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Guest column: If I were a woman …

Guest column: If I were a woman …

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist I’ve often wondered what life is like for women. It can’t be easy — not that it’s easy for men, either. But I don’t believe we men can ever fathom the universe in which women dwell. It’s not the same as our universe. In fact, it’s not even in...
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Author/columnist Lopez to speak April 25 in Thousand Oaks

Author/columnist Lopez to speak April 25 in Thousand Oaks

Distinguished Speakers Series presents Steve Lopez, 8 p.m., Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. The award-winning journalist and author of “The Soloist” joined the staff of the Los Angeles Times in May 2001 after four years at Time Inc., where he wrote for Time, Sports Illustrated, Life and Entertainment...
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Guest column: Are we clinging to our jobs?

Guest column: Are we clinging to our jobs?

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist In a recent Beetle Bailey cartoon1 in my local newspaper, General Halftrack walks into headquarters and sees his two female secretaries in full party mode. He asks, “Champagne?  Party hats?  Decorations? What day is this?!” The secretaries cheer and scream: “It’s Friday!!” Yes, TGIF. Thank God it’s Friday! I...
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Guest column: World War II fathers

Guest column: World War II fathers

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist A few weeks ago I was meeting with two of my literary friends. One of the writers was telling us about the contentious relationship she had had with her father, who had since died, but with whom she was able to redeem, at least in some small measure, what...
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Commentary: Americans’ investment sentiment revealed

Commentary: Americans’ investment sentiment revealed

Americans believe technology and gold will be top-performing investments in 2011 As Americans move past the economic downturn and begin considering plans for investing in the coming year, many believe that technology stocks and gold will set the pace for 2011. In a recent survey* from Edward Jones, more than one-third (36 percent) of...
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Movie review: To love or hate “The Adjustment Bureau”

Movie review: To love or hate “The Adjustment Bureau”

By Mariana Llamas-Cendon / Amigos805.com I recently read the opinions of critics about “The Adjustment Bureau” and I found them a bit unbalanced and in fact, quite uncertain. “The Adjustment Bureau” stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt and is based on Philip K. Dick’s short story “The Adjustment Team” published in 1954. The movie...
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Guest column: Keys and souls

Guest column: Keys and souls

By David Magallanes / guest columnist Some of my best ideas occur to me as I run. I’ve been an avid runner since my teen years.  As long as I can keep enough focus on running while I’m thinking to avoid running into people and falling into ditches or tripping on curbs, I’m good....
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Guest column: Just who do we think we are?

Guest column: Just who do we think we are?

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist I’m fascinated by the whole topic of personal uniqueness. We’re all somewhat aware of it. Certainly, everyone in our home or in our office or in our classroom is different. In fact, very different, for a lot of different reasons. An associated fascination I have is observing people’s...
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Guest column: Roses for a daughter

Guest column: Roses for a daughter

On the day before Valentine’s Day last month, I took roses to my married daughter.  I buy her flowers every Valentine’s Day because I want to show her that I honor her, and that I will always love her, more than any other man ever will. Even when she was a little girl, I...
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Guest column: Cosmic laws

Guest column: Cosmic laws

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist I’ll admit, I was not a normal adolescent. As a teenager growing up in a Los Angeles suburb, I would spend hours underneath the night sky. Or at least as “night” as it would get in one of the largest cities in the world. I was an amateur astronomer...
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Guest column: Why did he paint?

Guest column: Why did he paint?

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist I was at home one day this past week, immersed in tasks (I tend to dive—headfirst—right into them) that I was knocking off my to-do list when my cousin Phil called. Phil and I grew up together. He lives far away now, so we don’t see each other too...
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Guest column: Poverty and language

Guest column: Poverty and language

By David Magallanes / Guest Columnist I’ve lived around both English and Spanish all my life. I can’t help but feel that the Spanish language is much more conscious of poverty than is English. I believe that poverty is wired into “the language of the angels,” simply because poverty has been part and parcel...
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Lois Capps: House budget bad for California’s security

Lois Capps: House budget bad for California’s security

Cuts to port and border security endanger safety and hurt economy The seven month spending bill passed by the House last month would weaken California’s security by reducing funding for critical security grant programs, Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, stated in a media release on March 2.  Capps voted against the spending bill. These...
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Guest column: The Mexican Experience of an American

Guest column: The Mexican Experience of an American

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist Tonight I attended a rosary for the father of some friends that I have known for many years. These friends make up a large American family of Mexican origins with an honorable reputation in the community. Their father had instilled in all of them an admirable work ethic, and...
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Guest column: The craft of wishing

Guest column: The craft of wishing

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist I’ve always enjoyed walking through a bookstore, perusing the books on the shelves, just as I used to do as a child when my father would take me with him to the Los Angeles Public Library, or to the many bookstores we would visit in downtown L.A., or...
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