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TALENT AND STRONG WORK ETHIC

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PUBLISHER’S LETTER Happy Holiday Greetings! ‘Tis the season for celebrations, love and fun! We’re excited to have the accomplished Malgosia Migdal grace the cover of this issue. We celebrate our writers, staff and new business partners including Calabasas Country Club, and are proud to be the first to announce groundbreaking health products like SlimChew. Please welcome Mike Pegler, newest member of our Malibu Chronicle sales and marketing team. Mike comes with a background in business. He will cover most areas between Moorpark, Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura. We continue to grow our outreach in print, as well as online, with our new and improved website and weekly e-newsletters. Also, check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Our next issue will be out February 2016 focusing on Heart Health and Relationships. Please contact us if you would like to submit any pictures or articles for the next issue. We aspire to bring more health, fitness and positive lifestyle articles and ideas to you. Be happy, healthy and well!

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Calabasas Country Club – More than a Beautiful Golf Course by Veera Mahajan Recently, I went to the Calabasas Country Club for coffee with my good friend and life-long golfer, Steve Sparks. Steve is a member of the club. I had been to the Country Club only a couple of times before to attend charity events. We met in the club’s beautiful dining hall overlooking the spectacular landscape of the golf course. I was impressed with the beauty and serenity of the landscape, the genuine, warm and friendly welcome from club Chairman, Gene Axelrod, Director Steve Gincig and the rest of the staff. Gene is a real gentleman and a funny guy. I love his style in business and as a person. I’ve talked to him over the phone before, but totally enjoyed our first long, in-person conversation.

Director of Community Relations and New Membership, Steve Gincig, is good at what he does. He is a great communicator and the perfect host. Well, he must be, because after he gave me the tour of the fitness center, Yoga and Pilates rooms, the driving range and the golf course, I knew I wanted to be a member. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a fitness fanatic and now I can be in this beautiful place and be able to relax at the snack bar while enjoying the view of the spectacular golf course! Needless to say, I applied for a membership. I’m not a golfer yet, but I plan to use the driving range and the complimentary golf outing with my two sons. Who knows, I might start enjoying

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the golf and upgrade my membership to include everything they have available. I’ve been a member for a week and I’ve already been to the club more than a few times alone and with my friends who joined me for a delicious Sunday breakfast. I plan to spend a couple of days at the club during Thanksgiving weekend with my sons playing some golf, enjoying the food and our favorite single malt scotch, Balvenie. I’m so glad they serve my favorite drink! I’m looking forward to enjoying many events the club has scheduled and meeting the local residents and club members from Calabasas, Malibu and other surrounding areas. I’m sure I’ll enjoy many more good times at the beautiful Calabasas Country Club.


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LIFE CAN BE FULL OF SURPRISES. Over twenty seven years ago a young, ambitious woman traveled from her native Poland to Southern California with talent, a passion for art, and enthusiasm to create a new life in America for herself and her daughter, Ania. Today Malgosia Migdal is one of the most sought after and highly respected interior designers in the United States, and for the past two years she has proudly called Malibu her permanent home.

Malgosia is the owner and the Principal Designer at Malgosia Migdal, LLC. She brings a wealth of experience as an exceptional interior architect and designer to clients in Beverly Hills, throughout Southern California and around the country. Her passion for global travel and art influences her design style with a unique one of a kind quality never seen before...and never to be repeated. Malgosia’s ability to carefully listen to her clients’ desires and wishes and interpret their words into a compelling vision that creates comfortable and beautiful living environments has kept her vast clientele coming back again and again. Malgosia explains, “Our aim is to create beautiful spaces that draw us in. We believe beauty is essential to a happy life; a home should inspire, energize, soothe and motivate you.” One of Malgosia’s unique talents is her ability to enter a room and immediately envision the finished look, including its lighting, shadowing, feel, and even scents. Malgosia and her firm have a practical approach to taking on the complete project, whether it is major renovation or brand new construction. With her years of experience, she has the necessary expertise to coordinate and manage the entire project, including contracting.

Her innovative approach comes from her inspirations -the greatest being her European background and from design elements discovered during her travels throughout the world. The architecture of France and Italy, the colors and atmosphere of Bali, the contemporary lines of a Manhattan apartment, may be utilized as elements reflected in her design space. The office and design studio in Beverly Hills often resounds with particular music to inspire her design team and to boost creative energy. Malgosia also provides weekly yoga sessions for her team, led by Mike of Malibu, to additionally enhance their creative thinking. Every year she takes her designers to Milan for a 9-day trip to attend one of the biggest design shows in the world. She and her staff are immersed in discovering new elements that bring innovative concepts to her clients. Throughout the year, streams of interns vie for an opportunity to work with her and to have a chance to learn from Malgosia.

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Malgosia’s life is a reminder to all business owners, especially women aspiring for life success, that with dedication and hard work, the dreams we all dream can come true. She remained focused on perfecting her talents and on building relationships based on trust with her clients while blending her own creative styles into the client’s vision. Over the years Malgosia’s outstanding talents have attracted elite clientele and premier businesses such as various offices of the William Morris Agency, a Catholic Church, the Polish Consulate, the Chabad Synagogue and a number of prestigious clients from the music and film industry.


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Malgosia enjoys both long, lazy and high energy weekends with the love of her life, Yuri Spiro, her life partner of more than 20 years. They spend the weekends hiking in the local mountains, biking to Zuma Beach or stopping in Trancas Market for a coffee with her two babies (puppies) in tow, Yorkies - Sputnik and Tommy (whom she admits are spoiled rotten). Her most precious love is Ania, her daughter, who helps Malgosia with social media. Ania has followed in her mother’s footsteps with a talent for art. She created her own handmade jewelry line which she offers at www.aniaserasera.com.

middle of the hustle and bustle of the city, so my favorite part of the day is waking up in the morning hearing the crashing waves and coming back to my beach home in Malibu every evening,” says Malgosia. “I love the slower pace and the laid back casual vibe of Malibu. It is a small community of people who, like myself, appreciate the ocean, nature and a healthy lifestyle.”

Malgosia loves ocean kayaking and walking on the beach on the weekends. She enjoys biking to Sunset Restaurant for oysters and vodka or for a glass of rose, or walking to the nearby Mangia Restaurante for a cocktail and appetizers with Yuri, or a healthy smoothie in the morning dedication and hard grabbing from the Vintage Grocers specialty market.

Malgosia never takes any of “With her success work, the dreams we all for granted. California is not only a wonderful place to She came dream can come true.” live, but it has rewarded Malgosia’s life in so from humble many ways. Malgosia explains, “I travel all beginnings, is still working hard and is always over the world, but I always love coming back to California. Los Angeles has a special place in my heart, it is where I came when I left Poland grateful for the life she lives. 27 years ago and built my family and career. LA has given me so many Malgosia was recently featured amazing opportunities -- I have been able to fulfill my dreams here as a on “Zony Hollywood” (Hollywood result of the great support of so many wonderful people I have met over Wives), one of the top reality the years. Los Angeles is a melting pot of creative minds from all over TV shows in Poland, and she the world. I feel honored to be a part of it!” acknowledged on the show how much America has done for her, Malgosia has experienced great success and prosperity in her career, yet explaining, “Dreams Do Come True, it’s only a foreshadowing of many shining moments to come. The sky is limitless as she has proven throughout her life. Malgosia aspires to have but only in America!” her own furniture line, which she is currently working on. When returning from her travels, Malgosia loves to be Malgosia notes, “Malibu is a special place where many talented people back in Malibu. She is slowly moving her business operations are making a positive difference in the lives and lifestyles of residents in our wonderful community.” She enthusiastically looks forward to paying to Malibu as well. back to Malibu in so many ways -- not only sharing her professional skills “My office and creative studio as a designer and artist, but by personally making a positive impact on the are in Beverly Hills, in the place in which she lives -- her home -- the beautiful community of Malibu. MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM December 2015 . January 2016 / 17


ASK THE EXPERT Q A

Aye Eye, Doc! / Rajesh Khanna, MD What is Presbyopia? If you are reading this article with the help of glasses you’ll be pretty familiar with presbyopia. For those who don’t know what presbyopia is, let’s talk about it. The eye is like a camera. The natural lens acts as an autofocusing mechanism. It allows us to see things at a distance, and automatically adjusts itself when focusing at the middle or near. By the time a person is in his or her forties the mechanism starts degenerating, and they have difficulty reading books and their smart phones. This condition is called presbyopia.

Are there ways to overcome Presbyopia? Reading glasses or bifocals have been the solution for hundreds of years. Monovision contact lenses became popular in the last century.

KAMRA Inlay is able to read and see near without losing much of their distance vision. The non-dominant eye is usually the preferred eye for the KAMRA Inlay. Laser fashions a pocket in the cornea where the implant is inserted.

Can Presbyopia be reversed or cured?

How does PIE reverse Presbyopia?

Many people are familiar with Mono Vision Lasik eye surgery in which the dominant eye is set for far vision and the other for near vision. Younger women adapt to this procedure better than men. There may be loss of binocularity and difficulty in intermediate vision. The twenty-first century FDA approved treatment methods are KAMRA Inlay and PIE (Presbyopia Implant in Eye).

PIE is the permanent procedure for presbyopia. It removes the defective autofocusing mechanism of the eye (Natural Lens). This lens, which has deteriorated, is replaced by a biocompatible, synthetic, nanoengineered implant. The PIE will sit in the eye for the rest of one’s life. It allows each eye to see at varying distances. There are various types of PIE, such as Restor, Tecnis, and Crystalens.

What is KAMRA Inlay? KAMRA Inlay is a specially designed colored implant with a clear aperture in the center. Similar to a camera, it works by a pinhole effect. The small aperture increases the depth of field. Therefore, a person with

What if I have had previous eye surgery? Presbyopia can still be reversed even if you have undergone previous Lasik, Radial Keratotomy or Cataract surgery.

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Which one is best for you? Each eye is unique and every person’s lifestyle is different. The best way to decide what is best for you is to do a personalized, customized treatment plan. It is important to discuss with your eye surgeon which one is best for you.

What is the cost of these procedures? The cost of the procedure varies, with Mono Vision Lasik being at the lower end and PIE at the upper end of the spectrum. We offer special financing with no down payment, no interest, and 36 months special financing. We also offer free consultation, so you can learn what is best for you.

