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Convention’s roll call a lesson is U.S. history

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – One of the joys of convention watching on television is seeing the traditional roll call when, before announcing their votes, delegates from the U.S. States and Territories get to do a little bragging about where they are from. This year at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where […]

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‘Karolina’s Twins’ is three stories in one

Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H. Balson; St. Martin’s Press; © 2016; ISBN 9781250-098375; 308 pages; $25.99 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – This novel intertwines a Holocaust survival tale with the combination of a detective mystery and a court room drama.  Three stories in one. Lena Woodward, 89, engages attorney Catherine Lockhart and her […]

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Debut illustrator thrills as book sells at Comic-Con

Story by Donald H. Harrison; Photo by Shor M. Masori SAN DIEGO – In the guise of an anonymous sales lady tending a display of books at Comic-Con, Sara Ann Varon watched as people laughed while they thumbed through copies of Bacon and Sausage. Varon was the illustrator of the children’s book written by Gabriel Smith.  […]

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Deaf author at Comic-Con tells of break- through book

El Deafo by Cece Bell, color by David Lasky; Amulet Books; © 2014; ISBN 978141-9712173; 233 pages plus a note from the author;  price not listed. Story by Donald H. Harrison; Photos by Shor M. Masori SAN DIEGO — Written for elementary and middle school audiences, El Deafo tells the story of author Cece Bell […]

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Comic-Con speaker shares memories of her mammaries

The Story of My Tits by Jennifer Hayden; © 2015; Top Shelf Productions; ISBN 978160-3090544;  340 pages; $29.99 Story by Donald H. Harrison; Photo by Shor M. Masori SAN DIEGO –When she was a young teenager, Jennifer Hayden was frustrated that she had remained flat chested while many of her classmates had already bloomed.  But […]

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I-8 Jewish Travel: Gamblers and investors

-66th in a Series- Exit 61, Crestwood Road, Campo ~ Golden Acorn Casino By Donald H. Harrison CAMPO, California – The Golden Acorn Casino participates in a multimillion dollar progressive slot machine jackpot fed by the losing bets of players not only here, but also located in numerous other casinos served by International Gaming Technologies […]

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I-8 Jewish Travel: The Pacific Crest Trail

-65th in a Series- Exit 54, Kitchen Creek Road, Cleveland National Forest, California By Donald H. Harrison CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST, California – The Pacific Crest Trail intersects with Kitchen Creek Road about 30 miles from where the trail begins on the U.S.-Mexican border and about 2,620 miles from where it ends on the U.S-Canada border. […]

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Detective, romance story based on Salem Witch Trials

How to Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather; Alfred A. Knopf; © 2016; ISBN 978055-3539479; 358 pages including author’s notes; $17.99 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Adriana Mather is the author and Samantha Mather is the fictional protagonist of this mystery-romance-supernatural novel for young adults that draws upon the Salem Witch Trials for […]

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‘Days of Awe’ tells of recovery from a close friend’s death

Days of Awe by Lauren Fox; Penguin Random House Vantage Books: © 2015; ISBN 978030-7388278; 256 pages; $16 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO –Isabelle’s life is ruined after her best friend and fellow school teacher, Josie, died when her car plunged off an icy road.  She was so devastated by the loss that her marriage […]

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I-8 Jewish Travel: The Gaskill Brothers’ gunbattle

-64th in a Series- Exit 51 Buckman Springs Road, Pine Valley~Gaskill Brothers Stone Store, Campo By Donald H. Harrison CAMPO, California – During the 1870s, the San Diego mercantile firm owned by Abraham Klauber and Samuel Steiner supplied groceries and dry goods to general stores all over Southern California and Northern Baja California.  One of […]

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4th of July: Activities and Jewish American reflections

By Donald H. Harrison POWAY, California – For my always-on-the-go grandson Sky, 9, there were plenty of activities to keep him un-bored in the hours leading up to the July 4 fireworks.  Not only was there a jump house, but there also were games and competitions organized for his age group.  By the time the […]

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June saw greatly expanded SDJW news coverage

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Below is a list of 235 individuals whose bylines graced the pages of the expanded San Diego Jewish World (SDJW) during the month of June. Most of these writers work for other publications that have graciously made their news reports available through the RepubHub exchange by which news media, […]

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I-8 Jewish Travel: World War II Buffalo Soldiers

-63rd in a Series- Exit 51: Buckman Springs Road, Pine Valley, California ~ Camp Lockett  By Donald H. Harrison CAMPO, California – Like many Army installations, Camp Lockett was built for utility rather than for beauty.  Rare would be the architectural student who would come to marvel at its buildings.  But in the nation’s memory, Camp […]

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Grandma’s food prep. led her to Judaism

-62nd in a series- Exit 45, Pine Valley, California By Donald H. Harrison PINE VALLEY, California – Although she was raised as a Catholic, Judy Hunter Osterberger felt a certain restlessness about religion as a young woman. “I wanted to get to the genesis of things and read the Bible for myself” she recalled.   She investigated […]

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