Author: VCR Staff

POWER TO SPEAK | Helpful hints from a professional reporter

by David Michael Courtland With my freelancing career on hold for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, it seems like a good time to write this column. It might help me whenever I’m back to regularly talking to people for articles. Conversely, it might help some of my victims. Here are some widely accepted definitions reporters use: On the record — You say it, I print it with your name attached. Not for attribution — You say it, I print it without naming or otherwise identifying you. Off the record — You say it, but I can’t print it...

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ADVICE GODDESS | Oct. 29, 2020

by Amy Alkon At Debt’s Door Quarantine’s been weighing on me, and I’ve been making a lot of unnecessary purchases. I know I need to stop wasting money, but I just keep ordering thing after thing. How can I get that satisfaction from buying something without actually buying it? — Going Broke We humans are ever-failing self-disciplinarians, two-legged weasels talking ourselves into things we know we shouldn’t do. For example, there’s that saying, “Everything happens for a reason.” No, the fact that those $800 shoes are now $465 does not count as a reason. Unfortunately, the more you behave...

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of October 29 © Copyright 2020  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Reed Galen is an American political consultant who has worked long and hard for conservative causes. But in next week’s election, he opposes conservative Donald Trump, whom he regards as an authoritarian tyrant. He writes, “Democracy is on the ballot. It’s a binary choice between good/bad, honorable/dishonorable, healthy/sick, forward/backward. There has been nothing like this in our lifetimes.” If you’ve read my words for a while, you know I’m a connoisseur of ambiguity and uncertainty. I try to see all sides of every...

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IN GOOD TASTE | Breakfast, bloodies and boats

PICTURED: Bloody Mary from The Greek, enjoyed with a spectacular view of the harbor. Photo by N. Lackey Shaffer by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer The Greek Mediterranean Steak and Seafood 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 101, Ventura Harbor 805-650-5350 $3-39 The Greek in Ventura Harbor is one of the first restaurants I visited when I moved to the area more than 20 years ago — and I have loved it ever since. There have been big, indulgent dinners with family and friends, where we feasted on spanakopita, succulent lamb, rich moussaka and more — sometimes, if we happened...

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ADVICE GODDESS | Oct. 22, 2020

by Amy Alkon Heavy Mental  I’m a woman who recently stopped talking with a guy I’d been seeing because, frankly, I didn’t find him intelligent enough. He is a good guy, but just a little dim for me. When I told my friends this was the reason I ended things, they said it was a bit snobbish. Does this make me an intellectual snob? I get that he has other good qualities, but I just don’t feel like they’re enough.  — Nerd Seeking Nerd Love sometimes requires one to make sacrifices, but these shouldn’t include avoiding any words with...

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