The result of God’s love certainly no mystery to believers

Roots of Faith

Mysteries are stories in which a crime or puzzle is solved. St. Paul referred to the gospel he preached as a “mystery.” Any connection? The dictionary defines “mystery” as “a religious truth that one can know only by revelation and cannot be fully understood.” Theology is how finite human creatures attempt to explain their infinite Creator. How did God create […]

Uplifting time during downtown vacation

Flying Squirrel

What’s the tallest outdoor structure you’ve ever visited, from which you’ve been able to enjoy a glass of wine and a fantastic sunset? And yes, I did say outdoors. Until this past weekend, I wouldn’t have had a quick answer to that question. Now I do. After visiting the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure show on Saturday, I walked up […]

In the fire zone, trees can cut both ways

Last week on this page we discussed the challenges facing the state’s power companies following a two-year stretch that saw some of the worst fires California has ever experienced. Unfortunately, much of the upgraded equipment and other changes put into place by Southern California Edison came after the fires, not before. Today, both SCE in Southern California and Pacific Gas […]


A close call

Mea culpa. For a very long time, I’ve been hearing public service announcements about texting or otherwise using one’s phone while driving. I have patted myself on the back for not doing that. My car has the option of pushing a button on the steering wheel and telling a voice to call someone on my telephone’s list of numbers. I […]

We’re in a pickle

I am writing to let you know that a decision was made by Rancho Simi Recreation Park District to permanently convert the two tennis courts at Deerhill Park in Oak Park to pickleball courts. The decision was made without the awareness of local tennis players. We didn’t even know about the public hearing until now. The Deerhill Park tennis courts […]

Save the tennis

The Oak Park tennis courts at Deerhill are being steamrolled into pickleball courts via stealth board meeting action just this last Thursday evening. Our neighborhood values and regularly uses the tennis courts for their intended purpose of playing tennis. The complete lack of communication regarding that vote and what options were on the table prior to that vote are both […]

Thanks to the community

The article on our little group of Relay for Life volunteers raising $267,000 for the Borderline victims only scratched the surface of what it took for us to raise that much money selling over 20,000- plus T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats. We and others began posting links on social media everywhere we could, and the community started showing up in droves. […]

We don’t do winter well in SoCal

Hot Flashes

Holy icicles, Batman! I think Mother Nature subbed Martha Stewart on the frost detail this morning. Our lawn looked like fondant overload, tempting a lick until my fingers froze and my cheeks cracked. A cold snap has kicked our California cool in the derriere, leaving our outdoor kitchens soaked by endless drizzle. In this green valley where flip-flops are perennial […]

Upside of downpour seen in cloud show

On the Trail

There were some colossal and astounding cumulus cloud formations above the Las Virgenes and Conejo valleys following the explosive thunder and lightning show on Jan. 31. Oh yeah, there was rain, too, but the precipitation was overshadowed by the peal of house-shuddering thunder that drowned out the alarm’s 7 a.m. wake-up call and the sudden flashes of brilliant light flooding […]

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