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Bill Denneen

The next time you enter the oak woodland just sit quietly for awhile and listen to all the life and observe all the different kinds of plants and animals. Feel the spirit of the Chumash that were here for so long. Take time to wrap your arms around an oak, you will feel “grounded” to Mother Earth—-you will then be a true “tree-hugger” like me and your life will be enriched.

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Thoughts on the winter solstice

BY BILL DENNEEN All cultures have a ceremony of some sort around Dec. 21st—Hanaukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzza, Christmas. The term “solstice” is derived from two Latin words:”sol” meaning sun and “sistere” meaning to stand still. It occurs when the earth’s axial tilt is furthest away from the sun. The Mayan culture would sacrifice a virgin to get... (Continue Reading)

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Tips on living from “Octo-Man”

By BILL DENNEEN Most of you are probably not in this age category right now, but all indications are you will be someday. In 1950, there were only 15 million folks over the age of 80, but for 2050  a lot more are predicted–400 million.  That is a lot of “ancients.” Each weekday a group... (Continue Reading)

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Thankful for Planned Parenthood

BY BILL DENNEEN Santa Maria, until just recently, had the highest teenage pregnancy rate of any city in the entire industrialized world. I called it a “pregnancy-epidemic”.  One of the reasons is all  local hospitals are Catholic-controlled thus not providing sex-education, contraceptives, vasectomies or tubal ligations. The only local source of these is  Planned Parenthood... (Continue Reading)

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