Back in 1988 Karl Menninger released a provocative book entitled "Whatever Became of Sin?" The public conversation regarding this unpopular subject was further energized by the "look alike" 1995 Newsweek article by Kenneth Woodward entitled "What Ever Happened to Sin?"
With the graduation of our youngest child from Valencia High School and his upcoming matriculation at San Diego State University, I can finally conclude one of my many "careers" over the last decade: that of unwilling expert in the area of college admissions.
Dear Mom and Dad, It's been less than a week since you dropped me off at summer camp. You better come get me 'cause I'm in big trouble. On my first day, I was feeling homesick. So I found a piece of wood and began carving it with my Swiss Army knife the way Daddy showed me. Well, one of the counselors yelled at me to "freeze." He took my knife, then patted me down. ...
Santa Clarita works hard to garner grant and other funding for city improvements, but the fact remains we don't always have discretion to spend it however we want.
My son Gideon, age 9, is hog wild about the classic CBS sitcom "Green Acres," which counts the super-intelligent pig Arnold Ziffel among its characters.
When Washington conservatives gather to talk among themselves, and the discussion turns to Obamacare - it happens pretty frequently - it's not unusual to hear predictions that the president's health care law will "collapse of its own weight." It's a "train wreck," many say, quoting Democratic Sen. Max Baucus. It's unworkable. It's going to be a big, smoking ruin.
Everybody loves a good sex scandal, and these days nobody's disappointed. Politicians in particular appear constitutionally incapable of keeping their intimate arrangements from public scrutiny. In the case of New York mayoral candidate Anthony D. Weiner, it appears, the more public, the better. Satirist Andy Borowitz captured the tone perfectly, joking that Weiner had appointed his close friend "Carlos Danger" campaign manager, since "he was already making most of the major decisions, anyway." The candidate ...
SARGENT, Neb. - They thought it was dead, but now it's coming back. The little theater, a dancehall named Oscar's Palladium on North Second Street in Sargent, Neb., had once been the scene of shows on a Midwest vaudeville circuit, then dances featuring big bands such as Tommy Dorsey's, then early rockers. And then it closed. Now it's back featuring country western acts and variety acts (including recently yours truly in my non-writing incarnation), greatly ...
Paul Ryan, U. S. representative, chairman of the House Budget Committee and former vice presidential candidate, recently declared that the federal war on poverty "has failed miserably."
A little more than six months into his second term, President Obama returned to the theme of his presidency, and perhaps his entire political career: carrying out the promise made in the preamble to the Constitution.
Years ago I started planting fruit trees in the back yard. I planted five different kinds of apple trees, a cherry and a pear. The next year, I planted five different kinds of apple trees, a cherry and a pear because the deer had eaten the first batch down to the nubs. I bought wire fencing and made cages around each new tree.
This past Thursday a local Superior Court judge ruled that the city of Palmdale must consider abandoning its at-large voting practice and instead divide the five council seats into districts.
If insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, it's tempting to observe that congressional Republicans have gone stark, raving mad. My own GOP congressman, Rep. Tim Griffin, recently delivered himself of an opinion column boasting about having "voted more than 30 times to repeal all or parts of Obamacare." Only in politics does somebody expect praise for sheer futility. ...
Recently, I had foot surgery and found myself in a wheelchair. I am an active, 53-year-old woman and could not make myself stay at home, so I set out in my chair for a new adventure in my favorite city, Newhall.
The late-night comedians have not had this much material since Bill Clinton wagged his finger at the television cameras and declared, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," and then sent Hillary out to declare that the whole thing was the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."
On Oct. 1, 2013, the Republican Party shut down the United States government. On Oct. 1, 2013, the Democratic Party expanded the availability of health insurance for millions of Americans.
A friend of mine was recently asked to address a group of business people on the theme of optimism. His very successful career in both the video game and television industries was often summarized in terms of his seemingly unconquerable optimism. He asked me what I thought about the subject and it got me thinking.
Just in time for Halloween, we have what we are told is a truly terrifying and dangerous situation on our hands. Ladies and gentlemen, I don't know if you have heard, but the federal government has shut down due to a disagreement among Washington legislators over spending - or, rather, not spending.
"Mommy, Joshua took my toy and he won't give it back!"
This summer, shortly after turning 53, I finally "upgraded" to bifocal eyeglasses, and I must admit that I am underwhelmed.
Are we a nation with a food shortage? No. Are we a nation with hungry people? Yes. Why? Good question.
Much has been written about the nation's aging infrastructure and what our elected officials should be doing, but the solution to one problem lies squarely with the consumer.
"Who needs religious freedom?" It's a necessary, if often unasked, question.
It's likely that the most difficult period you've experienced in your life has been the Great Recession of 2007–2009 and the grindingly slow "recovery" thereafter.
SANTA CLARITA - Now the third largest city in Los Angeles County, Santa Clarita is home to more than 203,000 residents, 6,000+ businesses, thousands of acres of open space, and more than 30 parks. As our city matures and evolves, the principle of community involvement that led to incorporation in 1987 remains at the heart of Santa Clarita's plans for the future of our great city.
A primary component of Obamacare is the funding of it. That is a mega-daunting task.
If you have a 401K or any money in the stock market, you can thank the Republican Party for a big chunk of it disappearing in the days to come: barring a last-minute miracle, today will be the first day of the government shutdown caused by the GOP's latest example of politics by extortion.
To be or not to be! That is the question. To be held hostage by the cable company monopolies has become outrageous and disgusting.
NORTH CONWAY, N.H. - Over the years the residents of this town tucked into a shoulder of the White Mountains have filled the pages of the local newspaper with heated comments about zoning, a bypass highway, a new school and who deserves to win the New Hampshire primary.
SANTA CLARTA - I'm not good at talking to audiences. I don't like talking to audiences. When I am excited, I talk quickly and in a painfully high pitch. When I am emotional, not even my parents, who've had 20 years to learn, can understand my words.