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Diane Margolin


From Me
to You...

As we all think of ways to deal with the heat, I will share a couple of ideas.
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Fanfare on Reaching 100!

I wouldn't normally write a column about my own column, but this is a special one: After eight years and four months, I've finally reached the milestone of having published 100 pieces here in The Santa Monica Star!

Being a Chinese American, I instinctively see 100 as a perfect, auspicious, and celebratory number. In China, for instance, the 100th day after a baby is born is celebrated as a very special event with only the best a family can offer. Continued here...

From the East

QinQin Sun Stubis


LisaLisa C. Alexander
How Durable is Your Power of Attorney? 

Very simply, a power of attorney is a document signed by one person, the principal, which gives another person, the agent, authority to act on the signer (principal’s) behalf. It can be limited to a single act, such as authorizing the agent to sign a contract when the principal knows they will be unavailable. Continued here...

From a Mar Vista Mom

School is now back in session for most kids in Mar Vista, with LAUSD having begun on August 18th. It’s always a bit of a challenge to switch gears from summer’s casual lifestyle to the daily routine of getting kids back to school, but we’re sure by now everyone is in the swing of it. Continued here...

West L.A.

By Sarah Auerswald

Money Matters

Dr. Ken Waltzer
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

As a wealth manager who previously spent 15 years as an internist and geriatrician, I know a bit about the issues facing older individuals. One concern that I deal with frequently is cognitive decline. I’m referring both to normal brain aging as well as medical conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. Continued here...

The other day I asked my mother how many times you have to tell toddlers something before they really start to get the idea. I do not think the look she gave me was one I had seen before. The look told me there was going to be a lot of me repeating things to my daughter. For the most part, Alexa is cooperative. There are times when one or two “nos” will work, and then there are other times when there is not any amount of “nos” that seem to work. Continued here...

Thoughts From a First-Time Father

MikeMichael Margolin

Byte by Byte

Miceala Shocklee
Miceala Shocklee

Machine Learning: Trial by “If, Then”

From luxury smartphones to necessary medical devices, the field of technology is rife with machine learning. But what does that term really mean?

Machine learning is less about a robot philosophizing and more about algorithms, data, interpretation, and extrapolation. Continued here...




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