June 30, 2016

Topanga Tim's Survival Tips—When the Heat’s On, Seniors Suffer

 On those ridiculously stupid hot days, most of us either crank the AC or put on our ice cube underpants. But the elderly and handicapped often just sit in their homes and swelter. And that can cause serious health problems. Fortunately, we’ve got a T-CEP Neighborhood Network set up in my neck of the woods. So I’ve got a contact list of my neighbors with special needs. Whenever the mercury heads north of 90, I make it a point to check in on my elderly ne… [Read More...]

Rude Interruptions—Memo To My Son

  Dear Son: June is traditionally the month for dads and grads. Father’s Day is an annual affair, but your college graduation this year was a once-in-a-lifetime achievement, so it’s OK to feel proud of yourself. As a politics major in this crazy time, you’re in for the education of a lifetime over the next four months. As the man said, “Never let your schooling interfere with your learning.” The 2016 presidential campaign i… [Read More...]

My Corner of the Canyon—Thank You, Firefighters!

 “This doesn’t look good,” I announced to my daughter observing the ugly rising cloud of smoke ahead of us. “No, no it doesn’t,” she concurs. Leaving the mall on that hot afternoon, there was a clear view from the elevated parking lot out over the Valley facing west. The plume of smoke was right where we didn’t want it to be, mounting into the clear blue sky, as if taunting us saying, “Yes! Ha! Ha! I’m here at the very base of your canyon.” “It’s Wa… [Read More...]