Healthy Eating in the New Year

Healthy Eating in the New Year

By Randy Graham

Eating healthy means following a healthy eating pattern that includes a variety of nutritious foods. It also means getting the number of calories that’s right for you (not eating too much or too little). So, in 2024, why not forget diet fads such as The South Beach Diet, The Scarsdale Diet, The Grapefruit Diet, and The Atkins Diet, and use common sense?

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Living La Vida Lompoc

Living La Vida Lompoc

by Nicole Leonetti

I have been lucky enough to visit Lompoc a number of times in my never-ending search for wonderful wines. Recently, however, I was eager to take a deep dive into all things Lompoc, and am excited to report that, while the wine is indeed phenomenal, there is much more to Lompoc!

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Mystical Ojai and its crystal shops

Mystical Ojai and its crystal shops

Ojai is renowned for its special energy and spiritual undertones. Many stories have been told about the healing energy that Ojai and its famous vortex exude.

But this is not yet another story about Ojai. Instead, we focus on three local women — Aleta Parrish, owner of Sorenity Rocks, Kara Bauer, owner of The Crystal Corner, and Meg Goodwin, owner of Nutmeg’s Ojai House — and their crystal shops. It is interesting that Ojai is known for its feminine energy, and that all of these shops are owned by women. All of them believe, as many ancient peoples did, that crystals are a sacred and powerful tool for healing from deep within Mother Earth.

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OJAI: Wine Destination Gem

OJAI: Wine Destination Gem

By Don Sonderling

The charming town of Ojai (meaning “Valley of the Moon” in the Chumash language), is less than a 30-minute drive from Ventura, up Highway 33. For the better part of a century, Ojai has been known for its healthy lifestyle, food, agriculture, art, music, recreation, wellness — and yes, wine! For the wine explorer, it’s time to visit this “other” wine destination. Here are a few tasting rooms to explore:

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Flower power: Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

Flower power: Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

Current show president Lauris Rose first remembers coming to this show as a little girl, when she snapped countless photos of the displays. The Santa Barbara native returned year after year, developing such a passion that she and her husband James eventually purchased the renowned Cal-Orchid Inc. Joining Lauris is Olivia Sorgman, who is taking over the reigns as the new show manager this year. Together, they’re bringing fresh ideas to engage the next generation of orchid lovers.

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