Ready for the next phase of living?

In roughly four weeks the Sweetwater Union High School District will unleash a new wave of adults into the community. The young men and women presumably have spent the past 12 years preparing for the next phase of their lives—the one that je [..]

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Most questions remain unanswered

There are many perplexing questions that chirp at me when I try to sleep. Among them: •How can light be both a wave and a particle? I’ve read dumbed-down articles, watched videos for the simple-minded, but the concept still eludes me. [..]

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Walking a mile in his shoes could be a delicious endeavor

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Dec. 25, 2009.

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Women of Chula Vista prepare for a centennial milestone

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Dec. 14, 2012.

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North of the border advice for new cops sounds familiar

Since his death earlier this year The Star-News has published archived columns of Tom Basinski’s Behind Police Lines. This final installation first appeared Aug. 16, 2013.

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In Murdertown, USA cops are few but politicians plentiful

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Tom Basinski. Today’s column first appeared June 17, 2011.

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June is ripe time for picking

June means fruit tree overload for many yards and gardens as favorable spring conditions cause trees to produce more than they can handle June drop...

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Bright colors ahead

In April gardeners begin to see the fruits of their labors from the past months as their gardens come into full bloom and become ripe...

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Author's words of wisdom

This column's subject is a result of my flat out hero worship for the legendary Ray Bradbury, who died last year. I began reading him at age 12, and was captivated by his skills as a wordsmith. His remarkable authorship of more than 80 books, sto [..]

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Surviving a flood and the city

Two old palm trees mark the driveway to an exquisite Victorian orchard house, located east of Albany on Main Street, north of the Otay River. The house belonged to Isaac Smith in 1891. It changed ownership several times up to the Depression, when [..]

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Home is sweet regardless of square footage and amenities

The worst apartment in which I lived was a tiny box-like structure tacked on top of a house. Concrete steps leading up to the front door were so steep that I lived in fear of tumbling and cracking my head open. The floor was covered with the muddy [..]

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If only the angst of longing and separation would fly away

Last week Jannet hugged her mother for the first time in nine years. She looked into her mother’s eyes, searching for new lines etched on her mother’s face. She touched her mother’s trembling hands and stroked her shoulders. Over [..]

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