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Fun Holiday Getaways
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Fun Holiday Getaways

By Greg Aragon “Christmas is coming, reindeer are running and I’m waiting on Santa.” As these lyrics to the song “Waiting on Santa” recently ran through my head, I thought about a few of my favorite Southern California holiday getaways. A new one for me is at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, where each weekend…

Immigrant Sneider Family Grateful
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Immigrant Sneider Family Grateful

Their First Thanksgiving in America was 1949 By Harry Sneider First Thanksgiving in Northfield, Minnesota with the Sneider family emigrating from Latvia in 1949. -Courtesy Photo The bloody and brutal war was over. We ran all over Europe during World War II looking for a place to live. My father was a prisoner, we didn’t…

Fall Fun in Avila Beach Part 2
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Fall Fun in Avila Beach Part 2

After a memorable day of apple tasting at Creekside Farms, and California wine-country cuisine at the Gardens of Avila Restaurant, we relaxed in the Jacuzzi at Lighthouse Suites, our home base while visiting the seaside town of Avila Beach. In the morning, we enjoyed the hotel’s complementary buffet breakfast and then drove a couple miles…

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Dorothy’s Place – My Friend Mildred

Getting ready for a Thanksgiving column, I was searching through my files for a copy of a humorous recipe I have for cooking a turkey with wine. Instead I came upon a copy of a poem written a few years ago by my friend Mildred Shaw. I think it gives us better cause to pause…

Fall Fun and Food in Avila Beach
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Fall Fun and Food in Avila Beach

-Photo by Greg Aragon If I close my eyes I can almost see the old wooden pier standing in the sea and hear the rocks rolling in the waves outside my window. I can almost feel the refreshing ocean breeze filter through my beach-front room. And I can almost taste all the wonderful food I…

Amazing Asian Stars in Athletics, Academics and Life
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Amazing Asian Stars in Athletics, Academics and Life

By Harry Sneider -Courtesy Photo My long career as a sports fitness trainer includes working with some major celebrities in figure skating. This all started with figure skater Lynn Grimditch who was a friend of figure skating gold medalist Dorothy Hamill. Shortly after that a young lady by the name of Christie Jenkins came to…

You Don’t Have to Use Drugs to Be a Champion
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You Don’t Have to Use Drugs to Be a Champion

By Harry Sneider One of my all time leading athletes in my hall of fame is Lance Armstrong. I have followed his career for many years and thought that he was drug free. New findings from the USADA have uncovered all kinds of maneuvers by his team, as well as their spouses and girl friends,…

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Distressed Properties Taking Toll on American Children

By Rudy L. Kusuma A new study put out by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has shed some light on the fact that adults aren’t the only ones who feel the effects of foreclosure and financial distress. In fact, children may be suffering more than their parents. After gathering data from 38 children’s hospitals…

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