Opinion

A Dip in the River

Four hundred years ago, in the fall of 1620, the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock in what is now Massachusetts. One of their first acts in the New World was to disturb…

I Fell in Love on Skid Row

I walked along a side street in the downtown neighborhood known as Skid Row. Tents and lean-tos lined the sidewalk, so as much as possible, I kept to the middle of the…

Where Are Your Children?

The new year gives us the opportunity to review and reflect on the past year as parents and begin 2020 with fresh ideas and goals for ways we can support our children…

Consumer Electronics Show 2020

CES 2020, the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is the Super Bowl convention of consumer electronics and technologies, where exhibitors from the biggest named companies to garage geniuses converge to…

The Day After Christmas

There was a sunset forming out over the Pacific, some kind of golden, glowing vision lighting up the clouds with gilded edges, as if they were gates to heaven. Even the weary…

For 2020, A New Normal

Although it goes against my usual instincts, I want to try and write something positive and uplifting for 2020 as we round the corner and barrel into a new decade.  Year-end columns…

The 2020 Challenge

I have never, in my whole life, gone into a new year braced for ugly. For heaven’s sake, I’m a futurist…. usually very excited to turn the page to tomorrow. But 2020…

Letters – December 27, 2019

Praise for Pablo  Referring to my article, 1930s Bring Changes to Topanga (Nov. 29, 2019), Pacific Palisades historian Randy Young wrote: “I just read your article and I loved it. Really, you…

Goodbye, 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, we bid it farewell and turn to welcome the future, 2020.  For me, 2019 was a relentless year of loss of treasured animals and people, even…

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?

Every year I go out on New Year’s Eve, and wherever I go, I’m sure to end up singing the scattered lines I know of “Auld Lang Syne”. In my off-key best,…