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Dorothy’s Place: Pondering or thinking?

No matter how much you care, some people just don’t care back. You cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to the other person. These tidbits of thought are taken from an e-mail I received recently about observations of life that were…

Spring into Azusa Canyon
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Spring into Azusa Canyon

As spring arrives in Southern California, the weather becomes even more beautiful and the varied landscape beckons, inspiring one of my favorite pastimes – the weekend drive. With this in mind, I recently took my Jeep to one of my favorite local spots for a Sunday adventure. I drove up to Azusa Canyon, where I…

Luxury, history and gourmet cuisine in Oceanside
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Luxury, history and gourmet cuisine in Oceanside

In honor of Oceanside turning 125 this year, my friend and I decided to revisit the charming seaside town for cool mid-week escape. Our getaway began at the Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort, where we checked into a gorgeous fifth-floor suite overlooking the pool deck and the Pacific Ocean. The room was highlighted by a master…

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Eyes wide open

I found this check list from The Costa Mesa Police Department. It seems to be the best I’ve seen, so I re-print it A LOT. Please, if you are a senior READ THIS LIST and if you are a friend or caretaker of a senior PASS IT ON!! When You Are Out If you must…

A winter escape to Maui and Hotel Wailea
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A winter escape to Maui and Hotel Wailea

As we sailed across the Auau Channel, we waved goodbye to secluded Lanai and set our sights on her sister island Maui. Along the way we again spotted humpback whales and dolphins and the rugged outlines of Molokai, Kahoolawe, and the Big Island. When the Expeditions (www.go-lanai.com) ferry docked in Lahaina Harbor, we disembarked and…

Empty house party gets designers in the mood
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Empty house party gets designers in the mood

The gala empty house party on Friday put on by Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts was another in s string of huge successes for the philanthropic organization. Hundreds of guest and VIPs meandered their way through the empty rooms of the Arcadia mansion that will be transformed into a designer showcase work of art…

Wine, French Food and Rustic LA County
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Wine, French Food and Rustic LA County

Los Angeles never ceases to amaze me. Just when I thought I’ve covered all the cool spots around, I discover a place like Aqua Dulce and the Sierra Pelona Valley Viticultural Area. Located in the hills near Santa Clarita, the town is not only famous for rustic Hollywood movie shoots, but also boasts a burgeoning…

Andaz San Diego Hotel
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Andaz San Diego Hotel

I love being in the heart of the action. But I can also appreciate a casual evening with wine and wonderful views. I got both and much more, when I recently discovered Andaz San Diego, a fascinating boutique hotel located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. “The concept behind…

Warm Winter Fun at Hilton Waikoloa Village
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Warm Winter Fun at Hilton Waikoloa Village

From pristine beaches lined with volcanic rock and green sand, to lush tropical rainforests teeming with waterfalls and streams, the natural beauty of Hawaii’s Big Island is unsurpassed. But as I found out on my recent trip there, the island also has man-made wonders, such as the Hilton Waikoloa Village resort, where a friend and…

Relaxing on the Palm Springs Riviera
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Relaxing on the Palm Springs Riviera

By Greg Aragon I love Palm Springs because it is not only an exciting, desert resort community; but it also gives a peek into the hip, Hollywood glam days of the 1960’s, where boxy, modern architecture mixed with big name celebrities. I began a recent getaway to the desert oasis at the 406-roon Riviera Palm…

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