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Growing Up In Rancho Santa Fe (sort of) In The 1940s

By Sally McKenney   I stood at the edge of the driveway as my mother’s car circled around and exited the big iron gates which clanged shut behind her.  I waved goodbye but did not see anyone wave back.  I was four years old.  I burst into

Former RSF Resident Writes About The Perils Of Country Living

Another gem from my Writing For Life student.  Rosalie Cushman THE BISHOP’S DOG By Sally McKenney It was the early 1950’s.  I was nine years old and in the first semester of fourth grade. I was living with my mother and grandparents in Rancho Santa Fe at

Valley Center, CA vote-count machines gave us Bush in 2000

Ever wonder about those darn voting machines that caused all the controversy in 2000 when George Bush squeaked through the election thanks to some hanging chad and an one-vote Supreme Court victory. Valley Center. That’s right, right over there at 29751 Valley Center Rd. Dick Stephens, along

WOW FALLBROOK, BUT WHY? AND HOW?

This is a story in itself. Wow, I wrote this a long time ago and completely forgot about it. Not only, but I also couldn’t remember at all when I wrote it and why. However, it goes on and on and on and apparently I was trying

Taking agricultural education to a whole ‘nother level

SAN PASQUAL VALLEY — Organic farming pioneer and consultant, resource conservation leader, and now agricultural educator, Scott Murray hopes his back-to-the-future efforts will keep farming viable in California and the nation. Murray was doing it, in part, at a groundbreaking venue, the San Pasqual Academy. Located in

Interior Designer Penelope Voisen engages in a bit of ‘pillow talk’

Interior Designer Penelope Voisen engages in a bit of ‘pillow talk’ You can never have too many pillows on a bed.  The warm, inviting, and comfortable feeling you get when you enter a bedroom and see lots of pillows on the bed instantly gives a relaxed sense

Local ironworker Paul Pursley spent 10 weeks at Ground Zero following Sept. 11

Sept. 11, 2001: Local ironworker Paul Pursley spent 10 weeks at “Ground Zero” following attack. “Ironworkers worked every day,” Pursley said. “We went on 12-hour shifts starting at 6 (a.m.) or 7 (a.m.) The more iron we cut up, the more firemen we could find. But we

Happy Holidays…

Face of harassment, including email threats and innuendos

Below is a partial thread from a person harassing this web site. Read for yourself. Another 20 of these are on file. These, and similar, emails were sent to numerous social media and personal sites. The genesis was a one-sentence comment about the surfing madonna painter being

SURPRISE by Sally McKinney

When I was working, my boss set up an office in a condo he owned at the Solana Beach & Tennis Club. It was an oceanfront, two bedroom-two bath unit. He and his wife only used the condo on the weekends so he ran his business out

Comic-Con ‘ZombieWalk’ no laughing matter as car strikes passerby

The annual passage of rite at Comic-Con International, the 8th Annual “ZombieWalk” turned poignantly bizarre around 5:30 p.m Saturday. That’s when a driver startled by zombies struck a 64-year-old woman with his car breaking her arm as he tried to get away from the crowd. Zombies from

Irving Gill’s spirit is all over Oceanside

Drive around Oceanside some time and check out Irving Gill. While time erases much of what we know, Gill remains, or what remains of Gill, is an important, and perhaps overlooked, part of the Oceanside landscape. While a longtime Carlsbad resident at 4th Street and Pine Avenue,