Amputees, Border Angels, Salvation Mountain, tugboats, S.D. River homeless, S.D. Bay anchorages, food trucks, metal finders, Coronado lifeguards, art restorers, least terns
Stephen Dobyns 8:30 a.m., July 20
The great Santa swindle came crashing down
Every Power Rangers toy known to man The exact moment the sleigh bells stopped jingling — by Chad Deal Sister Santa’s once-a-year smile I adored American Christmas — by Tam Hoang We were ruthless Christmas-letter ...
Mtume learned to like Christmas
My Christmas miracle came in a highball glass filled with ice and equal parts rum and mai tai mix. At the time, it was clear that the drink had done what it was supposed to ...
Bar crawl, good causes, Tijuana, Legoland, Zoo, Seaworld, Liberty Station,
A holiday tourist in my own city Tree farms, Nativity scene, gondola and trolley rides, Christmas movies by the pool. By Siobhan Braun Why not a holiday bar crawl? Bike ride, Messiah sing-along, Santacon bar ...
Botanic Garden, Conservation Garden, Willy Wonka, pet adoption, cooking and baking, read with children
Holiday lights make the early darkness of winter a beautiful thing. One of my favorite displays in San Diego is the simple strings of colorful lights that wind around the railings on the streets above ...
History, roots, reverence.
Canary Island pines, Australian tea, Moreton Bay fig, Kauri pine, Calif. juniper, Ilelo palm, dragon tree, elderberry, bunya nunya.
Margaret Parker doesn't want to be mean
What you need to know about Margaret Parker (besides the fact that this is not her real name) is that when it comes to customer service, she doesn’t play. According to her own estimation, she ...
Tipton’s rise to stardom began on season 14 of Project Runway.
Christmas in Alpine, polar bear plunge, Pointsettia Bowl march, Little Italy tree lighting
Stuff stockings, stalk Santa.
Maybe paying the board is a good idea
“Why are all these foreclosed homes submitting ballots?”
Don't worry about that water leak
Chrissy Seigler noticed a leaky water main valve on the sidewalk in front of her Point Loma home. The water was seeping out from the lid and dribbling down the street. In early June, Seigler ...
Sunshine tax refund
Julian Duval is about to rock my world. The 68-year-old president of the San Diego Botanic Garden drives me around the garden in a golf cart talking my ear off and making me laugh with ...
Baby-friendly isn’t necessarily mama-friendly
“I tried to figure out if I should suck it up and push through, because I really wanted to try and help these women.”
Property owner contests readings from digital water meter
On February 14, 2015, the City of San Diego installed a new digital water meter at a University Avenue property belonging to Edwin Widjojo. The installation took place in the middle of a bill period, ...
Sadness among botanic garden staff over loss of historic tree
On Tuesday, June 30, the last of a 100-foot-tall Torrey pine was cut down at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. It took six workers 35 hours to remove the tree, one of four ...
Adobe Falls, Loma Club, Collier Park, La Mesa secret stairs, snorkel with sharks, Oasis Camel Dairy, tunnel skating in Playas
Urban Adventures Beach Town Suburban Ocean & Bay Backcountry Mexico
English resistance in Balboa Park
“The Desert at Night” is the Natural History Museum’s attempt to engage Spanish and English speakers at the same time.
So scared to meet you.
Half of them have holes in their mouths where their teeth used to be, and the other half have sets of some-large-some-small teeth.
High-waisted denim and pink lipstick
Wonder and Hope — Mom always convinced me it would be an adventure. By Ian Anderson The Animal Keeper— Animals spoke to my mother “in a language only she understood.” By Whitney Butler La Gringa ...
When I’m an old lady, this is the story I will tell about my mother.
When I am an old woman who repeats the same stories over and over again, the one I will tell of my mother will not be about the bread she baked some Saturday mornings, or ...
San Diego pharmacy robberies on the rise
The downside of happy-pill nation.
Keith Berkley, fisherman, construction guy, and big brother.
“This is it. My bones are here. San Diego is the best place on Earth.”
Theater, dance, chamber music, art in parks, where to buy art, photography of the Casbah
Within every living art, there will always be a conversation among the artists who create it. The conversation is what makes it vital: a back-and-forth of reaction, adaptation, innovation, and yes, rejection. I recently saw, ...
She’s strapped for cash and misses Mr. Moneybags.
"They never look at the bottom of my cart. But if they do, I'll just say, 'Oh my gosh. Sorry. Totally forgot."
Sarah Stieber paints in what she calls “Electric Realism,” a style that projects the “amplification of real life,” and uses bright, vivid colors that suggest “wishful seeing.” Stieber created “Fierce” in 2014, originally intending the ...
Picture this: you spend the evening climbing in and out of cars where you experience a series of five-to-ten-minute plays that take place inside the cars (The Car Plays, La Jolla Playhouse, 2013–2014). Or you ...
But Alison DaRosa guide app not so promising
In April 2013, Ryan Grainger and Bobby Sullivan found themselves faced with a particular First World problem at Coachella. The then-20- and 19-year-old University of San Diego students could not see all 190 performances. Although ...
I’m Judo math dude
“A kid raised his hand in the back and said, ‘How long does it take to become a black belt?’”
Watch out for imposters
Why not teach the teen to cook? Fashion Valley Practice and prepare for your holiday meals with hands-on cooking classes featuring instruction on classic dishes and treats from prime rib to eggnog, and from snowflake ...
New neighbor gets accused of being gangmember
Chain-linked in suburbia.
They say the smile is the hardest part.
The last couple of times Brenda Peterson had job openings in her court-reporting company, she filled the positions with members of an unlikely pool of candidates: ex-convicts, or more politely put, the formerly incarcerated. It ...
It makes San Diego look appealing
I’m standing in Terminal 2 at the San Diego International Airport on a Monday morning in early July. My escort, Constance White, the airport art program manager, leads me through the new food-court atrium, past ...
Prepared for life, not for college
Where most school websites are built for parents who need calendar information or want to check out next year’s fourth-grade teachers, High Tech High’s is a full-fledged marketing campaign. Many of the pages include statistics, ...
Flag them down, ride for free.
At a time when the taxi-versus-rideshare hubbub takes on momentum, a player slinks into San Diego and sets up shop downtown. The Free Ride offers a wave-us-down ride service in a coverage area between Little ...
Social media and your job search.
Katie Wagner, president of Katie Wagner Social Media, explains the importance of social media in your job search. First, please tell me about your company and what you do. I own a social media and ...
There’s money to be made editing copy
Teresa Poole, from UCSD Extension, explains how you can become a copyeditor. First, please tell me about yourself. I am the program manager for several certificate programs here at UC San Diego Extension, one of ...
Babes in boyland
“When I first hired in, I would have people ask me all the time, ‘You want me to carry your tools for you?’”
Jobs that make money and do good
Dev Aujla, creator of 50waystogetajob.com, might be able to help with your job search. First, tell me about yourself and how your website came to be. I am a Canadian. I started a non-profit called ...
The industry needs women, says banker-turned-construction manager.
Dianne Koehle explains what it takes to get into construction. First, please tell me what you do. I’m a project coordinator. I work on jobsites maintaining submittals, drawings, correspondence, meeting minutes, material and equipment logs, ...
When the weather isn’t enough to keep you here
San Diego's income: 12.3% above the nation's average. San Diego's cost of living: 29.2% higher than the nation's average.