Where can I learn more about it? If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call Dr. Khanna 310 482 1240 or email lasik@khannainstitute.com. Visit us at www.KhannaVision.com


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ANNIVERSARY OF THE MEMORYMAN COMIC BOOK MemoryMan, the comic book, is celebrating 25 years. Creator David Markoff, a Malibu resident, is the real MemoryMan, and he brings a smile to everyone who meets him. Most locals only know him as MemoryMan. He is approachable and generous with advice. His humble demeanor conceals his impressive achievements. David set the world Bara Byrnes, the lead record for memorizing actress on the project, 50 two-digit numbers plays Stargazer. She in one minute. He brings depth and charisma created his own method to the role. Bara’s life is of remembering facts, also an inspirational story. and has presented his Bara is both beautiful memorizing method at and talented. She wrote colleges and universities, a one-woman show and and taught young children performed in it throughout the with Alec Baldwin. country. Memory can read and numbers “The idea that You more about Bara have been his life a superhero in her book, “A and identity. MEMORYMAN has a power Bittersweet Tale… David lost both of his parents when he was that is usable Of A Hollywood Failure,” a candid four years old and was sent to an orphanage and intoxicating in ‘real life’ with his brother and baby sister. He was BARA BYRNES AND MEMORYMAN witness to his mother’s domestic abuse is intriguing. memoir. and is still haunted by the guilt of not being Everybody All the difficulties David faced were channeled able to help her. During his 14 years at the into MemoryMan, the comic book and now needs to use orphanage, he also saw hundreds of children MemoryMan the movie. David pulled himself die. Through self-reliance, David persevered memory, up and spent his time helping others. The silver and focused on helping others through even if it’s to anniversary of MemoryMan is not only a time storytelling. celebrate the superhero, but also a personal remember to be to triumph for David, a celebration on persevering David wrote MemoryMan in 1990. Bob happy.” through overwhelming personal adversity. Kane, creator of Batman, and Jerry Siegel, creator of Superman, encouraged David to create his comic book hero, MemoryMan. “Memory is a superpower,” David said. “The idea that a superhero has a power that is usable in ‘real FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT life’ is intriguing. Everybody needs to use memory, even if it’s to remember to be happy.” Some of the http://ww.MemoryMan.com highest grossing films today are of superheroes. It is no wonder that the MemoryMan comic book was a springboard to making the movie of the same title. 20 / December 2015 . January 2016 MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM


Beware the Most Dangerous Time of the Year by David Olan

As we enter the holiday season there’s a sense of joy and hope in the air. People seem a little kinder and gentler to each other. It’s one of my favorite aspects of the season. What I hate about the season are the dangers, which propel people into emergency rooms during the holidays and, too often, into my office postholidays. Here are a few tips that should help keep the “jolly” in your holiday.

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There are more young adults driving during that time; people are rushing; and alcohol and legal and illegal drugs are influencing drivers’ behaviors. Drive defensively and with your full attention on the road.

In California, you are liable if your pet causes injuries to a person or to another dog. If you have guests, consider isolating your dog in a familiar area of the house. Monitor children closely when they’re around the dog. Check and double-check that gates are actually latched, not just closed.

Traveling: It doesn’t matter whether you’re going a short distance or taking a road trip, be extra careful during the holiday season. Research demonstrates conclusively motor vehicle accidents spike during the holiday season.

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Property Maintenance: Do a safety survey of your property. Have that cracked walkway, loose railing, burned out light bulb repaired. Check the interior of the home. Get a pad for that area rug that slides; make sure extension cords are tacked down or hidden. Don’t ruin your holiday with a premises liability lawsuit.

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Toys: Select age and ability appropriate toys for children. Everyone knows a young child can choke on small parts in toys or games, but fewer people think about the button batteries and magnets in toys, musical greeting cards, remote controls, and hearing aids. If swallowed, these can cause serious stomach or intestinal problems…even death. It’s a good idea to check the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission website (www.cpsc.gov/ en/Recalls/) as you make your gift list for the children in your world.

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Household Accidents: Though emergency rooms don’t keep such statistics, anecdotal evidence indicates that there are more visits to ERs during the holidays. Kitchens are one of the most dangerous rooms in the house, often being the setting for burns from hot fat or scalding liquids, falls from using a chair rather than a step stool to reach that bowl on the top shelf, and cuts from carving or chopping. That extra glass of wine takes its toll.

Pets: With all the excitement of the season, an increase in people around, and frequent deliveries of packages, some dogs – even the one who is typically calm and friendly – can become over-excited or anxious.

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Host of the Party: If you are serving alcohol to guests of legal age at a gathering in your home or whom you host in a restaurant or at your office, be aware of any guest who is drinking to excess. Though California law does not hold a bar, restaurant or social host responsible for serving alcohol to an adult who later goes out and injures someone, you could still be sued. If a guest is inebriated, don’t let them drive, no matter how many times they tell you they are okay. Have someone else take the guest home, call a taxi or Uber or Lyft, or put them up for the night. An embarrassed friend who is alive in the morning is much better than a friend who just celebrated their last holiday that night. So hold onto the spirit of joy and hope this season. And from all of us at Olan Law, have a wonderful, safe holiday and a healthy and happy new year. David Olan is a leading Los Angeles trial lawyer representing people who have suffered serious personal injuries or who have los a loved one to a wrongful death. CONTACT OLAN LAW at 310 566-0010 David@olanlaw.com | www.olanlaw.com

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Have you had recurrent colds or allergy attacks that don’t seem to go away? If so, there’s a good chance you have had sinusitis. Over 37 million people are afflicted with sinusitis each year.

When is a cold actually sinusitis?

The majority of sinus infections are caused by bacteria that become trapped in blocked sinuses. Bacteria flourish in the sinuses creating symptoms of runny nose, congestion, facial pain and pressure. Sinus infections are usually preceded by a cold or allergy attack that contributes to sinus blockage. It can worsen by exposure to environmental pollutants. Unlike colds or allergies, bacterial sinusitis requires a physician’s diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics to cure the infection and prevent future complications. Normally, mucus collecting in the sinuses drains into the nasal passages. When people have a cold or allergy attack, sinuses become inflamed and unable to drain, leading to congestion and repeated infections. Diagnosis of acute sinusitis usually is based on physical examination and discussion of your symptoms. X-rays of your sinuses or a sample of your nasal discharge is used to test for bacteria.

chronic sinusitis may be less severe than those of acute sinusitis; however, untreated chronic sinusitis can cause damage to the sinuses and can require surgery to correct the blockage and relieve the symptoms.

Treatment

Therapy for bacterial sinusitis includes appropriate antibiotics. In addition, oral or nasal spray or drop decongestants may be recommended to relieve congestion. We do not recommend prolonged use of nonprescription nasal sprays or drops. Inhaling steam or using saline nasal spray or irrigation is effective to relieve sinus discomfort. Diagnosis can be made by looking into the nasal cavity with a small endoscope, and, if necessary, an x-ray scan of the sinuses. If it is determined that your sinus passages are narrowed or blocked leading to symptomatic sinus infections or chronic sinusitis, there are now a number of state-of-the art options to correct this condition. The

When Acute becomes Chronic Sinusitis

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When we don't speak up and advocate for truth and what is important to us, the conflict grows. A small problem can explode and consume quickly if not given attention. Dialogue is the only way to begin conflict resolution. If you need a third party to help negotiate solutions, use a mediator. If you want to begin a conversation about an important matter, have a facilitator hold a peace talk circle to explore the topic and problem solve as a group. There are many ways to approach conflict resolution and it starts by using your voice to advocate for right relationships and peace.

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FIND YOUR VOICE

MEDIATE OR HOLD A PEACE TALK CIRCLE™

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Coping with conflict isn’t easy. In fact, it’s stressful! Stress erodes our ability to concentrate on life’s obligations, sleep, make decisions and manage emotions. Weakness and disempowerment seep in. The conflict feels larger than life. Anger, confusion and helplessness can cause impulsive reactions instead of a conscious response. How do we stop the negative cycle and transform the situation? It starts with YOU.

Transform Conflict Into Opportunity For more information or to educate yourself on conflict management or mediation please contact:

Amora Fisher, Ph.D.

Mediator, Child & Family Advocate amora.fisher@pepperdine.edu

www.Justice4DMY.org Make a good decision and take preemptive action to work with a mediator to create a peaceful resolution and seek justice without the harm.


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“ABOUT YOUR MEMORY” [A NEW BEGINNING] by Hermine Hilton ‘America’s Memory Motivator’

What are you thinking right now? As you are about to read this article, what came into your mind? Are you thinking about your memory and if it’s working OK? Are you rethinking memories that you’ve made in the past? Are you looking forward to making new memories? Or are you drawing a blank?

What was the picture on the cover of this magazine? Can you recall it? If you can’t, are you troubled? Are you about to tell yourself you must have a memory problem? Well – You – Don’t! I’d like to give you, the reader, the gift of a new way of thinking about your own memory. A new beginning. I asked you what you were thinking. Well, you don’t have to be thinking about anything at all right now. And you don’t have to be remembering the picture on the cover of this magazine. If you do, that’s fine. But if not, that’s fine too.

Of course, even with the key in the switch and a full tank, to go anywhere you have to know how to drive, and it’s the very same thing with your marvelous but mystical, million dollar memory.

Learn How To Drive It

If you learn how to drive and direct your memory, you’ll be home free. There’ll be no more worrying over forgetting a name, a fact, or anything else. Learn how to focus on that which you care to remember. It doesn’t take more than a moment to collect the info, but it doesn’t focus by itself. And you probably “If you learn how to didn’t know that. You probably thought drive and direct your your memory worked by osmosis. Well, it doesn’t. Start to be aware that you have to memory, you’ll be consciously hit that Save Key.

home free .” Because...........in order to securely Once you’ve focused and you want to keep remember anything, your memory engine the new information you’ve collected, get must be turned on. Just like your auto. (I’ll bet you never thought of it.) Even if you’re lucky enough to own your mind to connect it to your known information: a brand new Mercedes, if the key isn’t turning on the ignition switch, you won’t be driving anywhere, (even with a full tank of Example: My name is Hermine (pronounced Her-meen). gas). And your memory is as valuable (far more valuable) than Just think ‘Her mean memory’ . You’ll not only remember my that Mercedes, but it can only drive your thinking if you’ve name, but also my subject. keyed it on. 26 / December 2015 . January 2016 MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM


Connecting the new to the known is the ticket to retaining new info. And it’s not necessary to collect everything, only that which is important to you. So if you can’t recall which street you just passed or what you ate for lunch, who cares! Don’t get your jockeys or undies in a bind. It wasn’t important enough to focus on. Don’t blame your mental Mercedes. When it is important to you, put the key in the lock, focus your attention, make the connection, and give your memory a new head start.

How To Forget The Negatives Although most folks ask me to help them with the remembering, many ask me to tell them how to forget, how to get rid of less than happy, in fact, bad memories, which all of us humans experience from time to time.

salutation of the leaves in the trees; the rainbow smiling after the rain; the full moon bedazzling the water. We should scoop up all these magical moments and collect and spread them throughout our emotional shelves. We should enhance our lives and our thinking with a library of the beauty that circles us and offers us peace and serenity, and let our memories sustain that peace and serenity.

