When diagnosed with cancer, I paddled along with the flood of advice–except when I didn’t

Being diagnosed with cancer after a routine colonoscopy was enough of a surprise, like taking the car in for service and finding out they’d crashed it during the test drive. Even with a family history of colorectal cancer and the removal of precancerous polyps in previous colonoscopies, I didn’t think I’d be hearing what I heard on Jan. 11. … More When diagnosed with cancer, I paddled along with the flood of advice–except when I didn’t

Another emergency call brings responders back to Desert Breeze Senior Living

Desert Breeze Senior Living has accustomed its neighbors in Mission Lakes Country Club to the arrivals of emergency responders, to the comings and goings of staff members and vendors, and to delivery vehicles and commotion. We also know that two dogs have died in disgusting, neglectful circumstances at 64507 Brae Burn Avenue, which is one of three … More Another emergency call brings responders back to Desert Breeze Senior Living

Now it’s the cops–what will tomorrow bring at Desert Breeze Senior Living?

What does Desert Breeze Senior Living add to the neighborhood? On May 14, it was the sheriff. And the Riverside County Sheriff joins the Department of Animal Services, Fire Department, and ambulance company among recent visitors at Desert Breeze Senior Living. This residential care business operates in three rented houses in Mission Lakes Country Club, violating a bylaw that forbids commercial … More Now it’s the cops–what will tomorrow bring at Desert Breeze Senior Living?

In June 2014, it was ‘dog overboard’–and dead–at Desert Breeze Senior Living

  After moving into my house in 2013, I got used to seeing a cute little procession through the backyard. Tinkerbell, the white dog, would lead two others: Charlie, the Chihuahua with the red collar; and Sophie, a black-and-white Shih Tzu-type. They toddled around the east side of the house and went out to the street, where … More In June 2014, it was ‘dog overboard’–and dead–at Desert Breeze Senior Living

Last portraits of Shaky, the doomed dog who lived in the sand at Desert Breeze Senior Living

  Here are still photos captured from video that I shot January 3 during my last visit with Shaky. Shaky had been “rescued”–so I was told–but was doomed to a solitary and miserable life in the sandpit backyard at Desert Breeze Senior Living, next door to my house, and developed anemia. Soon after this, Shaky was gone, and I learned … More Last portraits of Shaky, the doomed dog who lived in the sand at Desert Breeze Senior Living