“Riffing”

Since this month’s issue is our Men’s Issue, this department is always assigned to me. I will take the prerogative of doing whatever I please, which is riffing on whatever comes to mind. Kind of a jazz improvisation that becomes a momentary theme. While a riff often repeats itself, I will just ride on a … Continued

Celebrating Women

The women profiled in this month’s issue are truly remarkable. In the communities we cover with Conejo Valley Lifestyle and Malibu to Palisades Lifestyle, there are really more very special female professional, business, nonprofit leaders and “difference makers” than we could ever profile or acknowledge in a single issue. Our communities have the resources to … Continued

AI On the Horizon

Normally, my monthly missive is on topic for the theme of the issue. Please enjoy what our writers and Tracy, our editor, worked so hard on in order to make this month’s issue interesting and compelling. What I would like to talk to our readers about is how technology is advancing to the point where … Continued

Dedicated to Rescue Pets

In a speech in Cape Town in June 1966, Robert Kennedy said: “There is a Chinese curse which says, ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not, we live in interesting times.” It definitely is a curse, not a blessing. Looking at it from the perspective of how our community deals with these “interesting … Continued

Readers Chime In

While I know that our feature articles and locally focused content like Around Town and Locally Owned are very well read, I often wonder if anyone reads our Lifestyle Letter. I put a lot of energy and emotion into the ones I contribute. That was especially true with our December and January issues. We were … Continued

Strength From Adversity

Just about everyone in the communities of the Conejo Valley and Malibu have their story regarding the challenges they faced as individuals and as a community during the dark days that started on November 7 with the horrible mass shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill, followed the next evening by the Woolsey Fire. Of course, … Continued

We Need to Come Together

The following is entirely different from what I originally composed for our December issue. I am writing this on November 8, the morning after the violent tragedy at Borderline in Thousand Oaks. In many ways our communities will never be the same. Not just in Thousand Oaks, but throughout the Southland. There will always be … Continued

Thanks(for)Giving

I know I’m preaching to the choir when I say we are so fortunate to live here in Southern California, as members of these vibrant, caring and generous communities that make up the Conejo Valley, Malibu, Pacific Palisades and the surrounding areas. Still, it’s worth acknowledging again—even if we already know how good we have … Continued

Keep Making Strides

As we prepared for our annual October “Pink” issues that are part of our ongoing campaign dedicated to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, I began to reflect on what it all means to me as I finish my 4th year as a survivor. Once breast cancer attacks your body, even after you have been declared … Continued

Committed to Community Service

Last month we celebrated the third anniversary of publishing our Lifestyle magazines. I forgot, though. But here we are at the 37th edition of Conejo Valley Lifestyle and the 12th edition of Malibu to Palisades Lifestyle. That makes it a late 3rd and an early 1st—kind of mixed up, but then I usually am, so … Continued