Milestone gifts with meaning

Other Side of 50

Last week my sister asked me for a gift idea for a friend who was turning 50. As I began to brainstorm with her, my thoughts turned to how a person might feel on the occasion of a milestone birthday, whether it be 50, 60, 70, 80 or beyond. Do milestone birthdays change the way people evaluate their lives? And […]


Overtaxed and under-loved

There was a story on the news that the L.A. City Council had passed a measure to put a $1.5-billion bond measure on the ballot for the care of homeless people. Another story on the news was about the plan to spend $1.5 billion on the L.A. River. The river is not broken so don’t fix it. Use that money […]

Backyard birds

Photo display at King Gillette Ranch

What do western scrubjay, California quail, yellow- rumped warblers, hooded orioles and Allen’s hummingbirds have in common? They are all are native to the Santa Monica Mountains. These birds and others have also visited Mathew Tekulsky’s Los Angeles backyard, where he keeps tabs on them with his camera. Thirty of his photos from his book “Backyard Bird Photography” are on […]

Overworked and stressed? Rest in God

Roots of Faith

Years ago I ordered an item from a mail order company. After waiting several weeks for my purchase to arrive, I called to see what was holding up the shipment. Turns out the product was being made in Belgium and everyone in that country took a vacation during the entire month of August. Perhaps that practice would be impractical in […]

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