2016-08-25 E-Edition

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A clean community begins at home

What have you done to keep your neighborhood clean? Several years ago I started picking up trash during my regular 5K walk. When I started, I filled a large trash bag every walk. Now, it’s a trash bag total for several walks per week. Progress! When I finish, I sort the trash by whether it’s recyclable or not. This costs […]

Finding your alternate universe

COMMENTARY /// Peace through yoga

I recently had the chance to sit down with prolific yoga master Shiva Rea for a fireside chat. OK, maybe she was driving on the freeway and talking to me on her cellphone while I was sitting in my office enduring the hot summer heat, but it felt like a fireside chat. Her voice came through the phone and soothed […]

Let’s talk NATURE

Animals, our God-given helpers, companions

Roots of Faith

In the “Twilight Zone” episode “The Hunt,” a country farmer and his dog approach the gate that seems to lead to heaven. When the dog is not allowed in, the old man moves down the road to another gate. This is the authentic entrance to heaven. The first gate led to hell, and a dog would have smelled the brimfire […]

Pet backlash

A very interesting article about pets and owners in last week’s Acorn. Only a very disturbed person would threaten a helpless cat if it strays a few yards away. Secondly, neighbors have to understand that dogs do bark; it’s what they do and especially in this area when coyotes come visiting at night, or ambulances rush by, or other noises […]

Just gimme the simple life

Hot Flashes

What do the simple folk do? Well, as the summer melts on, what we do is . . . not much. Like our lazy labradoodles, napping is our specialty and cowboy burgers are our greatest indulgence. Seems Gwumps and I have drifted off into thinking about absurd things. Like drinking games. “Every time Bernie says ‘millionaires and billionaires,’” the husband […]

Newcomers are welcome

Westlake Village group to host annual kickoff breakfast for guests

Westlake Village Newcomers will hold its annual kickoff coffee from 10 a.m. to noon Wed., Sept. 14 at the Westlake Yacht Club, 32123 Lindero Canyon Road. The club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1968 to promote friendships through social functions and interest groups. The club is open to those living in the 91361, 91362 and 91377 ZIP codes. The […]

Pastor finds inspiration in Brother Lawrence

Whether caring for family, going to work or running errands, life can sometimes feel monotonous. It can be easy for people to lose sight of the fact that God is part of their lives, especially when it feels like everything has become all-too-routine, said Charlie Maloney, pastor of Camarillo Christian Church. “I think one of the key questions people struggle […]

Different breed

Regarding the Aug. 11 article titled “Furry friend finds new home locally,” in the ninth paragraph, which inarguably discusses the urgently needed “freeway wildlife bridge,” the author employs an unfortunate, perhaps prudish, choice of wording, stating that “[the] local mountain lion population . . . faces extinction due to its contained habitat and penchant for inbreeding.” These magnificent cats, like […]

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