In observance of Patriot Day 2020, the American Legion Ronald Reagan-Palisades Post 283 teamed up with the Veterans National Entertainment Workshop to honor those on the frontlines of the pandemic with a “Salute to First Responders” virtual concert on Friday, September 11.
The hour and 16-minute show featured U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel, first responders, and essential workers, who performed prerecorded original and popular songs.
Host BJ Lange, U.S. Air Force Reserve Medic and member of Hollywood American Legion Post 43, opened the show with a note of gratitude.
“As a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve Medic, I am profoundly grateful for all of the first responders out there and on this Patriot Day, the American Legion Palisades Post 283 would like to honor all those people out there on the frontlines during this worldwide pandemic, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, health care workers, police, firefighters, essential workers, active guard and reserve military,” Lange shared. “Everyone who is working day and night keeping our country running and our community safe.”
The concert featured a range of local officials and celebrities who all checked in to thank first responders.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti explained that the pandemic has been a time of sacrifice, a time when everyone has been tried and tested: “But it has also been a moment of extraordinary service. In every corner of our city, Angelenos have stepped up to the challenge, supported each other and remained committed to what matters most.”
He went on to thank doctors, essential workers and all of those who have shown up to work every day—despite the anxiety of the pandemic.
“We see you and we love you and we are grateful for you,” Garcetti said. “So as a proud member of the American Legion and on behalf of four million Angeleno souls, I thank you for your service and sacrifice and standing with us when we’ve needed you and we will continue to stand with you, today and every day.”
The National Anthem was performed by Staff Sergeant Quartrail Tucker, U.S. Army, followed by Pacific Palisades-based Scouts BSA Troops 223 leading the Pledge of Allegiance from the recently completed Veterans’ Gardens at Palisades Recreation Center.
Other officials to offer their thanks in the video include Alex Padilla, Secretary of State of California; Rudy Ortega Jr., Fernandeño Tataviam Tribal President, and Mark Villasenor, Fernandeño Tataviam Vice President; and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis. Celebrity appearances included Loretta Swit and Rich Little.
Musical performances, which were contributed from around the country, included a song by Missouri-based Boxcar, a cover of Sia’s “Save My Life” performed by Theresa Bowman, U.S. Air Force veteran, and a piece by the National Virtual Medical Orchestra, which is made up of healthcare professionals and support staff.
The concert ended with a message of thanks from Palisadian Jimmy Dunne, a composer, writer and musician, who explained his relationship with music.
“It’s been part of my life since I was a little kid,” Dunne shared. “I didn’t really come from a musical family but it was something that was just a part of my life and I started writing songs in grammar school and haven’t stopped.”
His song, with assistance from Amanda McBroom, “America (Lives In Me),” rounded out the show, with a montage of photos.
Lange signed off the concert, reiterating a message of gratitude.
“A big thank you and round of applause for all of our veterans, first responders and officials who joined us here today,” he concluded. “To all of our first responders and essential workers that are out there, thank you for your service, you inspire us, you give us hope and you are our heroes.”
Beloved fall traditions are going to look different in 2020 as Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issues guidance for celebrating Halloween.
Activities that will not be permitted when it comes to Halloween celebrations as per Public Health guidance include gatherings or parties with non-household members, carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions.
“As fall approaches, families start to plan for the upcoming holiday season beginning with Halloween,” according to the statement. “Since some of the traditional ways in which this holiday is celebrated does not allow you to minimize contact with non-household members, it is important to plan early and identify safer alternatives.”
Door to door trick or treating and “trunk or treating” events—which were originally on the “not permitted” list when the guidelines were released—have been moved to a “not recommended” category.
“Door to door trick or treating is not recommended because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors, ensure that everyone answering or coming to the door is appropriately masked to prevent disease spread, and because sharing food is risky,” according to the guidelines.
Online parties/contests, car parades that comply with public health guidance, movie nights at drive-in theaters, Halloween-themed meals at outdoor restaurants, and dressing up homes and yards with Halloween-themed decorations are all permitted under the order.
On Tuesday, September 15, Executive Director of the Palisades-Malibu YMCA Jim Kirtley confirmed that as far as he knew, the annual pumpkin patch was on track to open October 1.
