A community staggered and hurt tries to heal

Now we know the meaning behind Thomas Paine’s famous words “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Surely they must refer to the 72 hours of trial and tribulation that befell Thousand Oaks and nearby communities beginning on Wed., Nov. 7, 2018. If the shocking loss of 12 lives that night at Borderline Bar and Grill wasn’t bad enough, […]


My old home was lost


It is Saturday morning, Nov. 10, and a multicolored smoke plume builds like a thunderhead above Boney Mountain in Newbury Park. It soars vertically, reflecting prismatic colors, a sight at once commanding our awe and renewing our trepidation. The morning had dawned clear, bright and windless. We’d watched phoebes and sparrows taking turns frolicking in the birdbath, a squirrel examining […]

‘War to end all wars’ did no such thing

“From the darkness on all sides came the groans and wails of wounded men; faint, long, sobbing moans of agony and despairing shrieks. It was too horribly obvious to me that dozens of men with serious wounds must have crawled for safety into shell holes. And now the water was rising above them, and powerless to move, they were slowly […]

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Boys and girls today, grown-ups tomorrow

Boys and girls and the bullies who harass them are a fact of life as students face multiple challenges in their journey from elementary school to high school. Few places serve as a safe haven for kids who are bullied, but we saw great promise with one organization that rolled out the red carpet to families in a local event […]


Waiting for home prices to fall

GUEST OPInion /// Residential real estate

Waiting for home prices to fall before you purchase? The collapse of housing prices 11 years ago affected many directly and indirectly. Sons and daughters of homeowners—at the time not old enough to purchase a home—witnessed the stressful ugly side of home ownership. Today those same sons and daughters are working, have some money saved and are ready to purchase […]

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