Istanbul

Istanbul

  Rick Steves, the travel expert, wrote an editorial in the LA Times last year. His message was: "Afraid of terrorism? Get on a plane!" We are so bombarded by reports of terrorism that we forget that most people are just like us –– not just in the U.S., but all over...

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Empty Nest?

Empty Nest?

  My birds have gotten out of hand! I seem to be on the edge of ecological disaster in my backyard –– too many nests and species all crowding together. When my children left home, never to return –– as children ought to do –– I did feel like an empty-nester. But only...

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How Do You Define Yourself?

How Do You Define Yourself?

Who are you? How do you define yourself? Some people can combine what they love and what they do. Teachers, photographer, lawyers, or artists. Others are defined by what they have to do to make a living. Are you defined by what you do or love—or by what happens to...

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Hi, I’m Sue Mattern.

I always wanted to be defined by my music… and by my writing—something I accomplished artistically. But one spring Sunday in 1986, a new definition was suddenly written about me. I was the mother of a 5-year old girl who was attacked and almost killed by a mountain lion in Orange County.