Enjoy the break from daily drama

The kid asked if journalism was easy to get into. My first impulse was to ask him, “Why would you want to? The pay is wanting, the prestige minimal and the long hours are often accompanied by low to high levels of stress.” Instead — [..]

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Understanding the frustration

I'm too old for this. If I hit this guy they’re going to blame me. Minus the expletives, those were the thoughts that snapped through my mind two — maybe  three — years ago. The white guy, in his 50s or 60s, had grabbed [..]

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Sports can bring people together

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Oct. 5, 1996.

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When the Japanese surrendered to the United States

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Aug. 13, 2010.

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They will find you

Growing up in Flint, Michigan I was the youngest kid in the neighborhood. When playing football with the big guys, they usually let me participate so they could practice their tackling. But, other than sports, I was often told to "get lost." I don [..]

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The art of creativity can yield breathtaking results

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Aug. 3, 2012.

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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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