Golden Dreams

Seeing red at the SD Film Foundation’s Oscar Party

“I don’t get dressed up very often, and I never wear red.”

Nobody watched the Oscars on February 9. But lots of people watched Connie Sundstrom at the San Diego Film Foundation’s Oscar Party, held this year in four ninth-floor penthouses at 41 West in Banker’s Hill. ...

The Dockside Market: The family misery business

“The wholesalers are getting imported fish, and you can’t make a living.”

Luke Halmay started fishing with his father Peter when he was still a kid. “He’d take us to San Clemente Island, Catalina. Now, he won’t even go to the beach.” Forty-odd years of commercial fishing ...

Fear not, last-minute Lotharios

“On the day, it starts getting busy from 7 am and goes straight through to 7 pm”

At least one flower stand will be open early St. Valentine’s Day: The Flower Lady on Isabella and Orange in downtown Coronado. Shanel Albert and her partner and husband, Steve, will be up and making ...

Climate change candidate John Brooks frozen out

“Voting itself should be mandatory, just like going to the DMV to qualify for your license”

It has been hard going for John Brooks, the environmentalist candidate for San Diego’s Congressional District 53 since we talked with him last October 19th. As the elections have been getting closer, he has become ...

Ambling with San Diego Beach Rides

Hire a horse and ride through the river bottom lands.

Partly because it was International Wetlands Day last Saturday (February 1), I thought I’d do a hard-hitting investigation into how we are doing in San Diego. I got down to the Tijuana River Sloughs, famous ...

How California Gray whales make love

We call it “seeing Pink Floyd.”

Dominic the crewman throws the hawser aboard. “Clear!” he calls out. The Legend is outward bound, whale watching, 20 souls aboard. Fifteen minutes, a coffee, and a blueberry muffin later, I am climbing up to ...

Sex and violence in La Mesa

“We’re out there trying to tell a story, and the guy who’s the subject of the story starts attacking us.”

Grabby headline, no? Not quite as gloriously specific as “Headless Body Found in Topless Bar,” but still eye-catching. And catching eyes is how you stay alive in these dread latter days of content overload. So, ...

Marshall Saunders: creating an army of citizen lobbyists

How to address a congressman face to face

In a couple of days they’ll be memorializing Marshall Saunders, the San Diego man who tried to save the world. I considered him a dear friend even though I knew he had hundreds, maybe thousands ...

Michael Connolly Miskwish’s history of wildfires

By stopping the domination of any single species, you keep diversity open

Fire, as in the monstrous mega fires we’re seeing in Australia, has been front page news for weeks. But it is also something the Kumeyaay people have been speaking out about for years. Michael Connolly ...

Brad Taylor talks Hunter Killer at Warwick’s

“People thought I could predict the future.”

Brad Taylor does his homework. Twenty-one years in the Army (including eight with Delta Force) is an education in itself, but it’s research that has helped make his Pike Logan novels bestsellers. “Newsfeeds,” he told ...

Mynd: helping you achieve lasting beauty and wellness

Locating the sacred within this world

On January 10, University of San Diego law professor Steven Smith shared a lunchtime lecture stage at the American Enterprise Institute with New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and novelist/reporter Tara Isabella Burton. The topic ...

Chancing the Coaster’s Del Mar cliffs

It’s still a single track that runs along a narrow ledge

“How’s that cliff that fell away? I ask this train employee. I’m at the Santa Fe Depot, about to board the Coaster for Solana Beach. Feeling a touch queasy after reading about the piece of ...

The rise of remote workers in San Diego

“The commute is the most physically dangerous part of anybody’s day”

The results are in: San Diego is a remote work city. How do I know? Kate Lister told me so. She’s a renowned tracker of how we work, and how many of us work without ...

Michael Schmid’s postmortem jokes

“Finding comedy in tragedy is what comedians do best.”

This is for you, Michael It’s Saturday night at the Comedy Palace, Kearny Mesa. “You’ve got it easy.” “Oh. Do you mean the wheelchair, or the diaper?” The audience laughs. They’re tuned in to what’s ...

Like a carpet of stingrays in David Hockney’s A Bigger Splash

“When they withdraw, it’s like pulling a Christmas tree backwards”

Aggressive stingrays The morning beach looks pristine and empty, except for the white teeth of the waves, like David Hockney’s A Bigger Splash. But something has changed. Ah, yes. At the lifeguard tower, the purple ...

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