North Coast Current

Dried citrus can yield sweet result

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

June 13, 2013

About six months ago, I found myself with 20 pounds of free grapefruit after combining a coupon with a store special. My daughter looked up at me with a cocked eyebrow, then questioned my sanity for buying 20 pounds of grapefruit. All four bags ended up being 16 cents total, so how could I turn it down? May...

Warm memories can help make this summer joyful

Barbara Basia Koenig

June 13, 2013

For many of us, summer comes with a host of happy memories recalling its lazy, hazy days of play and adventure. The summer season offers a delightful time to make happy memories to last for a lifetime of remembrance. Somewhere in your bank of stored fond memories is a place, a time, when you were del...

Is there a punch line to Encinitas politics?

Roman S. Koenig

June 3, 2013

I first learned that Encinitas politics was nasty business when the punches were thrown. Literally. The realization hit me – figuratively – when I was attending a community business meeting in 2002. Not surprisingly, politics was just as much on the agenda as business. I don’t know what the kerfu...

Fewer homeless, but more to the story

Kent Davy

May 1, 2013

A verse in Matthew reminds us that “you will have the poor with you always” – the gospel writer is probably referring to the homeless, too. Even though a great many goodhearted people try to make sure there’s a roof over every head, it’s never going to work out for everyone. And that is ...

Would you like fries with your city?

Roman S. Koenig

April 8, 2013

I’m not really clear on our city’s apparent infatuation with fast-food restaurants. Is it part of our larger culture’s obesity epidemic? Is it comfort food to nourish our collective depression? Or have we become “Anytown USA” instead of Encinitas? Unfortunately, “Anytown USA” is the mo...

Bag ban could be law of unintended consequences

Kent Davy

April 2, 2013

Oh, Lordy, save us from ourselves. The well-intentioned bag ban talk is back. The solons of the city of Encinitas are considering imposing their wisdom on the rest of us by prohibiting stores from giving their shoppers goods in single-use polyethylene bags – all in the spirit of Michael “B...

Will ‘right to vote’ really save the magic?

Roman S. Koenig

March 26, 2013

If you want to find a hint of the North County coast that once was, take a trek up to the Central Coast. Each January, I take a trip to Morro Bay for a college journalism faculty conference. It’s one I look forward to all year, in large part because the small town by the bay reminds me of some cha...

Deciphering the mysteries of dreams takes interpretation

Barbara Basia Koenig

March 26, 2013

Horoscopes are a very popular source of advice for many who enjoy astrology. My morning routine includes reading the daily horoscope, and I read two sources to get a broader view. One day recently, the first source said, “Resist being mysterious.” The second source said, “Stay a little mysterious...

Hilltop park offers many views to ponder

Kent Davy

March 1, 2013

On a clear day, you can see forever. Or sometimes it seems that way. On a warm Sunday afternoon recently, we hiked along the San Marcos ridgeline trails, starting just west of the Double Peak parking lot (a wonderful place, by the way, to see North County in 360 degrees), stepping around the north ...

Expect challenging, enriching year of the snake

Barbara Basia Koenig

February 10, 2013

Happy New Year, and welcome to the Chinese new year of the Black Water Snake on Feb. 10. Before you throw the covers over your head and decide to sleep this one out, let’s look on the bright side. The world did not come to an end with the end of the ancient Mayan calendar on Dec. 21. We did not go ov...

The homeless count, no matter how bad the weather is

Kent Davy

February 1, 2013

I was the wheel man, Betsy navigated. We drove and peered through the steady flop of the windshield wipers, looking for the homeless in the dark, and with little success. It was a cold and rainy Friday morning (Jan. 25) – we and other volunteers started at 5 a.m. and counted until 8 a.m. – a...

Living Creatively: Knowing vs. believing, right vs. wrong

Barbara Basia Koenig

November 3, 2012

“How do you know when you’re right? How do you know when you’re wrong? And when you know, what do you do?” This question was asked by a child who participated Oct. 15 in Nickelodeon’s Nick News with Linda Ellerbee Special, “Kids Pick the President: The Candidates.” Children ages 10-12...

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