August 4, 2015

Topanga Tim's Survival Tips— 1-800-TELL CHP

 It was a nerve wracking experience the other night when Cheney Charlie and his wife were following along behind a motorist who was tossing cigarette butts out the window. While Charlie kept at a safe distance from the car, his wife was able to note down the location, make and color of the car, and the license plate number. She then called the CHP at 1-800 Tell CHP (1-800 835-5247). They would send a letter to the driver telling of the sighting. They als… [Read More...]

All About Animals: How to Train a Tiger to Ride on a Horse in the Circus—Part 1

 Disclaimer: This is a timely addition to Sage Knight’s recent column, “How to (and not to) Pet a Tiger,” not a discussion about whether tigers should be in the circus or whether a horse should be subjected to unfair treatment as a prey species by having a large predator (wouldn’t that be us?) ride on its back. This is a very informal study of animal behavior and training and yes, a bit of silliness. At a Corral… [Read More...]

Living Well: Metamorphosis—Part 2

 When last we saw our fearless heroine, she was encased in a cocoon slowly digesting her old self in a process of self-love, solitude and spiritual transformation. (See “Metamorphosis - Part 1,” Topanga Messenger, Vol. 39, No. 11, June 4, 2015) “When pupation is complete the chrysalis will split behind the butterfly head.”1 One recent weekday morning, Shiloh and I decided to play hooky and took a meander alo… [Read More...]