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Today’s Health Issues: How to choose a hospital …

Sooner or later we are all going to need to be admitted to a hospital. Most of the time the decision is made for us by our physician. Unless you are going to be admitted for a very minor procedure (very few “minor” procedures require hospital admission), I would suggest patients should investigate all available […]

Off the Leash: Let us now praise simple things …

A father and his young son leave the big warehouse store and push their cart across the crowded parking lot toward their car. After loading the groceries into their car, the father asks his son to return the shopping cart to the cart return area. The son glances around the parking lot and sees carts […]

Tax Tips: Tax myths

In an 1939 BBC broadcast, Winston Churchill called Russia “a riddle wrapped in mystery inside an enigma.” This would also be an apt description of our tax code. Our tax laws are written piecemeal year after year by lawmakers unfamiliar with our existing body of tax laws and with little thought toward coherence or consistency. […]

Past Tense: Feb. 21, 2013

Past Tense: Feb. 21, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 For the PTA Founders’ Day tea, mothers were asked to bring pennies to match their age. They were permitted, however, to bring them wrapped and to deposit them when no one was looking. 60 years ago – 1953 Mike Michelson fell from an oak tree. An ominous hum from the […]

Creature Corner: Feb. 21, 2013

Creature Corner: Feb. 21, 2013

Paws up. All four paws and snouts and noses front and center. Have you heard the news? Winston, our American Staffordshire, has found a new forever home. Originally found in a snow storm, thin and cold, and obviously abandoned, this guy has wiggled and wagged through to prove that he was all about the love. […]

Outside Idyllwild: Weather thou goest …

Outside Idyllwild: Weather thou goest …

They say that March can be the cruelest month, but in Idyllwild the same could be said about January, February and sometimes April. Our recent pattern of spring-like weather followed by a deep freeze and snow makes for a bit of confusion when it comes to wardrobe and outdoor activity choices. One day I’m at […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Seductive Valentine’s Day treats …

At first I was going to write a column about bread; but since this week is Valentine’s Day I thought I would make this simple and sweet. By sweet, I mean lovers’ desserts. To begin with I wish my husband John a happy Valentine’s Day, wherever you are. I miss your warmth, love and humor. […]

It Takes a Village: Idyllwild Arts welcomes 15 new students

The Idyllwild community and the campus have a unique symbiotic relationship which truly takes a village to be successful. Idyllwild Arts welcomes 15 new students During the weekend of Jan. 26 and 27, the campus rolled out the green carpet to welcome 15 students to Idyllwild Arts’ spring semester with a full schedule of activities […]

Off the Main Roads: Survival steps for your gear …

For most hikers, winter spells the end of the hiking season until the spring thaw brings us back out from our caves. But wait, before you hunker down by the fireplace with a good book, take just a little time out to make sure you put away your gear properly so that it’ll be there […]

Creature Corner: Feb. 14, 2013

Creature Corner: Feb. 14, 2013

And then there were none! Miss Olivia, our last Chihuahua mix puppy won the heart and love of her forever Valentine. Momma Sandy’s heart is bursting with happiness as her last puppy of four wiggled out the door. Puppy kisses will be shared aplenty this Valentine’s week. Oreo is a young Boston terrier-Chihuahua mix with […]

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