February 6, 2016

Topanga Tim's Survival Tips— Keep Emergency Numbers on Your Cellphone

 Hillside Henry and I seem to be having ongoing discussions about which phones work best during emergencies here in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Los Angeles County Fire Department says it is always best to use a landline and dial 9-1-1. This way you can be located in the event the line goes dead. If you must use a cell phone then call one of the following numbers instead of 9-1-1: *For fire or me… [Read More...]

All About Animals: Rescue Me?

 I’ve been thinking about adopting a new housecat. There are so many cats in need of a home that it may be safe to say that cats are a dime a dozen. So adopting should be simple, right? Sometimes it is. Bob and Zuma, my current housecats, are both rescues. Someone handed Bob to me outside of Petco as a screaming four-week-old orphan found at a construction site and 19 years later he’s still the top cat in the household. … [Read More...]

Kids in the Canyon: Stepping into Second Grade

 The second grade program at Topanga Elementary Charter School (TECS) is a structured, academic yet creative program. Two teachers, Ms. Devon Chatham and Mrs. Sondra Tapper, who are responsible for helping these young children transition from dependent young students to more independent, self-driven learners, are long-time TECS teachers with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for teaching this age. A typical day in second gr… [Read More...]

Living Well: Happy New Year!

 On December 31st, 2015, I prepared for 2016. I thought about rising at 4 a.m. to meditate and commune with Nature and my creator, as I’d heard George Washington Carver and so many other greats had done. I’ve risen early for meditation before, but only when on retreat. While I love the feeling of rising before the world is awake, my devotion is not quite enough to make it a daily practice. I’ve come to savor quiet, early mor… [Read More...]