A visit with Mr. Green

A reclusive old man wanders from room to room in a cluttered, old-fashioned apartment that hasn’t been attended to since his wife passed away. The furniture is from another era and the walls and bookcases are filled with tchotchkes accumulated over a long lifetime. Old spice bottles and seasonings stand in rows on the shelves in the... Read more →

No wars over this oil

Despite the popularity of adding EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) to a frying pan every time a burner is ignited on some popular cooking show, olive oil is not always the best choice for cooking. Yes, olive oil does boast major health benefits such as the antioxidant oleocanthol, an anti-inflammatory. Olive oil is also rich in monounsaturated... Read more →

‘Mud Blood — Murder in the Sacramento Delta’

Publisher iUniverse presents us with a novel by Joan Del Monte in the mystery and detective line. The formula is there. We have an amateur detective, in this case a female writer, a side kick, the private investigator from whom she is taking an adult school class and a body, along with the murderer who is not revealed until the end. It is... Read more →

Making peace one community at a time

VENICE — At a Greek dive on Washington Boulevard, Finian and Ciaran Makepeace along with Conor Gaffney, who together comprise one of Westside’s most popular folk bands, The Makepeace Brothers chatted about their roots, their new CD, “Live In San Diego,” and their dedication to political activism. Finian... Read more →

Easing the pain of separation

Dear New Shrink, In just two weeks my second child will be leaving for college. I am excited for this new opportunity and for him but I find myself much more anxious than when my first child went off to college. While he doesn’t talk about it often he has said a few times that has mixed emotions about leaving home. He will be on the... Read more →

Lobster rolls done right at Tomadachi

GENERAL COMMENT: I’m a big fan of lobster rolls in general. Not only do I like to eat them, but I’m always interested in the surprise of what comes out of the kitchen — sometimes it’s like a sushi roll with fried chucks of lobster inside; sometimes it’s like a California roll, with avocado and other veggies. One... Read more →

California’s solid colleges

Each year, the U.S. News and World Report guide to U.S. schools gives a few days of glamour to academia. PR departments of colleges note with pride that their college is “moving up” in the rankings. What too few parents and prospective college students understand is how distant these rankings are from reality. The largest single... Read more →

Actor’s passion an agent for change

LINCOLN BLVD — The year was 1969. The role was “Villager” in Homestead High School’s performance of “Tea House of the August Moon.” The man was John Paizis, then a sophomore, who was appearing onstage for the first of what was destined to become many, many performances. “I got so immersed in , and... Read more →

‘Ulterior Motives’

A message shows up on the Internet in code. “Dar al-Harb to Dar al-Salaam base: The weapon is tested and ready, the perfect time and place chosen with great care and cunning. Hundreds of thousands of infidel souls will flood into hell, their New Year’s stillborn. Praise be to Allah! — Azzam the Younger.” This could... Read more →

Gluten-free on a budget

If you’re going gluten-free these days, be prepared to spend more on groceries. According to a New York Times article, it costs three times as much to eat gluten-free as it does to eat foods containing gluten. But let’s consider the alternative: the enormous health care costs of having osteoporosis or Type 1 Diabetes, two chronic... Read more →