Domestic violence is here and it must be stopped

To say we are a country on edge is an understatement. When word broke last Saturday on social media of a shooting at The Oaks mall, many immediately assumed the worst: There was a person at the popular shopping center armed with a gun and seeking to kill indiscriminately. Several who were there at the mall have relayed stories of […]

Life after a weeklong stint of babysitting

Hot Flashes

In these sorry Chronicles of Yaya, you probably recall I was recently called to active duty when my daughter and son-in-law escaped to a foreign paradise. In a flash, I reported for service with my quality frying pan, real maple syrup, some rubber-ducky pajamas and enough Advil to ease every ache on the gams of all the Rockettes. And I […]

House with pool, spa on corner lot zoned for horses

This house is on a sweeping corner lot. The 2,720-square-foot home has five bedrooms and three baths on a 21,615-square-foot premium horse-zoned lot. The exterior has a pool, spa, plenty of room for horses and a huge gated and paved RV parking area with dump station. The interior features a gourmet island kitchen with new cabinets, granite counters and stainless […]

Take your Acorn on vacation


Take a hike through black walnut groves

ACORN SERIES /// A Trail Less Traveled

Everyone knows the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys are fiercely protective of its namesake oaks—but they’re not the only trees that get special treatment. Larger-sized California sycamore, bay laurel, toyon and black walnut species are also landmark trees that enjoy protected status. Black walnut trees historically supplied the dye the Chumash used to decorate baskets; empty walnut shells were used […]

Oak Park Unified School District welcomes students to The Club

New after school program to start in fall

For parents who work, the hours between school letting out and dinnertime can present a problem. Finding good child care can be a challenge, and having to help with homework after getting home from a long day on the job can be stressful. Oak Park Unified School District wants to take the pressure off parents whose children need a place […]

A tribute to the message of Billy Graham

Roots of Faith

When I was growing up, Billy Graham was a fixture in our home. My family watched every night of his televised crusades on our black-and-white set. Mom had a subscription to Decision, the monthly magazine produced by the Billy Graham Evangelist Association. I attended several screenings of the 1973 BGEA movie “Time to Run,” about a young man at odds […]

Twin pillars of the community

I learned about the passing last week of Alice Condee Stelle and of Joanne “Jody” White five months earlier. On the backs of these two dedicated and determined women was built the Las Virgenes Unified School District. Their loss is irreplaceable. I was one of the few fortunate people who served with them on the LVUSD Board of Education. Elected […]

Strawberry recipe contest sure to be a blast

April 6 is deadline for submissions

The 35th annual California Strawberry Festival is seeking anyone with a love of strawberries and an artistic culinary flair to enter the Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest. Submissions must be original, non-baked, sweet or savory-tasting strawberry dishes. The deadline to submit a recipe is April 6. Entries can include sauces, desserts, entrees, dips, drinks, jams, spreads—any food or drink creation […]