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Guest column: Unconditional support

Guest column: Unconditional support

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist If we stay tuned to the cosmos in which we’re immersed, we will occasionally punch through the veil that separates us from the essence of all that is real, in the truest sense of the word. Those occasions are more than a simple “Aha!” moment. They are those rare...
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BPA in baby products bill passes key Assembly vote

BPA in baby products bill passes key Assembly vote

Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) provided a key floor vote and co-authorship for proposed legislation that would restrict the use of Bispenol-A (BPA) in certain baby products, Williams reported Tuesday in a media release. “I am pleased to co-author this bill and provide a deciding vote to carry this through,” Williams said following Tuesday’s...
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Review: ‘Folsom Lockdown’ – Book of Poetry

Review: ‘Folsom Lockdown’ – Book of Poetry

By Mona AlvaradoFrazier / Guest contributor A few days ago, I had the pleasure of hearing Melinda Palacios read several of her poems. She was a guest poet at the Carnegie Museum’s 2011 Arcade Poetry Series in Oxnard. I’m a recent ‘follower’ of her blogs on “La Bloga,” and admire her style of writing....
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Guest column: A path to non-retirement

Guest column: A path to non-retirement

My father retired, suffered from lack of purpose and, depressed, died four years later. He had even started drinking in his final days, though I had never known him to touch a drop of alcohol. He had to retire (company policy), and he had done nothing to prepare for it. In retirement he couldn’t...
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Guest column: Just asking for it

Guest column: Just asking for it

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist “Why me?” we must have said to ourselves at one point or another in our lives.  Or maybe we always say that to ourselves. Think of the person in the parking lot driving the truck who just broadsided the luxury car that just pulled out in front of him. ...
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Guest column: Life on The Avenue

Guest column: Life on The Avenue

By Boyd Lemon / Guest columnist I agonized over what to write about in my first column for Amigos 805.  There are so many serious issues facing us: Osama Bin Laden, the economy, immigration, health care. There’s no end. The heck with all that, I thought.  I’m going to tell you about an amusing...
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Guest column: I’ll take that…

Guest column: I’ll take that…

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist Would you like death or taxes with that? That’s how it feels sometimes as I write out quarterly checks for estimated taxes to the state and federal tax collection agencies. After going through this tasteless exercise several times during my first year as an entrepreneur, I felt slapped down...
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Guest column: My Dreams, My Advisors

Guest column: My Dreams, My Advisors

By David Magallanes / Guest columnist In the past, I’ve made some pretty big life decisions based on my dreams. I consider my dreams to be my “advisors” who know me far beyond anything I can imagine. They know my inner workings far more deeply than I ever will. And so I must listen. I...
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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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