Over the next month and a half, Public Health will be working with schools across Los Angeles County that are reopening services to a limited number of cohorted students with high need for in-person support. As of Monday, September 14, Public Health had received nearly 60 applications from schools. A list of schools who have submitted applications will be posted weekly by the department.
No campus in the county will be allowed to reopen to all K-12 students until at least November, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, September 10.
In an update on Monday, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner reported that the district began an effort to test for COVID-19 throughout the school community.
“With several months of planning and preparation and a few weeks of trial testing behind us, we’ve begun testing staff who are currently working at school sites as well as their children who will be participating in child care at schools,” Beutner said. “This past Thursday and Friday, Los Angeles Unified tested more than 5,000 staff members and their children.”
Over the next several weeks, Beutner continued, all staff and students will be provided with an initial baseline test. After that, there will be periodic testing based on advice from epidemiologists at Stanford, UCLA and John Hopkins University.
“I’ll finish this morning by trying to answer the question I’m asked every day, ‘When are students going back to school?’” Beutner said. “The short answer, as soon as it’s safe and appropriate for them to do so.”
Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer shared in a statement on Monday, September 14, that slowing the spread of the coronavirus has required the county to work together in ways it has not really needed to do before.
“From our government agencies to our community organizations and institutions, from our businesses to each and every resident in our community—so many have taken and continue to take actions to protect themselves and to protect other people,” Ferrer said.
“This pandemic is frustrating and heartbreaking—and not the least of it is that we desperately want to go back to living our lives the way they were before. Unfortunately, as we have already experienced, doing so creates illness and devastation for many, including people who are very vulnerable.”
The number of confirmed cases in Los Angeles County, excluding Long Beach and Pasadena, had reached 241,374 with 5,918 deaths as the Palisadian-Post went to print Tuesday. There were 121 confirmed cases in Pacific Palisades, with an additional 26 in the Palisades Highlands.
Public Health confirmed 47 new deaths and 474 new cases of COVID-19 in its daily update on Tuesday. The agency added that the lower number of new cases, in part, reflect reduced testing due to wildfire smoke and recent extreme weather.
“Public Health reminds residents that testing capacity across the county remains high and appointments are available,” the statement said. “Testing is also widely available within the provider community.”
David Card first graced the pages of the Palisadian-Post in the 1960s as a football player at Palisades High School in a photo taken before a game against University High School.
The team won, 9-0, and Card went on to be a member of the first-ever graduating class of Pali High.
Now, Card remains in the community and will be the next guest on the Palisades Podcast, hosted by longtime community members Maryam Zar and Steve Cron.
“He met his high school sweetheart [at Pali High], fought over her in a movie script courtship and married her at a garden wedding he still weaves into anniversary themes each year,” the podcast hosts explained ahead of the meeting. “The married pair ended up raising their family here in the Palisades and staying in the same house, even as the Palisades transformed before their eyes.”
Card is currently serving as president of the Pacific Palisades Community Council, a role he stepped into after the passing of his predecessor, George Wolfberg. He was elected just weeks ago to continue in the role for the next two years.
He brings with him years of local involvement, which he has gathered while growing up with Pacific Palisades.
“David Card is the kind of Palisadian we look for when we want to recall a bit of old Americana and chat with a longtime Palisadian who remembers this unique place when it was first beginning to take modern shape,” Cron added.
Before stepping into PPCC, the hosts explained, Card was already engaged in Palisadian affairs, from his work on the Santa Monica Conservancy to his Rustic Canyon PAB leadership, as well as leadership in the Rotary Club, American Legion, Potrero Canyon Community Advisory Committee and more.
“Dave has traveled the world and seen enough to know this Democracy is worth protecting, not just fighting abroad but protecting right here at home,” Zar shared. “Dave served in the Navy and traveled the world as a young man with an intellectual curiousity that endures to this day.”
“The Palisades Podcast was proud to talk to Dave Card this month, on the heels of his election—for the first time on a virtual platform—for a meandering through American history and a bit of reminiscing about our own little piece of hometown Americana,” the hosts shared. “His life has taken him across oceans and through battles that have shaped a thoughtful and worldly man, whose contributions to the Palisades enrich us all.”
