Relationship Talk: Q and A #3

Q:  Help!  Some of my closest friends and family members are choosing to vote for another candidate than I am.  I don’t want to lose close relationships.  How do I handle this?    —Samantha from Westlake Village A:  Sometimes it can be very challenging to talk with others who hold differing political views, especially when those views are expressed in, shall we say, passionate ways.  We’ve all seen discussions turn personal and ugly when it comes to politics, whether it be on the nightly news or on social media sites.  …

People of Conejo: How COVID Affects a Hairdresser

By Deidre Fisher as told to L. R. Ames On the afternoon of Wednesday, March 18, my whole world changed.  That day, I learned that I—along with millions of other working people—would be prohibited from going to our jobs.   Just like that, starting the very next day, government orders had shut down “nonessential” workplaces because a virus had come to us.   My immediate response was one of great fear.  I felt then—as I do now—that shutting down was a catastrophe.  Our country’s economy had been the best it had been…

Seniors Rule: Ninety Year Olds on Our Tennis Courts

In the United States Tennis Association, there are three age groups—18 and over, 40 and over, and 55 and over. But there are eight men playing near Newbury Park High School who make up their own age bracket. The youngest is 74! The four oldest have played together for 25 years—Bob Fisher, the eldest at 92; Mark Stern and Jerry Lewi, both 91; and Bob Swanstrom, who is 90.  Most started the sport as kids. Jerry joked, “I’ve played longer than I’ve been married.” Anecdotes abound among these eight seniors.…