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People Need People

People Need People

      by Raven West At a time when humans need humans the most, we are forced into isolation. After every natural or man-made disaster, be it hurricanes, floods, fires, tornadoes or mass shootings, the masses rush to comfort one another in the streets. Strangers meet in the dark with candles to light up […]

From a Bird’s Eye View | Ventura County CA Orders Residents be Imprisoned in their Homes

From a Bird’s Eye View | Ventura County CA Orders Residents be Imprisoned in their Homes

      by Raven West While I realize the seriousness of the current health issue for older citizens, it is NOT the government’s “duty” to order healthy 75 year-olds to be “sheltered in their place of residence” or to be more accurate IMPRISONED in their homes to “protect” them for whatever reason. Where would […]

From a Bird’s Eye View | Let’s all do a “redo” of our 2020 resolutions!

From a Bird’s Eye View | Let’s all do a “redo” of our 2020 resolutions!

        by Raven West Several columns ago, I wrote that I was making a New Year’s resolution to write every Monday. Well, for those of you following my prose, you know that that resolution never quite made it past the first week.  So, let’s talk about New Year’s Resolutions… or let’s not! […]

Cracker Barrel Rolls Into Camarillo

Cracker Barrel Rolls Into Camarillo

By Raven West Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is truly an all-American restaurant chain and a fixture along America’s highways with more than 600 locations in 42 states. On February 3, 2020 they will add Camarillo to that growing list, with the Grand Opening of store #663. “Our goal is always to choose locations that we think […]

LIFESTYLE | The Book “Worm” Has Once Again Turned with New Owner Julie Phipps Moore

LIFESTYLE | The Book “Worm” Has Once Again Turned with New Owner Julie Phipps Moore

by Raven West You could say that Julie Phipps Moore’s love affair with books began before she was born. Her parents, Fred and Doris Phipps, were both teachers who met at Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma. After they married, the family moved to California where Doris worked for 30 years as an elementary school teacher and […]

Commentary | His Name was Earl – Homeless in L.A.

Commentary | His Name was Earl – Homeless in L.A.

    by Raven West   According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, there are approximately 50,000 homeless people in and around Los Angeles living on streets, parks and freeway underpasses. This is a story about just one. His name is Earl. About fifteen years ago when I lived in Thousand Oaks I was working […]

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 […]

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