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Living Creatively: Find your sanctuary within

Barbara Basia Koenig

June 28, 2016


Filed under Arts, COLUMNISTS, Living Creatively

Often we get so busy or feel so trapped by all the things that need to be done, we forget that we need to take care of ourselves, as well, and deserve the same attention and care we reserve for important projects, duties, obligations and chores. Some of us, however, are limited by circumstances that do not allow for time away to experience a connection with nature that we long for and need.

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Point of View: Call ‘85/15’ what it is, and let Carlsbad vote on it

Point of View: Call ‘85/15’ what it is, and let Carlsbad vote on it

Roman S. Koenig

September 6, 2015


Filed under Carlsbad, COLUMNISTS, Point of View, Politics, Region

There is no such thing as a shopping mall in harmony with nature. No matter what slick pseudo-campaign advertising tells you, such development is not in harmony with its environment. Yet that’s what the proponents of Carlsbad’s so-called “85/15 Plan” for the Agua Hedionda Lagoon area want you to ...

Point of View: Housing mandate could doom Encinitas by design

Point of View: Housing mandate could doom Encinitas by design

Roman S. Koenig

February 8, 2015


Filed under Cardiff by the Sea, COLUMNISTS, Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain, Point of View, Politics, Region, San Elijo Hills, San Marcos

“Community character” is a phrase that’s been batted about for months as Encinitas debates the shape of its state-mandated Housing Element, a plan that requires an accounting of how the city is going to accommodate population growth, affordable housing and environmental stewardship. The Enc...

Point of View: Bad crops growing at the ‘like farm’

Roman S. Koenig

November 28, 2014


Filed under Arts, Carlsbad, COLUMNISTS, Media, Point of View, Politics

I’ve never been one for popularity contests. I learned to be suspicious of them long ago in high school when I saw what kind of twits could be elected to student office. But I never really questioned whether I was naive about them. Until now. Late in October, I took part in the Four Points Fi...

Point of View: Principals, principles and politics

Roman S. Koenig

November 7, 2014


Filed under Cardiff by the Sea, COLUMNISTS, Education, Encinitas, K-12, Leucadia, Olivenhain, Point of View

This season’s election netted some interesting results, from the campaign for Encinitas’ first elected mayor to the unseating of a longtime high school board trustee. Are these contests — the mayor’s seat and the San Dieguito Union High School District board — a sign of what’s to come in...

Point of View: Locals in spotlight to revive film commission

Roman S. Koenig

October 3, 2014


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Encinitas, Point of View, Region, San Diego County, Solana Beach, Uncategorized

Our region is in need of a film commission, and thanks to the efforts of some key players on the North Coast, we just might see it go from script to screen. County Supervisor Dave Roberts (a former Solana Beach city councilman) and Encinitas arts Commissioner Francine Filsinger (who serves on the board of directors of San Diego Filmmakers) have joined a growing chorus calling for a sequel to the region’s now-shuttered film commissi...

Point of View: Encinitas and the snob effect

Roman S. Koenig

August 1, 2014


Filed under Cardiff by the Sea, COLUMNISTS, Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain, Point of View

To anyone who has lived in Encinitas more than 20 years, it’s very likely they’ve observed a remarkable change in the culture and attitude of the city. Impatient drivers on El Camino Real who try to replicate the racing moves they see in the commercials for their priceless new car. Local shoppers ...

Point of View: Urban farm tiff has quite a plot

Roman S. Koenig

June 13, 2014


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Encinitas, Point of View

Encinitas’ long, rich history of agriculture has lost out to crops of so-called “McMansions” over the years, but patches of that past tradition continue to hold ground in the city’s urbanized environment. A new movement in urban agriculture stands to revitalize that tradition. Standing in the ...

Point of View: School’s in session this political season

Roman S. Koenig

April 11, 2014


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Encinitas, Point of View

Rocks, sand and a glass container. Encinitas City Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar brought teaching tools and a lesson plan for her portion of the State of the City address on April 4 at the Community Center. With a volunteer from the audience, Gaspar used the rocks, sand and glass to illustrate the i...

Preserved Home: No need to pucker over sauerkraut

Preserved Home: No need to pucker over sauerkraut

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

March 28, 2014


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Preserved Home

I grew up on canned sauerkraut, but homemade is just much better, and a lot less expensive. You can add caraway seeds to the cabbage during fermentation, afterwards, or not at all. Homemade sauerkraut is a great pantry staple, and it’s easy to make. For every 5 pounds of cabbage, you will need 3...

Preserved Home: Use collard or kale for great pesto

Preserved Home: Use collard or kale for great pesto

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

February 15, 2014


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Preserved Home

I grow basil every summer and enjoy making pesto with my bounty. For my family, basil pesto requires fresh tomatoes as a pasta topping. But in the winter, tomatoes aren’t so great. To change it up, I make winter pesto, using collard greens or kale. Stick with me – even my 6-year-old loves these “green...

Preserved Home: Inexpensive and versatile, rice is a treat

Preserved Home: Inexpensive and versatile, rice is a treat

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

January 17, 2014


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Preserved Home

I’m always looking for tricky ways to save money in the kitchen without compromising taste. One ingredient that’s always a winner is rice. Rice can be used in sweet and savory dishes. It’s a star in Indian, Latin and Asian cuisines, tempering spice and carrying rich sauces. Exotic or everyday,...

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