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Saint Patrick’s with Patrick: Green Spring Fling cook off in Carlsbad, Loma Club golf course Shamrock Shamble in Liberty Station, Groundswell Brewery tasting in Santee, paddleboarding, and more

We’re trying to avoid the Gaslamp at all costs

When the Kellys go green in springtime, it’s not for the environment, or even for the season. It’s for Saint Patrick’s Day. Which is often more properly called Saint Patrick’s Week, what with all the ...

“Fat Tuesday” Mardi Gras meets Ash Wednesday

The traditional eating of griddle cakes earned the day before Lent the name Pancake Tuesday.

Mardi Gras, as I’m sure you know, means Fat Tuesday. It was a day to enjoy pleasures that would be forbidden in the season of Lent, which started the next day, Ash Wednesday. But in ...

“I met my girlfriend at Brute Force Games in North Park”

San Diego dating after the clubbing phase

I have a lot of single friends. Most are past the clubbing phase of life. Some are divorced; some were never seriously attached. Most are still interested in companionship, but few want to try dating ...

Backpacking must haves

Favorite gear and supplies for your next hiking trek

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares ...

A commitment to exercise

“Being able to take different classes... keeps me from getting lazy.”

New year, new me. I say that every year. In general, I’ve got the healthy eating down, but the older I get, the more I realize that changes to one’s figure — the positive kind, ...

Bring it, 2019!

"Going to the mountains is going home... wildness is a necessity.”

The year is going to be all about refreshing the mind, body and soul. I’m resolving to take in more free art, listen to more free live music, hike more of our climate areas. Our ...

You’re going to need a Wrapmaster

“Reindeer bunny wrap... is great for both kids and adults.”

Holiday madness is upon me. My biggest challenge is gift wrapping. By the time all the shopping is done, wrapping can feel like a cruel joke. Veteran wrappers offered me advice. “Buy a Wrapmaster!” commanded ...

It’s Nutcracker season

It’s not the Holidays without it

There are certain cultural holiday classics that survive the test of time: Rudolph, The Grinch, Elf, Miracle on 34th Street. The same goes for classic art performances such as Handel’s Messiah, and especially The Nutcracker ...

Morning sickness protocol

“Hey, I didn’t know you were pregnant!”

Nausea is plaguing my newly pregnant friend Sarah. “Now I know how my husband feels when he’s on a boat,” she moaned to me. My friend Maire is a representative for dōTerra oils, and she ...

Cook less, enjoy more

Thanksgiving takeout options

Gobble gobble gobble, hear the turkey say/ When November comes around I think I’ll run away. It’s that time again. The sun sets at five. The liquid amber tree is aflame with reds and yellows. ...

Hallo-wine & Spirits

The Whaley House is said to be among America’s Most Haunted

My husband Patrick went down to Home Depot for light bulbs and rat traps and came back with a $300 animatronic dragon for our front yard. He’s eager to hear it roar at trick-or-treaters. Halloween ...