It’s Time for the United States to Stand Up to Our Overlords

Seems everywhere you look there's a fight about some political something-or-other. And something-or-other is about as clear as it usually seems to those who read the news to learn what's happening in the world since the last time we checked the news to learn what's happening in the world. But so much news coverage is … Continue reading It’s Time for the United States to Stand Up to Our Overlords

How to Drive Like a Local: A Guide for Transplants and Tourists

One of the challenges of getting to know any new city is learning the unspoken rules of its roads. That problem is compounded exponentially by the quirkiness, shall we say, of San Diego drivers. Therefore, in order to reduce the chances of a misunderstanding, visitors and more permanent arrivals would do well to educate themselves … Continue reading How to Drive Like a Local: A Guide for Transplants and Tourists

South Park SD: Beautiful San Diego!

A Target store stares greedily across its football field of a parking lot at The Big Kitchen, which leans, politically speaking, slightly to the left of Karl Marx. The buildings' adjacent spots, at the elbowed intersections of Fern and Grape Streets, represent the tension of this neighborhood's history. Artists, musicians, and those on the fringes … Continue reading South Park SD: Beautiful San Diego!

South Park SD: The Weight of a Catapult

Last night I joined 2 dozen other avid readers at The Book Catapult, in South Park SD, to discuss The Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander. Catapult co-owner Seth Marko was the group's therapist. It began innocently as a few of us, mostly familiar to one another, took our usual places at ten minutes … Continue reading South Park SD: The Weight of a Catapult

South Park SD: Welcome!

Lots of ways to greet people at your door. "Hello. May I help you?" "Get your @%!#s in here!""Salutations. Please depart the premises.""And how long might you be staying?" All winners depending entirely on who just knocked. There is another, more joyous, deliberately care-full (and I mean that word just the way it was intended, … Continue reading South Park SD: Welcome!

South Park SD: Minerva’s Community

Who says art and business can't be bffs? Walk eastward across South Park SD on Beech Street from 28th Street, at stately Balboa Park, towards tree-lined Fern Street. At the intersection with busy 30th Street, you will be suddenly greeted by the Goddess of Wisdom and Strength. The Romans called her "Minerva." She's encircled clockwise … Continue reading South Park SD: Minerva’s Community