Author's words of wisdom Sat, Mar 23 2013 12:00 PM

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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Running Grunion runs with the jokes

Bringing culture to light with gentle humor.

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Holidays of yore worth revisiting

To me the old hard copies of newspapers are lovely, those fragile pages, yellowed and brittle, filled with stories about literally thousands of people. At The Star-News office, I spent a few hours reading through the last couple issues of 1927 and fi [..]

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The tragedy of Daneri winery

Have you ever driven on Dennery Street? The name is a misspelling of the Italian surname Daneri, and the once mighty wine making past in Otay is vaguely denoted by that wrongly written road name. Emanuel Daneri, born circa 1846 in Italy, emigrated [..]

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