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Off the Leash: No risk investing …

Welcome to “Financial Insanity 101.” I’d usually ask you to pull out pen and paper in order to take notes. But the formula I’m about to lay out for you is so self-evident that I think you’ll pick it up without the need for future reference. Let’s say I’m going to Las Vegas next weekend […]

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 […]

Creature Corner: March 15, 2012

Creature Corner: March 15, 2012

Everyone wants the Luck of the Irish, including these pets. So kiss your Blarney Stone, follow the rainbow and find your pot of gold at ARF of Idyllwild. This is your lucky day! Our eyes are smiling for Annie, the Chihuahua mix, and Twiggy, our declawed, gray tabby. Both have finally found their forever homes with the best pack ever. We’ll miss you both.

Tax Tips: Social security benefit taxation

The taxation of Social Security benefits depends on several complex calculations. The first step is to calculate your provisional income, which is your gross income plus tax-exempt interest plus one-half of your social security benefit. You then need to look up your base amount: $25,000 for a single, head-of-household, or married filing separate, (living apart […]

Lola’s Kitchen: St. Paddy’s food …

Saint Patrick’s Day is a fun celebration. When my husband and I lived in the Bay Area, south of San Francisco, we would frequent an Irish pub. The name eludes me but believe it started with Mc. They served green beer with appetizers. The place would be packed. Upon moving to Idyllwild my special celebration […]

Outside Idyllwild: Old dog, new tricks …

Outside Idyllwild: Old dog, new tricks …

I have been planning a trip to New England for the last several months and plan to go sometime in June. I have several reasons for going back east but hiking some of the famous peaks is high on the list. I have no plans to do the Appalachian Trail as a thru hike, or […]

Creature Corner: March 8, 2012

Creature Corner: March 8, 2012

Pay attention in class and what do you get? Adopted! Just ask Buster Brown, our adorable boxer-mix puppy. Clicker training was easy. Add to that a few wags and puppy kisses and off he went to his forever loving home. Tears of joy, Buster! Paws up to Herk, the golden Lab for showing us how […]

Past Tense: March 8, 2012

Past Tense: March 8, 2012

55 years ago – 1957 The Christian Science Society moved into a new location at Cedar and River drives, opposite Town Hall. 50 years ago – 1962 Under the weight of the heavy snow load, Town Hall’s roofed front porch collapsed. 45 years ago – 1967 Five students from Idyllwild were among Hemet High School […]

Outside Idyllwild: Time to work out the kinks …

Outside Idyllwild: Time to work out the kinks …

My plan for springtime was to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican border to Idyllwild. This is a 180-mile section of the PCT and it will take money, planning and good physical shape to pull it off. I plan to do it in 10 days, if I can get my act together. Even […]

Before Our Time: Fore! BeFore! …

Brendan Steele’s recent success has made golf newsworthy in Idyllwild once again. News media around the country love to highlight the odd fact that he grew up in a town without a golf course. But Idyllwild has not always been a golf-free zone. There’s a reason for street names like Fairway Drive and Green Avenue […]

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