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By Crystal Harrell Convenience is a blessing in the hectic days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Flower Market makes ordering cannabis online a seamless process. Flower Market has been in the making for five years, starting with cannabis delivery in Los Angeles under the Prop 215 model. The team initially consisted of one person for the first year and a...
By Rich Henrich It’s hot out. Really hot and you’ve been stuck inside with limited time outside. Movie theaters are closed. Gyms are closed. Churches, music venues, museums, other places with amazing air conditioning, all closed. A few restaurants with outdoor seating and misters are open but you still want to escape the heat, your house, perhaps your kids and...

DAVID ROSE-MASSOM

Photographer & Author By Lynne Tucker David is a retired photojournalist based on the English south coast with over 20 years of experience, providing words and images to local and international periodicals. He has been a photographer since his early 20s. Because of a disability with a degenerative spinal condition he had to stop with wildlife and event photography and find another...
Coachella Valley Repertory announced its winners of its 2020 Inaugural Student Writing Competition on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 3:30 pm Pacific. Media, guests, family and friends were invited to join this Zoom event for the announcement. Middle and High School students competed for cash prizes during the Inaugural Writing Competition. Participants were tasked with submitting a monologue, short story,...
Performing at The Rock Yard Saturday, September 19, 2020 By Noe Gutierrez Live music fans in the Coachella Valley have been left ‘dazed and confused’ since the pandemic devoured all live entertainment. The Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has had to ‘ramble on’ despite new limitations and although it’s been a difficult road, ‘the song remains the same’. ‘Going back to California’…Indio,...
By Eleni P. Austin Any devotee of “The Gilmore Girls” certainly remembers the Town Troubadour. A recurring character, he could be seen busking, (for free) throughout the small town of Stars Hollow, his songs acting as a bookend for whatever emotions were being played out by Rory and her mom. He was as integral to the erudite series as Miss...

Fun Travels With Fido!

By Janet McAfee Dogs love to travel!  Most dogs get excited when you grab the car keys, hoping to join you.  Dogs are natural nomads, traveling in packs in the wild.  They are curious creatures who love seeing new places and meeting new friends.  Traveling with pets is easier now that more hotels and restaurants with outdoor seating happily accommodate...
Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City, opening late 2020, will feature several unique and innovative food and beverage concepts led by Executive Chef Julián González Cruz and Food and Beverage Director, Ryan Drushel. The first of which will be 360 Sports Cathedral City, sister property to the state-of-the-art and wildly popular 360 Sports Rancho Mirage located inside Agua Caliente Resort Casino...
By Rick Riozza A decade or two ago, I remember Syrahs were the bomb! The wine shelves at the store were full of Syrahs from the California Central Coast, the South of France, Australia, and the “new” up-and-comer Walla Walla. Everybody seemed to be enjoying the full fruit flavors and interesting complexities found in these wines. But lately—not so much! Just...
By Aaron Ramson For thousands of years, the process of basting has been used to enhance flavors during cooking. Basting is a technique that’s used in grilling, baking, roasting, and other methods of cooking where meat is left over heat for extended periods of time. While modern cooking science has proven that improper basting can actually lead to drying out...

BINGE ON THIS

By Robin E. Simmons SUPERGIRL: The Complete Fifth Season Our two adult millennial sons enthusiastically turned me on to this terrific series that reflects elements of our shared real world concerns and issues.  It’s not preachy but the action is driven by forces we both fear and desire – though not always to our best interests.  I love this great...

Bankruptcy Types

By Haddon Libby With massive closures of small businesses in the Coachella Valley and around the United States because of the pandemic, an increase in bankruptcies can be expected from the people and businesses that are overwhelmed by their debts. There are essentially three types of bankruptcy: Chapter 7, 11 and 13.  Chapter 11 is strictly for businesses while Chapter 13...
Yes, that's true. Cinco de Mayo is not the Mexican Independence Day...It is September 16. But it matters not, as the issue is not drinking and driving. No-one wants to be arrested for a Cinco de Mayo/September 16, DUI and dealing with jail, costs, stress, time wasted in court and classes etc. However to understand a DUI, please understand...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2020  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): In one of your past lives, maybe you were a Neanderthal midwife in what’s now southern France. In another incarnation, you may have been a 17th-century Guarani shaman who shared your knowledge about local plants with an Italian Jesuit missionary in what's now Uruguay. All the powers and aptitudes you perfected...

Embodying the Light of 5D

By Aimee Mosco “The term “light” is interchangeable with the term “energy” and it sums up the evolution story of the human spirit. As we ascend and allow more refined light to infiltrate the space we claim, we become “enlightened” beings, literally.” Gratitude + Forgiveness X (Love) = Happiness, by Aimee Mosco and Donald L. Ferguson, page 19. There is so...
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna I wanted to share this great video (see below link) as it is in good timing for us to stop and take a breath before we react unnecessarily. There is a lot of angry people out there. Whether at work, home, driving the streets, stores, or malls, it does not take long to find them. These...

