself in awe of the female set. In all their glory, I watched as they operated en masse: reed thin, impeccably dressed in the latest Lululemon has to offer, messy buns so exquisitely carefree, with unchipped, pale […]

Helping vets overcome PTSD and abuse

Veterans Connection

Instead of PTSD, maybe it should be called PTS-A-D—Post Traumatic Stress—and Abuse— Disorder. Medical findings indicate that more veterans today report PTSD related to noncombat situations than ever before. Unfortunately, much of this is related to physical, mental, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse. This is a fact that, for me, is close to home—literally. My neighbor Stephen, 65, a former […]

Hanging out in the hibiscus haven

On the Trail

Whether you pronounce it hibiss cuss or high-biss-kiss, there’s no quibbling over the beauty of the hibiscus plant. For some of us, the shrub is a vivid reminder of trips to tropical isles, where it appears in wanton abundance from airport to surf shack and all points between. At the present instance, on a recent walkabout in a Newbury Park […]

Dishing out authentic Indian cuisine

Acorn Epicurean

As Indian cuisine has become a favorite dining experience for Americans, fans will be thrilled with one local restaurant that really hits it out of the epicurean ballpark. Anarbagh is a family-owned and operated restaurant that’s been delighting customers in Woodland Hills for nearly 25 years. It has been so successful over that time that brothers Zohir Uddin and Matab […]

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