Okay. Yes. Technically, the solstice isn’t until June 20. And for those of us closer to the beach, there’s still plenty of cloud cover. And temperatures are less than balmy at the moment. But I am stubbornly refusing to keep...
Dreams deferred, when finally realized, are often the sweetest. Or so Sylvana Guidotti and Kevin Wells discovered. The house they owned in Ventura’s Skyline neighborhood had a lovely hillside location, but its architecture was much less inspiring than its views. The...
In 2024, women owning their own businesses is neither surprising nor uncommon. The National Association of Women Business Owners finds that of the 33.2 million small businesses in the United States, 43.2% are owned by women. And according to...
June Gloom is in full force right now, but I hope it is not dampening anyone’s summertime spirits. I, personally, am grateful for the clouds and marine layer which continue to add moisture to a landscape that was parched...
The Made in Ventura County issue is always one of my favorites on Ventana Monthly’s editorial calendar. It’s an opportunity to spotlight some of the most interesting artisans in the area, and there are always so many to choose...
I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. I always think, if you’re looking to make a change, just go for it. And after a hectic holiday season, January, to me, feels more like a time to get back to...
In Southern California, as in most of the United States, much of the merrymaking that takes place this time of year is centered around Christmas. But many cultures and religions have their own winter celebrations. The reasons for these...
A friend in need is a friend indeed. It takes a village. Many hands make light work. No human is an island. If you want to go far, go together. These age-old bits of wisdom endure because despite the cliche…they remain...
Every October, when I put together the annual Arts Issue for Ventana Monthly, I am struck by the level of talent that flourishes in Ventura County. From ceramicist and “Mama of Dada” Beatrice Wood to contemporary artist Hiroko Yoshimoto;...
The heat and humidity that have made the last few weeks so uncomfortable finally seem to be abating. And while raindrops may or may not fall this weekend, I’m grateful for lower temperatures, the approach of autumn — always...