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Posted on September 29 at 4:17 a.m.
Santa Barbara has always had an awesome library. Kudos to all who continue making it so!
On Library Heroes
Posted on September 13 at 3:39 a.m.
I think thast "adults only" shopping times would be wonderful. Being retired, I'd appreciate time during the day when I'm not bombarded by other peoples ill-behaved offspring. As much as I enjoyed my own kids when they were little (and kept them under control in public), I have zero tolerance for other people's kids.
On Ban the Brats
Posted on July 19 at 8:52 a.m.
Definite steps in the right direction. I cannot fathom how abuse of innocent animlals can be tolerated. (But, then, I like my cat more than I like most people).
On Be Kind to Animals
Posted on July 18 at 7:49 a.m.
Sadly, few people give thought to the challenges of life in a wheelchair unless they or someone close to them becomes disabled. As far as businesses claiming they are "not responsible for accessibility" since they don't own the property, I'd counter that they should be held accountable for their choice to block wheelchair access in order to expand their business onto the patio.
On Patio Passage
Posted on July 12 at 8:02 a.m.
I think that so many of those who dislike cats are put off by their absolure independence.
On Cat Haters
Posted on July 6 at 9:28 a.m.
Thanks for the link to last year's column. I will try it's suggestions next year. Peach, my cat, is terrified of loud noises but bravely stays near because he knows that his closeness makes me happy.
On Fur, Feathers, and the Fourth
Posted on June 1 at 7:58 a.m.
So many true thoughts, Bernie. Like you, my youth was filled with with a passion to change the world. With age comes the wisdom that by living well and attempting to treat all we encounter with kindness and compassion, we do, in fact, change the world for the better. May you find the peace that you give to others.Nancy
Posted on May 30 at 2:28 p.m.
There's something to this stuff. My aging cat developed a fear of thunder a couple years ago and has refused to be comforted. During a recent storm, I tried a new approach. Instead of saying "don't be afraid, scaredy-cat", I commended him on his bravery and visualized the two of us sharing a relaxed evening together. And it worked! I need to work on understanding his thoughts now since I think I'm communicating "to" him.
On Talking <em>to</em> vs. Talking <em>at</em> an Animal
Posted on May 22 at 6:50 a.m.
Jail time is to good for this type of criminal. She should be strung up like a pinata at a local nursing home and the residents given the opportunity to spend a weekend whacking her with sticks!
On Thieving Caretaker Sentenced to Jail
Posted on February 9 at 4:57 a.m.
My favorite "trick" for meal organization is cooking once to eat more than once. For example, my chicken taco filling is legendary and I always make enough for at least two meals, freezing the leftovers (if I don't have enough leftovers for a complete meal, I freeze it anyway and add to it later or "srtetch" it by using as a topping on bean tostadas). One pot of chili makes at least eight meals, conveniently frozen in single-serving sized containers.
On Menu Planning