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Category: Lifelines

Santa Ana winds introduce fire threat for weekend

Fire danger in Southern California is significantly higher this weekend. A Santa Ana wind event combined with near record low fuel moisture is posing a substantial fire threat until Monday or Tuesday. The National Weather Service has forecast a red flag warning from early Friday morning, Oct. 4 through Sunday evening, Oct.6 State and federal […]

Lifelines: The fire of hope …

My father passed away Aug. 5. As I write, I am in Philadelphia preparing to speak at his memorial service. Town Crier Editor J. P. Crumrine kindly emailed me to convey his condolences and tell me not to worry about writing this column. However, I’ve been writing about hope for months and one of the […]

Lifelines: A bridge to hope …

In my last column, we examined the effect of hope’s deferral and fulfillment as expressed in an ancient Jewish proverb: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” We need to hope. When hope is fulfilled, we gain energy and motivation. Hope fulfilled is a lifeline. When hope […]

Lifelines: The need for hope …

Five years ago, when our current president was campaigning to become the first African-American president in U.S. history, I read his book, “The Audacity of Hope.” I loved it, because it touched something deep within me — my need for hope. His book explained and illustrated what Barack Obama was trying to sell America: hope. […]

Lifelines: Stressed vines, fine wines …

I enjoy spending time at the Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe and Bistro in the Village Centre. The music is entertaining, the conversation amusing, and the wine relaxing. Even more enjoyable than sipping the fermented fruit of the vine, however, is thinking about how the best wines are made. Washington Post wine critic Ben Giliberti explained, […]

Lifelines: Anticipating Sunday …

When I was a teenager growing up in Philadelphia, my family used to vacation at the Jersey shore. (Easterners will note the deliberate use of “shore,” not “beach.”) Ever the good church lady, my mom would pack up her four kids and take us to the Ocean City Tabernacle on Sunday evening to hear one of the famous preachers that filled the pulpit each week.

Lifelines: Rediscovering dormant desires …

Spring is coming! The very expression fills me with anticipation. It also reminds me of an enduring lifeline principle. Spring reveals that winter’s dead landscape was merely dormant. Trees, bulbs, and bushes burst back to life during the warmth of spring. The same is true of human life. Periods of creativity often follow seasons of […]

Lifelines: When death invades life …

Jan. 30 was a disastrous day for me. Since July, I have been the Director of Program and Curriculum at Idyllwild Pines Camp. On Jan. 30, my employment was abruptly terminated. As is typical in this sort of situation, I felt it was handled poorly. I was given two hours to leave my office and […]

Lifelines: The revitalizing nature of nature …

After his recent visit, my wife and I invited our 30-year-old son to move to Idyllwild. He loves fishing, hiking, and the outdoors, all which provide him a much-needed respite from the pressure of his days in the Marine Corps. When I saw a T-shirt hanging in the Idyllwild Gift Shop the other day, I […]

Lifelines: Connecting to Life …

Editor’s note: This week, the Town Crier is proud to introduce a new column to our collection. Its subject will be connections and lifelines. Ted Ewing, Ph.D., is the director of program and curriculum at Idyllwild Pines. Beginning in 2012, this column will appear monthly. I had been buried under the burden of doctoral dissertation […]

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