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Category: Opinion

Off the Leash: Artist versus narcist …

Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing a performer at the McCallum Theatre that both humbled and elevated me at the same time. The performer was Susanna Hamnett, performing a one-woman show she co-wrote called “Nearly Lear.” In it, she told the story of King Lear through the eyes of his close confidant Noreen, […]

Outside Idyllwild: In search of the Western azalea …

Outside Idyllwild: In search of the Western azalea …

The Western azalea is the only native plant that can be found with the nose before you spot it with your eyes. We actually could smell it from about a hundred feet away.   During a phone conversation with my old friend and former Idyllwild resident Gary Stephens on the subject of wildflowers, he asked […]

Initial Thoughts: Do we care about healthcare? Its cost and its delivery …

Much gratitude is due Dawn Sonnier for conceiving of the playground project, finding the money and organizing the construction. Many “Thank yous” to all the people who helped complete this project, thousands of youngsters today and tomorrow will be very happy because of your contributions. As noted last week, Idyllwild’s civic duty extends in many […]

Opinion: Leash laws

On Thursday morning [June 14], a friend and I were walking our leashed dogs on the Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail, when an aggressive dog with no leash came toward us growling and threatening our dogs. Although the owner grabbed hold of his dog, the dog continued to lunge toward us. My seven-month-old dog tried to […]

Opinion: Our town

In the last few weeks, there have been some events that make me even more proud to be a part of Idyllwild than usual. First, the editorial written about our Idyllwild Pharmacy and how the insurance companies are making it harder to stay competitive. We all depend on the pharmacy for, at the very least, […]

Creature Corner: June 21, 2012

Creature Corner: June 21, 2012

Paws up to our Anza Gang for living in the moment. We continue to train, socialize and medically care for a few. Sydney, the mini Aussie and the oldest of the rescue was the first to be scooped up into someone’s arms. He spoke right up and his human listened. Sydney now lives in perfect […]

Past Tense: June 21, 2012

Past Tense: June 21, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Fred Patton revealed he was smuggled into this area. “Back in 1895,” he recalled, “a man stole me from my folks up in Sonoma County. He was interested in gold mining over by Kenworthy and he hijacked me along to help him.” The mining experience didn’t amount to much, but […]

Outside Idyllwild: Flora and fauna ...

Outside Idyllwild: Flora and fauna …

I never get tired of going to Lake Fulmor. On a still mountain morning with the water mirroring the beauty of the surrounding landscape, you cannot help to be in awe of the scenery.   Barbara Newhall Follett, my favorite outdoor writer, coined this beautiful metaphor that lakes are “like ancient oysters nurturing fabulous pearls.” […]

Lola's Kitchen: The wonders of cake mixes …

Lola’s Kitchen: The wonders of cake mixes …

It is relatively easy for me to admit I occasionally use cake mixes instead of making cupcakes or cakes from scratch. In my collection of cookbooks, several are for cakes or cupcakes. One book is called, “The Cake Doctor” by Anne Byrn. The great thing about cake mixes, anyone can doctor them up and it […]

Past Tense: June 14, 2012

Past Tense: June 14, 2012

60 years ago – 1952 MGM was filming “Desperate Search” around Lake Hemet, starring Jane Greer, Howard Keel and Keenan Wynn. The company headquartered at the Idyllwild Inn.   55 years ago – 1957 A reading room was added to the Christian Science Church with Hazel Loy as librarian. 50 years ago – 1962 Idyllwild […]

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