Stocks turn positive for the year

For those who watch the stock market fairly closely, you may have recalled that we started the year with a decline in the double digits.  Now we see the market up for the year, and only a few percentage points from its all time highs. The inc [..]

The Long View: Springtime, a season heartache and reflection

Here in the Midwest, springtime is busting through.  Crocuses and dandelions dot the terrain with bursts of bright color, and April showers work to ensure the timely arrival of tulips and other blossoms come May. Tennyson wrote that a young m [..]

Getting two concerts for price of one

Ever since releasing their megahit, Proud Mary, back in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival (aka CCR) has been my favorite musical group. Unfortunately they unexpectedly split up in 1972. John Fogerty, the driving force and chief songwriter of the [..]

Value your kindness for long-term happiness

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” - Mark Twain   It is easy to believe that kindness is a sign of passivity or weakness. This is especially true when we are being hard on ourselves for no [..]

Stage Page: ‘Dinner at Home Between Deaths’ premieres at Odyssey Theatre.

Best known for his iconic and fabulously successful “Forever Plaid” and “Plaid Tidings” musicals, Stuart Ross has a long career in theater as a writer and director. Last year, he directed a wonderful production of “Enter [..]

Remember to play your role with truth

"The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself." - Lao Tzu   Many of us get caught up in playing roles that do not belong to us. We somehow come to believe that we have to play these rol [..]

Culver City Cultural Affairs has much to offer to community

  Yes, the arts are alive! Welcome to the first column brought to you by Culver City’s Cultural Affairs Commission and Cultural Affairs Foundation. Presenting regular updates, this joint effort shares our common mission as volunteers an [..]

Esoteric Astrology for the week of April 20 - 27

Many years ago in the early 1970s, I encountered an article in an alternative paper with symbols and shapes used for a festival called Wesak. I lost the article but I remember being deeply drawn to the geometrical shapes. Later, I found a pamphlet fr [..]

Dollars and Sense: Consumer spending starts the year softly

One of the best gauges of economic activity to look at is the level of consumer spending.  This is because Consumption accounts for about 2/3 of the economy when calculating changes in overall economic growth. While the preliminary report for [..]

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