And as for the human equation......... Take notice of the smiles from strangers; delight in making a spur of the moment and “We should scoop up all unexpected call to an old friend. Surprise by giving a sibling a surprise party. Try these magical moments yourself out a new restaurant. Travel to a new place. and collect and spread Go see a baseball game for the first time and root your lungs out.

them throughout our emotional shelves.”

Enjoy participating in a new adventure.... (I’m not recommending bungee jumping or zip-lining, but running a marathon or walking a walkathon for charity is an idea.)

And it is important you learn how to erase them. Letting bad memories infect your thinking is unhealthy at best, and surely stressful. So-----here’s what to do.........

Do something you’ve never done before and let yourself laugh aloud with others and rejoice in the camaraderie. This is what making new memories is all about.

Gather up some pleasant memories from your life experience: Maybe a great day at the beach; a single kiss; or a sensational lovemaking session; a wild ride on a Harley; eating venison for the first time in Alaska. You pick one. Any one will do the trick.

Think of them right now and enjoy them again. Now, next time a memory you’d rather forget infiltrates your cranium, be ready to replace it with one of those good and wonderful memories. It’s like tossing a bad photo out of your scrapbook and replacing it with a good one. By having a wonderful memory on hand to insert and replace a bad one, you’ll be able to retain a better mood, kill any depression, lift your emotions keeping them in check, and avoid stress. And reliving a good memory can certainly upload your memory quotient.

How About Making New Memories Making new memories is what enhances the fabric of our lives. We should take notice of all the pleasures that surround us. Too many of us are so busy running from minute to minute, we ignore our very environment: the carmine crayon sky that announces the morning; the

Believe In Your Memory

1. Learn how to turn on your memory engine. 2. Learn how to erase the bad stuff. 3. Learn how to create newness. And you’ll be giving your memory a new beginning.

HH

The Lady On The Mountain www.hiltonmemory.com

HERMINE HILTON, one of America’s

most popular speakers, is the author of several books on memory, including “The Executive Memory Guide” (Simon & Schuster), “50 Ways To A Better Memory,” and her latest book titled “Fuhhgeddaboutit!” (How To Stop Worrying About Your Memory). You may have heard her on Radio or seen her on Television with David Letterman; Charlie Rose; Matt Lauer; Bryant Gumbel, or a host of others. She is the creator of Sonik Memory and the Memory Motivator for the Fortune 500 Companies from Nordstrom to NASA, and is known internationally from the Netherlands to Nigeria, Turkey to Thailand, Italy to Israel, and almost all other points on the planet.

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Celebrating T H E AT R I C A L E X C E L L E N C E AND ACHIEVEMENT

LA STAGE Alliance has been dedicated for four decades to building awareness, appreciation, and support for the performing arts in Greater Los Angeles. Its initiatives aim to provide resources that facilitate audience engagement, collaborative marketing, community building, and professional development. Founded in 1989, the LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theatre awards in Los Angeles. Voters are Los Angeles theatre professionals chosen by the Ovation Rule Committee through an application process. Award nominees are determined by a tabulation of scores conducted by Green Hasson Janks. This year’s LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards were presented November 9th at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center celebrating theatrical excellence and achievement. LA STAGE Alliance Board Chair, Brian Kite said, “What a night! It is always a thrill to gather the Los Angeles theatre community together to honor excellence. The work on our stages this year was invigorating, riveting, thought provoking, and daring. Congratulations to all the artists that keep LA theatre among the best in the world. Bravo!” Sponsors for this year’s Ovation Awards ceremony were The Sheri & Les Biller Family Foundation, TheaterMania, Goldstar, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, USC School of Dramatic Arts, UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, Green Hasson Janks, Bakers Man Productions, Performances Magazine, City Tavern, Peter Konerko Photography, and Ken Werther Publicity. Variety was the media sponsor.

French and Vanessa Claire Stewart hosted the ceremony. The presenters included LA theatre luminaries Keith Allan, Bekah Brunsetter, Lap Chi Chu, Guillermo Cienfuegos, Tim Dang, Abigail Deser, Robert Egan, Christina Elmore, Ann Closs Farley, Shirley Jo Finney, Brighid Fleming, David and Kiki Gindler, Harry Groener, Sofia Klatzker, Michael Kricfalusi, Deborah Lawler, Alan Mandell, Terence McFarland, Stephen Sachs, Oz Scott, Madhuri Shekar, Trent Steelman, Seema Sueko, Jose Luis Valenzuela, and Kirsten Vangsness. Thirty-five awards were bestowed upon 18 different Southern California theatre companies. Sarah Lyding, Senior Program Officer for The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, presented the BEST Awards, which included checks totaling $105,000 to Casa 0101, Center Theatre Group, East West Players, The Pasadena Playhouse, and Watts Village Theater Company. Center Theatre Group presented the 2015 Sherwood Award for innovative and adventurous artists to Miwa Matreyek. This $10,000 award is endowed by the Sherwood family to further an artist’s work.

Congratulations

to all nominees and winners of the O v a t i o n Aw a r d s 2 0 1 5 . ‘Article courtesy of Ken Werther Publicity’

For more information and a complete list of winners please visit

www. lastagealliance.com.

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LIFE ROLLS ON THE JE SSE BILLAU ER S TO RY

by JC Cadena

Life Rolls On is a 501c3 non-profit, “dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury,” to achieve, “freedom beyond paralysis.” The foundation hosts ten Quality of Life Programs a year around the country: Nine of them called They Will Surf Again which empowers paraplegics and quadriplegics, with assistance of adaptive equipment and volunteers, to surf again, and the tenth program is called They Will Skate Again, a skate clinic for people living with paralysis. Life Rolls On has attracted longtime supporters and sponsors like Jane Seymour, Hurley, Channel Island Surfboards, LoFric, Seagate, Jason Mraz, Storquest, Costco.

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“FOLLOW YOUR PASSION AND TRUST WHERE LIFE WILL TAKE YOU.”

Founder Jesse Billauer created Life Rolls On, on September 11, 2001. Jesse is a surfer, a motivational speaker, an athlete, a fisherman and a quadriplegic. He was prompted to start Life Rolls On upon reflection of what to do after his life changing accident on March 25, 1996 at the age of 17. The accident happened at Westward Beach, located on the South end of Zuma Beach, during an early morning surfing stop before heading to school. Jesse was a junior at Malibu High School at the time. The wave knocked Jesse off his surfboard, and he hit his head on a shallow sandbar, severing his spinal cord at the C6 level, impairing the function of his extremities and leaving him to rely on the help of a wheelchair for movement. Jesse’s focus is on living. He was crowned prom king and graduated from Malibu High School. He attended San Diego State University and received

a Communications degree in 2002. Jesse recently married Sam Billauer right here in the historical Adamson House in Malibu. He looks forward to possibly having a baby and watching his child run, play sports and, if they want to, surf. Jesse didn’t stop there. He craved getting back in the water. He wanted the freedom, independence and the joy he felt while surfing. He decided to seek people that would help him achieve his passion and let this new life roll on. With the help and support of his family, George Billauer, Cecile Billauer Gifford, brother Josh Billauer, and friends, Jesse began to surf again. Channel Islands and professional surfer Rob Machado created the first surfboard to help Jesse ride the waves. Today, Jesse is making history with a smaller and higher performance board, which has allowed him to get back to competing. He won the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship

this year becoming the first ever adaptive world champion. He gives thanks to his friend Jesse Baxter who pushed him onto the best waves. Jesse chooses to live life the way he wants to. He encourages people to try new things. Follow your passion and trust where life will take you. He is proof of that.

CHECK OUT LIFE ROLLS ON AT WWW.LIFEROLLSON.ORG AND WWW.JESSEBILLAUER.COM SIGN UP TO GIVE BACK. THEY ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS, DONORS AND SPONSORS.

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Glowing Through the Holidays! by Marci Liberman

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Vitamin C Serums help provide antioxidant protection, boost healthy collagen and reduce the appearance of brown spots.

2

Apply Retinols to the face once or twice a week. Retinols help unclog pores and are proven to stop premature aging.

3

Apply moisturizer liberally and as often as possible to avoid dryness, and don’t forget in all the hustle and bustle to drink plenty of water!

4 Holiday stress, too many goodies, shopping, cooking and a whole lot of celebrating can take a toll on your skin. The end result – just when you want to be at your finest - your skin gets the holiday blues: dark circles under your eyes, a dull complexion, acne and feeling bloated, all when you least expect it.

Vitamin K Cream is great for dark circles, bruising and redness. Kurative cream is a favorite of mine.

5 6 7

Salicylic Acid is the perfect go-to product when it comes to acne.

Ice bags and cooled tea bags do wonders for puffy eyes and are a great way to relax and unwind. Nontoxic, silicone based products fill in lines and wrinkles. Relastin is one of my favorites.

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Omega fatty acids protect the skin cells against inflammation. Some good sources of Omega fatty acids include Salmon, flaxseed and walnuts.

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Antioxidants are important to break down the free radicals that can form during cell metabolism. Antioxidants protect you from the forces of aging and disease. Look for Vitamin E, Vitamin A or CoQ10. A few suggestions for eating your antioxidants during the holidays include squash, nuts, chocolate and red wine.

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Sleep 7 to 8 hours every night, if possible. If you can’t get all the shut-eye you need at night, grab a power nap during the day whenever you can. Here is a DIY: When you are suffering from lack of sleep, too much alcohol and more salt and sugar than usual, soak a face cloth in equal parts cool whole milk and water. Then lay the cloth on your face for 10-15 minutes. This will reduce bloating.

Be your own kind of Beautiful this holiday season!

MARCI LIBERMAN

has been in the beauty business for over 20 years. She is the owner of Marci’s Skincare in Westlake Village.


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FRESH PERSPECTIVE CADILLAC DESIGNER POISED TO PLAY AN EVEN BIGGER ROLE WITH LUXURY BRAND by Marcus Amick

Over the past decade, Cadillac has undergone one of the most significant transformations in the 112-year history of the company, earning the brand rave reviews from critics and consumers alike. As an interior designer for the luxury carmaker, Alexandra Dymowska has been instrumental in helping to bring about that change. And yet, it’s the newly appointed Senior Creative Designer’s personal ideas on everything from color palettes to the role that women play in the auto industry that leads you to believe that the best of Cadillac is yet to come.

MC: We hear a lot about functionality of design - design with a clear purpose. How challenging is it as a designer to find that balance and still push the envelope to create something unique? Design is about humanizing technology. Striking a balance between aesthetics and function in automotive interiors is like what Claude Monet said color was for him, “Color is my day - obsession, joy and a torment.” When the technology is seamlessly integrated with aesthetics, when you no longer see design, that’s when you have succeeded. Simplicity is very hard to achieve. It comes from refinement and stripping away of the unnecessary.