The Palisadian-Post has teamed up with Zar and Cron to present the Palisades Podcast. Each month, we will bring you an interview, hosted by Zar and Cron, highlighting extraordinary lives you might not otherwise have a chance to meet.
Previous guests include Anne Kerr-Adams, LAPD Captain Jonathan Tom, Steve Soboroff and Councilmember Mike Bonin.
Each year, the Palisadian-Post runs a selection of Travel Tales composed by Palisadians who have journeyed both near and far, writing about their experience to share with the community. Though travel is currently on pause, we are running a selection of tales to take us around the world from the comfort of our homes.
Sitting in a stark hotel room in Mytilene in February with mud on my shoes and humanity devolving before my eyes, I didn’t really have the Oscars on the mind. But there I was early one morning, across the globe, with my iPhone pinging over the surprise Best Film award to “Parasite.”
With a film that was never even on my radar walking away with best foreign film and best picture, I reached out to LA film friends and asked, “What have I missed!?”
Turns out “Parasite” is about two immigrant families, one wealthy and one not, living in the U.S. under vastly different circumstances with strikingly different possibilities lying ahead for their offspring.
There I was, on the far Greek island of Lesvos—with a shoreline so close to the Turkish landmass that, at times, my cell service would switch over to Turkish Telecom—helping give the basics of empowerment to women who looked and sounded very much like me.
The difference? They were Afghan and I was Iranian.
They were 21st century refugees by virtue of the circumstances they were born into, and I was an immigrant who has spent 40 of my 50 years in life living in Paris’ Seizième, New York City’s Upper East Side, Boston’s Back Bay and now LA’s Pacific Palisades.
Over those same 40 years, they’ve watched war waged on their soil by foreign powers looking to control a poverty-stricken country that is essential to the flow of global energy. For them, that simply means there is no longer any infrastructure within which to thrive.
The program I was there to assist with was one that aimed to teach a group of 12 women the digital skills to be able to tell their own story. It also meant that they may have an introduction to a marketable skill they can use to build a career upon, once they repatriate—and break the cycle of male dependence.
For Afghan women who have been told that their lives don’t matter, so much so that their rights are systemically overlooked, the idea that a world beyond their comprehension might like to hear their stories is unfathomable. To convince them to open up and even began a narrative was met with bewilderment and awkward silence. No one wanted to be the one to shatter it.
Two women in our program spoke English. We also had one official translator who was Persian and no longer a refugee. She had broken the barrier into immigrant status, with an apartment and a bank account and work for which she gets paid.
I started with my own life story—one that doesn’t resonate with these women, but I look and sound familiar to them, at least. They begin, slowly, telling of the basics. Their name, their age, their nationality—and invariably something about their husband: either his name or his age or how long they’ve been married. The founder of the organization I had traveled with whispers to me how remarkable it is that they tie their husband’s identity so elementally in with their own.
By the end of the first week, we’ve all gelled into a cohesive group of women, who weep with each other over the challenges, give solace to one another when they relive the terrors, who giggle together when something is funny or even embarrassing, and promise to be there for each other until the end of time.
These people are refugees and what makes them cry, what breaks them down, is not bombs and rubber boats, it’s kindness and sisterhood. It’s talking about a warm house with a front door, it’s imagining a time in a land somewhere where they may be able to raise their daughters to have dreams along with an education to attain them. It’s reaching back to remember that they wanted to be journalists or doctors but never learned to read or write.
They cry when they speak of overburdened mothers that were never able to give them love or shower them with the affirmation that a child craves. They’re older now but they remember, and they’re here on this unfamiliar island, in a crowded refugee camp that the UN has called upon to evacuate, so their daughters can have better.
For two weeks, there wasn’t a moment when that was lost on me. I was a daughter who had the good fortune to grasp “better.” Far from a “Parasite,” I was giving back.
Wendy Price Anderson
Leaving the United States for a South Pacific Odyssey to Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania on February 11 and returning home on March 17—a total of 36 days—was an adventure I will never forget and always cherish.
Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) was the company I chose because five years earlier, I went with them on a three-week African safari. A leader in small groups of 14 to 16 on the road less traveled is their motto!
This trip started out in Hobart, Tasmania, where we explored a historical site that served as a prison colony between 1830 and 1877 with some 12,000 convicts.
Next stop was Cradle Mountain National Park where we hiked and saw lush natural vistas, high mountains towering over gorges and lakes, and visited Cataract Gorge and walked over a suspension bridge.
We crossed the International Date Line and flew to Melbourne and saw one of Australia’s oldest buildings built by James Cook’s parents in the 18th century in England and transformed to Melbourne in the early 20th century.
We enjoyed our visit in Alice Springs and then flew to Kings Canyon for a real outback experience of two nights camping in a swag under the starry desert stars. This was one of my highlights on this trip for me. This is where we had to wear fly masks for the pesty flies!
We had a sunset viewing of Ayers Rock (Uluru)—stunning. We flew to Cairns and transferred to Port Douglas, and boarded a catamaran to take us to a private island off the Great Barrier Reef, known as “the world’s largest living thing,” and did some snorkeling. The coral and fish were amazing, I could have stayed in the water all day long.
Another highlight in Port Douglas was to visit and hold a native koala bear, and see wombats and quokkas in the gardens. Next stop Sydney Harbor and on a ferry ride, we toured the famous Opera House.
The last two weeks were spent in New Zealand. Christchurch was our first stop and I got to sheer a sheep on a working farm. We took a three-hour TranzAlpine train to Hokitika, which cuts New Zealand in half horizontally from one coast to the other and boasts some of the most unique scenic views of New Zealand from the vast farmland of the Canterbury Plains to the gorges of the Waimakariri River and finally, the snow-covered caps of the Southern Alps through Arthur’s Pass. In Hokitika, we visited a glass blowing studio.
We flew to Queenstown and explored Arrowtown, Milford Sound and took a Dart River Jet boat safari down the Dart River, which was a very thrilling, daring and hang-on-for-dear-life experience with its twists and turns! This is where they made such famous movies as the “Lord of the Rings” with its beautiful backdrops.
Next stop, New Zealand’s North Island, Rotorua, which is known for its quarter of a million indigenous Maori people who still have held firmly to their identity and traditions and still maintain their unique lifestyle and culture. Did a ziplining journey over the flora and fauna deep into the forest. Cruised Lake Rotomahana to see the geothermal sites around the Inferno Crater filled with brilliant turquoise water, with the world’s largest hot springs.
In Auckland we explored the Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, known as “The Maunga.” This conservation project aims to reintroduce endangered species and rare plants back into a controlled habitat that closely resembles a prehistoric environment on its 8,000 acres of land.
I highly recommend traveling to the South Pacific. Where my next adventure takes me only time will tell.
Taking over as head of Village School at the virtual start of a historic academic year is John Evans.
Evans joined the school with 22 years experience under his belt as an educator and leader in New York City and Los Angeles independent schools.
“Leading Village School into the future is a professional dream come true and I’m thrilled to join this dynamic learning community,” Evans said in the statement. “The vibrancy of the Village School community was evident from the moment I stepped onto campus. I witnessed a balanced educational program for body and mind, heart and soul, led by a constellation of caring adults thoughtfully nurturing their students in experiential, inquiry-based learning in pursuit of academic excellence.”
Although Evans officially began his new position at the school on July 1, it’s fair to say he began on April 1 when the pandemic closed campuses and he had to guide the ship to create the Healthy Fall Task Force dealing with pandemic distance-learning and a potential reopening, Evans explained to the Palisadian-Post. The HFTF is a term he borrowed from the president of Brown University, referring to fall as the season.
“We started holding meetings regularly,” Evans said, to really dig into the planning. Now almost a month into the school year, Evans shared that the intensive preparation throughout the summer allowed for a softer opening. He focused on building relationships and being very visible and transparent with the community during the summer season.
Village School is offering extra professional opportunities for the faculty and break out rooms to figure out what they can do to make their teaching come to life even more robustly in the current virtual environment
He said the administration team has been tirelessly working to make sure the delivery of materials to families is done in a healthy and safe way. Evans also met with every single family in the entire school and is dedicated to becoming an advocate for all the children individually.
