Affordable Care… But Do They?

“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.” Francis of Assisi I wrote a column three years ago, directed at colleagues dead set against the Affordable Care Act (ACA); little did I know it was only the beginning. This morning, the LA Times front page served up some irony I couldn’t […]

Scared Straight

Our leader is wise and inspires us with the mysterious vision and power of Yoda; and he does world-class stand-up too. So today’s one of those days when I get to reflecting on stuff. And for me, reflecting can only mean one thing…or maybe two. Of course, I reflect big-time on May third. Like I’ve […]

I Get High From A Little Time With My Friends

We once were lost but now were found, adopted into a tribe of Invisalign visionaries marching under the banner of the Wolf. So what do you do when events beyond your control are taking you out of your bubble and turning you into a hater? If you’re like me and don’t trust doctors who just […]

I See Dumb People

And just like the new president, I see things; I hear things. But I see dumb people. So for me, things haven’t been quite the same since November 8 and the election of a game show host to the office of President of the United States. Personally, I would have preferred Gene Rayburn but the […]

Hidden Figures

Categories: Local Voices

Sitting there doing my popcorn thing at the Monrovia Krikorian, what I saw up on the screen actually brought some tears to my eyes. So on January 21, the day after the Presidential Inauguration, I needed something positive; maybe something as unlikely on a long, dark day as…inspiration. Since November 8, even my body had […]

La La Land

So there was no way I was missing La La Land. For one thing, there’s this woman I know who is beautiful; she also introduced me to Vibrato Grill and Jazz and Mexican scrambles at Yahaira’s…and she runs the Santa Monica steps maybe 20-30 times per visit…and…she actually took her kids to see La La […]

Smelling The Roses

Categories: Sports

It was awesome seeing the hometown bring in the New Year…just in time to hear something wonderful, see a rainbow, and smell the roses. So this morning it seemed like the birds were chirping “It’s a Wonderful World”; or maybe that was “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” And I don’t know for sure but I coulda […]

Resolve This!

Categories: Local Voices

I love New Year resolutions; I write ‘em down. I even go public with ‘em. So as I’m writing it looks like 2017 has arrived in what seems like record time. And I suppose some of us who’ve attended many past rodeos might be a little cynical or resigned…as in…here we go again. But not […]

Sometimes Maybe It’s Better Just Being Lucky

Categories: Community

Denise and all of my co-workers aren’t a team by accident; they all really do want to make a difference…like…yesterday. Courtesy of her sister, Dani, Denise was part of our extended Temple City Dental Care family years before she ever joined us full time. Denise, who had been Dani’s very first trainer, had loads of […]

Saved by the Movies?

“…for delicate, sensitive flowers like me, movies can be magic.” So I just saw another one of those movies that reduced me to the kind of tears shed by the likes of the Donald when he’s actually paying a vendor, sharing his tax returns, or watching Saturday Night Live. And now I have “Lion” to […]