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Bill Maher is Right! Obesity is Troubling

Bill Maher is Right! Obesity is Troubling

        By Raven West It is not often that I agree with Bill Maher – however his recent tirade on “Fat Shaming” was dead on – Americans are not only fat, but disgustingly obese. Maher is not the only person stating the obvious – and receiving tons of backlash from the fatties! […]

It’s Not Plastic v Paper that’s the Problem. It’s People

It’s Not Plastic v Paper that’s the Problem. It’s People

  By Raven West In the opening scenes of the movie “Independence Day”, Jeff Goldblum’s character was furiously taking soda cans out of the general trash and putting them in the recycle bin complaining to no one listening about how pollution was going to destroy our planet. All the while the aliens were on their […]

From a Bird’s Eye View | You Can’t Plan Spontaneity – Why the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock Failed

From a Bird’s Eye View | You Can’t Plan Spontaneity – Why the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock Failed

      by Raven West I was not all that surprised the 50th anniversary of Woodstock concert was cancelled. In 1969, what is now known as Woodstock, was originally billed as an “Aquarian Expo” (as noted in my diary entry). This was a party. It was a celebration of peace and love at a […]

From a Bird’s Eye View | New Sunday Column by Author Raven West

From a Bird’s Eye View | New Sunday Column by Author Raven West

Introducing “From a Bird’s Eye View”, a new Sunday column by Raven West.   For the past 5 years, Raven West has been the Lifestyle editor for CitizensJournal.us covering local wineries for her “Heard It on the Grapevine” column as well as other events throughout Ventura County. “From a Bird’s Eye View” will be a […]

Remembering the Past – Honoring the Present at the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Remembering the Past – Honoring the Present at the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

    By Raven West On Saturday, June 8th, more than 150 visitors of all ages attended the Aviation Museum in Camarillo to hear a riveting presentation by retired U.S. Air Force Captain Robert “Lips” Hertberg (recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross) of the events that occurred on June 6, 1944. The crowd sat in […]

How to Create Your Own FAN CLUB and Build Sales for Your Published Books – June 11th

How to Create Your Own FAN CLUB and Build Sales for Your Published Books – June 11th

Published Author Raven West Presents  “How to Create Your Own FAN CLUB and Build Sales for Your Published Books” Whether you’re a self-published or traditionally published author, you need a way to reach your audience. Emails, e-newsletters, Facebook and other social media marketing is “old school” and can be a waste of time and money […]

The Cheesecake Factory comes to The Collection at RiverPark

The Cheesecake Factory comes to The Collection at RiverPark

    By Raven West What better way to celebrate the day AFTER tax day than with a celebration of the grand opening of The Cheesecake Factory at The Collection at River Park in Oxnard? For over a year, rumors of The Cheesecake Factory opening the new location were buzzing, but it wasn’t until the ink […]

Spotlight on Business | Winning the Game of Games — Zander’s Game House in Camarillo

Spotlight on Business | Winning the Game of Games — Zander’s Game House in Camarillo

    By Raven West After spending more than 25 years as the Corporate Operations Trainer with Pleasant Holidays in Westlake Village, Jeanne Sikoff, owner of Zander’s Game House on Ventura Boulevard. in Old Town Camarillo, founded she needed more in her life than just driving to work, working, then driving home. “I grew up in […]

Ventura Food Tour – an Experience in Food and History

Ventura Food Tour – an Experience in Food and History

    By Raven West For over six years Allison Costa, owner of Ventura Food Tours and Santa Barbara Tasting Tours, has been running food tours in Ventura, Ojai and Santa Barbara. If you’re thinking a food tour is going to be a “walk, stop and eat” experience, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much […]

Calling All Ex-New Yorkers – Get Your Authentic Pizza HERE!

Calling All Ex-New Yorkers – Get Your Authentic Pizza HERE!

    By (ex-New Yorker Raven West) There are many reasons why New Yorkers love California. 78 vs 29 degrees in January, watching Monday night football with dinner at 6pm or celebrating New Year’s Eve at 9pm and at Midnight! California is a beautiful state, except for one minor complaint. You can’t get a decent […]

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