SLIPPING INTO DARKNESS

Release ‘Second Wind For Our Love’ Friday, September 18, 2020 By Noe Gutierrez Now a 5-piece band, Coachella Valley elite artists Slipping Into Darkness includes Michael Durazo (vocals), Nigel Dettelbach (bass), Adrian Carreño (guitar), Emanuel Cazares (guitar) and Damian Garcia (drums). The band was founded in 2007 and skated onto the scene in 2014 with their first album release ‘Shurpadelic’. With Psychedelic...
By Crystal Harrell The Riverside County Desert Behavioral Health Advisory Board has partnered with The River at Rancho Mirage to bring the Window Walk Gallery. Storefront windows feature eclectic art by local artists living successfully with mental health diagnoses as well as artists who support Mental Health Awareness. Starting September 5, visitors can stroll the full length of The River...
By Eleni P. Austin The general consensus is that 2020 has been an unmitigated shit-show. From Kobe to COVID to Chadwick and beyond, and there’s still over 100 days to go. Yikes! Thankfully, the Empty Hearts have finally released their second album, aptly entitled, The Second Album. That’s right, Power Pop’s first “super group” has returned. After a 30-year run as...
By Craig Michaels These days, there is so much more to effectively selling your property then putting out a sign and including your home on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service.) Once you have chosen a professional realtor and decided on the price, getting your home ready for market is the next big step in securing the highest value for your...
By Janet McAfee Record breaking heat throughout California brought suffering to humans and animals alike over the Labor Day weekend. After the nearby Apple fire threatened our high desert last month, we breathed a collective sigh of relief only to have the El Dorado fire darken our sky with smoke. Our hearts break for the families evacuated from their homes,...
By Rick Riozza The Tour de France is back! The running of the world’s largest annual sporting event on the planet, originally scheduled to start in June 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in France. In a crazy alternate world, there was talk of the bicyclists going on Zwift, allowing players to ride their bicycles on stationary trainer...
By Aaron Ramson 1996 was a landmark year from country to coast across the entire United States. Bill Clinton defeated Bob Dole to win a second term as U.S president, becoming the first Democrat since Franklin D. Roosevelt to serve a second term. The very first ever clamshell flip-phone went on sale that year, giving people the option to no...

4K HITCH!

By Robin E. Simmons With no firm date set for the re-opening of indoor movie venues, luckily, we have an abundance of classic films newly available on 4K Ultra Hi-Def that can be enjoyed in their originally intended quality on your state-of-the-art big-screen TV. Universally recognized as the mast of Suspense, the legendary Alfred Hitchcock directed some of cinema’s most thrilling...
By Haddon Libby When investing in equities, it is best to set up some parameters before you start investing.  As an example, someone who is in their twenties can invest with a greater level of risk than the person who is living on their savings.  This means that the younger person might have most if not all of their investments...
Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities, began his iconic novel with this dichotomy. Maybe it is a matter of perspective since many of us have learned to be thankful that neither we, nor any friends have contracted Covid 19. When you look at the big picture, maybe not having football, basketball and baseball are not that important. So...
How Viruses Threaten the Cannabis Industry As with the novel coronavirus pandemic harmful viruses emerge and adapt in nature, and this is not exclusive to humans. So says Robert C Clarke, Mojav Richmond and Ali Bektas in their article titled “The Threat of Viral Cannabis Diseases,” published in the August 2020 issue of Cannabis Business Times. Clarke, et. al. takes...

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2020  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): "It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t," observes author James S. Gordon. "Rather, it’s that some people are ready to change and others are not." Lucky for you, Aries! Your willpower is even more potent than usual right now, and your willingness to change is growing stronger. And...

Never Forget!

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna With so many things going on nationally and globally, it’s easy to forget what happened September 11th, 2001. I remember like it was yesterday as I was just promoted to Interim Fire Chief. I was with several other Firefighters at the gym early that morning. It was not until the second plane hit the second...
Deadline moved one month earlier to Sept. 30 By Amy Blaisdell Be Counted! The 2020 Census is underway and due to the U.S. Census Bureau’s announcement that the deadline to complete the survey has been moved one month earlier to Sept. 30, it is now more important than ever that every Palm Springs household move quickly to submit their response. A high...
By Crystal Harrell Riverside County has experienced a number of closures from different businesses due to the rising cases of COVID-19. Much to the excitement of eager retailers and shoppers, it was announced that indoor malls at 25 percent capacity, along with salons and barbershops, could resume operations under a new four-tier system unveiled last Friday by Governor Gavin Newsom. These...
Atlantic City New Jersey ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY LYNNE TUCKER Robert holds a BA in psychology and DMD with a specialty in endodontics. Engaged in writing for the past thirty-five years, he has written for professional journals as well as having produced several non-fiction books. After three self-published books, Forty Something, Fifty Something, and Bedside Manner - How to Gain Your Patients' Respect, Love...