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MC: Where are you finding inspiration? I thrive from engagement with other creatives - architects, urbanists, photographers, fashion designers, and writers - sometimes in person, sometimes through their work. I have always been very curious about different creative disciplines and the world. Travel is a wonderful way to get inspired. I love to observe people, places, and lifestyles - what is it that makes one place or space so distinctly different from another? MC: What are the hurdles you and the design team have to overcome at the outset of a new design project? Every design project begins with a vision. It is fascinating and challenging at the same time to harness a vision and define what something is and what it is not. It sets the course and defines everything after.


MC: How difficult is it to maintain that connection to Cadillac’s rich history as an American luxury nameplate when charged with designing vehicles that will draw new customers to the brand? Cadillac has a wonderful centennial history, which few luxury brands do. It is an iconic American brand, with its story inextricably woven into American culture and history with all its ups and downs. It is a brand that not only reflected the spirit of the times, but often shaped it. One of my favorite stories is one of how Cadillac’s introduction of the electric starter in 1912 changed fashion and made it possible for women to drive. ‘The car that has no crank’, as it was advertised, was no longer a dirty, dangerous machine that required physical strength and a change of clothes to start! Cadillac afforded the luxury of stepping out in style and driving out in style too. The rich heritage is a well of inspiration for designers today, but while admiring the past, the designer’s challenge is to constantly find the evolving reflection of the same entrepreneurial spirit of the brand in our times.

perspective to designing a car because of their gender, but a larger role is derived from their individual qualities, strengths, and talents that they contribute to the field. For some it may be creativity and sense of elegance, for others it may be strategic thinking and technical problem solving. A team versatile in types of talent is bound to impact the final product. MC: How do you see the world of luxury auto design changing in the future? We are moving in the direction of products anticipating our needs, and playing the role of an editor in our information overflowing lives. How it may manifest in form and matter is in a quieting and subtlety oriented aesthetic, and in the richness and texture of materials connecting us back with our senses. My Master’s thesis at Pratt Institute explored what I called ‘quiet resonance’, an ethereal notion of seemingly simple design, yet one that leaves us pondering well after we have experienced it. I hope to implement it.

MC: We have seen women designers assuming more prominent roles designing vehicles targeted primarily at men. What, if any, unique impact do you think that has on the final product? In my experience women are as good car designers as men are. Automotive industry is still a man’s field, largely due to women’s lack of exposure to the field, (most women, like myself, still arrive by a circuitous path to car design). Yes, women can bring a unique

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WHERE’S

THE VALUE IN REAL ESTATE?

OXNARD by Bill Chadwick with Brenda Hayward

EXPOSED by Kristina Hoevel-Johnson & Bill Chadwick Some believe there is no other place on Earth to experience the natural beauty of Malibu, but I have a little secret for you. Just between us, some of the loveliest beaches I have seen are in Oxnard. Yes, you read that correctly, I said Oxnard. The Oxnard of today is no longer a sleepy agricultural town. The Oxnard of today is home to a diverse population, high technology, and bustling growth. The best part of Oxnard is that one can buy a beautiful beach house for approximately $3 million. One can buy a showstopper for $4 million. As we took clients on tours of the area, we were continually surprised to discover three to four bedroom homes on gorgeous frontage, or better yet, available lots just waiting for a new dream home. To be clear, I am not saying a peek-a-boo view of the ocean or two blocks off of the beach. I mean on the sand with nothing between you and the water except 350 to 500 feet of sand and possibly dunes or wildlife. How much would this cost in Malibu? That can vary, but my opinion is that a comparable home in Malibu would cost 3 times to 4 times the cost of Oxnard. The beaches in Oxnard are materially deeper than in Malibu, non-eroding and mostly dry – one can walk for 9 miles on mostly dry beach any time of day! You do not need a tide chart. Oxnard is also a great solution for folks who want a second or third home on the beach, and the mild climate is great for those dreamers that would like to retire on the beach. Our experience in the area with clients has caused us to focus on three locations: Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand Beach and Mandalay Beach. By the way, we found the locals in all three areas to be very welcoming and warm.

HERE IS A BRIEF SUMMARY OF OUR TOP THREE FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOODS: HOLLYWOOD BEACH – This enclave has long been a getaway for Hollywood elite, hence the name. Hollywood Beach is home to musicians, agents, attorneys and CPAs. Hollywood Beach has the widest beach in the area, nearly 500 feet in the north end to approximately 350 feet in the south near the marina and breakwater. MANDALAY BEACH – Mandalay Beach has more “dramatic” views, meaning the beaches are not as wide and homes have more expansive views of white water and the surf. Mandalay Beach was recently rezoned for growth after a 12year study by all entities involved and has doubled (or tripled by some estimates) in growth since 1989. Mandalay Beach has 19 different sized lots with approved building specifications – it is already known what type of structure can be built on each lot. At the time of publication, there were two lots for sale in the Mandalay Beach area. SILVERSTRAND BEACH – Another beautiful area with limited parking – street parking only. Some may wonder why this is a

Kristina Hoevel-Johnson is excited to be a member of the Malibu West office of Coldwell Banker. She is also a Managing Broker in Washington with Keller Williams Realty, Bellevue.

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Anyone who lives or visits Malibu knows that we are fortunate enough to have one of the most beautiful locations in the world at our fingertips. We have wonderful restaurants, outdoor activities and shopping. What truly makes Malibu unique are our beaches – I am sure this is not a surprise to anyone. Many of us love the crashing surf, watching the sea life play in the ocean and of course, the phenomenal sunsets streaked with red, orange and purple.

good thing, and I am here to say it is great because it limits the summer crowds. The County of Ventura maintains all beaches, and public access is already designated with walkways. No parking structures means limited parking and limited crowds. Even with the great public access points, it is difficult to be overrun by day visitors when there is no parking. If these reasons are not enough to peak your interest, all of these communities are on sewers, and easy to build on compared to Malibu. The area is a paparazzi free zone, and one can walk along the beach all the way to Ventura and south to the marina on dry sand. Dogs are legal on the beach and most homes are built on slab as opposed to pilings to make construction easier and less expensive. If you have any questions or would like to find out more information about the Oxnard beach area, please call me at 310.589.1218. I would love to share it with you!


MALIBU LIVING: REXCHANGE BAROMETER The “REXCHANGE BAROMETER” (Real Estate Exchange) is a market specific real estate index designed to reflect the relative value of single-family residential properties in the City. It is based on 25 years of empirical data, but primarily the 2005 thru 2015 period. The REXCHANGE BAROMETER assumes the most recent market peak was 1Q 2008, which is 100% of the index. As of June 30, 2015, a proprietary quantitative algorism based on the information provided below as well as other non-public data indicates that purchase and sale values are at 72% of peak values. At this level, we are in a strong sellers market, but we are approaching the end of this cycle.

PROPERTY TYPE: SINGLE FAMILY HOMES ON THE BEACH IN OXNARD MARKET PROFILE & TRENDS OVERVIEW

Month

Last Month

Total Properties Currently for Sale (Inventory)

70

-11%

-5%

Median List Price of all Current Listings

$1,182,000

2%

19%

Average List Price of all Current Listings

$1,433,044

-2%

21% -44%

$1,433,044

Last 3 Months

Same Month Prior

Last Year

OCT 2015

YTD

Prior YTD

155

-9%

Prior Year

Oct. Number of Properties Sold

18

6%

Oct. Median Sales Price

$995,000

17%

6%

23%

20%

$905,000

8%

9%

Oct. Average Sales Price

$1,109,750

3%

3%

20%

13%

$1,033,282

5%

5%

Oct. Average Days on Market (Solds)

97

-12%

-8%

2%

-7%

108

4%

4%

Asking Price per Square Foot (based on New Listings)

$497

-26%

-11%

-13%

3%

$537

13%

11%

Oct. Sold Price per Square Foot

$526

15%

10%

28%

19%

$475

9%

7%

Oct. Month’s Supply of Inventory

3.9

-16%

5%

68%

-32%

5.8

0%

2%

Oct. Sale Price vs List Price Ratio

96.0%

-1.1%

0%

-1%

1.7%

95.6%

1.5%

1.3%

Interest Rates

3.92%

3.625%

3.725%

4.12%

3.725%

4.12%

3.97%

3.98%

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ASK THE EXPERT Dr. Bob S. Perkins you suffering from chronic headaches, Q Are Migraines, TMD, or jaw pain?

A

Chronic facial pain can be devastating. Temporal Mandibular Joint/Temporal Mandibular Disorder (TMJ/TMD) pain and chronic headaches affect up to 25 – 30% of the population, and disproportionately, most are women. Invariably, TMJ/TMD symptoms are related to imbalances in the muscles that support the jaw.

When your bite is not balanced, there is a ripple effect causing TMJ/TMD symptoms of headaches, migraines, neck pain, postural changes, ringing in the ears, dizziness, clicking of the jaw joints, soreness in the jaw muscles, limited ability to open the mouth, and chipping or wearing of the teeth. Muscles are required to bring your teeth together. If bringing your teeth together requires certain muscles to overwork, then they will soon become fatigued and they will enlist help from other groups of muscles in the head and neck. As muscle groups begin to fatigue we start to see a distortion in the way the head and neck relate and a change in the posture, among other changes. If the teeth aren’t coming together in the right place, then too often, the joint and muscles won’t be comfortable.

Treating TMJ/TMD and chronic headaches requires calming the muscles. This is accomplished by establishing a new relationship between the upper and lower jaws where the muscles don’t have to overwork in order to bring the teeth together.

It requires a non-surgical, orthopedic solution which invariably restores proper facial proportions and balance to the face. “Form follows function” as a great, modern architect once said. That is to say, that if the face looks proportional and balanced, it is highly likely that the muscles and joints are comfortable. Edson came to my office with debilitating headaches, neck aches, TMJ pain, and a general sense of malaise. He had been to numerous specialists with no relief. No one had taken a neuromuscular approach. Prescriptions were given and many tests, but no results. He was defeated and almost hopeless. We comfortably found and created a new bite position for Edson that brought balance and comfort to the muscles. This not only eliminated 15 years of symptoms but it gave his face the proportions and balance it had been lacking. This is a holistic approach.

Nothing but a holistic approach will bring these results. A “nightguard” or “splint” is a band-aid approach, at best.

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Jennifer‘s face and eyes looked very strained and uncomfortable. Her muscles were straining to bring the teeth together in her existing, pathological bite. Her teeth were extremely worn down from muscle agitation.

