When ‘No more of his film, thank you’ signified my improvement as a news photographer

Of the first compliments ever paid my news photography, one in particular was of the more backhanded variety. It was a case of negation than of positive expression. Someone just wasn’t happy and wanted me gone. Indeed, there were circumstances, and they require a bit of explaining. While moving around the country during the 1980s, I was a … More When ‘No more of his film, thank you’ signified my improvement as a news photographer

Lloyd Stites regretted having to dial back his Santa duties in 1989

Lloyd Stites depended on two strategies when playing Santa in Tecumseh, Michigan. One was to wear mittens, covering up parts of two fingers that he’d lost to a snowblower. The other was to tell the truth: His yellow truck–not reindeer–brought him to meet the kiddies. … More Lloyd Stites regretted having to dial back his Santa duties in 1989

With the possibility of 11th-hour change, here are suggestions for Trump’s ‘national growth and renewal’

Without endorsement from major newspapers, without support from the political class, without leading in polls, and withstanding late campaigning by the popular President Barack Obama, Donald Trump turned blue states red and dumped Hillary Clinton by the wayside. Clinton was a focus-grouped candidate (remember the Listening Tour?) with a fake cause (first woman president). She … More With the possibility of 11th-hour change, here are suggestions for Trump’s ‘national growth and renewal’

Perfect recipe for a Sunday ride on the Ortega Highway and through the Temecula Valley

A perfect November Sunday: motorcycles, a Southern California mountain road, and a great group of people. It started with a 6.30 a.m. rendezvous at the Motorcycle Industry Council’s office in Irvine. MIC communications director Andria Yu had arranged for “key influencer” Katherine Helmetag (it’s her magnetic personality) and me to ride Kawasaki motorcycles. Katherine loves … More Perfect recipe for a Sunday ride on the Ortega Highway and through the Temecula Valley

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