“It was incredibly helpful and really just heartwarming,” Evans said of his efforts to get to know the children through their parents’ eyes during Zoom office hours in the summer.
Evans has big shoes to fill, succeeding Nora Malone, who worked at the school for 23 years. Malone has been called “the most instrumental leader in Village School’s 43-year history.”
Malone’s accolades include increasing faculty retention from 50% to nearly 95%; increasing faculty diversity from 4% to near 30%; implementing character and social education programs combined with a strong academic curriculum; leading successful campus fundraising and endowment campaigns; and overseeing a 2010 expansion that nearly doubled the school’s physical footprint.
Evans began his teaching career at The Willows Community School in Los Angeles. He also spent seven years as an associate professor of education at Loyola Marymount University working within the Teach for America program.
For the past six years, he worked as the head of lower school at Friends Seminary, considered the oldest continuous co-educational school in New York City. He moved out west on March 13 when all the schools shut down in New York.
Prior to his role at Friends Seminary, Evans served as curriculum coordinator, diversity coordinator and third-grade teacher at the Trinity School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
“I would say as the head of Village School, my faculty is working so hard, busier than ever, to really deliver an outstanding program to our kids,” Evans said of the start of the year. “I think it’s going better than I anticipated.”
Palisades Charter High School announced on Thursday, September 10, that a tentative agreement was made with its teachers’ association amid months of ongoing contract negotiations.
The agreement includes a one-half percent increase to the salary schedule, development of a voluntary professional development program in the current academic school year and more.
“We are gratified that we were able to reach an agreement that provides additional compensation and training opportunities for our talented teaching staff, and also maintains fiscal stability in these uncertain economic times,” according to the newsletter announcement.
Members are currently voting to ratify the agreement. If teachers approve the agreement, final approval will be on the agenda of the Tuesday, September 22, Board of Trustees meeting.
Biker Rescue | Topanga State Park
The Los Angeles Fire Department rescued a 32-year-old mountain biker with non-life-threatening injuries near the 10000 block of Cheney Ranch Road near Backbone Trail in Pacific Palisades, according to Margaret Stewart of LAFD.
After a hoist operation Monday evening, September 14, the mountain biker declined to be taken to the hospital and was taken to a safe area near his vehicle, Stewart reported.
The deadline for voting in the Pacific Palisades Community Council area and at-large representative election will end on Friday, September 18, at 5 p.m.
Contested seats in the election include Area 4 (Michael Minky and Karen Ridgley), Area 6 (Matthew Quiat and Karyn Weber) and Area 7 (Jennifer Li and Rick McGeagh).
“Information about the candidates and the areas can be found on the website and also in the online ballot,” representatives from PPCC wrote ahead of the deadline.
To vote, visit pacpalicc.org and click on the red “vote here” button.
Paul Revere to Host Annual 5K Walk/Run | Paul Revere
Paul Revere Charter Middle School is hosting its fifth annual 5K Walk/Run starting this Sunday, September 20.
“Due to COVID-19, like all major races, this year’s event will be virtual,” organizers shared ahead of the event. “You can walk or run any time or any day. It is important to continue the tradition even though we are not able to be physically on campus.”
The walk/run is open to students, parents, friends and anyone in the community. Paul Revere students who participate will earn a free PE day.
The price to register is $10 per student and $20 per parent. All of the proceeds go to PRIDE. Sign up at paulreverems.com.
258 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, CA 90401 310-394-9683 thealbright.com
By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
After a brief hiatus, the Palisadian-Post is picking up its Reviewing from Home series, and to kick off the return, we dined at The Albright, a seafood spot with decades of history on the Santa Monica Pier.
“My wife, Yunnie Kim’s, family started the restaurant, which was originally called SM Pier Seafood, in 1977,” owner Greg Morena shared with the Palisadian-Post. “We renamed it as The Albright when we took over as owners in 2013 and worked diligently to modernize the restaurant’s operations while maintaining the original atmosphere and character.”