When the jaw relationship was modified such that the muscles and joints were balanced and comfortable, Jennifer’s face took on a renewed appearance. She looks much younger, and she is pain free. Come to our office for a complimentary consultation to see if we can restore health, balance and function, and eliminate chronic facial pain. With our neuromuscular approach, a solution is imminent.

For more information please visit: www.malibutmj.com


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Treatment time: 4 months

A FAST AND HOLISTIC APPROACH TO ORTHODONTICS IN MALIBU Dr. Bob Perkins has been practicing dentistry in Malibu for over 6 years now. Malibu Chronicle sat down with Dr. Perkins to discuss his orthodontic and orthopedic philosophy. MC: DR. PERKINS, EXPLAIN BRIEFLY WHAT YOUR PHILOSOPHY TOWARDS ORTHODONTICS IS AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT? DrP: Well, my goal is always to look at the face first. The proportions, the relationship between the upper and lower jaws is crucial. It is important to diagnose any facial imbalances and/or bite abnormalities from the outset. This is especially true for kids. This includes assessing a patient’s airway (ability to breath through their nose). All of these factors are not only at least as important as straight teeth, but they are crucial to avoiding many other esthetic and structural problems that often accompany these imbalances. That is where the term “orthopedics” comes in. MC: WHAT DO YOU DO ORTHODONTICALLY THAT IS, PERHAPS, DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS? DrP: Well, everyone doing orthodontics is likely doing their best applying what they were taught. I have no doubts about that. I am very motivated to get the most efficient and comprehensive results possible. Those might sound like contradictory goals but they are definitely very compatible goals in my office. If a patient is just coming in for tooth straightening only, then I try and make sure that we aren’t spending 2 years or more doing something that, in many cases, might only take a few months. This does require more customization and attention but the efficiency is well worth it….People don’t want to be in braces for years… I feel that even kids shouldn’t have to walk around with metal braces for years. These are awkward years for kids and why make it worse when it doesn’t have to be. 42 / December 2015 . January 2016 MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM

Treatment time: 12 months

MC: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING ORTHODONTICS? DrP: I have been doing orthodontics for about 9 years. I started with Invisalign, which I now do only rarely due to how much longer the treatment takes and the cost. About ½ of my practice is devoted to orthodontics, both adults and children, from the most complex cases to the most basic. MC: YOU SAID YOU DIDN’T USE ANY METAL BRACES. WHY IS THAT? DrP: I don’t see any reason to use metal braces, ever. Clear acrylic brackets are the only way to go for me…reason 1 is because they are hardly noticeable, especially when coupled with tooth colored wires, and reason 2 is because these brackets allow me to customize. I can make changes to them to make tooth movement go more quickly. MC: IS THERE ANYTHING RISKY TO THIS PROTOCOL? DrP: Absolutely not. One of the concerns in orthodontics is root resorption. We don’t know exactly why this occurs, it may be genetic in some cases, but from a biomechanical standpoint it is thought that strong forces over long periods of time is what cause root resorption. I have never had anyone in braces for more than 18 months…even for the most complex cases. Most of my cases take less than 6 months. I have never had a complication from any orthodontic procedure. MC: WHAT KIND OF PATIENTS CAN YOU TREAT? DrP: I treat kids from an early age, all the way up to adults….. from the most comprehensive cases, to the least. Bob Perkins D.D.S. www.smilesinmalibu.com 24955 Pacific Coast Highway, Ste. C100, Malibu, CA 90265 310-456-5700

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SlimChew: Dreams Evolve by Steve Sparks, Founder of Malibu BuChew LLC

I’ve played golf 6.9 days a week for 40 years. Most of my income came from gambling on golf during college. In 1970 I mounted a Harley Davidson and headed to LA to fulfill my dream of winning a million dollars. Soon discovered it was easier to earn it than win it, and became a stockbroker. On the golf course, learned the value of relationships in business dealings, what I call “ Relationship Currency” - the credibility and reputation that comes with the company you keep, or in my case, the golfers who became an EPIC part of my life. Thankfully, a great golf swing helped cement me in the midst of people who invested large sums of money in stocks as a daily activity. I even managed to find myself in the foursome playing with Dean Martin! Before long, maneuvered my way into Bel-Air Country Club playing golf with wealthy moguls 46 / December 2015 . January 2016 MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM

and movie stars. Stockbrokers would kill to be in the company of these gentlemen. Plus, inserting potential investors into games with Sean Connery, Joe Pesci, Jack Nicholson, and many other notables was a potent calling card. Golf gave me a powerful opportunity and giant business advantage. Fortunately, as my golf scores dipped below par, relationships grew and expanded. By the 1980s, my golf accomplishments, club championships, course record, and reputation as a high stakes winner had generalized around the club enough that I was also considered something of an investment guru. The truth was that hanging out every day with men who were business geniuses and had influence on Wall Street gave me an outstanding advantage. People with considerable investing expertise like Jerry Perenchio, Carroll Shelby, Baron Hilton, Peter Ueberroth, Bruce McNall, and others made me look stock market smart. These guys had an ability to unearth undervalued businesses and convert them into significant net worth for themselves. Became obsessed with learning all I could about their way of thinking. It wasn’t long before I’d realized my dream. Much more importantly, I’d won the trust of men of monumental means! These successful men promoted my business acumen like proud fathers, as if I were a son (was 20 or 30 years younger than everyone around me). Most of these moguls were very appreciative of the golf


tips I worked hard to embed in their swings. It became known a well-known potent fat fighter. There were numerous articles that the men who golfed with me became better golfers. available that professed wild stories about the “Miracle Consequently, these guys showed me how to spot superior Pill: GC” and “The Holy Grail of Dieting: GC” (Doctor Oz). investments – kind of like being on Shark Tank every day for Wondered how could any other diet product sell if these GC 30 years! Also learned that epic business successes often claims were accurate? It turns out that for GC to be effective, involve the same positive elements: competitive advantage, a person must consume 1,000 mg of hydroxycitric acid (HCA), tons of demand, unique selling proposition, bona fide proof the amazing active ingredient of GC. This meant people had of concept, strong but flexible management, and specific to take 6 to 10 pills per day and wait an hour before eating! marketing expertise. Best of all, Getting most people to comply Best of all, got to watch my golf got to watch my golf buddies with this kind of regimen was make billions from a buddies make billions from a front problematic, in fact improbable. front row seat! row seat! Experienced first hand that Experienced Not only is it difficult to swallow first hand you must sell something that solves a 10 pills every day, the directions that you problem better, faster and differently also required that they be taken must sell with 10 to 12 ounces of water on than your competitors. an empty stomach, which causes something that solves a problem gastrointestinal irritation for many people. The challenge better, faster and differently than was how to deliver GC into a person’s bloodstream without your competitors. Also, it’s best if uncomfortable side effects, inconvenience and hassle. your product solves a problem that adversely affects lots of people. Recalled a conversation with Carroll Shelby about putting huge The perfect product showed up on horsepower in my Pantera. One of his solutions was to blast my radar recently that addresses a more fuel into the engine with twin turbos - “Feed the engine serious and widespread problem – more fuel faster.” The solution for GC is similar; get more GC obesity. directly into the blood stream faster. I knew that any molecule small enough to be easily absorbed in the oral cavity traveled Last year, after putting on some directly into the blood stream. Gum was the obvious solution: weight, the risk of losing my silky faster, more convenient and chewing tightens “Turkey Neck.” golf swing forced me to lose 20 pounds. So, being obsessive, I A company in Denmark called Fertin has a world wide patented researched every diet product on gum delivery technology that delivers precise dosages of the planet and learned that a plant cancer drugs to children and elderly people who can’t swallow called Garcinia Cambogia (GC) was pills. We partnered with Fertin’s subsidiary in Canada, Tab MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM December 2015 . January 2016 / 47


Labs, who manufactures most of Starbucks mints. They perfected our formula, which delivers 300mg of GC in a single piece of gum, and our clinical study proved that the gum delivered GC in less than a minute. Because raw GC is rather sour tasting, Tab Labs masked the taste with peppermint, and our gum tastes great! Over a half billion people chew gum every day just for fun. Well, now they can have fun enjoying gum while controlling their weight! GC fights fat two ways. First, the best way to lose weight is to eat less. Doctor Harry Preuss of Georgetown University is a leading GC researcher and has found that GC has a serotonin effect: when released, serotonin, a natural regulatory chemical in the brain, causes a person to feel full and overcome overeating. Consequently, a person desires smaller portions and eventually develops a habit of eating less. Second, studies by Dr. Preuss and other scientists revealed that ingesting 1,500 HCA per day for approximately 2 weeks blocked carbohydrates from turning into fat and increased energy production. When my golf energy level bottoms out around the 14th or 15th hole, simply pop a couple of pieces of SlimChew Diet Gum in my mouth and suddenly feel like I just teed-off. Anyone who has seriously battled weight has tried tons of “miracle” pills, and various expensive, messy, powdered shakes – all generally ineffective. They’ve spent endless hours in the gym and even resorted to surgery. Suspect nearly all these disappointed folks will try SlimChew. Most people do not have the time to devote to shedding extra weight as most of the weight - loss lifestyle programs demand. GC pills have worked well for some celebrities who have the spare time and can endure taking ten pills per day then wait an hour to eat, because it is a necessary part of their career to stay svelte. However, we suspect most people give up on GC pills. Gum

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(other than Nicorette) is generally in the “fun” category. SlimChew is a functional gum that allows you to enjoy the pleasures of chewing gum while delivering enough GC to your body to help you get slimmer and healthier. SlimChew is simple: Chew Gum – Feel Full – Eat Less. Because GC pills have become a diet “craze,” quality control has become a serious concern. Doctor Preuss suspects that more than half the GC being sold today will not help people lose weight because it’s either not authentic, mixed with fillers, or the dosage is wrong. SlimChew has hired InterHealth, the “Rolls Royce of GC,” as our certified provider of GC. InterHealth owns one of the largest Garcinia growers on the planet, and its GC is thoroughly researched, proven safe and effective. Doctor Preuss used InterHealth Garcinia in his studies. SlimChew uses only the best Garcinia Cambogia, and employs Fertin’s patented delivery to assure chewers that they are getting Garcinia Cambogia of the highest quality and potency possible. We believe people will “chew gum to lose weight,” and we believe that most everyone who tries SlimChew will continue to use it. Sean Connery, with whom I’ve played hundreds of rounds of high stake golf, has often said, “At the end of the day, character wins.” That is why I’ve hired Leah Remini to be SlimChew’s spokesperson. Anyone who has read Leah’s memoir Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, or saw her interview on ABC’s 20/20 on October 30th knows that Leah tells it like she sees it. She has been unafraid of the consequences in telling the world why anyone considering Scientology should be cautious beyond careful. Leah will demonstrate that same character and resolve when she reveals the secret truths about the benefits of SlimChew on January 1, 2016. Stay tuned in to Malibu Chronicle.


