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Broken heart bleeds red, white, and blue

In addition to the wrinkles, pounds and gray hairs one collects as one ages there are the scars. Anyone who has run, walked or loved with passion has them. They are signs of experience and perspective which allow you to carry on and, if you’ [..]

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Make peace with inevitable apathy

Easier said than done. But. Make peace with it. Make peace with the knowledge that Steve Berger, 44,; Michelle Vo, 32,; Jenny Parks; Christopher Roybal, 28,; Adrian Murfitt, 35,; Rachael Parker; Sonny Melton; Angela Gomez; Lisa Romero; Jorda [..]

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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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Facing the reality of Border Patrol and broken families

When we moved to San Ysidro almost two decades ago, I was acutely conscious of the Border Patrol station across the street from our apartment building. I wasn’t accustomed to seeing the green and white trucks in such numbers, and when they rumb [..]

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Running the path of stillness for a toned mind and physique

Decades ago, getting in shape and staying there presented no problem. It took weeks to get into shape and months to lose conditioning. Now, teetering on the half-century mark, the reverse is true. I have given up hope of any noticeable change, and lo [..]

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