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Sustainability: Go green, going green …

“Going green” — it’s a fairly large statement and even larger commitment to make. For a school to go green, it involves a lot of thinking, planning, encouraging, perseverance, dedication, and curiosity. Idyllwild Arts Academy is moving toward becoming a greener school and joining the green schools’ movement that has caught fire throughout the United States.

Creature Corner: March 22, 2012

Creature Corner: March 22, 2012

What a busy week for goodbyes at the ARF house. Feather, our terrier mix, has found love with her new pack. The last two “Girl Scout” kitties, Fire and Spit are snuggled in their new cattery with their forever human. And Reily, our German shepherd mix, wagged and talked her way right into her new […]

Past Tense: March 22, 2012

Past Tense: March 22, 2012

60 years ago – 1952 The Chamber of Commerce boasted 66 business members and 223 nonbusiness members. 55 years ago – 1957 The Forest Service reported the poorest snow pack since the annual surveys began. Average depth on the course was 3.15 inches, with several of the measuring points bare. 50 years ago – 1962 […]

Past Tense: March 15, 2012

Past Tense: March 15, 2012

60 years ago – 1952 Dr. M.M. Null announced that he had hundreds of small sequoias to be given to residents and property owners free of charge. The little redwoods were grown for planting in the community. 55 years ago – 1957 Clarence Bischof purchased the San Jacinto Lumber Yard. 50 years ago – 1962 […]

Outside Idyllwild: ACL, PCT, PDT and American coots …

Outside Idyllwild: ACL, PCT, PDT and American coots …

It has been a very interesting week. First, I sustained another knee injury. This time, I injured my right knee. I was laid up for almost the entire week. For two days, I could barely stand up and walking was a challenge. The pain index was hovering around 7.5 on the “10 being worst” scale. […]

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 […]

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