From the monthly archives:

June 2008

Way-Cool Summer Camps

by Alan Rider

I could be wrong, but it seems like a safe bet that young’uns today aren’t going to be content with the same old summer camp activities we all enjoyed growing up.  I mean, can you imagine a kid raised with video games and 100-plus channels of 24/7 satellite television programming being content to spend the afternoon weaving a potholder for mom?  Me neither.
 Luckily there are more cool summer camp options available than ever before, including several that are all but guaranteed to give your kids an extraordinary experience they won’t soon forget.  Here are three choice examples:
 

 Power Chord Academy  offers week-long programs designed to give aspiring teen rockers a chance to [...]

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Start Living Now

by Alan Rider

The phone call came as I was motoring down the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu this afternoon.  My friend Todd called to deliver the sad news that a former colleague of ours—one of the nicest guys I’ve ever worked with—died of a massive heart attack last night. 

Frankly, I’m still a little dumbstruck.  John was just 56 years old and as healthy and energetic as anyone I know.  Including me. 

As Todd and I talked, we both recalled how John was just hanging on in a job that had become increasingly stressful in recent years and counting the days until his retirement.  I’m not entirely sure what he planned to do when he [...]

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