Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Another Year Older and Deeper in Thankfulness



By: George Cunningham


Some people are born on important days and some are born on days that will someday be important and sometimes they are born on important days but they have birthdays that only intersect with those important days once in a while. An example. George Washington was born on Feb. 22, 1732, which was not very important at the time, but became so after he was elected to be the first President and Congress declared it a National Holiday. Another example, I have a friend who was born on Sept. 11. Not a big deal until 2001, when it became a day that will be remembered forever. Now her birthday is better known as the day […]


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wild Side of Maui – The Great Toad Hunt



By: Ken Cable


Light from a sickle moon silvered a rippling sea that stretched away from the Maui coast to the islands of Lanai and Molokai.  A soft breeze perfumed the night air with scent from a tropical garden.  The sun had loosened its grip on the day and a night bird called from the darkness beyond the reef. It was a night for the hunter, and the urge was upon us as we ventured forth. Our trappings were few. Each of us carried a small flashlight; one carried a plastic bag as well. Our hunting grounds were the shrubs and lawn in front of our condo on Maui. We were after toads – but not just any […]


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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Secrets of L.A.



By: George Cunningham



Bookworms take note. All day parking at the downtown Los Angeles Library is only $1 on Saturdays. Entrance to the parking garage is on Flower Street between Fifth and Sixth streets. You do need a library card – that’s easy, you don’t even have to be a resident of L.A. to get one – and don’t forget to get your parking ticket validated before leaving. See you at the library.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Progress Doesn’t Belch



By: George Cunningham


The world changes and so do our attitudes about it. I am reminded of this by a Dec. 2, 1909 article in the Long Beach Press about a new factory coming to town. The story said: “Within a week or ten days the smoke of another factory will be seen winding toward the sky. The latest industry to come to Long Beach is the Rickett’s trolley catcher factory following a recommendation from the Chamber of Commerce at the regular meeting this morning.” In 1909, people saw a new factory as a good and welcome addition that meant jobs for people, prosperity for the community, and new products being produced for a better tomorrow. One of […]


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Monday, September 23, 2013

Track of the Hunter



By: Reader Publishing Group



Author Ken Cable gets ready to cut the cake at the launch party and book signing for his second novel, Track of the Hunter. The new novel, released by Reader Publishing Group, tells the story of Mark, a 16-year-old Forest Service intern who finds himself on the trail of illegal poachers who are slaughtering bears to sell their organs on the black market.
Friday, September 13, 2013

Do You Need Instructions to Wash Your Hands?



By: George Cunningham


Just days after I made fun of Starbucks at Long Beach’s Marina Pacifica for posting a six-step restroom guide on how to wash your hands, the Orange County Register comes up with a story on the flu that includes – you guessed it – a six-step, almost-quarter-page guide with pictures on how to wash your hands. The two hand-washing instructions are a little different. The Starbucks hand-washing tutorial is: 1.  Wet your hands 2.  Put soap on your hands 3.  Wash your hands 4.  Rinse your hands 5.  Dry your hands 6.  Turn off the water The Orange County Register hand-washing tutorial is: 1.  Wet your hands 2.  Take off your jewelry 3.  Put soap […]


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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Party Time at City Hall



By: George Cunningham



And we all thought City Council meetings were dull and stuffy. Apparently not. It appears some of the political folks at City Hall are finally letting their hair down and loosening up their stuffed shirts. According to this headline, they tried it, they apparently liked it, and they decided to try it again.
Monday, September 9, 2013

Dumbing Down of America – Exhibit A



By: George Cunningham



This six-step instruction guide – with pictures – on how to wash your hands is from Barnes and Noble’s Starbuck store restroom at Marina Pacific shopping center in Long Beach. Wet, Soap, Wash, Rinse, Dry, and Turn of the Water. If one is still unclear on the hand-washing concept, he or she can just look at the pictures and figure it out.
Saturday, September 7, 2013

Social Unrest – There’s a Profit in It



By: Ken Cable


In my long career as a first responder I have participated in many events where citizens have peacefully assembled to discuss, debate and sometimes protest some action taken by their government. When these gatherings take place in the street, a park or a plaza, and the catalyst is something such as the George Zimmerman acquittal, participants often forgo the peaceful discussion stage and go straight to protest.  This protest is usually against police officers whom government places between themselves and the protesters – and who can do little to mitigate the protesters’ complaint in any way.  This can be especially true when race is a factor, and when the rocks and bottles begin to fly, […]


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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Someday We’re All Going to be History



By: Reader Publishing Group



George Cunningham talks about the history of the Port of Long Beach at the closing session of Cargo Business News’ CalExport Conference at the Long Beach Hilton. George and his wife Carmela are writing a book on the history of the Long Beach Port.
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