In June of this year, the restaurant went under a remodel to add a new takeout counter, adapting to social distancing recommendations. Morena explained that this is only the second remodel in the restaurant’s 43-year history, but he explained that he felt it was an important one.
The Albright was shut down from mid-March until June 25, when the city of Santa Monica did a soft opening of the pier, at which point the restaurant offered orders for takeout or delivery, as well as socially distant dining.
Morena shared that keeping a restaurant open during the pandemic has “been a struggle”—but he has done all he can to support employees and their families.
In fact, Morena was an active councilmember for the city of Santa Monica at the beginning of the pandemic, a seat he resigned from when it came time to renegotiate The Albright’s lease to avoid, in his words, “negotiating with myself.”
While we opted to take our food to go (which, conveniently, the pier parking lot allowed us to park for a few minutes while picking the food up), The Albright is open for outdoor dining if that’s your preference, with a decent-sized patio under the Santa Monica sun.
The Albright boasts two menus: One for to-go orders and one for dining in. The dine-in menu has live crab and lobster, wine, and beer—but other than those offerings, both menus are largely the same.
For our to-go order, we started off with New England Clam Chowder, which came served in a bread bowl. I am overall a fan of clam chowders, but this iteration was particularly memorable: The soup was filled with chunks of clam, something that many other places skimp on. Not the case here: The soup, along with the bread, which was hearty and tasty, would make a meal on its own.
Actually, as we worked our way down our selections, one thing that came to mind was just how generous the portions at The Albright are. Everything was filled to the brim, giving each dish more bang for its buck.
Next up was a Poke bowl, with ahi tuna, avocado, sesame oil, red onion, scallions, sesame seed and a chili garlic sauce. We opted to have the poke served over rice.
Everything about this dish was fresh, the tuna truly melted in our mouths. The chili garlic sauce comes packed with a slight punch, but nothing over the top or uncomfortable. And the balance of fish to avocado to rice here was perfect.
Our main course was a trio of rolls: When you get the rolls to go and The Albright knows you’re heading home to eat (instead of taking food for something like a picnic), everything comes deconstructed so that nothing gets soggy in transit. We received simple instructions—heat up a skillet, melt butter and toast the bun—but it made all of the difference in terms of texture.
I would go back just for the bread, which was both dense and buttery, but when balanced with the seafood, not at all too heavy.
“Seafood rolls are the star of the show at The Albright,” Morena explained. “There’s a choice of lobster, shrimp or crab, and everyone loves them. In the winter, the clam chowder is always a go-to as well.”
We first dove into the Shrimp Roll, crafted with shrimp, celery, paprika, scallion, shallots, mayo and red wine vinegar. This was my least favorite of the three rolls, but still tasty. And I think that’s only because I compare it with the next two.
The Crab Roll—crab meat, lemon juice, lime zest, scallions, fresh celery, Tabasco, shallots, mayo, salt and pepper—was my personal favorite. The sauce here was light, the citrus flavors of lemon and lime balanced out the crab well, which was shredded to perfection.
Last roll was the Lobster Roll New England Style: knuckle and claw meat, mayo, celery, chives, lemon and Old Bay. This was a close second. Again, the balance of toppings to lobster was just right—and the portions so generous. Each roll was overflowing with seafood, it’s a lot of food.
The Albright also offers a Lobster Roll Connecticut Style, with knuckle and claw lobster meat, melted better, chives and Old Bay seasoning. Though we did not get to try this, it gives us a good reason to go back.
Each roll is served with a side of Chips, the perfect crunch to balance out the texture of the seafood. They were well-flavored and well-seasoned, a slightly oily comfort food that was reminiscent of a bag of Lay’s, but a step above.
We ended the meal with two Chocolate Chip Cookies, which honestly were very good. Again with the big portions, they were huge, but on top of that, they were soft in the middle, making for the perfect end of the meal.
Dining in the midst of a pandemic has been interesting, but the food from The Albright allowed us to bring a summer day dining experience back home with us. I am looking forward to a time when I can return and eat inside what has been a fixture at the pier for many years.
