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Fabulous fun at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
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Fabulous fun at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

I awoke to a cool sea breeze dancing on my face and the aroma of freshly brewed espresso tickling my nose. I got out of bed, put on my fluffy bathrobe and stepped on the balcony, where I breathed in the incredible view of Pacific Ocean to my left and lush pool gardens below. It…

Happy in Hermosa Beach
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Happy in Hermosa Beach

It was a memorable morning in Hermosa Beach. I awoke to the sounds of waves crashing and seagulls singing. I sipped coffee on a private balcony, overlooking the ocean and the sand. And I jogged along the beach, before enjoying a hearty Country Skillet breakfast with biscuits and gravy eggs, sausage and cheese at the…

San Francisco’s new $300 million Exploratorium
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San Francisco’s new $300 million Exploratorium

When I visit a city like San Francisco, I like to stay at least a couple nights. But I recently had the opportunity to fly there for the day to be a part of something really cool – the grand reopening of the city’s historic, world-famous Exploratorium. Located at Pier 15 in the heart of…

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Dorothy’s Place: About our pledge to the flag

When reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag at public meetings, I sometimes cause the people close around me to flub a bit. I do not pause before ‘under God’ because, to my knowledge, there is no comma in the text. It reads, “….for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty…

Pismo Beach in Spring
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Pismo Beach in Spring

Pismo Beach is a gem on California’s rich central coast. With small, beach town charm, legendary surfing waves, and a burgeoning local wine industry, the city has grown into an exciting, eclectic destination for the discerning traveler. A friend and I began a recent getaway to Pismo Beach at the ocean-front Cliffs Resort (www.cliffsresort.com), where…

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Dorothy’s Place: Medical typos

I had an idea in mind for Dorothy’s Place this week. When I sat down at my computer to write, I found a message that turned my thoughts in a different direction. Most of us never read our own medical charts. Maybe we should. The following are reported to be sentences actually typed by medical…

Lounging in luxury at L’Auberge Del Mar in Spring
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Lounging in luxury at L’Auberge Del Mar in Spring

First impressions mean a lot. So when I pulled into L’Auberge Del Mar and saw the sun reflecting on the ocean, as it loomed slightly above the peaked roofs of the hotel, I knew I was in for something special. My getaway to the seaside retreat began recently when a friend and I drove south…

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Making a difference, one pet at a time…It takes a shelter

The beauty of senior animals As part of our continuing desire to focus on those in our community who care for unwanted animals, we are highlighting here the work that animal rescue organizations do in helping those animals find homes. “Oooh! Look at this one! Shes SO pretty!” The middle-aged-looking couple was at a cat…

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Smart Women Smart Money – Stock Market

Hi Emmy. I really enjoy reading your new column. Now that the stock market seems to be booming again, is there any particular bandwagon you can advise me to jump on? Well, that all depends on how bumpy of a ride you can handle. Does your rumble seat have a lot of cushion left? All…

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