Opening Doors in Education

Our Back to School issues in the Conejo Valley and Malibu to Palisades feature educators who have been recognized and honored as Teacher of the Year in their communities. Shannon Baranski and Madeline Walker have much to be proud of. They and their fellow educators help prepare the young people who represent the future of … Continued

United We Stand

Well here we are celebrating the second consecutive 4th of July in a very ununited state of affairs. Yes, it really bothers us. We love the communities we cover with Conejo Valley Lifestyle and Malibu to Palisades Lifestyle. We are ready to celebrate the 4th of July and our country with family, food, fireworks, flags … Continued

Men

In this month’s issue we profile some of the men in our communities who take the time, energy and effort to give something back to others. In our May issue we did similar profiles of successful women who also give back. Just to be clear, I am talking about being there and helping out…in addition … Continued

Heart of a Woman

I am truly awed and inspired by the amazing women in our communities. In this issue, you’ll find women doctors, lawyers, teachers, pilots, CPAs, realtors, dentists, mothers, wives, sisters, friends—all of them strong, confident, talented, empowered and powerful. We’ve heard the saying, “Behind every great man is a woman;” so what’s behind a great woman? … Continued

“Ben, I Just Want to Say One Word to You: Plastics.” “The Graduate,” 1967

Major themes featured in our magazines this month include ecology, clean energy, organic and healthy eating and sustainable living…basically “living green” as much as we can. At a time when environmental protections have, among many things, shown great results in cleaner air here in Southern California (I still remember my kids complaining of chest pains when they played outside on…

Home Is Where the Art Is…

We have lived in Westlake Village since 2004. As the years have passed, when it came down to easy access to performing arts and entertainment, we have found ourselves increasingly challenged by traffic on the 101. Anytime we wanted to go to Los Angeles for theater, music, museums, dining, sports or shopping, it was difficult. An evening of world-class jazz…

March 2018 Lifestyle Letter

When our very, very special Tux died unexpectedly from a heart 
attack, I was devastated. Tux had come into our lives when we rescued him and his litter mates from a fast-growing feral colony. We bottle-fed them and found his brother and sisters adoptive families. Tuxie became our furry son.

Moving Resolution

More than 15 years ago I made what for me was a very rare belated (in June) New Year’s resolution. It was one that thousands of middle-aged people make: “I’m gonna get back in shape.” The epiphany for me was when we were celebrating my daughter’s graduation from Brown University—what should have been a great time was a struggle. I…

Together We Stand

 This year is coming to a close…  By any measure 2017 has been a very uncertain and contentious year in our country. The communities that we serve, the Conejo Valley, Malibu and Pacific Palisades, are more fortunate and less impacted by many of the troubles swirling about the rest of our state, country and even the world. But what does the…

Thanksgiving Is My 
Favorite Holiday

Those who know me well might think that the fact I like to eat and cook and enjoy a traditional roast turkey dinner (I’ll prepare it several times a year) is why I like Thanksgiving the best of all holidays. While this culinary preference might play a small role in my choice, the fact is I think it is very…