My generation—I was born in 1937—was raised to believe that character, values, integrity, helping others and welcoming the stranger were paramount. We were raised to think that how one lived one’s life and ran a business mattered more than how much money or possessions one accumulated.
We were not against making money, but how one earned it mattered. How one played the game mattered more than winning or losing. Sportsmanship mattered. This was the American way. This was the foundation of our national identity.
If these are no longer the values upon which our country stands, if this is no longer the bedrock of our national identity, then what is our national identity? What constitutes the American way of life? What are our national priorities?
Does the Golden Rule matter? Do we still believe all people are created equal? Are we still our brother’s keeper? Do we still protect those weaker than ourselves? Do we still abhor bullying? Do we still detest winning at all cost? Do we no longer value character in our leaders?
It appears that we are moving toward (if we haven’t already arrived) becoming a nation that says, me first at the expense of all others, values and integrity are for losers and wimps, strength and power are supreme, and being feared is more important than being respected.
I remember the days of watching the debates between the conservative author William Buckley and the liberal economist Kenneth Galbraith. I was enthralled by their intellects and their civility. While they had very different political and economic beliefs, it was quite obvious they respected one another. And because their civil intellectual discourse, I learned a lot from each of them.
What happened to the days when people with different points of view could actually enjoy each other’s company? Today it seems that long-term friends and even family members can barely be in the same room together. Heated arguments often lead to violence. Instead of respect and civil discourse, we have vitriol, name-calling and even rage.
Alas, I must be getting old. The past looks far rosier than the future.
Marquez Knolls resident and best-selling author Teresa Anne Power of the award-winning children’s book series Little Mouse Adventures hosted a virtual launch and reading of the second book in the series, “Mindfulness at the Park.”
The event took place on September 1 through Facebook Live: “It was really fun,” Power said to the Palisadian-Post.
It was different having a virtual launch because it reached an international audience versus an in-person bookstore launch, Power shared. People posted in the chat group, and participated in a raffle and free giveaways.
“I gave away a lot of free things and people donated,” Power continued, including a donated kids yoga mat.
The story, illustrated by Emma Allen, follows curious, lovable Little Mouse and his best friend, Mr. Opus, the wise tabby cat, as they visit a bustling park for the first time. The book playfully teaches children how to deal with emotions, new experiences and friendship through yoga.
“The book was the number one new release in children’s social emotional skills and the number one new release in children’s health and fitness on Amazon,” Power added.
The next books to look forward to in the series are “Yoga at the Museum” and “Mindfulness at School,” which Power will be penning next.
Each week Power is hosting a free Facebook Live event for children. It is an interactive kids’ yoga storytime with yoga moves, games, readings, spelling out names and more. It is primarily for ages 3 to 8 and includes a book giveaway.
Power first came to international attention by founding Kids’ Yoga Day and the international bestseller, “The ABCs of Yoga for Kids” series.
The renowned yoga expert and author has a large social media following, and her books have sold over 270,000 copies worldwide.
Power taught yoga to kindergarten and first grade at St. Matthew’s Parish School for 10 years.
She is a graduate of the University of Southern California. She graduated with a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law and wrote the “ABCs of Law School: Diary of the First Year Student.”
The following is in response to “Walks” in the 2-Cent column September 10, 2020: Walking in the street is often safer than on sidewalks that are uneven, narrow or have ups and downs at driveways, especially for those with balance issues. The Highlands has such streets. Drivers should be courteous and keep a safe distance for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Just realized the statue on Swarthmore across from the movie theater that the man with the hand over his heart is pledging to the flag across the street and I love it.
Love finally having the hardware store in town.
I love all the people at the Post Office. We have the kindest post office workers in the state.
I keep seeing mixed responses about how to handle Halloween this year in the Palisades…. I hope people still decorate at least!! This year really is about being creative and making the best out of what we can (safely of course).
Please never leave anything in your car, not a jacket, not a phone cable, and most definitely not a bag or purse. I’ve seen way too many posts on Nextdoor about car break-ins and theft lately so please everyone be vigilant and be mindful of any valuables you may have in your car.
Sure hope distance learning is going well for everyone, families, students and teachers. This year has brought on tough times but it’s great to see us continuously trying to push through.
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