Birthday wishes or birthday reflection?

What's the preferred method of celebrating a birthday? Is it best to reflect on the years that have passed and molded  one’s character — examining the successes and failures that have brought you this far? Is ruminating over goal [..]

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Identity depends on who sees who

"Who am I?" I asked Dr. Shrinx, flopping down on her leather couch. “Who do you think you are?” she asked, crossing her legs so that her bright red size 23 high tops with rainbow laces pointed directly at me. The therapist dresses [..]

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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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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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The more things change . . .

The Star-News ispublishing archived columns of Tom Basinski. This column first appeared on June 5, 2009.

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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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Empathetic but realistic teacher earns a passing grade

While the country was recently agog at the audacity of Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal passing for black, claiming positions and scholarships not intended for her, I found myself wondering if she remembered the first time she passed. I wonder if [..]

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Access to information highway doesn’t mean users can cruise

It's just as well that my children were born before the smartphone era, before Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or Snapchat. The kids would have been left to their own devices, toddling through the park eating tanbark and snails while I thumbed [..]

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