Staying balanced DURING WINTER SOLSTICE by Dr. Kathleen Rosenblatt

As the winter solstice approaches, we shift our focus toward connection and celebration with others. In ages past, humans were sensitive to the solstice energies that surround the planet when it spirals farthest from the sun. If we breathe deeply into our inner space, we can feel the ancestral memories of cultures lighting fires for the god Dionysus, Christmas, Chanukah and even the Stonehenge Druids lighting candles at the moment the sun’s rays hit the solstice stone. The Roman Saturnalia Festival allowed upper and lower classes to mix and dance around a giant log that burned for two weeks of revelry. This interconnectedness with the past is expressed in Hegel’s theory of zeitgeist or time-spirit. Jung called this emotional funnel the Collective Unconscious. These deeper memories are the carpeting of our subconscious. Biologically, genetic studies reveal that we still carry the emotional joys and scars of our forefathers in our mitochondrial DNA. Until recently, we thought that our

genetic make-up was inalterable, but it is in fact accessible and reprogrammable. Luckily, we can affect this legacy by what we do, eat and think. At this time of year, we may become more sensitive as we carry on the traditions of gaiety and solemnity of the season. The effects of stress are traumatic for the body whether real-life dramas or fictional ones, bad memories in our lifetime, or the echoes of our ancestors’ plights. Over the years, the ‘plaque’ of so many sorrows and resentments collects in the heart and solar plexus area of the body - the center of our emotional life. Some symptoms of stress include headaches, heartburn, tight muscles, and even ringing in the ears, as the excess energy is under pressure. We may have back pain, weak intestines, low libido, varicose veins, and cold feet. Heartburn, acid reflux or a hiatal hernia occur right in the emotional center pressure cooker. Sometimes the broken heart area is shut down, stifling the normal circulation of blood and chi through the body.

that relate to mental/emotional states, i.e. kidneys—fear; lungs—melancholy; liver—anger/ depression. Thus, we can empty out the psychic plaque of our personal drama and be ready to refuel with these special cosmic energies--pouring in, especially at the Solstice. Our solar plexus should be a SUN radiating out to all parts of the body and out to others - the sunny chakra - a bright solstice solar Light to the world! Let’s drink to that Holiday Cheer! Dr. Kathleen Rosenblatt 310-470-4557; drkathleen@brainbodybliss.com www.BrainBodyBliss.com SUBSCRIBE to the Blog

There are many solutions to this emotional cauldron in order to be open to the solstice energies of joy and participation. Acupuncture is one of them. Magnets applied to certain acupuncture points can balance the internal organs

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ASK THE EXPERT Malibu Chiropractic and Wellness

Q Why do I wake up stiff and sore? A

We are very fortunate that the body is always trying to fix and heal itself. This is the process of homeostasis. Unfortunately, we are our own worst enemies when it comes to how we feel and how we heal. The body is continuously breaking down and building up in order to maintain some sort of balance and happy place. Some days you feel really good and other days you feel pretty lousy. How you feel is a result of whether you are doing more good things or bad things to your body. The trick and the goal is to have a better ratio of good to bad. Deep down we all know what the secret is to better health, but we tend to put it off and ignore it, or just say the heck with it. Without getting too technical or too medical, if you are stiff and sore in the morning most likely your body is breaking down faster then it’s building up.

What can I do to build up more quickly than I break down? For starters, drink more water, but in small doses throughout the day. Drink half your body weight in ounces. Drink water when you first wake up before drinking your coffee or tea. Take more walks wearing good sneakers. Try to avoid heavy impact type exercises like running on concrete and, for sure, walk on level sand if you are a beach walker. Try and eat organic. Also, portion control will help the digestive system work much better. We’ve all said one time or another, “I’m stuffed!” When you put food or a drink in your mouth, you need to ask yourself is it good, bad or just plain ugly for my health and well being.

What can I do to start feeling better and be pain-free? You can start off by deciding to take some of the above tips and introduce them into your life. If you break down the word DE-CIDE, it means to ‘kill off’ much like the words insecticide or pesticide. So, you need to kill off some of your bad habits and start implementing new ones. This could be

the start of a pain-free body. You could return to doing many of the things you did when you felt better. Like playing tennis, golfing or hiking, or enjoying a better sex life. The list can go on and on, but DECIDING is your first step.

How can Chiropractic and Massage help? When the body is balanced and aligned the brain and nerves work better and the body is happier. Your posture improves, you have more energy, and your overall outlook on life changes for the better. The combination of a great massage and a good alignment is an experience that promotes wellness and longevity. Your immune system works more effectively and your range of motion improves. Best of all, the aches and pains you feel tend to disappear. Your body has sensors and constantly tells you how you feel. The body is a wonderful machine. If your pain alarm is going off, don’t just hit the snooze button! Do something about it and go see a professional who can help you become pain-free and more balanced. There are many approaches to wellness and getting relief from your aches and pains. We strive very hard to make our approach a good experience for all of our patients. It makes my staff

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and me happy when our patients are feeling better, achieving wellness and living more pain-free lives. If you want better health or you have chronic pain that won’t go away, we will help get you back on your feet and running or walking again. The start of this process is to DECIDE! I wish everyone a happy and joyous holiday season! Malibu Chiropractic & Wellness 23440 Civic Center Way, Suite 101 Malibu, CA 90265 Phone: 310 579-5949 malibuchiropracticwellness@gmail.com www.malibuchiropracticandwellness.com


Listen to the whisper‌ Your body is constantly talking to you. Are you listening? Most of us hope the pain will just vanish. It would be nice if you could just wish your aches & pain away and feel all better in an instant. We will listen to your body’s whispers. Our patients report that their aches and pains vanish rapidly. You also can experience rapid pain relief in the heart of Malibu (Cross Creek). Come in for a complimentary pain assessment exam and a rapid release session. Malibu Chiropractic & Wellness 23440 Civic Center Way, Suite 101 Malibu, CA 90265 Phone: 310 579-5949 malibuchiropracticwellness@gmail.com www.malibuchiropracticandwellness.com Dr. Ron Maugeri is known for his ability to pinpoint the issue that concerns you and design a treatment plan that gets rid of the problem. The goal is to get you out of pain as quickly as possible and to put a big happy smile on your face

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LEROY NEIMAN’S

LAST WEST COAST STAND by Tommy Hawkins

During my lifetime I have been privileged to enjoy close friendships with a number of famous, accomplished people, but none more prominent than LeRoy Neiman. LeRoy was arguably the most prolific artist of the 20th century and the world’s most recognizable and financially successful contemporary painter. His eclectic list of subjects includes Mohammed Ali, Frank Sinatra, The Playboy Empire, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, John Wooden, Jackie Robinson, Dodger Stadium, the great cities of Europe and other international high life, the animals of Africa, Hollywood stars and Olympic Games -- to mention just a few. His cup runneth over.

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In my book, Life’s Reflections, Poetry for the People, accompanied by a Neiman self-portrait, I included the following narrative entitled, Neiman: Spanning the globe with a sketch pad in search of inspiration, lasered in on subjects and the soul of artistic creation. Mustached painting nomad in a New York state of mind, style in evolution life’s essence redefined. Jazz man with a paintbrush improvising on a theme, sequestered in a Brownstone stroking a visual dream.

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The world comes alive on a canvas in colorful profusion, stunning abstract expressions with impressionistic illusion. Resident artist for Playboy, drafting the Wide World of Sports; Africa, France, Monte Carlo and other exotic ports. Dashing, Jet Set, bon vivant with palette elevated, spectrum in full motion seldom understated.

When asked to comment on the poem and my book, Neiman wrote: “Tommy’s insights and intelligence is always evident. His talent as a writer is in the way he plays with words, the way I work with paint…freely.” Sadly, in June of 2012, at the age of 91, LeRoy passed away. I miss him. He changed how we view artists. Neiman was openly public; he dressed with dashing style, and was on the A-list of desired guests. Like his art, he was immediately recognizable. LeRoy always kept his sketch pad with him so that he could immediately capture life as it unfolded. Neiman’s last West Coast stand was before a select dinner crowd of over 200 people at the Skirball Center where he unveiled his last major work: LeRoy Neiman’s Big Band, a huge compilation of personally chosen jazz, big band, and 20th century singing performers. The stellar guest list included guitarist Kenny Burrell, vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, pianist, conductor and arranger Lalo Schifrin, flutist Hubert Laws, trumpeter Bobby Rodriguez,

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A CHANCE FOR

CHILDREN ‘Tis the season to be charitable. One great way to do that is to help put a smile on the face of a child in need. A Chance for Children Foundation, founded by Malibu resident Tai Collins, strives to do just that.

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For the past twenty-two years, the foundation has provided an array of year-round programs for children in LA’s most violent neighborhoods including summer camps and after-school programs. Many of those programs take place in Malibu where the foundation works closely with Pepperdine University and the Malibu Makos Surf Camp at Zuma Beach.

“Children are the closest thing to my heart. If we can create a little joy and a smile, then I am happy.”

The focus of the foundation in the month of December is all about creating magic through a variety of events. One event is a partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department offering Operation Shoes from Santa for children in need. The police station is transformed into a winter wonderland for over a thousand children to play in snow and have a night of food and fun. Each child goes home with a new pair of shoes. Other holiday events include: toy distributions at four locations in South Los Angeles and Watts, distributing 1,500 food baskets in partnership with Vikings Charity, the Sheriff Department and LAPD fulfilling wish lists from children who have been victims of the most violent crimes over the past year. Collins shares, “Children are the closest thing to my heart. If we can create a little joy and a smile, then I am happy.” In 2013, while working in Cape Town, South Africa, Collins was so touched by the children living in the townships she made sure that “Father Christmas” arrived with toys for all of the children. A few months later, she started A Chance for Children South Africa. This year will mark the third year providing toys and meals for the children there. Since 1994, with the help of many partners, A Chance for Children has collected and hand-delivered more than 250,000 toys and an estimated 5,000 pairs of new shoes to underprivileged children. This year they hope to collect 2,000 pairs of new shoes and 5,000 toys to bring joy and smiles.

To make a toy or shoe donation, contact tai@achanceforchildren.org, or to make a monetary donation visit www.achanceforchildren. MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM December 2015 . January 2016 / 55


STRESS:

friend or foe? by Susan Hardie, RN, PhD

The holiday season is a time filled with celebrations, but can also be extremely stressful. How do you deal with stress? Are you the kind of person who thrives under pressure, or shuts down when faced with tight deadlines? Have you ever noticed how your friend breaks out in red blotches at the thought of public speaking, but you live for the spotlight? Everyone experiences stress differently. In one situation stress can be your friend, driving you to study when you’d rather watch TV, while in another, it’s your foe, and you feel your heart pounding, your jaw is clenched, and you are enraged to find yourself in a traffic jam once again.

