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Last September, I moved into a house with a small yard. With a yard, I began work on what I’m calling our Victory Garden (“Victory Garden” being the old WWII term for home vegetable gardens). As I’ve said before, I don’t want to get lost in the day-to-day goings on of the news cycles, and […]

FHA and VA approved condos

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Why is approval important and valuable? The Federal Housing Authority, commonly known as the FHA, does not issue mortgages, contrary to popular opinion. They do provide mortgage insurance to lenders on behalf of qualified applicants and as such, are important players when it comes to the availability of mortgages. It is estimated that approx. 60 […]

Bring on the ‘Gang of 19’

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The Senate is continuing its downhill spiral. President Trump’s cabinet nominees are facing unprecedented opposition, with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos needing a vice presidential tie-breaker for confirmation. Democrats may filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination, possibly leading Republicans to end the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees and possibly legislation. How did things get so bad? […]

Bienvenido a La Habana: Exploring gay life in Cuba’s capital

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Cuba is changing. But to understand the many crosscurrents, one need only observe gay life in this island capital. To understand the Cuban people, you first need to understand the Cuban Revolution; not just the one still roiling a nation under the dictats of a deceased Fidel Castro, but the ongoing revolution on the Cuban […]

The 89th Academy Awards: Has the academy finally moved on from the #OscarsSoWhite years?

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It’s Oscar time 2017 but … Once upon a time in a Hollywoodland not so far away, Academy Awards were first presented for outstanding film achievement. That was 1929. All the political leaders were white, segregation reigned, and some people had to ride in the back of busses. And all the Oscar nominees and recipients […]

Overcoming xenophobia with food, or how to be subversive without really trying

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The opportunity here in the U.S. is so unique because we are so diverse, with so many different cultures living together. Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists, all with their own connections to the spiritual aspects of food and with lessons that we can learn from each other. — Marcus Samuelsson, Restauranteur Xenophobia is the […]

People, politics and opinions

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Recent polls show Mayor Kevin Faulconer behind Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome in next year’s California governor’s race. That Faulconer, a Republican, is polling a strong second while expressing no interest in the race continues to have people urge him to run. While I believe our mayor would make an outstanding governor, I do believe it […]

First morning back

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My flight back to my old home in Tokyo was uneventful, but started with the security guard taking one look at me and abruptly asking if I had a pacemaker or a knee or hip replacement. It was like being given a senior discount without asking for one. One manages a weak smile. My first […]

Chula Vista teacher removed from class over gay male porn on iPad

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Seventh grade students got a brief glimpse of gay male pornography Feb. 9 when their Chula Vista middle school teacher accidently showed the images on his iPad when he wanted to use the device for an academic lesson. The teacher was asked to leave the classroom by administrators after some students told them they viewed […]

San Diego City Council votes to join lawsuit against Trump’s travel ban

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The San Diego City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday to join the lawsuit filed by the state of Washington against President Donald Trump in challenging his executive order that bans non-citizens from seven countries from entering the U.S. The Council heard from almost 50 speakers who urged them to join the litigation as amicus curiae, which […]

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