By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Mathew Broughton This is my favorite view,” says Jill Cox, standing on the porch just off her living room and gesturing toward Sulfur Mountain in the distance. “This is what sold me...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer  |  nshaffer@timespublications.com Exploring a picturesque maze of canals and bridges via gondola, a charming gondolier in boater hat and striped shirt at the stern, is probably the single most enduring image of Venice — and...
By Marina Dunbar  |  Photo courtesy of SEEAG November is the month in which the United States celebrates Thanksgiving, and thus it is imbued with an attitude of gratitude. It is a time when many recognize that we are beholden...
By Leslie A. Westbrook  |  photos by Luis Chavez he Hopi carve and paint Kachina dolls that are given to children to learn the spiritual and religious significance attached to them. Any sensitive person who has encountered these emblems can...
Actress and director Jessi May Stevenson finds truth at the eye of the emotional storm. By Emily Dodi, Photos by Michael Montano can’t not do this,” says actor and director Jessi May Stevenson. “I can’t not be a lizard.” Stevenson is referring...
By Tim Pompey After a 2020 Christmas season that was spoiled by COVID, the holiday celebrations for 2021 in Camarillo are back. The music, the lights, the decorations, even a brisk “polar plunge.” Like treats on a family table, they...
by Alex Wilson Perched atop a mountain promontory on the eastern edge of the Ojai Valley, commanding nearly unbelievable views, Meditation Mount welcomes people of all faiths seeking peace, personal growth and healing. Since its founding in 1971, Meditation Mount has...
By Alex Wilson  |  Photos by Luis Chavez journey to England provided inspiration for an Oxnard family to replace their backyard lawn with a more natural and seasonal meadow-style garden. Catherine Lewis and her husband Wayne joined a garden tour with...
The Fillmore and Western Railway recreates the excitement and enchantment of train travel. BY MARK STORER Trains are an American myth. With the stature of Arthurian legend, trains resonate now (mostly in the minds of people of a certain age) with...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer While the California beer boom has been going strong for decades — San Francisco’s Anchor Steam showed up on the scene in 1971, long before the term “craft brewing” had been coined — ciders are...