The good, the bad, and the ugl y Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. Under stress your body releases chemicals that give you the added strength, stamina, and energy you need to protect yourself. Stress helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. It’s what helps you rise to meet challenges, sharpens your concentration, and keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work. In emergency situations, these responses can save your life. Remember that time you had to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident? But there’s an ugly side of stress, too. When stress is extreme or accumulates and becomes chronic, it can overwhelm your ability to think, feel and act, and shut down your body’s ability to repair itself. When you feel threatened for any reason – realistic or not—your body’s defenses kick into life-or-death high gear in a 56 / December 2015 . January 2016 MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM

rapid, automatic process known as the “fight or flight” response. In traumatic instances the body may even “freeze.” Unchecked, this kind of stress causes damage. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, speed up the aging process, and leave you vulnerable to a host of mental and emotional problems.

How do you wear your stress? People “wear” their stress differently. Some are nail biters, bingers, or procrastinators, while others become forgetful, pessimistic or constantly worry. Frequent aches and pains, illness, nausea, and loss of sex drive are just a few of the ways stress announces itself physically. Emotionally, stress rears it’s nasty head with agitation, short temper, lashing out, depression, isolation, and loneliness. Sometimes we can change a stressful situation, but often we can’t. Fortunately, there are ways we can change our reaction to stress, increase our resilience, and become stress-hardy.

Bui ld your buffers Scientists have identified that mammals can override threats to safety and security by using the social engagement pathway of the autonomic nervous system. It is our nervous system’s most evolved way of overriding fight or flight responses. Making eye contact, listening in an attentive way, talking in a relaxed way, can instantly calm you down and put the brakes on “fight-or-flight.” Stay connected and talk to friends. Opening up is not a sign of weakness and it won’t make you a burden to others. In fact, most friends will be flattered that you trust them enough to confide in them, and it will only


strengthen your bond. A strong network of supportive friends and family members can be an enormous buffer against life’s stressors. Build your optimism “muscle.” Embrace challenges, develop a sense of humor, accept that change is a part of life, and be kind to yourself. With self-confidence, perspective, and a sense of control, we can persevere through tough times. Knowledge is power. When anticipating a stressful situation, get smart. Whether it’s disaster preparedness or pending surgery, the more you know and the better prepared you are, the greater your sense of control and ability to cope. Shake it up! Physical activity, whether walking, running, dancing, swimming, cycling, or exercising, helps balance our nervous system, boosts our self-confidence and strength, and brightens our outlook. You’ll be able to bounce back from adversity faster, too.

Keep f un and fr i ends in your li fe, and “wear” your stress well! For further information about managing stress, visit www.apa.org .


Miss Malibu Pro

24 fierce competitors were present for the main event. The weather was great; each day started out a bit windy, but developed into a perfect setting. Congrats to the 2nd Annual Miss Malibu Pro Champion: SOLEIL ERRICO, a Malibu resident and student at Malibu High. Soleil was also awarded the Wave of the Day Cash Prize of $150! Malibu Underdogs, a local 501(c)(3), surfed with special needs kids. The Tandem Exhibition with Malibu locals Myra Burg & Charles Christensen nailed it! Expression sessions were performed by local legends, alumni surfers, sponsors, family & friends: Mickey Munoz, Jeff Ho, Allen Sarlo, Jon Lalane, Peter “PT” Townend, Kim “Danger Woman” Hamrock, David Olan, Mary Schwinn, Joel Tudor and John Welch. There was even a special appearance by Kathy

Champ Soleil Erricor.

“Gidget” Koehne-Zuckerman who commented, “Such major talent here in Malibu. All the girls where stoked to be out there competing, how KOOL is that!” Allen Sarlo, a Malibu Surf Legend, said, “It was an awesome event with positive vibration and feel! Young women competing at a very high performance level. The “Golden Girls” women pros of the 70s put on an excellent show. All-in-all it was an excellent contest with a great family feel. Mother Nature provided perfect 3- to 4-foot surf. You couldn’t ask for a nicer day at the beach!” Check out www.MissMalibuPro.com for the full list of competitors, awards, sponsors, and future competition dates!

Awards Picture names left to right Kim Hamrock, Shannon Aikman, Mickey Munoz, Allen Sarlo, Kirra Lynn Kehoe, Sophia Tiare Bartlow, Soleil Errico, Brooke Carlson, Jeff Ho, Betsy Lee, Sheila Baker Burris, Jerricho Poppler, RP, Diane and Saul Good Terry Eselun, Shannon Aikman, Jeff Ho, Jerricho Poppler, Allen Sarlo, Simone Reddingius

Kathy “Gidget” Koehne-Zuckerman and Taylor Bruynzeel competitor. 58 / December 2015 . January 2016 MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM

Kirra Lynn Kehoe


ASK THE EXPERT Anthony Virella, MD Virella Neurosurgery and Neck Pain Eroding Your Quality Q Isof Back Life? A

Living with constant back or neck pain can make various parts of your life difficult. For many, simple tasks like bending, sitting and standing can result in episodes of pain. Many will try valiantly to battle this pain with over-the-counter medications and by avoiding certain tasks. However, patients living with chronic spine conditions need to ask themselves, “Do I want to live like this forever?”

Through trial and error, most patients with chronic pain will learn their physical limitations and the motions or behaviors that trigger more severe pain. For those patients with small children, the simple act of holding your child may be nearly impossible. This leads to avoidance behavior so as not to trigger painful symptoms. However, avoidance undermines the parent-child bond and many parents will feel that they are “bad parents” because they can’t even pick up their child. For those who don’t have a small child, they may realize that the activities and hobbies they enjoyed for years are no longer possible. Many miss family milestones, celebrations and social gatherings, and feel socially isolated.

If patients have not found relief with non-surgical modalities such as physical therapy, the next step may often be surgery. Any form of surgery is concerning for patients, however spine surgery holds one of the more negative reputations among surgical procedures. Patients will almost always recount anecdotal stories of a friend or family member who underwent a spinal surgery years ago and had less than optimal results. While it is true that “traditional” spine surgery involved a massive amount of muscle and tissue dissection, multiple nights’ stay in a hospital, significant scarring and a lengthy recovery profile, modern technology has allowed for substantial advancements in this field. Many spine surgical procedures are now carried out using incisions of only a few centimeters and are performed on an outpatient basis. Dr. Anthony Virella is a Board Certified, Fellowship trained

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Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management of complex spinal disorders. He attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and is a graduate of the UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program. Dr. Virella completed his complex spine in-folding resident fellowship at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation with Dr. Edward C. Benzel, M.D. Additional work included a second fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center. Dr. Virella is a nationally recognized specialist in the field of complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and has offices located in Westlake Village and Valencia. If you, or someone you love is suffering from persistent neck or back pain, call us at 805.449.0088 to schedule an appointment or visit www.Dr-Virella.com


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ON DETACHMENT by A. Parthasarathy

“The world fluctuates between fortune and misfortune, pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow, etc. They are an inevitable part of human life. However, a human being is provided with the expertise to maintain intellectual equipoise and mental equanimity in and through the worldly fluctuation and variation. That pose one takes in life is the exalted state of detachment, renunciation. That in truth marks the dignity and prestige of the human race. Unfortunately, this unique distinction of detachment, renunciation is misconstrued, abhorred by the society at large as something repugnant. The magnificence of renunciation has been transformed into an ugly caricature of retirement and resignation. It is envisaged by the general public as escapism from the stark realities of life. And living as a mere recluse. This is far from the truth. In fact, renunciation has to be practiced at home, at work, in the marketplace in every day life. It gives you the energy to work without worry and anxiety and maintain harmony in your relationship with the family. Humanity has failed to understand the virtue of detachment, renunciation. The glorious stance in one’s life which is a human prerogative. A result accruing from his understanding and identifying

“Detachment follows the growth of an

individual into the higher aspect of life. “ with a higher echelon of life. Thus when he is attached to the higher he automatically gets detached from the lower. Detachment follows the growth of an individual into the higher aspect of life. In fact, one cannot detach from anything unless one is attached to something higher. Few realize that detachment is an effect and not a cause. Like

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a person climbing a ladder cannot release his foot from the lower rung until his foot firmly rests on the higher rung. Hence your state of detachment only establishes your escalation to a higher level of your personality. This trend of attachment and detachment is clearly perceptible in your personal growth. When you were a child you were totally engrossed, attached to the toy world. Your life revolved around playthings. There is no way that the child in you could have stayed detached from, renounced those toys and trinkets. No sooner you grew into a teenager you gained a higher level of knowledge and understanding. You enjoyed riding a motorbike. You grew out of the

“your state of detachment only establishes your escalation to a higher level of your personality. “ toy world. In truth you did not give up the toys; the toys gave you up. That is said to be detachment. Thus as you reach higher echelons of life the lower falls up. You cannot give up anything in life. You can only take up something higher. Grow into higher values. As a result the lower gives way. When a flower matures into a fruit the petals of the flower drop.” Excerpt from The Holocaust of Attachment by Swami A. Parthasarathy, pg. 109-111 The text from which this excerpt is taken, is taught by Vedanta Institute LA every Monday evening in the Pacific Palisades. VILA offers ongoing study classes and workshops in Vedanta Philosophy throughout Los Angeles. If you are interested in attending a Vedanta Study Class, please e-mail info@vedantala.org There will be a Vedanta Retreat in Malibu on December 5th. For more information please visit vedantala.org/events/communiown.


A Healthier & Happier Lifestyle by Lloyd Hartley

Between 1946 and 1964 a staggering 76 million babies were born in the United States. They are the “Baby Boomers,” and every day 10,000 of them turn 65! As a result, we now see the emergence of an entire industry dedicated to helping us navigate the aging process. Home health companies, referral agencies, board and care establishments, and assisted living communities are just a few of the entities that are now in place. Today’s seniors are living longer and enjoying a higher degree of mobility. The fastest growing demographic today is people 85 years and older. Those seniors choosing assisted living communities are demanding a very different lifestyle than seniors 30 to 40 years ago. Assisted living communities now emphasize educational lectures, field trips, performing arts, and a wide array of exercise programs in addition to gourmet healthy dining options. Today’s assisted living communities are now much like elaborate cruise ships that never leave port. There are three main benefits assisted living communities provide for aging seniors: socialization, healthy dining and exercise. Seniors typically experience a shrinking circle of friends, with loneliness and depression an increasing problem among them. Assisted living communities offer a thoughtful calendarofevents and opportunities for residents to socialize and engage in a meaningful manner. These relationships not only offer a multitude of health benefits, but expanding their circle of friends also helps with processing the loss of a loved one and other challenges inherent to the aging process. Dining experiences are important not only for the socialization aspect, but for healthy nutrition. Seniors living alone frequently rely on processed and pre-packaged easily prepared foods out of convenience, rather than cooking fresh food. Assisted living communities generally offer a wide menu selection of freshly prepared meals providing a multitude of benefits. 64 / December 2015 . January 2016 MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM

In addition to eating better and improved socialization, seniors who live in assisted living communities are more physically active. Most communities are structured to encourage movement, thus avoiding the natural tendency toward a sedentary lifestyle. From landscaped walking paths to a variety of exercise classes, fitness opportunities abound with encouraging results!

