In his own, unfinished words

Tom Basinski loved writing. On several occasions he told me that over the years writing his column for The Star-News saved his life. He would write until he no longer could, he told me. The author of four novels and more than 100 short stories was [..]

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Future looks like more of the same

The mayor's speech had as much bite as a geriatric snail. As much flavor as a soggy rice cake and as much insight as a Justin Bieber dissertation on neurological degenerative disorders in 19th century indigenous populations farming the Great Plains. [..]

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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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It may not be funny or politically correct, but speech is protected

While Tom Basinski receives hospice care, The Star-News is publishing archived columns. This column first appeared March 5, 2010.

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A cop’s good memory can be a terrible thing for a criminal

While Tom Basinski receives hospice care, The Star-News is publishing archived columns. This column first appeared Feb. 18 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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Sending a child into the world marked by dread and hope

When my daughter marched off on her first day of kindergarten in her crisp white blouse and new blue jumper, with her ponytails tightly fastened and a gap-toothed smile across her face, I was filled with pride. I knew I’d done a good job pre [..]

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Parent conferences offer glimpse into motivational tactics

Parent-teacher conferences are among the highlights of the school year for me. Conferences are a chance to connect with students at a deeper level. During a busy school day, there aren’t many free moments just to chat.Some days [..]

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