The Anointed Son

It couldn’t always have been easy growing up as part of “Chicano theater royalty” or a Latino dynasty, yet Lakin Valdez, son of Luis and Lupe Valdez, comes across with ease and grace. The...

Embracing the Reawakening of the New Americans Museum

The United States is a kaleidoscope of cultures from many lands. There is a museum in Liberty Station that embraces this kaleidoscope. January 16th, 2015 was the official opening of the New Americans Museum....

Steal Heaven

Full Disclosure: I met Abbie Hoffman at a party in Mexico City when he was hiding out there as Barry Freed. He had had a nose job, but I knew who he was as...

Ecolife and Bill Toone

What is a holistic mitzvah? A mitzvah that serves humans, animals and the environment. That is the vision of Ecolife and Bill Toone. For Toone, it is finding a holistic approach of service and conservation,...

Dr. Gary Weitzman –Saving Animals in San Diego County

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Humane as “being marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans or animals”. This is a good description of Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane...

Saving the Cheetahs

RAMONA, California – Dr. Laurie Marker, a wildlife researcher who is considered one of the world's top experts on cheetahs, recently visited the home of Roy and Robin Toft as part of her fall...

Gil and Nancy Riegler-Animal Whisperers in Ramona

Being an animal whisperer is not magic. It is a combination of common sense and tapping into an energy or even spiritual connection that a lucky few have with animals. Gil and Nancy Riegler,...

Saturdays at the Ranch: A Day to Rejuvenate your Spirit

Many of us lead hectic, stressful lives, so it is always healthy to find ways to unwind. Spending a week at a spa is one good way to relax and recharge, but not everyone...

Shakespeare with a Chicano Twist”

Shakespeare meets Hispanic/Chicano/Mexican stereotypes meet Mad Max’s Thunderdome for a fun and lively night of outdoor theater. Lively is the key here. There was never a dull moment in the new production of El...

Michael and Paula Mantell: Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

How can one have a healthier and more meaningful lifestyle? The psychologist Dr. Michael Mantell likes to use acronyms when conveying his healing messages as he believes they are a helpful way for people...