A Sneak Peek at Yovés

Chelsea Sugarbritches and Bobby Taffolla By Noe Gutierrez The Coachella Valley and High Desert are well known for having a profusion of absurdly accomplished acoustic duos like Michael Keeth and Martin Barrera and Mikey Reyes and Bryanna Evaro. There are so many that Coachella Valley Weekly determined that there should be a “Best Duo” category at the Coachella Valley Music Awards,...
By Eleni P. Austin “Trying to find a hint of hope passing time smoking dope wondering what the world is coming to…” That’s Rodney Rice, looking for some peace of mind (and maybe a piece of something else), on “River Runs Backwards,” a song from his new album, SAME SHIrT, DIFFERENT DAY. A native of West Virginia, Rodney and his cousin Tyler...

Pho Vu

By Daniel Paris Many feel hesitant to patronize a restaurant simply because they don’t know how to pronounce the ethnic names of the menu items, even if the translation is next to the choice. Think of a Vietnamese restaurant as a comfort food diner where the food is full of flavor with the added benefit of fresh, healthy ingredients infused...
By Janet McAfee Your pet is missing!  Maybe your dog or cat dodged out the front door of an unfamiliar home with a pet sitter. Maybe a gardener left a gate open, or maybe Fido dug under a fence during the many days of Fireworks 2020.  Maybe a dog napper grabbed your pet while you dodged into Starbucks for a...
By Rick Riozza So when the sun is shining out here in the desert—as it well tends to do!--there are a few things more refreshing than a glass of chilled white wine. Now whether you prefer a light rosy & apple-y dry German Riesling, an aromatic California Viognier, a new un-oaked Chardonnay just out on the market, or something else...
By Aaron Ramson The coffee IPA; nothing brings my enthusiasm for artisan craft to a screeching halt like those three words tossed together so sloppily, my high school lunch lady could have made it. On paper, coffee and hops go together like Jada Pinkett Smith and marriage fidelity. Yet, coffee has successfully made the leap from stouts and porters to...

A TIMELESS ROMANCE

By Robin E. Simmons With indoor movie venues still closed, and a reluctance of movie goers to return to traditional cinemas -- even if open again -- in this time of global contagion ravaging our country and the planet, it’s a real treat that some great older films overlooked or forgotten are finding their way to the home theater in...
…. Isn’t it about time to turn your COVID 15 Weight Gain Around? BY MICHELLE BORTHWICK Just like the shutdowns went from “15 days to slow the spread” to an ongoing shutdown with no end in sight, Covid-15 weight gain is very real and is now venturing into Covid-25 and Covid-30. Yikes! First, the good news:  The sooner you look to reverse...

DOW 30 GETS A MAKEOVER

By Haddon Libby The Dow Jones Industrial Average (aka Dow 30, the Dow, DJIA) represents a cross-section of some of the best companies in the United States.  Due to the use of stock prices in the calculation of this index, companies with very high prices per share like Amazon, Google and Berkshire Hathaway are not included.  While this is an...
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna On the first Monday of September, many workers take the day off and enjoy time relaxing with friends and family for Labor Day. Many Americans will turn the time off into an extended weekend by hosting barbecues, going on a mini vacation or spending time outdoors, reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Barbecue and Picnic Safety First and...
The honest answer is maybe....but the odds are against it. Any lawyer that tells you YES they can dismiss your DUI without examining the facts is lying to you. The first question on every new client's mind is what can you do for me? ...and what will it cost? If I was a doctor and you had stomach pain, you...
By Aimee Mosco “Everything is energy and energy is everything. Energy comes into form through a very calculated process and follows a path laid out by our own higher levels of consciousness.” Gratitude + Forgiveness X (Love) = Happiness, by Aimee Mosco and Donald L. Ferguson, page 34. Our greatest challenges in life are often born of relationships, health, and money....

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

© Copyright 2020  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): "A new idea is rarely born like Venus attended by graces. More commonly it’s modeled of baling wire and acne. More commonly it wheezes and tips over." Those words were written by Aries author Marge Piercy, who has been a fount of good new ideas in the course of her career....
By Noe Gutierrez The Idyllwild Strong Benefit Festival, now in its third year, raises money for disaster relief in the sublime mountain oasis of Idyllwild, California. The town relies on regular tourism to survive, which has been severely impacted by catastrophic damage caused by the Cranston Fire in July 2018, massive flooding in February 2019 and now COVID-19 in 2020....
By Dee Jae Cox There’s a saying that people enter our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  They serve an immediate need, stay for a period of time and then move on or they become ingrained in our lives over the years and remain an integral part of our world.  Rita Gonzales, has always been a lifetime...
By Crystal Harrell Summer ends and the school year begins, but this year will be very different from others as distance learning continues in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. All three school districts in the Coachella Valley have adapted a distance learning model that takes the place of in-person instruction until it becomes safe to meet on campuses. Within the...
By Eleni P. Austin Before The Motion was a band, it was a friendship. Steven Wolfson and David Jenkins grew up down the street from each other in the mid ‘70s. A couple years later they met Paul Riopelle. All three L.A. natives had showbiz connections, Steven’s grandfather had been a screenwriter, David’s dad was a well-known character actor and...
By Janet McAfee The senior pit bull was one of many stray animals who entered the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter on the 4th of July. That holiday is the worst day of the year at shelters, when these already overwhelmed public facilities are overrun. The dog walked with a limp, was covered with ticks, and had numerous other medical...

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