State, county loosening lockdown restrictions

The County is waking up! With both the state and the County of San Diego loosening coronavirus stay-at-home orders for businesses, politicians, merchants and residents could sense the local economy stirring from its six week medically-induced coma. But whether the County will be allowed to begin reopening is a decision that ultimately rests with Governor Gavin Newsom. This fact was […]

Teddy bears donated to hospital

The Hug-A-Bear Program from Assistance League of Inland North County last week delivered 80 cuddly teddy bears to the Palomar Hospital Emergency Room in Escondido. These soft bears provide comfort to children and seniors in crisis situations. Throughout the year, over 2,000 bears are distributed to police, fire departments, hospitals and the Humane Society. Pictured in the hat is Assistance […]

College public safe, first responder programs to reopen in May

Responding to guidance from state officials directing crucial first-responder training programs to continue, Palomar College will reopen several programs dedicated to meeting the demand for public safety personnel. The Palomar College Police and Fire Academies will recommence face-to-face instruction in May, following strict precautions, as will the Paramedic Training and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) programs.  “As we resume training to […]

Upsides to the current norm


As Joey Tribiani (Friends) and before him Vinnie Barbarino (Welcome Back Kotter) used to say, “How you doin?” Where I come from this interesting three word phrase was how we greeted people. Hello? no, Hi? no. So, how you doin? If we are down South it would be “How y’all doin?” whether greeting one person or a group of people. […]

Helping seniors

Governor Newsom recently announced creation of the first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered program,” which will partner with cities, counties and Tribes to deliver food to older adults.   The program will provide nutritious meals to older Californians who should stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic. By partnering with local restaurants struggling to stay afloat, the program keeps restaurant workers employed, and […]

Golf carts can now be issued to two groups

Golf and golf carts have returned to Welk Resorts. Now that the County of San Diego have allowed golf courses to open for restricted play, it is also allowing some golf cart use for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Those allowed to use carts include: Senior citizens over 55 years of age. Persons of any age with a disability […]

Picking Up the Tab


If we are looking for some entity to blame for the Coronavirus Pandemic, the obvious choice would be China. Scientists are fairly certain that is where the micro-organism began an assault on humanity.  The city of Wuhan is known as a center of bio-engineering experimentation. Whether or not the outbreak was an accident or part of, as some Russian military […]

A Divine Reset: Time for Fresh Perspective and Fresh Power!

  “And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, ‘you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now’ ” (Acts 1:4-5, ESV).   Jesus was about to ascend to […]

SPHS grad contributes to potent Menlo College softball offense

Senior outfielder Lauren Harrison has been one of the lifelines on Menlo College Softball’s extremely potent offense over the past four seasons.  Harrison’s ability to hit for contact, hit for power, as well as her speed on the base paths has made her one of the most feared offensive threats in the Golden State Athletic Conference.  The Escondido native was […]

Glassblowing studio offers way to honor first responders

Escondido art glass and mixed media artist James Stone, of Stone & Glass, makes blue Gratitude Hearts made of glass for local nurses. San Diegans can give back to local first responders, during Nurses Week, May 6-12, and beyond. Stone is also offering glass hearts of any color for Mother’s Day (May 10), which come in a variety of sentiments; […]