Anyway I was enjoying my evening at a pub in the Haight District of San Francisco (Mad Dog in the fog), when I was interrupted by a stale smell. I turned my head and came nose to face with a vagrant in rags, complete with fingerless woollen gloves and straw for hair. Said vagrant pushed a cart carrying a tattered, duct taped cooler box. All in all it was an ugly and putrid image.I glanced around expecting to see other customers recoil in disgust, followed by the management descending upon her to ask/ force her to leave before she spread leprosy around the entire venue. But nothing... Read More
The Foster Child and the Garbage Bag:
The business of Child Abuse
By Joshua Allen
With all this bothersome talk about DCFS “leaks,” and “freedom of the press,” I got to wondering what possessed Trish Plohen and DCFS to try and sneak the investigation under the radar, away from irritating eyes like the LA Times and the general public, the people who pay their salaries.
It’s arrogance of course, that and ignorance.
We encounter that a lot in foster care, and not just from abusive parents, but also from bureaucrats, administrators and apparatchiks who have never... Read More
Today mobile phones are part of our daily life. For this reason, the majority of people have different views and feelings about the use of mobile phones in public places like restaurants, movie theaters, etc. In spite of this, they were almost unknown twenty years ago. In fact, today various iphone and android applications for mobile phones are helping a lot in people’s activities and even in their life. In this vein, the world would now feel a strange place without them.
One of the strongest argument in favor of banning mobile phones is the annoyance they cause people around us at work,... Read More
Therapy dogs are popular and I encounter them all the time in the city, but cats that perform therapy are fairly unique. So, when I had a chance to see an Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) cat in action, I seized the opportunity. And I can tell you one thing—this feline walks the walk and meows the talk when it comes to therapy. His name is Guido and he definitely has a connection to human beings that is real and he knows it.
Guido is owned by Judi Basolo, a commercial real estate sales and leasing agent in the city. She’s his handler, his agent, his media liaison and a full-time manager... Read More
The 9th Annual Cesar Chavez Day Celebration was held on March 20, 2010. This popular event was sponsored by the City of Inglewood, the Inglewood Unified School District and the City of Inglewood Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.
Inglewood-Angelenos ushered in Spring with another beautiful day. Many gardening experts gave people with a green thumb some tips for planting for the Spring. The theme for the 9th Annual Cesar Chavez Day Unity March, Recognition Ceremony & Celebration was “Yes, We Can Plant Seeds of Hope for the Future!”
The Inglewood... Read More
A Porsche; a mistress; a new gym membership; a holiday home in Spain; a move to the countryside; a new career, perhaps as a herbalist or a bee-keeper. What do each of these things have in common? They are each a potential knee-jerk reaction to a mid-life crisis. But what is a mid-life crisis, and why do we have them?
It is all too easy in modern life to “go with the flow” - to simply put up with whatever situation you find yourself in, irrespective of whether it suits you or whether it makes you happy. Few people are prepared to challenge themselves by moving to a new city or... Read More
I’m not saying you’re targeting my car. I imagine you’re ticketing every car in your prevue whenever you can, but it just seems like my vehicle gets ticketed while other offending cars right next to mine seem to consistently avoid the similar penalty. I know, it sounds like I’m whining and maybe I am, but it’s becoming more and more evident that you people must lie in wait to slap tickets on my windshield with great dexterity and incredible timing. You’re either super human or it’s a conspiracy.
I’m mad at the world, I guess, and meter maids in particular. But, that’s a knee jerk reaction,... Read More
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