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How to Get an Insurance Appraisal on your Used Rolex Watch

Uhrwerk

By Carl Blackburn As I discussed last month, investment-grade Rolex watches can be an amazing investment. Not only does their value increase each year, providing a solid return, but such an investment is also a beautiful and functional work of art. Part of the responsibility of owning a high-end Rolex watch is getting it insured, [...]

Stone fruits are in now season!

Catharine L. Kaufman

Sadly, summer’s stone fruit growing season is way too short, but oh so sweet! Did you know:
• Plum trees are grown in every continent except Antarctica.
• The peach has a poisonous pit containing hydrocyanic acid.
• On average, there are 44 cherries to the pound.

10 Reasons to Generate Your Own Power

Solar panel technician

By Martin Learn, Home Energy Systems As we take one step closer towards August, we all prepare for the blazing sun, the heat it brings, and in turn, the cranked-up AC. But instead of seeing the sun as an enemy, something to be protected against, there is a way to embrace that solar power and [...]

Please stop rolling

Look for La Jolla resident Inga’s lighthearted looks at life in La Jolla Light. Reach her at inga47@san.rr.com

OK, it scares even me. Over the years, as new phrases came into the vernacular, my kids would hear them at school, start saying them at home, and pretty soon even mom was using them. Well, most of them. But now, more and more phrases have come into common use, which annoy me beyond reason. I know: it’s the first step toward terminal curmudgeonliness. I fear I’m steps away from morphing from the kid-adoring neighbor lady to the one who rolls out onto her front porch in her walker and hurls epithets at the skate boarders.

Smart Homes Can Cool Your House and Your Energy Bill

Home automation

By Otto Benson, Modern Home Systems As we swing into the dead of summer, people are trying to think of all sorts of ways to save on energy costs while still living comfortably. But maybe it’s not us homeowners that need to be smarter. Maybe it’s our homes. And long gone are the days when [...]

Workplace Harassment Can’t Simply be Blamed on Personality Clashes

Tired business woman with headache at seminar

By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. It may be easier to say that harassment in the workplace is due solely to personality clashes – that person A and person B simply have two conflicting personality types. It’s not that simple, however. In most cases, the cause of harassment is the workplace itself; it’s the environment the [...]

Take your licks! It’s National Ice Cream Month

Catharine L. Kaufman

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan, who had a real soft spot for ice cream, designated July as the month to pay tribute to one of his favorite indulgences. Since the Reagan-era, ice cream has evolved into a creamy, dreamy industry that practically suits every cultural, dietary and gustatory preference.

Yes, women are people

Look for La Jolla resident Inga’s lighthearted looks at life in La Jolla Light. Reach her at inga47@san.rr.com

When my first husband and I were married, an insurance salesman advised us only to insure ourselves against serious losses: his life and my contact lenses.

4 Steps to Budgeting your Remodel

Construction or repair of the rural house

By Scott Murfey If you’ve ever embarked on a project as big as building your dream home from the ground up or as small as repainting a couple of rooms, you certainly know how fast the cost of a home project can spiral out of control. And while remodels are a great way to improve [...]

Adventures in potty training

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I’ve finally come to understand the basic connection between grandparents and grandchildren: They really want to get out of diapers, and we hope never to get into them.

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  • VA System Working with Local Providers to Reduce Wait Times July 28, 2014
    By Joseph Franz Wait times at the VA has been a common headline lately. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has come under fire as tens of thousands of veterans nationwide have been waiting three months or more to get their first VA medical appointment. This has caused dozens of investigations and led Veterans Affairs […]
  • Local camp shapes Solana Beach youth into community leaders July 28, 2014
    After attending the inaugural La Colonia de Eden Gardens Youth Leadership Camp last year, Edgar Vergara was inspired to make positive change in Solana Beach’s Eden Gardens community. Along with other local teens, the 15-year-old co-founded the youth group La Colonia Changers and recently hosted a town hall forum on underage drinking. Passionate about making […]
  • Del Mar Union School District approves new contract for superintendent July 28, 2014
    The Del Mar Union School District Board July 23 approved the new contract for Superintendent Holly McClurg through June 30, 2018. Per the contract, McClurg’s annual salary will be $185,000 with an annual doctoral stipend of $10,000. She will receive a car allowance of $400 a month, 25 vacation days, health benefits and a retirement contribution of $700 a mon […]