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Animal Shelter Report: 
New dogs have arrived
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Animal Shelter Report: New dogs have arrived

The last time we were to have received some new dogs through the rescue network that we have been working with, things did not go as planned. This rescue saves pets from overcrowded kill shelters in California and transports them to participating...

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Animal Shelter Report: 
It’s a great time to get smitten with a kitten
Animal Shelter Report: It’s a great time to get smitten with a kitten

This has been a banner year for kittens — maybe because we had a relatively mild winter. Overall, we think our consistent spay and neuter programs have made a good difference in reducing the number of unwanted kittens in the community. But...

Hope and happenstance: A grand tour of sorts
Hope and happenstance: A grand tour of sorts

“We three kids are going home! (Jamie, Lindsey and Tucker) … but now we can’t!” The note — here, in the album — still quivers. Giant, filled-in letters. Fat exclamation points. An inky drawing of a globe.

Coast Chronicles: Leadership without authority
Coast Chronicles: Leadership without authority

Greetings to the anonymous concerned citizen who sent me a Wall Street Journal editorial by Joseph Epstein entitled, “There’s Too Much Virtue in Politics.” I have analyzed your cursive handwriting and tracked you down. Just...

Elementary, my dear…
A back-road reverie and other inventive ideas
Elementary, my dear… A back-road reverie and other inventive ideas

The bright red pickup passed me at warp speed. It irritated me beyond all measure. I had my cruise control set for 45 mph and, just as I was wondering how fast that jerk was going, we came upon one of those light-up-and-tell-all signs. “Your...

Coast Chronicles: 
Family Reunion Season
Coast Chronicles: Family Reunion Season

My father, William Franklin Gable, was one of 11 children growing up in the tiny south central Pennsylvania town of New Oxford. (I heard from cousin Suenell that Mama and Pop Gable thought they’d have three kids; eleven sort of makes me wonder...

Guest Column: Find a long-term solution to net neutrality
Guest Column: Find a long-term solution to net neutrality

Another summer, another round of debate over so-called net neutrality. It is remarkable because there has been so much back-and-forth inside the Beltway the past few years — even though the Internet blossomed for its first 25 years without...

Coast Chronicles: The essence of Peninsula
Coast Chronicles: The essence of Peninsula

Was this past weekend not the perfect distillation of “Peninsula”? Tons of people everywhere, tourists and extended family layered over us regular homebodies. Sandsations running all along the Boulevard in Long Beach. Friday Market full...

An Old Dog’s Tale: Finding ways to keep the rain off as life springs leaks

Dear Friends,

When I was a little boy, my world was pretty small. But after a while the teddy bear moved away to live with another little boy. My tricycle lost a wheel, my doggie got hit by a car. After that the days all ran together like every...

Animal Shelter Report: 
Looking to re-home 10 new dogs
Animal Shelter Report: Looking to re-home 10 new dogs

This weekend we received 10 new dogs from our rescue partners who save dogs from overcrowded “kill” shelters in California. Being brought to our shelter not only saves them from potential euthanasia, but they get fully vetted and cared...

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