Golden Dreams

Anishka Lee-Skorepa forms Artistas Fronterizas to sing stories about border life

“I want our kids to be curious, not fearful.”

It’s a shivery night here in Barrio Logan. I’ve just come across these kids huddling with Anishka Lee-Skorepa in an empty lot often used for markets and performances. A small crowd waits on the sidewalk. ...

National Geographic: Milkweed and Monarchs risk extinction

Entomologist Chip Taylor estimates more than a billion milkweed stems necessary to give monarchs a fighting chance

Steve Wampler became famous when he somehow scaled El Capitan in Yosemite even though he uses a wheelchair. On Friday September 17, 2010, with help from a support team, he became the first person with ...

Balboa Park’s Comic-Con Museum features work by Jim Lee, Bill Sienkiewicz, Frank Miller, and others

New exhibit serves as both tribute and lead-up to the Con’s 50th anniversary this summer

Comic-Con International’s WonderCon will be throwing open its doors on March 29 up in Anaheim, but the pop-culture juggernaut has something else in the offing — much smaller, but also much closer to home. This ...

Eleanor Holsten: dancing since 1921

Every time she suggestively wriggles her butt, the place erupts in whistles

Eleanor Holsten comes onstage dressed in a yellow mumu with tropical flowers in black printed all over it. She wears flowers around her head. The Hawaiian music starts. She starts swaying, to cheers from all ...

Browsing San Diego pioneer graves at Old Town’s Campo Santo cemetery

Are our ancestors all heroes?

As much as we’d like to think so, sometimes you hear things you’d rather not. Got a bit of a shock at the Campo Santo the other day. I was walking through San Diego’s second ...

Notes from four hours in the hospital with a 10-year-old girl who might have appendicitis

A reminder of how suffering twists expressions and robs faces of their beauty

The emergency room teaches you some things and reminds you of others. It teaches you that what looks like an emergency to you — my daughter is weeping from the pain and it’s not letting ...

Abe DeLeon’s 33 years distributing the San Diego Reader

“Having the freedom to drive around the city and hand out the most popular paper in town was a dream job.”

Abe DeLeon delivered the San Diego Reader from 1986 until January of this year. At one point or another, he handled almost every route the paper offered: from Oceanside to Imperial Beach, and as far ...

The fatal attraction of the Coronado Bridge

“Mother Teresa said loneliness is the greatest illness on earth.”

Jamie Sorenson knows suicides. She’s written a book on it, Why You Tried to Kill Yourself. And in the Navy, she’s counseled thousands. But when it comes to advising Coronado bridge suicide-prevention groups, she’s surprisingly ...

Playing ukuleles together is magic

“George Harrison used to carry two ukuleles everywhere, because people always wanted to play with him.”

This is my friend Ronda’s idea. “Come on down! Sneaky Tiki Ukulele night! Fast Times! Clairemont Drive. Bring your uke!” Except in the end, flu hits her and she isn’t going to be plucking no ...

Saved by a mermaid in the Mekong river

Get to know Phou Vieng Insysiengmae, a child soldier from Laos

The monk cuts across the courtyard to where we’re staring up at Wat Lao Buddharam, here on 44th Street in Chollas View. “Can I help you?” Soon he is inviting us to come look inside. ...

Watercolorist sets up outside Bay Books and Café Madrid coffee cart

“If you just surrender, then everything becomes easy”

“Just let it go, let it flow, kind of like life,” says Tony Trowbridge. He’s painting a watercolor of what he sees right here on Orange Avenue in Coronado. Quick, deft, light movements, mixed with ...

Cannon aims at Congress

"I want to represent people like me, who come up on the wrong side of everything."

"I want Scott Peters' job." So says Lucas Cannon. “I know I can do it better. I have been training all my life for this.” But wait. Cannon is a barman here at a South ...

Music and memory

"From absolute loneliness and sadness to a completely different experience."

Can music be a cure? Letitia Rogers says yes, in the right circumstances. “In my personal life, music was a great way to get to know people,” she says. She’s a San Diego-based Hollywood movie ...

The gosh-darned Götterdämmerung

When the impending end of your own personal world looks like the end of the world at large

Like more than a few members of my generation, I had Orson Welles’ cinematic masterpiece Citizen Kane “spoiled” for me by Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip. (A sign that I’m getting old: I feel the ...

Young chessmen

“You only get mismatches like that in this tournament”

It’s a little after 7 pm on January 2nd, and the San Diego Chess Club is holding the club champtionship qualifying round in its mid-century Balboa Park digs along Sixth Avenue just north of Ivy. ...