Author: VCR Staff

EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | It’s a wrap: Reducing gift waste with furoshiki, other alternatives

by David Goldstein With supply chain problems causing shortages, pandemic-related fears of holiday shopping crowds, and porch pirates stealing online deliveries, this may be a frustrating year for seasonal gift giving. Nevertheless, Americans will likely continue a long tradition of increasing trash generation by 25% during the holiday season, generating “over one million tons of extra trash per week” from Thanksgiving to the end of the year, according to Waste Advantage Magazine.  Wrapping paper is one of the seasonal waste items on the “naughty list.” Although not heavy or resource intensive compared to other discards, it is voluminous and...

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IMMERSED ON SAN MIGUEL ISLAND | Circumnavigating the CINP’s westernmost isle by kayak

Northern fur seals near Castle Rock, San Miguel Island. Photo by Chuck Graham Story and photos by Chuck Graham I left the ranger station at zero dark thirty with stiff south winds and pea soup fog sweeping over San Miguel. Looking over my right shoulder, I nearly hesitated. I almost aborted another solo circumnavigation while paddling what is arguably the most challenging, yet idyllic isle in the Northern Channel Islands, the third largest isle in the Channel Islands National Park. Much like a northern elephant seal knows it must migrate thousands of miles from the Bering Strait of Alaska...

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY | Dec. 2, 2021

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of December 2 © Copyright 2021  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): It’s a favorable time to get excited about your long-range future — and to entertain possibilities that have previously been on the edges of your awareness. I’d love to see you open your heart to the sweet dark feelings you’ve been sensing, and open your mind to the disruptive but nourishing ideas you need, and open your gut to the rumbling hunches that are available. Be brave, Aries! Strike up conversations with the unexpected, the unknown, and the undiscovered. TAURUS (April 20-May 20):...

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ADVICE GODDESS | Dec. 2, 2021

Bark Ranger I’m a divorced guy in my 40s using dating apps. I’m keenly aware of what I do and don’t want in a woman and make it clear in my profile. For example, I write, “If you’re in a weird co-dependent relationship with a five-pound dog,” we are not a match. A friend looked at my profile and was all, “Man, you have to delete that.” I see no problem with what I’ve written. Who’s right? —Constructive Honesty  Admittedly, when people advise women, “Find a man who’s like a dog!” they mean like a big loyal-to-the-death black Lab,...

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ARTS BRIEFS | Happenings in art and culture from around Ventura County

PICTURED: Oxnard’s Mullin Automotive Museum was named Museum/Collection of the Year at the 2021 Historic Motoring Awards. by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Mullin wins international award The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, known for its impressive collection of 20th century French coaches and grand prix racing cars from makers such as Bugatti, Figoni and Falaschi, Henri Chapron and Delahaye and Voison, was recently honored at the 2021 Historic Motoring Awards. The museum was named Museum/Collection of the Year at an awards ceremony that took place in London on Nov. 18.  “We are honored to be recognized by such a...

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