Good life, not a life of goods

commentary /// Eye on the environment

Ric Burns’ upcoming film, “The Pilgrims,” is expected to continue the Burns’ family tradition of documenting American history with engaging insight. In a recent interview on National Public Radio, Burns emphasized aspects of the Thanksgiving story rarely highlighted in current celebrations. The pilgrims, said Burns, came to make a “Godly Kingdom” and started with faith in God to provide resources […]

Home Depot to give it another go?

Company makes second request to build on same site

Six years after it was denied permission by the Thousand Oaks City Council to open in a former Kmart store, Home Depot appears poised to give it another go on Hampshire Road. In August, the home improvement giant submitted a pre-application to the city of Thousand Oaks to build a store at 325 Hampshire Road, followed by an updated plan […]

Mary Kathleen (Jo) Call Bailey

Third-grade girl writes and illustrates own book

Tale is an adventure of twins in space

Sienna Rose Miller’s interest in outer space led to the publication of a new book by the Calabasas 8-year-old titled “The Adventure in Space.” Sienna, a third-grader at Bay Laurel Elementary School, wrote and illustrated the $9.99 softcover book, which is on sale in stores and online (ISBN 978- 1-68222-356-7). Sienna, herself a twin, writes about a twin brother and […]


Giving thanks for nature’s beauty

On the Trail

A holiday such as Thanksgiving prods us to tally the many things we have to be thankful for, some of which touch us in a special way. And so it was for me with a potted plant and a goodhearted fellow gardener. My friend Jet loves plants as I do, but she’s the gardener who can’t say “no” to a […]

Dial M for making up lies

Family Man

Wives are always making up stuff about their husbands. So how do you go about changing your wife’s mind? Years ago, I began a tradition of watching Alfred Hitchcock movies on Thanksgiving Day. Hitch’s films have everything the holiday needs—birds, carving and someone (me) who is accused of something he didn’t do, like “The Wrong Man.” Last year, my wife […]

Get ready for tipoff


Swish. Nothing but net is a perfect sound. Not even a Miles Davis, Beethoven and Freddie Mercury power trio could make such beautiful music together. Even the word itself—swish— is sweeter than wild honey pie. Local high school boys’ basketball players know that sound never gets old, but it takes defense, rebounding, hustle and clutch plays to win. Marmonte League […]

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