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Let It Begin With Me   Do you remember the good ole days when you could have a casual conversation with a friend or co-worker about politics, maybe even speculate on who was going to win an election, and stating your case as to why your candidate was the best choice? I sure do. From […]

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?   I have lived on only six streets in my lifetime – five of them were in the foothill communities that lie between the San Gabriel mountains and the Verdugo hills. These small towns within the big city are so special and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I truly […]

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2020 Vision Is Blurry   Back in 2010, I was privileged to serve on the North Glendale Community Plan (NGCP) advisory committee. This advisory body was composed of Glendale Planning staff, business owners, community leaders, historians and residents. We spent the better part of the year envisioning the future of far North Glendale that includes […]

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United We Stand?   Do you remember the feeling you get during a fireworks show, that surge of excitement when the crowd emits a collective gasp as the sky lights up and the booms reverberate? At that moment, do you feel a sense of pride in your community and for your country? I sure do. […]

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  The Only Thing That We Have To Fear Is …   I never understood the famous words by Franklin D. Roosevelt during his inaugural address on March 4, 1933 but I am beginning to now. “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is […]

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Caring For Our Seniors in 2020   It seems whether you are 18 and a high school senior or 81 and a senior citizen, 2020 hasn’t exactly been the best year for you. It didn’t take long for the great vision we all shared at the beginning of the year to first blur then fade […]

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Back To Basics Spring usually means new hope but this month has been downright agonizing. Dealing with never-ending news reports about the coronavirus, plus the panic that ensued, has been unbearable for me.  Grief is hard enough to manage without this added layer of hysteria. I never want to hear these phrases again: “shelter in […]

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Dogs Are A Gift I am a big fan of dogs. They are the perfect daily therapy for my soul. They make me laugh heartily with their silly behavior and comfort me when I am down, especially lately. In the past when I have seen a dog in trouble, like wandering the streets, I have […]

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A is for Addiction, D is for Drugs I have been writing this story in my head for 10 years and yet I cannot find the right words now.  There are no words from this parent who has lost her child that can make any sense of it, other than to say that sometimes love […]

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The Man Who Would Become Google-Able Every community has them, the town characters. People who, for whatever reason, dress a little differently and act a little differently than others. They add texture to the fabric of our lives while they are here and we remember them fondly when they are gone.  I met one such […]

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