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What were the odds?

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

I think we’d all agree that no one should have to worry about being run over by a motor vehicle in their own shower. I’m a world class worrier but until it almost happened, it never occurred to me to worry that a stolen car would crash through our front fence and stop inches from joining me in the master bath. This wasn’t recent, fortunately, but it comprised one of the three times that a vehicle has taken out our front fence and come perilously close to ending up parked inside our home.

Everything You Need to Know about Smart TVs

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By Otto Benson, Modern Home Systems Everything seems to be going smart these days, and that now includes our television sets.  But if you’re wondering if it is wise to go smart with your entertainment system, here are answers to all the essential questions. What is a smart TV? “Smart TVs”, or what used to [...]

Being Ignored in the Workplace Worse than Being Bullied

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By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. Most people grew up hearing that “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” But a new study out of Canada suggests that being ignored in the workplace is actually worse on an employee’s mental and physical well-being than being bullied. Researchers at the University [...]

A Dozen Ways to Save on your Remodel

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By Scott Murfey Whenever you decide to add on to or remodel a part of your home, you’re increasing your quality of life and your property’s value, but many times those projects end up costing two to three times what you anticipated. Last month, I focused on the importance of creating a budget when starting [...]

Membership soars in Picky Eaters’ Club

Catharine L. Kaufman

As back-to-school time approaches, parents need some gustatory coaching so children will be fueled, focused and nourished for the long school day.

A fate worse than death

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

Somehow (an attack of divorce guilt, I think), I ended up becoming a Cub Scout Den Leader for my older son, Rory’s, den. It really wasn’t all that easy to find activities that I could do as a single mom with sons. They’d be willing to go to the occasional movie with me, and I could be a manager of youth sports teams, but even the latter didn’t give me much one-on-one time with the boys. They really weren’t interested in lunch and shopping. And that was probably a good thing.

How to Find Success in a Stalled Real Estate Market

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By Carlos Gutierrez Current Climate Even though we are seeing historically low interest rates and have survived the crash of 2007, there seems to be a stalled market right now in San Diego County. While there may be plenty of potential buyers, there does not appear to be as many great homes for the average [...]

Culinary tricks for beating the summer heat

Catharine L. Kaufman

When it’s sauna hot and sticky outside, it seems the only thing you’re inclined to make for dinner is reservations. Here are some savvy seasonal tips for keeping cool, refreshed and energized — at least until the mercury aligns with normal.

Slather me up

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

Everybody has a fantasy about what they’d do if they won the lottery. I’ve always been clear about mine: hire a live-in masseuse. I’d get a minimum of two massages a day of about four hours each. In fact, some days I wouldn’t even get off the table, especially if I could figure out a way to simultaneously get a straw into a glass of chardonnay.

Parenting 101

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By Dr. Frank Carter I have been coaching parents for 14 years. And with the help of experience and advances in modern neuroscience, I understand much more now than I did when I first started out. Parenting goes beyond providing for a child’s basic needs of food, water and shelter. The role of the parent [...]

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