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Diane Margolin


From Me
to You...

We are fortunate to have so many hotels in Santa Monica. Each has its own personality.
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Empty Nest: Reflections and Challenges

The scene could have been played out yesterday, though some two decades have since flown by. My husband Mark and I went to our favorite Japanese restaurant and dined together, something we did almost every Friday after an intense week of work in Manhattan. We sat in a quiet corner, enjoying an idyllic moment, staring into each other's eyes and holding each other's hands. Continued here...

From the East

QinQin Sun Stubis


LisaLisa C. Alexander
Treat Your Children Fairly 

What does it mean to treat your children fairly? What if one of your children is financially well-off while another child is struggling to make ends meet? Should the one who struggles receive a larger share of your estate when you die? Don’t count on the well-off sibling not being upset. She did all the right things–got an education, worked hard, achieved success, and then finds herself penalized, while her struggling sibling whose issues may be a result of her own poor decision-making gets the benefits. Continued here...

Q:  My cat is 15-years-old and has kidney disease. What can I do to help her and what are typical tests to evaluate her health status?

A: Kidney disease in elderly cats is a very common problem. This is often referred to as Chronic Renal Failure or “CRF." Cats with CRF are often presented with increased thirst and urination, weight loss and anorexia. They may also have nausea or vomiting, anemia and lethargy. A blood test may reveal a dilute urine, anemia, increased blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and creatinine. Phosphorus and calcium may also be elevated. Continued here...

and Claws

Dr. Frank Lavac

From a
Mar Vista Mom

Sarah Auerswald

From a Mar Vista Mom

Welcome to September. It’s almost fall, if you can believe it! And, there’s plenty happening in Mar Vista.

Have you spent time at the public library lately? The Mar Vista branch offers a weekly current events discussion group, Thursdays at 1 p.m., and Quilts From The Heart meets twice monthly, on Fridays at 1 p.m., welcoming both beginners and pros. Continued here...

Alexa was a small, cuddly baby and at three-years- old is of average height and weight. My wife Enjoli and I wondered if our next baby would follow suit, or if we would have a squishier baby with more little rolls and folds. Jake is three-months-old now, and never really bothered being a tiny little infant.

Coming in at 16 lbs, landing him in the 94th percentile, and measuring 27 1/4”, Jake is operating in an entirely different weight class. Continued here...

Thoughts From a Second-Time Father

Michael Margolin

Byte by Byte

Miceala Shocklee
Miceala Shocklee

MRI Research Building a Better Brain Map

For centuries, humans have tried to figure out the what and where of brain function. Primitive attempts at defining neural topography included phrenology with its chart of head bumps and character traits. More accurate ideas of how the brain is divided up emerged when doctors began studying what capacities went missing when lesions occurred. Continued here...




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