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September 13, 2007
Loa Blasucci I went to check on my aging neighbor, Grandma Molly. She cared for her father, Bill, who slipped in and out of dementia. I had barely said hello when “Wild Bill” sat up in his chair and shouted, “you don’t have cats — they have you!” It was so random, I had a good laugh. I was in my early 20s, and although it was truly hilarious, I began to wonder about what it meant for something to “have you.” We all know what addiction is. The first thought that comes to mind may be of someone with a drug problem.
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By Loa Blasucci | July 17, 2008
Julie was about 20 pounds overweight and frustrated with her body. She tried lots of diets and still could not get back to her former size. I could see by her performance in exercise class that physically she was strong and energetic. So, a few years back when she asked about my fitness program, I was immediately interested because the pieces to her “puzzle” didn’t quite fit. I knew from our conversations that feelings of “not being enough” were having an impact on her weight and I needed to collect more data to figure out what was really going on. Here’s what I did know: Julie was maintaining her weight.
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By Morgan Hartley | December 22, 2005
Three months have passed since I left home. With them have gone the steepest part of this uphill journey and any inkling of the once repressive summer heat. Although this past month has been rift with changes in my attitude, thoughts and habits, the most important of them was the growing relationship with my host family. It has been only in these last four weeks that we have begun to completely understand each other -- be familiar with each other's histories, good habits, bad habits, moods and way of thought.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | April 19, 2012
“I'm a mom. I simply don't have time to OD.” Those words appear in the prologue to La Cañada Flintridge resident Dena Higley's book, “Momaholic: Crazy Confessions of a Helicopter Parent.” The book chronicles Higley's meltdown in the face of workplace and family pressures, as well as her own self-imposed requirement to be a supermom to four children. Higley, for decades a writer on soap operas, including “Days of Our Lives” and “One Life to Live,” writes in a breezy and humorous style but delivers serious messages about parenting and balance.
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By Bob Meeker | September 20, 2013
I've had reason to consider the role of the crossing guard recently. There is a particular crossing guard here in town who has developed some bad habits regarding the treatment of motorists. Habits unbecoming the job. There are stern admonishments for encroaching too near the lines, obnoxious eye-rolls or even outright screaming at the cars as they roll past. Drivers, in the mind of this one individual at least, have become enemies - naughty violators to be chided and reprimanded. I've witnessed repeated incidents and it's caused me to ponder the purpose of the crossing guard.
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By Mary O’Keefe | January 8, 2009
The new laws that went into effect on Jan. 1 are designed to make the roads safer by bringing the driver’s focus off technology and back onto the road. However the laws will only make it safer if drivers comply and, according to Sgt. Mark Slater of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station, old, bad driving habits die hard. The new law, SB 28/Simitian that went into effect last week “makes it an infraction to write, send or read text based communication on an electronic wireless communication device, such as a cellphone, while driving.
NEWS
July 17, 2008
Letters to the Editor LCF’s trees may boost firestorm WAKE UP, PEOPLE!! No, the sky is not falling, but have you heard about the fires that are ravaging the state? Guess what, this could besiege our foothill community at any time. A few years ago, we used to think of May through February as the fire season, but that changed. Now, all year is fire season. In La Cañada we are dually blessed and cursed as an officially designated ‘Tree City’ with our area-wide mature trees that form a canopy over our homes and businesses.
NEWS
November 15, 2011
The forecast of a dry winter is doing little to lower the blood pressure of Foothill residents whose homes remain vulnerable to mudslides brought about by the devastating 2009 Station fire. Caused by cooler than normal sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, La Niña typically causes a colder and drier winter in the Southland. Typically. Though last season also had La Niña conditions, the rain came down fast and hard, albeit not consistently, said William Patzert, an oceanographer and climate forecaster at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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By Loa Blasucci | July 17, 2008
Julie was about 20 pounds overweight and frustrated with her body. She tried lots of diets and still could not get back to her former size. I could see by her performance in exercise class that physically she was strong and energetic. So, a few years back when she asked about my fitness program, I was immediately interested because the pieces to her “puzzle” didn’t quite fit. I knew from our conversations that feelings of “not being enough” were having an impact on her weight and I needed to collect more data to figure out what was really going on. Here’s what I did know: Julie was maintaining her weight.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2007
Loa Blasucci I went to check on my aging neighbor, Grandma Molly. She cared for her father, Bill, who slipped in and out of dementia. I had barely said hello when “Wild Bill” sat up in his chair and shouted, “you don’t have cats — they have you!” It was so random, I had a good laugh. I was in my early 20s, and although it was truly hilarious, I began to wonder about what it meant for something to “have you.” We all know what addiction is. The first thought that comes to mind may be of someone with a drug problem.
NEWS
By Morgan Hartley | December 22, 2005
Three months have passed since I left home. With them have gone the steepest part of this uphill journey and any inkling of the once repressive summer heat. Although this past month has been rift with changes in my attitude, thoughts and habits, the most important of them was the growing relationship with my host family. It has been only in these last four weeks that we have begun to completely understand each other -- be familiar with each other's histories, good habits, bad habits, moods and way of thought.
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