Author: Michael Sullivan

Destination moderation: Year 2009

Americans have officially redefined the term excess: spend more money than we make; purchase new cars even though our old ones are fine; buy homes we can’t afford; drink too much and eat what we want when we want. This culture of seemingly limitless consumption has gotten us into more trouble than it was worth. As the Greek philosopher Democritus once said, “Throw moderation to the winds, and the greatest pleasures bring the greatest pains.” Over the course of the last year, our illusions of grandeur came crashing down. We saw some interesting stories about American culture in 2008:...

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There are always better ways to drink champagne

There comes a time in everyone’s life when the meaning of peer pressure reaches its full potential: drinking champagne. That may seem simple enough — it’s not like someone is handing you a pill made of some ghastly concoction or trying to get you to take your top off for some crazy tradition of acquiring a necklace of cheap beads. No, it really isn’t a compromise of your moral standards, but more your taste buds. It’s that time of the year when everyone thinks sipping bubbly white wine is the best way to bring in the New Year. So...

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Put yourself in someone else’s shoes

It’s Christmas time again, and what an interesting year it has been. From the detoriation of Wall Street to the housing meltdown; from volatile gas prices to thousands of layoffs; from a winning presidential campaign that promised hope to the previously-decided unconstitutional ban on gay marriage, 2008 had it all. As we look back, one can’t help but wonder, are we united or are we divided? Over the last six months, letters, phone calls and general comments have ranged from praise and encouragement to outrage and disappointment. Certain residents of Ventura County are as conservative as others are liberal....

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Education can’t be the scapegoat in a budget crisis

This past Monday, lawmaking Republicans in Sacramento came up with a plan to cut $10.6 billion from K-12 schools and community colleges to reduce California’s budget shortfall of $41.8 billion. Republicans are seeking cuts rather than raising taxes. On Tuesday, President-elect Barack Obama announced his nomination for Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. In Obama’s nomination speech, he said:“In the next few years, the decisions we make about how to educate our children will shape our future for generations to come. They will determine not just whether our children have the chance to fulfill their God-given potential, or whether our...

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You are what you drink, part duh:

With the holiday season and in-laws nipping at our heels, rainy days, and time off from work, many of us find ourselves indulging in spirits. And no, I don’t mean elevating our mood through natural forces. I mean sipping on eggnog till our Aunty Beth’s wart looks like a beauty mark; or Uncle Tom and his husband Larry drinking martinis until slurred speech sounds normal; or just hoping Grandpa Mark, after a half-dozen bourbons, won’t say anything about Grandma Jane’s new bouffant hairdo. Now, understandably, not every family has a thing for boozin’ during the holidays, or at any...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House

    August 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  2. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House

    August 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  3. Alan Saldana Headlines Levity Live

    August 23 @ 7:00 pm - August 25 @ 8:30 pm
  4. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  5. Divas!

    August 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
  6. Help & Hope for Early Stage Alzheimer’s/Dementia

    August 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  7. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  8. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  9. Morning Stretch to Classic Rock

    August 26 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  10. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House in Ventura

    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm