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FEATURE 22 Play Ball! - The Story of Ramona PONY Baseball STORIES 14 Gearing Up for a 10th Season of Cruising 18 EZ Solar & Electric Sun-powered with Hard Work and Love COLUMNS 6 From the Publisher 8 Ramona Happenings 10 Around R Town 12 From the Chamber 31 Ramona’s Trainer 35 Financial Focus 38 Creative Connections 39 Gig Guide 46 Puzzles 14 18 22 31 38
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In this month’s issue of Ramona Home Journal, we’re featuring one of Ramona’s most prominent youth sporting organizations — Ramona PONY Baseball. You’ll read about its history (now I know what PONY stands for!) and get to know some of the good folks behind the organization. Be sure to check out some really great pictures taken by Stephanie Ogilvie and Jena Enriquez.

Did you know Ramona American Gra ti Cruise is celebrating its 10th anniversary season launch on April 13? Neither did I, but Annette Williams, who has been an avid cruise enthusiast over those 10 years, has written a great story on the history and, again, the good folks behind the organization.

Do you see a theme with these two feature stories? An organization is only as good as its people, and Ramona is incredibly blessed to have so many good people involved in a number of organizations.

A few months ago, I met Sky Seals, owner of EZ Solar & Electric. What stood out to me about Sky was his passion for solar, his love of a small community (he recently moved to Ramona and instantly fell in love with the town) and his humility. He’s the “little guy” making a go of it in the big, corporate world of solar and electricity. From a publishing perspective, I can certainly relate! Outside of his business, he has a great story to tell, and recently he sat with Rebecca Je eris Williamson to tell us that story. And if you’re looking for a solar provider, why not reach out to a local and give Sky a chance to bid your job!

In her Creative Connections column, Charlene Pulsonetti writes about how color influences our lives. Could you imagine a world with no color? I certainly couldn’t, and, living here in Ramona, we get to see so many colors on the surrounding hillsides, particularly now.

You must read this month’s Ramona’s Trainer written by Peter San Nicolas. All I’m going to say about his column is “Choose The Light!” so you definitely need to read it.

In closing, I want to share what has been taking place in the Journal Publications’ world recently. As you may know, we are establishing “The Journal” in other communities, and we should have another four or five up and running by June 1. What has become apparent to me is, when we share copies of the Ramona Home Journal with potential advertisers and community leaders — mayors, city managers, Chamber presidents, etc. — they are amazed by how community-oriented our town is and, for such a relatively small town, just how many activities we have going on at any given time. So I guess, through our expansion plans, we’ve been out there promoting Ramona without really even thinking about it!

What I will say is how proud I am to share Ramona with the rest of San Diego County — and beyond. For some, they are very familiar with R Town, but for the majority of others, the Ramona Home Journal is their first taste of our great town — and their reaction has been really positive.

So keep doing what you’re doing, Ramona, as people are taking notice.

Vol. 25 • No. 9

Owner & Publisher

Michael Raher

Copy Editor

Annette Williams


Charlene Pulsonetti

Peter San Nicolas

Annette Williams

Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

Paul Zawilenski

Advertising Sales

Mechelle Rose

Layout & Graphic Design

Eva Nevarez


Sara Hine


Adrian Enriquez

Kyle Patenaude


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Ramona American Gra ti Cruise | Main Street. Owners of classic cars are invited to cruise up and down Main Street from 6 p.m. to sundown. Event runs through September. The community is invited to watch from the sidewalk and patronize local businesses. Search “Ramona American Gra ti Cruise” at facebook.com.


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1–30: Ramona Trail Challenge

Ramona Chamber of Commerce and Kit

Fox Outfitters invite everyone to explore this month’s featured trails — Barnett Ranch County Preserve and Santa Ysabel East County Preserve — and receive a free corresponding trail sticker. Search “Ramona Trail Challenge” on facebook.com.

1: Barona Speedway Opening Night

1754 Wildcat Canyon Rd., Lakeside

An array of vehicles will compete in this opening night event. Gates open at noon, and racing starts at 6 p.m. For admission costs and details, visit baronaspeedway.com.

6: Ramona Woman’s Club

524 Main St.

Pilot Chip Lancaster will speak about vintage rotorcraft. Meeting begins at 1 p.m. Visit ramonawomansclub.com.

7: First Friday at 2Create Gallery

438 Main St.

The Art Center of Ramona will host a retrospective of local artist Antonie Cosentino. From 5 to 7 p.m., view locally made art and meet community artists. Visit 2creategallery.com.

8: Easter Eve Take-out Baby Back Rib Dinner

Ramona United Methodist Church, 3394 Chapel Ln.

A full, homecooked dinner with dessert will be served. Pickup is available from noon to

4:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit families in need, veterans and active duty military. Plates are $10 for adults and $6 for children. Call 760445-3108.

8: Second Saturday Family Art Series

The Art Center Ramona, 438 Main St. Families are invited to participate in a free art class, thanks to a grant from the Ramona Community Foundation. Space is limited, and registration is required. For details, visit theartcenterramona.com.

11: Ramona Municipal Water District Board Meeting

Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Ln. Meeting begins at 6 p.m. Visit rmwd.org.

11 & 18: Dream It, Be It: Discovering Your Dreams Mountain Valley Academy, 1010 Ramona St. Soroptimist International of Ramona invites young women ages 14 to 17 to participate in a free two-day workshop career support program. The workshop will help participants envision their goals for the future. To apply, visit siramona.com/events.

15–16: Ramona Open Studios Tour

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., take a self-guided tour of artists’ studios around Ramona. Painting, sculpture, glasswork, woodworking, ceramics and jewelry will be represented. Tickets are $12, and may be purchased at

ramonachamber.com or at studios during the event.

15: Women in the Wild: Hiking Workshop

Mt. Gower County Preserve, 17090 Gunn Stage Rd.

The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation invites experienced hikers on a strenuous seven-plus-mile, round-trip hike from 8 a.m. to noon. Enjoy wildflowers, unique rock formations and incredible hilltop views. The activity is free, and no RSVP is required. Call 760-788-3326 in case of inclement weather. Visit sdparks.org/womeninthewild.

17: Ramona Unified School District Board Meeting

RUSD O ce, 720 Ninth St. Meeting begins at 7 p.m. Visit ramonausd.net.

22: Ramona Senior Center Car Show

Grace Community Church, 1234 Barger Pl.. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., peruse classic cars, motorcycles, hot rods and o -road vehicles. Enjoy DJ music, ra e prizes, free hot dogs, drinks and more. Proceeds are earmarked to benefit the Ramona Senior Center. Contact Leroy Clubb at 619-980-3647.

23: First Congregational Church of Ramona

125th Anniversary

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The church will host a celebration in honor of its 125th anniversary. Visit fccramona.org.



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Ramona Chamber of Commerce will present the Ninth Annual Taste of Ramona on May 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person until Monday, May 1, and will increase to $30 after that. Preorders are recommended. For information or to order tickets, visit tasteoframona.com, call 760-789-1311, or stop by the Chamber o ce weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 1306 Main St., Ste. 103.

This self-guided culinary tour is a great opportunity for participants to spend the day enjoying samples at local restaurants and adult beverage establishments.

At press time, locations included Valencia’s Crem de la Crem; Mamma

Ramona’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria; Ramona Family Naturals; Pamo Valley Winery Tasting Room; Kit Fox Outfitters; La Cocina; Marinade on Main with Hatfield Creek Vineyards & Winery; Jersey Mike’s Subs; Reds, Whites & Brews with Something Delicious Catering; Main Street Co ee; and Ramona Country Bakery. Watch for updates on the Ramona Chamber of Commerce Facebook and Instagram pages (@ramonachamberca).

Funds raised go toward Ramona Unified School District programs that enhance the education, talents, skills, character and community involvement of its students.


Ramona United Methodist Church and Serve Ramona are o ering an Easter Eve Take-out Dinner on April 8. Pick-up is available from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the church, 3394 Chapel Ln.

Dinners are packed to go and available via drive-through, and include baby back ribs, coleslaw, baked beans and dessert. The cost is $10 each for adults and $6 for children.

“It is our way to celebrate renewal, community and the joy that is brought by service and sacrifice,” the church stated. “Proceeds go to pay for your dinner and for free meals for veterans, active military, first responders and those in need.”

For ordering information, call 760-445-3108.


Ramona Rotary Club promises a rollickin’ fun time at its Boot Scootin’ Barn Dance on Saturday, April 22.

Rotarian Lee Castillo is opening his barn at 405 East Pile St. from 6 to 10 p.m. for the event. Proceeds from the dance, open to ages 21 and over, will go toward scholarships for Ramona students.

The evening will include dancing to country music, line dancing lessons, posing for pictures at the photo booth, taking the stage for karaoke, enjoying adult beverages and a catered barbecue dinner, bidding on silent auction baskets, and the opportunity to win an Omni Karu 16 Charcoal/Wood Chunk Outdoor Pizza Oven.

A limited number of barn dance tickets are available at $35 each from Rotary members, the Ramona Chamber of Commerce o ce at 1306 Main St., and the Ramona Branch of the Boys & Girls Club at 622 E St. Opportunity drawing tickets for the pizza oven, valued at $875, are available for $10 each.

Among those adding to the evening’s enjoyment are food caterer Double M Ranch Barbecue, DJ Eleana Fukuhara and her karaoke machine o ering country Western dance music, Danielle Rasmussen teaching line dancing, the Castillos providing wine, Smoking Cannon Brewery providing beer, Diamond D Feed & Supply Co. providing hay bales, and Ramona Chamber providing tables.

Dancing will be from 6 to 9 p.m., with karaoke until 10.

Premier sponsors include Ransom Pump & Supply, Ramona Home Journal, and Ransom Lumber/Ace Hardware. Table sponsors are MJN Real Estate, San Vicente Mortgage, H5 Financial, Ramona Boys & Girls Club, and Ramona Disposal Service.

Additional sponsorships and information are available by contacting Ramona Rotary President and event co-chair Christie Carlson at 760-703-0792.


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This month I want to celebrate the entrepreneur. The small business owner who risks their capital to pursue a dream or passion and provide our community a product or service should be supported by all of us. It is a di cult road filled with risks and rewards. The Ramona Chamber of Commerce is here to help.

Many businesses are started to fill a need or create a new market in the community. We can all imagine some product or service that is needed here in Ramona. But it is the entrepreneur that does the homework of building a business plan, gathering capital, understanding the rules and regulations required to open their business and then navigating the ever-changing landscape just to open the business. Then comes the reality of sta ng and marketing through changing economic conditions. I have opened a few businesses and understand the challenges.

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Jerry and Kristy Keller, leaders of Ramona American Graffiti Cruise, are ready to launch a 10th season of cruising on April 13, starting at 6 p.m.

Kristy’s 1947 Plymouth Woodie, the family car she grew up with, traditionally leads the first cruise. What began as a way for classic car owners to keep their vehicles in running condition and enjoy driving them has become a beloved community activity.

Back in 2013, it was a much smaller group of drivers and onlookers. In 2015, the excitement ramped up when local car owners talked about wanting to drive their cars more.

La Mesa had discontinued its Thursday cruises, so that became the evening of choice for Ramona.

“I guess we got bored just sitting around,” Kristy says. “Jerry presented a flyer he made, and our friend Stephan Hund took a picture of it and posted it on Facebook to all his friends. Our first cruise had about 20 cars. Elizabeth and Pete Chavez decided to make a ‘Ramona American Graffiti Cruise’ Facebook group. Then, talented sales guru Leroy Clubb decided to start merchandising to support our Ramona Senior Center.”

Clubb saw the demand for cruise-branded merchandise


and tie-ins with local businesses. Wristbands, hats, shirts, mugs and more are offered at a sales table in the 1400 block of Main Street he staffs with his wife, Kathy, and at area businesses, with proceeds going to the senior nutrition program.

Special events are another tie-in. The Ramona Senior Center Car Show is coming up April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Grace Community Church, 1234 Barger Pl. For information, call Clubb at 619-980-3647.

“June 22 will be our sock hop, and July 20 will be the first responders cruise,” Clubb adds.

Sunday car shows are from 4 to 6 p.m. in the 1400 block of Main Street, with participants dining out and supporting local restaurants afterward.

Over the past decade, Clubb’s volunteer efforts have brought in more than $75,000 for the Senior Center. But he hasn’t accomplished it alone.

“This town and our local businesses have supported Ramona American Graffiti Cruise and Ramona Senior Center from day one,” he says. “They deserve the credit for a job well done.”

Lora Cicalo, the center’s executive director, is thankful for the donations.

“Leroy’s efforts never go unnoticed when it comes to raising money for the Ramona Senior Center,” she says. “Every single dollar gets donated to the Senior Center. I cannot express enough how very much Leroy is appreciated and loved for the dedication and willingness to help raise money for our senior nutrition program, but most importantly, for the kind and caring person he is.”

Clubb’s usual cruising car is a 1970 Chevelle, and he’s added a 1968 Pontiac LeMans and a 1972 Ford F-250 pickup to his rotation.

As for the Kellers, you never know which of their many vehicles will lead the way in a given week.

“We drive nine of our street-legal cars, and once in a while, we tow our drag car on the trailer,” Kristy says.

Cruisers gather on Kelly Street behind Denny’s before parading down Main to Sixth Street. The circuit is repeated, to the appreciation of spectators who come out to see the local classics, sportscars, motorcycles, out-of-town car clubs, big rigs and more.

Fans also enjoy it when the cruise visits other parts of town, which happens several times each season.

“We usually do a few neighborhood cruises through San Diego Country Estates and the Ramona area,” Kristy says.

The Kellers are encouraged that the event has been going strong for 10 years and shows no signs of stopping.

“Basically, none of us had any idea how our cruise night would positively affect and support our town,” Kristy says. “It just snowballed!”

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Hard work, solar panels and love power Ramona couple Sky Seals and Doralin Flores.

This unique focus helps them prosper as they grow a company, nurture family life, hike local nature trails and enjoy the country feel of Ramona along the way.

That sun-powered company, EZ Solar & Electric, operates in El Cajon, with CEO/President and founder Seals, also known as “Rainbow Sky,” at the helm. Flores is Seals’ fiancé and a marketing executive.

The two met in Texas 20 years ago, drifted apart, started families, reconnected and have five years together under their belt.

“We’ve been here a year,” Seals says. “Here” is San Diego Country Estates.

They are a blended family with teenage children who attend local schools and college, and they extend their love to their other “family members” — two dogs and a cat.

While Seals is building his company, he is also helping others. His namesake 501(c)(3) organization, Rainbow Sky Foundation, pulls together with other businesses to help out with food and additional needs during wildfires.

“Being a good neighbor” is a way he can give back to the community, he says.

The company benefited from his true grit, which included being homeless for a time and coming through that experience.

“Nothing was put in my lap,” he says. “I built it up brick by brick and have a passion to never give up.”


That brick-by-brick stamina propelled him to earn his California State certified electrician’s license in 2010, building on his experience in the electrical field that goes back to 1987. He launched EZ Solar & Electric in 2010, and opened a multifamily apartment division in 2015. In 2019, the company did 100-plus roof installations throughout Southern California and increased staffing, adding a new sales department in 2022.

The company’s mission statement promises, “…a team of experts that have the same passion, work ethics, and drive to deliver the best customer service experience,” which is one of their operating foundations. To learn more about the business, visit ezsolarelectric.com.

In addition to being a full-service residential and commercial solar energy technology company, Flores emphasizes their passion for the renewable energy industry. The average watts are 7,500 for a residential job, and typical installations take an average of six to eight weeks from consultation to full operation.

Some jobs have been unique, she says. “Carports are a cool feature, but on the roof is most cost-effective.” Even as an electrician, Seals knew he was going to broaden the company.

“I really believe EZ Solar & Electric is disrupting SDG&E, who will be increasing their rates by 20 percent by the end of the year.”

He noted an April 14 date that will affect the solar industry, which includes “… a proposed decline in the value of solar energy exported to the grid,” according to a KPBS article written by Erik Anderson and dated Nov. 10, 2022. Regulations are proposed and/or changing.

“I’m really an underdog, fighting a Goliath and looking out for the best interests of the customers,” he says.

But Ramona provides a respite from his fights. He and the whole family enjoy the town’s rural feel, which reminds them of their time in Texas.

Seals takes advantage of every opportunity to enjoy nature and the beauty of the area.

“I’m on the trails at least three times a week,” he says. “I have to be connected with nature.”

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When players and families set foot inside the Ramona PONY Baseball complex, they know they’re home. It’s a microcosm built on love, encouragement, and a mutual appreciation for the game. Everyone lends a hand, and nobody gets left behind.

“We’re a small town. There’s not a lot for the kids to do. When they find something that sparks passion or gives them an outlet, parents want to foster that. Everyone down there is a volunteer,” says Carrie Bryant, a former board member and parent of Ramona PONY alumni Chris Bryant who now plays for the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

She adds, “The life lessons that my son took away from the game are still helping him today.”

PONY, an acronym for Protect Our Nation’s Youth, is an international organization with local chapters.

Former volunteer, coach, and manager Keith Jones says that philosophy was vital to him. By keeping kids coming back year after year, he felt they could be kept away from trouble.

“It’s still, in my opinion, a fantastic spot for kids to be and families to be,” he says. “I hope and pray it never goes away. At the recreational level, kids need to be kids and have fun.”

At the start of each year, applicants take part in an assessment. Some have experience, and some need to be trained from the ground up. Coaches then decide who will go where ensuring that the individual will be in a place where they can grow in skill and confidence.

This season, there are 39 teams of 430 players ranging from four to 14 years old.

“We can give kids an opportunity to play on a team and win and lose graciously, and be part of a team and learn skills for life,” says Ramona PONY Baseball president Alisa Padilla.

In Ramona PONY, kids learn to socialize with peers and adults other than their parents in a safe environment. They also see how those adults dedicate themselves to community service through countless hours of volunteer work.

“When kids see that volunteers lead by example, it trickles into our community,” says Padilla, explaining that they are an entirely volunteer-run organization. “Everyone is teaching kids to take pride in their community and their field.”

Ramona PONY was established in 1979, and construction on the complex began in 1981. Over time, improvements, big and small, have been made. If someone associated with Ramona PONY has a skillset, it’s put to good use.

The history of Ramona PONY was displayed on signage installed at the complex this year thanks to research conducted by longtime Ramona PONY parent volunteer and PONY Southwest Region Section Director Stephanie Ogilvie.

Fond memories are abundant with those in PONY.

Jones recalls one player whose family didn’t have the means for gear or transport to the field. And the child was hesitant to play, so Jones stepped in to help.

“We just worked through his problems, and about midway through the season, he started hitting the ball and having success,” he says, remembering how powerful the player’s smile was. “I always made sure no matter how insignificant the hit was, I was going to keep building on it.”


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Matt Parker experienced Ramona PONY Baseball first as a player in the late 80s to early 90s and later as a coach for his two sons. He also coached his daughter’s softball team.

“It was a blast,” he says. “Back then, everything was simpler. There was no travel ball back then, so everyone played recreational. It was a good time.”

“A lot of these people I haven’t seen in years — since graduating high school,” he adds. “Now it’s all coming around full circle and seeing them again.”

Ogilvie and her family experienced an incredibly heartwarming moment at this year’s opening ceremonies.

In 2013, her father, Rick LeRoy, had a stroke. On opening day that year, a prayer was said for the longtime umpire, and gifts were given to Ogilvie on his behalf. This year, LeRoy threw the first pitch to his grandson Tallon Ogilvie, who is on the Angels team in the Pony division. LeRoy currently serves as a Southwest Region PONY Field Director.

Padilla shares that registration has increased in the last two years. Improvements continue to be made, like adding lights to the batting cages and re-pegging mounds so fields can be used for multiple divisions. In addition, they’re hoping to hire a professional company to improve fields and drainage — a persistent problem, especially with this year’s rain.

Sponsorships are available, and support is always welcome. Visit ramonabaseball.com.

Thanks to Ramona PONY, kids have come to know the game and

themselves. At least 24 have been drafted into Major League Baseball, and countless others have moved on to college ball. In 2002, Ramona PONY 13U All-Stars became the first team to play in a PONY International World Series, placing third overall. Chuck and Mary Schoepp became involved in Ramona PONY in 1996 when their son Andy Schoepp signed up to play.

“I had a lot of great dads help me,” says Chuck, who shares that he knew little to nothing about baseball before that time. “Eventually, I became the tournament coach, the travel ball coach, chief umpire on the PONY board — you just go in full board. Coaching is the greatest thing I’ve ever done.”

Mary, who served as a board member and president, says, “I believe that it’s a great community that comes together for a common baseball experience. The kids develop lifelong friendships, and you develop lifelong friendships as adults when you’re down there. Playing a sport outside it’s just a wonderful place to be.”

Chuck sums it up as, “In a nutshell, it’s one town, one team, one goal, one dream.”

Opposite page 1. Jessica Jaramillo (Mustang division) Photo by Jena Enriquez 2. Shetland Majors team Photo by Stephanie Ogilvie 3. Mary Schoepp, Stephanie Ogilvie, Chuck Schoepp Photo by Stephanie Ogilvie 4. Frankie Filippone (Mustang division) Photo by Stephanie Ogilvie 5. Diego Venegas, Shetland Majors Pirates Photo by Stephanie Ogilvie 6. Deacon Bohn, Joseph McGowan, River Wegener, Connor McGowan (Bronco division). Photo by Jena Enriquez 13U Ramona Pony All-Star team, International World Series Summer 2022. Photo by Jena Enriquez
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Did you know that you are where you are because you chose to be there? Did you know whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right!

As Yoda said: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

I’ll say it again: You are exactly where you want to be!

We are blessed to have been born in a country where we are free to choose the path we want to take. We can decide if we want to be a doctor, lawyer, business owner or realtor. The sky is the limit.

I just got back from a seminar where some of the most successful realtors came together to motivate and inspire each other to higher levels of greatness and success. One of the speakers had at one time been on the FBI’s most wanted list for robbing 10 banks! He was getting ready to pillage another financial institution when the law finally caught up to him right here in San Diego. He was faced with the possibility of life in prison and no expectation of parole. Thankfully, he was given 25 years, a lot of time to think about what he did and a chance to reinvent himself. At this point, he decided he was going to live life as a good man, a man of character, a man of integrity — to be drawn to the light and not the darkness. Days into his incarceration, he was faced with an opportunity to escape. The guard watching him was preoccupied with a female o cer and left him unattended in the hallway. He was

40 yards from freedom and the back alleys of downtown San Diego. In this moment, he remembered deep down in his soul that he was going to be a good man, a man of character and integrity, and to be drawn to the light. He did not run or escape, but served his time devouring everything he could, reading more than a thousand books. Today, he stands as one of the most successful real estate team leaders on the East Coast, accounting for more than $200,000,000 in gross sales in 2022!

This is a story of a young man here in Ramona. The year was 1997. For more than a decade, the young man experienced having both parents in rehab numerous times in a combined six rehab facilities, two for his dad and four for his mom. He was suspended from school many times, expelled once, and attended four schools during his sixth-grade year. He did his best to graduate from Ramona High with a B average. In all honesty, he didn’t try — he just tried enough to pass and move on to the next grade. A year after high school, this young man finds himself in a dilemma. Does he let his mom, who has been in and out of rehab for more than a decade, borrow his car, when he knows in his heart she’ll use it to get more drugs and alcohol? Or does he stand firm and tell her, “No more lies” and “No, I won’t let you take my car.” He decides the latter. Over the next 12 hours, he considers this conversation and decides to call his mom the next morning to apologize. He tells her

he will take her where she needs to go. Maybe it would be a time to reconnect.

He picks up the phone to make the call. He dials the number — busy signal. He calls again and again, but it’s still busy. He decides to ask his aunt, whom he lives with, to join him and see what’s going on. He climbs the stairs to the second-floor apartment and finds the door locked and the static sounds of the TV. He makes his way to the manager’s o ce to see if he can get a key to the apartment. He finally makes way into the apartment, where the TV is on loud and the phone is o the hook. His aunt bolts to the bedrooms and the young man makes his way to the kitchen, where he finds his mother with her waist and chest pressed up against the lower cabinets and her legs sprawled on the linoleum floor. She was dead. Overdosed. It is a pivotal point for this young man, and he could go in any direction. This is a time to be drawn to the light or to the darkness.

Thankfully, this young man chose the light. This young man was me.

We all come from di erent backgrounds and with all types of sad and traumatic stories. What matters is that we stop using our past to dictate our future.

Be drawn to the light, not the darkness. Don’t use your past pain as an excuse not to live your best life. Stop making excuses for yourself and start taking steps in the direction of the light!

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Now that we’ve put winter behind us — at least on the calendar — it’s time for us to think about sprucing up our homes, inside and out. But it also may be time to do some financial spring cleaning.

Some of the same ideas involved in tidying up your home can also be used to help put your financial house in order. Here are a few suggestions:

• Dust o your investment strategy. As you look around your home, you might find that many items — tables, desks, bookshelves, and computer and television screens — could benefit from a good dusting. And, once you’ve accomplished this, you’ll get a clearer view of all these objects. Similarly, your investment strategy needs to be “dusted o ” every so often, so you can see if it’s still working to help you move toward your financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. Over time, your personal

circumstances and risk tolerance can change, and these changes may lead you to reexamine your future financial and investment decisions.

• De-clutter your portfolio. if you took a survey of your home, would you find duplicates or even triplicates of some things — brooms, vacuum cleaners, toasters, and so on? If so, it may be time to do some de-cluttering. And the same could be true of your portfolio — you might have several identical, or substantially identical, investments taking up space. If so, you might want to replace these redundancies with investments that can improve your diversification. While diversification can’t guarantee profits or protect against losses in a declining market, it may help reduce the impact of market volatility on your holdings.

• Get organized. If your closets are overstu ed, with clothes and miscellaneous items crammed on shelves and the floor, you may well have trouble finding what you’re looking for — but with a little straightening up, your searches will become much easier. And when you’re trying to locate financial documents, such as investment statements or insurance policies, you’ll also benefit from having everything organized in one central location. Even if you get most of these documents online, you can save what you need and keep them in a file on your desktop, laptop or tablet. (And it’s also a good idea to tell your spouse, adult child or another close relative how these documents can be accessed, just in case something happens to you.)

• Protect yourself from dangers. If you look around your garage, shed or other storage area, you may well find some objects — such as gardening tools, paint

thinners, engine fluids and leaning ladders — that could be dangerous if they aren’t stored properly. As part of your spring cleaning, you’ll want to remove these hazards to safeguard yourself and your family. But have you addressed the various financial risks that could threaten your loved ones? For example, if something were to happen to you, could your family members maintain their lifestyle? Could your children still go to college? To guard against this risk, you may want to discuss protection strategies with a financial professional.

Spring cleaning can pay o — in a cleaner, safer home environment and in helping ensure your financial strategy continues to work hard for you.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member SIPC.

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Though I’m writing this in early March, I’m sure it’ll still be green outside when this issue hits your mailbox. I have loved seeing the orange and yellow flowers on the hillsides. It’s a welcomed sight and a reminder that winter doesn’t last forever.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how color influences our lives. For the last few years, an interior design trend has shifted toward gray tones and minimalism. All too often, I walk into a newly remodeled business and let out a sigh of disappointment, because it looks just like all the others!

Neutral tones and simplicity aren’t wrong. When used correctly, they can help other design elements shine. When overused, though, it makes me worry that we’re stepping away from individuality.

I recently found a YouTube channel that focuses on domestic arts. It’s fun to learn the history of the host’s home and the unique pieces he uses to decorate. He also shares tips about floral arranging and organizing gatherings. In this sense, he’s teaching us to color our lives with little details that bring joy and excitement to

life’s simple moments.

I visited an o ce a few weeks back that followed this joyful style of decor. I sat on a plush chair that was upholstered in green brocade fabric with thick armrest covers decorated with tassel trim. There were curiosities around the room as well as beautiful paintings and prints in unique frames. As I studied every inch, my mind was so engaged. The room felt alive!

Your home doesn’t have to be filled with crazy colors or stu ed with curios to have personality. You simply need to find pieces that speak to your individuality.

As you do your spring cleaning, perhaps replace what’s currently on display with something hidden in storage. Shop at one of Ramona’s many antique and secondhand stores or visit the Ramona Open Studios Tour later this month. You’re sure to find something that speaks to you.

Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine — color your life with beauty!

Painting by Charlene Pulsonetti


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7. Single-celled animals

13. The rear car of a train

14. Endangered

53. Broadway actress Daisy

55. Jewish calendar month

56. Author Gore __

58. Peacock network

59. White poplar

60. Promotional material

61. A period of calm

64. Take too much

65. Emit energy

67. Something you can take


1. Calm down

2. One quintillion bytes (abbr.)

3. One who pretends

4. Hang glide

5. Distinctive practice

6. Mariner

7. Peaks

24. One who can be recommended

26. Resembles a bag or pouch

27. Midway between south and southeast

30. Sets up for a photo

32. California white oak

35. More (Spanish)

37. After B

38. Decorated tea urn

39. Island

42. Car mechanics group

43. Wordplay joke

46. Cut a rug

47. Prickly plant

49. Speech in praise of a deceased person

50. European buzzard

52. Influential linguist

54. West African languages


8. Queens ballplayer

9. Geological times

10. Twofold

11. Atomic #13

12. Tranquillizing

13. Metric weight unit

15. Indicates

18. Unwanted rodent

21. Partly cooked with hot water

55. Siskel’s partner

57. Skinny

59. Oblong pulpit

62. Consumed

63. Small, mischievous sprite

66. Powerful lawyer

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battle (Scandinavian) 30.
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