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Off the Leash: The Golden Rule

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “What is hateful to thee, do not that unto your neighbor.” This is the Golden Rule. No matter how you word it, the rule is essentially the same. Treat others the way you would want to be treated yourself.

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.

Initial thoughts: Before legislators “Man up,” try the truth first …

I try to refrain from speaking out on national political issues. I generate enough controversy when I address local subjects.

Creature Corner: April 12, 2012

Creature Corner: April 12, 2012

I want to run and play and run and play, any day, all the time. Missy, our one-year-old Aussie mix and Reily, our 3-year-old female shepherd mix can be found with their toy in mouth and energy to spare to do just that. But what if our four-legged best fur friends decide to escape their […]

Past Tense: April 12, 2012

Past Tense: April 12, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 The U.S. Forest Service reported the insect situation had become critical in the Idyllwild area. Warm weather added another hatch of bugs and 750 trees were infected. 60 years ago – 1952 The season’s rainfall totaled 43 inches. • • • Town Crier saluted Denis Evarts Bowman as one of […]

Outside Idyllwild: Idyllwild revisited …

Outside Idyllwild: Idyllwild revisited …

It has been a very interesting week to say the least. After Miss Wyoming, aka Sue Briggs, arrived last Wednesday, I have spent my time showing her around our local mountains. I had fun introducing her around town and showing her the sights. Sue is one of friendliest and most outgoing people I have ever […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Having fun with other cooks …

Many great cooks have passed through my life, a few stand out. Sylvia Thompson, my mentor, Lynnda Hart and my close friend, Julie Kehl and, of course, my mom. Dining at Sylvia’s home was a treat. She hosted dinners in European style. Different wines with each course. Cheeses and fruit between a course. One Christmas […]

Sitting by the Fire: Prepare and be prepared …

It is never too early to prepare. Even though we are just now seeing the end of winter, it is time to start thinking about preparations for potential wildland fires and other disasters. Prior to this winter, we have had three years with either normal or above normal moisture. The winter of 2010-11 was well-above normal. Those normal or wet years have given most people a sense of false security because of the subsequent relatively inactive fire seasons.

Outside Idyllwild: Pacific Crest Trail hikers and other stories …

I have not made it back down to Halfway Spring as of yet. I will probably go on Wednesday the day this edition of the Town Crier comes out. For another reason, Wednesday should be a big day. I am planning a photo shoot for the day and Miss Wyoming will be arriving later that […]

Tax Tips: Tax update

Congress has been gearing up for the 2012 elections so no major tax legislation was passed in 2011. The bill passed in December 2010 extended the Bush tax cuts through 2012. You can expect the battles on how to improve our tax code to resume after the fall elections. But several interesting developments on other […]

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