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Diane Margolin


From Me
to You...

If you have children in your life, one of the best places to take them is to the Children’s Book
World store on Pico Boulevard, just east of Overland Avenue.
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Contemplating the Meaning of Life and Living...

What is life? Is it how we get up every morning and choose what we eat and do? Is it our wishes and dreams that we pursue? Or, are our job and chores taking up most of our conscious hours? This seemingly easy question may elicit many possible answers, some amusing and some, quite philosophical. Continued here...

From the East

QinQin Sun Stubis


LisaLisa C. Alexander
Who Should You Name As Trustee?

In estate planning, after determining how you want things to go if you are unable to manage your affairs or pass away, the next biggest question is: “Who should be in charge?” Choosing the right Trustee is crucial to ensuring the legacy you intend for your beneficiaries. Continued here...

From a Mar Vista Mom

I’m thrilled to begin my monthly column for the Santa Monica Star, letting you know all about what’s happening in Mar Vista.

A little bit about me: I have lived in Mar Vista for 19 years (and counting) and I’ve seen the neighborhood transform from “the place you drive through to get to Venice” into a vibrant small town with a real sense of community. Continued here...

West L.A.

By Sarah Auerswald

Money Matters

Dr. Ken Waltzer
Don’t Become Greece

Unless you live in a cave, you know that Greece has borrowed its way to the brink, and now needs even more loans to stay afloat. Its creditors have mostly had enough and are putting tough conditions on any additional funding. How this will end is anyone’s guess, but I’m sure it won’t be pretty. Continued here...

Time sure does go by fast. Alexa is about to turn two- years-old and it sure feels like it could not have come any faster than it did. And, even though I know she has been learning and observing since she got here, in the last couple of months the speed at which she notices things and associates them has really increased. Not the least, is her vocabulary and speech. A two-year-old's brain is like a sponge and a parrot. They do not forget what you say and they can be very precise at repeating it. It is like their ears are watching you. Continued here...

Thoughts From a New Father

MikeMichael Margolin

Byte by Byte

Miceala Shocklee
Miceala Shocklee

Beyond Results: The P-Value

“Technology” is a wide and myriad word. It draws association to computers, cars, robots, anything that’s silicon and shiny. But, it also comes with all those diversifying prefixes, like “biotechnology” and “nanotechnology.” Innovation and invention are phenomena of science that happen across all areas of life. Continued here...

Passing Through the Pico Neighborhood

While there are exciting things happening in the Pico Neighborhood of Santa Monica, there is also pain. The tragedy of our nation was recorded Wednesday June 17, in Charleston, South Carolina when nine victims were taken away from friends and family by such an evil event at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.  Continued here...

Neighborhood News

Clara WrightClara Wright




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