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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

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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

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

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.

Perfect timing is key in the kitchen

Catharine L. Kaufman

Like most things in life, timing must be perfect — and cooking, baking and food preparation is no exception. Slice an avocado prematurely and it’s hard and bitter, past its prime and it’s mushy and brown. A door slamming at the very scintilla of time when a soufflé is critically rising can convert the airy delicacy into a pancake, while a salad dressed too long before serving will limp into a soggy mound.

The Overwhelming Truth

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By Dr. Frank Carter We typically describe the feeling of being overwhelmed as the result of having too much to do and not enough time and energy to do it. And we think the way to solve this feeling is to simply think more clearly, or to think more and more and more. We are [...]

Outdoor chefs need ideas for cool summer sizzlers

Catharine L. Kaufman

Listen up, all manly outdoor chefs! It’s time to earn your grilling stripes by donning a kitschy machismo apron slugged with such slogans as, “WEINIES RULE,” along with transferring the heat, smoke, mess and heavy-duty implements to the backyard. Here are some cookout trends for your gustatory amazement on July 4th and throughout the summer.

What a boring summer job can do for you

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

My husband Olof’s parents and mine were similar in many ways and the one precept that they both held most dear was the intrinsic value of child labor. No job was too menial or too boring if it paid.

What your tastebuds tell about you

Catharine L. Kaufman

While savoring a fine meal, all five senses play a key role in the dining experience: Presentation gives us eye candy, aromas draw us in, textures and temperatures seduce the palate, and sounds like sizzling and chewing enhance the gustatory pleasures. But ultimately, flavor trumps all. Everyone has their favorite flavors and those they shun. Here’s a primer to help you appreciate your sense of taste, and understand what your preferences say about your personality.

Is a Luxury Watch a Good Investment?

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By Carl Blackburn When Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase “time is money,” he was figuratively referring to business practices—but he could have literally been referring to timepieces. Just last month, a rare 1949 Oyster Perpetual model Rolex, which was expected to sell for between $570,000 and $1.13 million, sold for $1.2 million at a Christie’s [...]

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  • Summer 2014 Carmel Valley Open Basketball League Champs: ‘Carmel Valley Spurs’ August 30, 2014
    On Aug. 18, the Carmel Valley Spurs defeated the Solana Beach Stray Cats, 67-41, in the 5th/6th grade championship game in the Master Sports Carmel Valley OPEN Basketball League. Over a 10-game season, the offense scored 659 points while giving up only 364 on defense. The average game score was 66-36. They had the best rebounders, best shooters, and best def […]
  • Hundreds turn out for Carmel Valley planning board meeting on One Paseo August 30, 2014
    Hearts and visions collided at the Aug. 28 Carmel Valley Community Planning Board meeting, where an overflow crowd turned out to debate the future of the last major slice of the community left to be developed. All 400 seats in Canyon Crest Academy’s theater were filled, and people spilled out into the aisles and crammed into standing-room only spots in the b […]
  • Del Mar Library book-to-movie club picks fall reads August 30, 2014
    Print Goes to the Movies, a book/movie discussion group held at the Del Mar Branch Library at 2 p.m. every second Friday, has announced its upcoming dates and movies. […]