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Immigrants enrich this country

By Mimi Pollack   LA MESA, California — Imagine you have had a good life with a stable job and family. Then, imagine that your life turns upside down, be it from war, religious persecution, or social unrest, and you have to start from scratch in a new country with a different language, culture, even alphabet! […]

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Mimi’s Ark: Alpacas lead good life in Descanso

  By Mimi Pollack DESCANSO, California — The Atlas Alpaca ranch in Descanso, owned by David Kabbai and Amy Alyeshmerni, is truly a haven that offers a break from city life. Kabbai and Alyeshmerni live there with 65 alpacas, two dogs, two cats, one rooster, and various chickens. When I first drove up, I was greeted […]

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Dor v’dor: From Janet to George Gastil

By Mimi Pollack LEMON GROVE, California — In her 80 years, Janet Gastil has worn many hats and is a true renaissance woman. She has been a wife and mother, teacher, musician, realtor, and politician to name the most important ones. Janet Manly Gastil was born in 1936 in Long Island, but moved to San […]

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Cross border cooperation for music, dance and the arts

By Mimi Pollack Makeda[/caption]SAN DIEGO –Makeda “Dread” Cheatom believes the world would be a better place if people took the time to learn about and respect other cultures. She believes there would be less prejudice and a greater understanding among people. Learning about different cultures and promoting unity in diversity have been lifelong passions for […]

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Lightening the loads of life

By Mimi Pollack LA MESA, California — Many of us lead very busy lives, and there are many self help books out there to help people find ways to cope. However, it is nice to find one that gives concise advice on ways to make your life less stressful, healthy and even lighten your footprint […]

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Mon Dieu! C’est Manifest Destnitis!

  By Mimi Pollack SAN DIEGO — Moliere is smiling. The multi-talented actor and playwright, Herbert Siguenza, has breathed new life into his play, the Imaginary Invalid. Manifest Destinitis is set two centuries later in 19th century “old or Alta California.” The play is also brimming with clever and scathing 21st century social commentary on […]

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Mimi’s Ark: Important to spay and neuter

By Mimi Pollack LA MESA, California — Many unwanted puppies and kittens are born every day. Because of this, there are many homeless dogs and cats, and worse yet, owners who don’t believe in spaying or neutering because they believe it is bad for their pets, they don’t have the time or money, or it […]

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Free continuing education classes in S.D.

By Mimi Pollack SAN DIEGO — One of the best kept secrets in San Diego is the free classes offered at San Diego Continuing Education. Under the umbrella of the San Diego Community College District, Continuing Education has seven sites around town, including Cesar Chavez, ECC, Mid-City, CE Mesa, Miramar, North City, and West City. The largest […]

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Mimi’s Ark: Doggie Street Festival

By Mimi Pollack SAN DIEGO — The Doggie Street Festival is the love child of Jude Pauline Artenstein, a San Diego based independent filmmaker and wife of producer/director Isaac Artenstein.  She founded the annual festival eight years ago as a civic tribute to her beloved golden retriever, Scout. During that time [2008-2009], she was recuperating […]

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Mimi’s Ark: Adventures of Wildlife Photog Roy Toft

  By Mimi Pollack RAMONA, California — Many of us lead mundane lives, but not Roy Toft. This amiable, 55 year old wildlife photographer has had enough adventures for many lifetimes!  Originally, his major was wildlife biology at California Polytechnic University, but a camera, a Canon AE1, given as a graduation gift by his father, […]

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Amigos Del REP showcases Latino talent

By Mimi Pollack SAN DIEGO — It is not always easy being a Latino or Hispanic performer in the entertainment community. Many times the roles that are offered to actors are limited, as are jobs for directors, producers, stagehands, and technicians. Amigos Del REP founding members Herbert Siguenza, John Padilla, and Dave Rivas wanted to […]

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Israeli artist helps Sudanese refugees

  By Mimi Pollack SAN DIEGO — I walked into the exhibit at the New Americans Museum at Liberty Station with no intention of writing a story. I was just there as a guest at the opening reception of Project Vision. However, the exhibit moved me so much that I changed my mind. As an ESL teacher […]

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The plight of adjunct teachers

By Mimi Pollack SAN DIEGO — Here in California, adjunct teachers are like the comedian, Rodney Dangerfield, in the community college world. They get some respect, but not a lot, despite being the backbone of the system. More classes are taught by part-time teachers than full-time teachers. The ratio has been as high as 70% […]

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Mimi’s Ark: Friends of Cats

By Mimi Pollack EL CAJON, California –There is place that welcomes all cats, no matter the age or condition. Friends of Cats in this city is a haven for kittens, adult and senior cats, FIV positive cats and even cats with bad habits or psychological problems! They welcome them all with open arms and take […]

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