The (really) Perfect Workout

 After retiring and moving to Mission Viejo 18 months ago, I noticed I was not as strong as I used to be when working with the horses at our former ranch. Yes, I was still swimming at the YMCA and walking/hiking, but I simply felt weaker. Older. I’ve been having problems with a knee joint…

Meet a Cruciverbalist

No need to get a dictionary!  The above medieval-looking word simply means “a crossword person.”  But Myles Mellor, a talented Lake View Terrace resident who designs “themed” crossword puzzles for a living, hates the word.  “I’m just a puzzle maker,” he says modestly, in the faintly accented speech of a British expatriate. And crossword puzzles…

“INVICTUS”

    Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Guest MINI-REVIEW:  My teen daughter and I heard an 1980’s song yesterday about freeing Nelson Mandela so we…

“A Christmas Carol”

Reviewed by Gayle Bartos-Pool The Sierra Madre Playhouse is presenting a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol this season. It is Dickens’s wonderful story, but Director Christina Harris’s interpretation is deeper and more soul searching than many versions as we follow Scrooge through his gloomy past and see how he became the miser we all…