The local women who rule

The U.S. Congress voted 100 years ago to give women the right to vote, a key milestone in the history of the country that will someday, in the not-too-distant-future we hope, see a female president sitting in the White House. On the centennial of women’s suffrage— the 19th Amendment wasn’t ratified until 1920—it seems appropriate that next year, for the […]


Happiness amid the heartbreak is possible

Today marks exactly one year since our 12 loved ones died in the tragedy at Borderline. Tomorrow, it will have been exactly a year since the Woolsey fire started and, to this day, we still find it hard to fathom those “72 Hours From Hell,” as our bold headline back then proclaimed. On one unforgettable day, brothers, sisters, best friends, […]

Honor the 12 by spreading kindness, humor, courage

COMMENTARY /// Remembering Borderline

Nov. 7. For many years, that box on the calendar had been a day that brought special joy to my heart. It wasn’t a date that went by casually or unnoticed. It has been both the celebrated birthday of a good friend and also a day I marked in my heart to remember the faithfulness of God toward our family. […]

Winds, fires and no electricity the real tricks this Halloween

Ah, Southern California in the fall. It’s that time of year when the winds kick up, the temperatures rise and the threat of fire greets practically every new day. It feels like we’re living in one big haunted house, and if Mother Nature huffs and puffs any harder we’re all going to just blow away. But, hey, there’s always pumpkin […]


Westlake Lake—what’s in a name?

In 2006 the City of Westlake Village celebrated its silver anniversary, and you can bet The Acorn was there to cover it. When you think about it, to be 25 again would be sweet. Heck, some of the old-timers in town will even take 50. Speaking of which, Westlake Lake—which was built in 1969 and serves today as the city’s […]


Don’t take the bait, kill rodents safely

      The headlines are repetitive, the news, quite frankly, repulsive: Another mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains dies from anticoagulant rodent poisoning. The latest death was discovered Sept. 9 when National Park Service biologists hiked into Topanga State Park and found an otherwise healthy 6-year-old male cougar, known as P-30, dead from what was later said to […]


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