Pandemic bring hierarchy of needs into focus

I think some of us are surprised by what has become most important to us as a society over these past four months. Take, for example, the most basic of our needs, something as simple as air and food. Pre-pandemic we may have been worried about air quality if it was allergy season, but now being able to breathe virus-free […]

Fighting for justice with love

Martin Luther King Jr., the great advocate for the poor and minorities in the 1960s, was, at heart, a Baptist clergyman. King said, “Before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher of the Gospel. This was my first calling, and it still remains my greatest commitment” (“Why Jesus Called a Man a Fool,” sermon preached in 1967 […]

Senior Concerns offers residents a handy tray to hold their stuff

You are sitting in your favorite spot in your home—what do you have within arm’s reach? I recently polled my workmates and received a host of answers, including a computer or iPad, tissues, reading material, Sudoku or crossword puzzles, a pen, a notepad, the television remote, a beverage and, of course, a cellphone. As human beings, we like our frequently […]

Front steps are the new social meetup place

My husband and I used to chuckle when my mother-in-law lived with us. She would set up shop inside our open garage with her cup of tea, our dog on a leash, her lawn chair, her Table-Mate tray table and a set of magazines. It did not matter that our backyard held lovely views of the Conejo Valley; the view […]

Celebrating life in isolation

Birthdays during the pandemic have certainly changed. Take, for example, a first birthday, when a child’s parents reflect on how quickly the year has gone. One-year-olds have achieved so much in their first year. They have developed their own personality and can really enjoy the excitement of a party just for them. My great-nephew, Wyatt, turned 1 this past week. […]

This short Bible verse packs a really big punch

“Jesus wept.” Just two words long, John 11.35 is the shortest verse in the Bible. It’s also one of the more difficult to comprehend, a seemingly straightforward sentence that is actually quite complex. John Chapter 11 tells of the raising of a dead man, Lazarus. The story is set right before Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem for Passion Week. It’s the […]

For the park’s preservation, close Wildwood to public

Years ago, while taking a course in resource management at Pierce College, the instructor assigned our class to find a solution for the overcrowding of Yosemite National Park, the park known for being “at risk of being loved to death by its adoring public.” My solution was very straightforward: Close the park to the public. The instructor said he found […]

COVID unpredictability lingers

Before COVID-19, many of us over the age of 60 never regarded ourselves as “older adults” or as someone with an underlying medical condition. However, it didn’t take long for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and county public health officers to place new classifications on us once the novel coronavirus arrived in the United States. I have many […]

The truth may be somewhere in the middle

With so many headlines, news stories and opinion pieces about the impact COVID-19 is having on an individual’s health and safety, as well as the health of our economy, it is hard not to feel we have enough information to form opinions. In many posts on Facebook and Nextdoor and in letters to the editor, local residents are quite adamant […]

Finding peace in God can ease minds

In discussing healing, we often overlook that God also cares about our mental health. During this pandemic, calls to local suicide hotlines are up. Our emotional life may be taking a beating. We’re terrified that we or a loved one will be infected, our business will collapse, our finances will run out or we may never feel safe in public […]

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