When considering a senior community, it’s imperative to visit in order to accurately judge if there is a good fit. Take the time to observe how the community functions and pay close attention to the other residents. Are they engaged? Is there a healthy “buzz” of activity throughout the community? Try a meal for taste and evaluate the social atmosphere. Are conversation and laughter abundant, or is it quiet and somber? These criteria will help determine the overall health of a community. Finally, understand the transition into a communal living environment takes some adjusting, so commit to staying at least 4-6 months while getting settled into a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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Wine Heaven in Our Backyard by Mike Pegler

Quiz Question: Where is the oldest commercial grape growing region in California? Nope… It’s Malibu! The first vines were planted in 1824 in Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit by José Bartolome Tapia. Yes, the Malibu wine growing region. While not as famous as our neighbor to the north, Napa Valley, the Malibu area has over 52 vintners carefully and lovingly making wine of outstanding quality. Recently, I got the “tough” assignment to attend the first annual “Malibu Coast Wine Celebration”. Ok, you mean I get to socialize with winemakers, taste their best wines, and enjoy the grounds of the fabulous Epona Estate in Hidden Valley? Well, jeeez! Someone’s gotta do it. First of all, Epona Estate is 40 acres of horse property nestled in gorgeous Hidden Valley. The 72-horse barn on this property could be classified as the “Four Seasons Resort” for horses. Mike & Linda Fowler built this beautiful estate primarily for their dressage horses and to host riding

events for the United States Equestrian Federation. Now Epona is also growing grapes. They’ve quickly become one of the largest growers in the Malibu Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA). The equestrian areas and symmetrical beauty of thousands of young grape vines was the backdrop for this memorable event.

This event was envisioned and organized by Greg Bartlett of Nabu wines, and John Gooden, President of Malibu Coast Vintners & Grape Growers Alliance. The idea was to make it a fundraiser for the Alliance, and create a great social opportunity to bring all of the grape growers together. It blossomed into much more than that, as most of these growers After checking in at the greeting table, had never met each other before. New I was given a tag with my name and friendships were begun, ideas discussed, directed to the wine tasting and the whole growing region Sure, I left with a area. Time to get to “work”! was better for it. Some of the wineries are couple of favorites, but Malibu Coast I’m no expert, but I know a tiny, growing grapes on an wines can stand up acre or less, and some are thing or two about wine. Let to any of the other huge with over 80,000 vines! me just say that I liked every wine growing reBut all of the winemakers single wine I tasted. Sure, I gions in California. are very serious about their left with a couple of favorites, wine – and anxious to share it. This but Malibu Coast wines can stand up to is their passion, and you feel it as they any of the other wine growing regions in watch your reaction sipping their wines. California. We are very fortunate to live After the 4th table, I thought to myself, so close to such a great grape growing “How am I going to do this? I have 20 region. Very soon you will be hearing more wineries to go!” Just then “Bubba much more about Malibu Coast wines, and the Big Bad Blues” band started to and the many opportunities for fun play. What a great day! I had to soldier on. outings and tastings at our local wineries and tasting rooms. MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM December 2015 . January 2016 / 65


MARTIAL ARTS

WORLD CHAMPION:

MANNY BUJOLD by Veera Mahajan

For the past two years, I’ve been fortunate to train with local Malibu resident Manny Bujold, (born and raised MC: “Living among actors and movie industry people in Malibu), and have learned a great deal. Manny is a and artists in Malibu, how did you stay away from World Champion in Martial Arts many times over and acting, and instead choose a a USA and International Martial Arts Hall of Famer. career in karate and boxing? I’m always amazed to hear about his fights, the Manny: “I actually wanted to be an actor, but I didn’t have the temperament for numerous titles he’s won (and continues to win), auditioning. Both of my biological parents are actors. My mom is Genevieve Bujold and and Hall of Fame stories. I’m happy and proud my dad is Elliot Gould. Though my mom didn’t want me to be a child actor, I still did some to train with him, and to call him my friend. commercials and some acting. I started martial I wanted to introduce this local champion and all-around wonderful person to our readers, and Manny kindly agreed to let me interview him for Malibu Chronicle.

arts when I was five. The “Karate Kid” movie inspired me. I got my junior and adult black belt from a gentleman named Bob Burbidge. I started training with Joey Escobar to get ready and in shape for my adult black belt test with Mr. Burbidge. Joey is the one who got me into competing. If it weren’t for him I would not have started competing and achieved what I have in competitions.

MC: “Are all your competitions in Karate? What style? Manny: “Yes, it is sports Martial Arts, which is open to all styles, but my personal style is Tang Soo Do. MC: “When did you realize this is what you wanted to do? Manny: “After winning my first Sport Karate Title. It was hook, line and sinker after that. MC: “Do you need to win a series of other championships before you can compete for the world title?

Manny: “No, you can always go in as a wildcard. However, the more regional, national and international events you do, the higher seed you will have for World Championships. MC: “Do you still fight Regionals or Nationals? Manny: “I fight at all levels. I fight Regionals, Nationals, Internationals, whatever I can. I love to fight and compete. MC: “When did you win your first Sport Karate World Title? Manny: “1998 in Savannah, Georgia.


MC: “Is that when you got the

“ train hard – win easy. The fight is won or lost in the training room. “

winning championship fever that is still with you?

Manny: “I was hooked the first time I stepped in the ring. I am my true self when I am competing. Competing fulfills both my dreams of fighting and acting. Competing is actually a lot like acting. You get to perform in front of your audience. It’s just like theater, only more violent. MC: “Do you enjoy the stardom and the attention when you win? Manny: “Absolutely! It is definitely a perk. But I would be competing even if no one were watching. It is the same rush fighting in the studio, or in front of 10,000 people. MC: “How old are you and how many championship titles do you have?

Manny: “I’m almost 36. On Oct. 24, 2015 I won my 12th and 13th Sport Karate World Titles. MC: “How many Regional, National and International titles do you have so far?

Manny: “I couldn’t even count how many of those I have. I would have to say I have at least over a couple of hundred National and International titles. I like the saying, “You train hard to win easy.“ I surround myself with better fighters to make myself better. Just like you want to be around better and wiser business people if you want to be better in business.

MC: “Do all the championships and Hall of Fames help you in business?

Manny: “I fight in two different divisions: 18-29 year old middle-weight and 30-39 year old middle-weight.

Manny: “Sure, it helps when people come in the door, it’s a good icebreaker, but I have to be able to back it up. If I’m not a good instructor and I can’t reach my students then all the titles mean nothing. What I am proud of is: I am a very good fighter and a very good teacher. Karate is my life. If you take karate away from me, it would be like cutting off my legs. I still consider myself a student as well as a teacher, which is why I try to learn something new in Martial Arts everyday.

MC: “So, what is your strategy when you train if you don’t

MC: “I know you also have a school in Agoura Hills. What is the age range of your students?

MC: “What age and weight brackets do you fight in?

know who you might have to fight?

Manny: “My strategy is to train for every type of fighter; defensive, puncher and kicker. Like I said earlier, train hard – win easy. The fight is won or lost in the training room. MC: “What type of fighter are you, kicker or a puncher? Manny: “I am a kicker. To me kicking someone in the head is much more enjoyable than punching someone in the head. MC: “When did you become a Hall of Famer? Manny: “In May 2014, I was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Hall of Heroes in San Diego, California. In March 2015, I was inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame Hall of Heroes in Cancun, Mexico.

Manny: “Yes, it’s called Agoura Hills World Champion Karate. The motto at our school is, “We build champions for life.” We train students from 2 years of age to adults in age appropriate classes or private lessons. We encourage our students to not only defend themselves when needed, but also to go out into the world with confidence and stand up for themselves. Success doesn’t happen by accident. It happens from sacrifice, perseverance, hard work, dedication, studying, learning, and most of all, love for what you’re doing! Veera: ‘I don’t know if you brag about all your awards and titles or not, but I brag about them all the time. I love to tell everyone that I train with a Hall of Famer, World Champion, Manny Bujold!”

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PEPPERDINE WAVE

CLASSIC

2015 - MAKING WAVES ON

THE GREEN by Heidi Bernard, Executive Director, Crest Associates, Pepperdine University. On a brisk and slightly rainy morning, over 140 golfers took the field on Monday, November 9, 2015, at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, in support of the 17th annual Pepperdine Wave Classic golf tournament. In past years, the tournament was held at the prestigious Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, home to the Tiger Woods annual tournament. This year, the Wave 68 / December 2015 . January 2016 MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM

Classic enjoyed The Riviera Country Club’s championship golf course by famed designer, George Thomas. The course has been the home to a U.S. Open, two PGA Championships, and a U.S. Senior Open, in addition to serving as the perennial site of the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open. For almost two decades, the Pepperdine Wave Classic has provided support for student scholarships, academic enrichment, career preparation programs, and the men’s and women’s golf teams of Seaver College, Pepperdine’s undergraduate school. Specifically, the event supports Randall internships. Randall internship scholarships are awarded in the fall and spring semesters to each student completing an internship or student-teaching experience for academic credit in Los Angeles or Washington, DC. The scholarship offsets travel and other costs students incur while they intern, making it more feasible for them to participate in these foundational learning experiences. Each eligible student works directly with a faculty member through a class or independent supervision to link their classroom learning to the workplace during the semester. The 2015 tournament hosts were the distinguished Seaver Board of Visitors and the Seaver Parents Council. John Katch and Paul Reim led as tournament chairs and were a part of the Wave Classic committee, which consisted of Clark Cowan, Lou Drobnick, Kathie Drobnick, Jeff Farley, Sara Jackson, Sam Lagana, and Mark Olson.


Pepperdine parents, alumni and staff came together to conduct a spectacular day of golf, reception, dinner, live and silent auctions, and special messages from Seaver students and Michael E. Feltner, Dean of Seaver College. Dean Feltner expressed his thanks to the many donors and supporters, “ I thank you with a full and grateful heart for your participation today, which signals a tremendous vote of confidence for our young people.“ The Wave Classic was made possible by the generosity of our Crystal Sponsors, Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, Metro/Nissan Montclair, Infiniti of Montclair, and All New Puente Hills Mazda. Our generous Tournament sponsors were Wells Fargo the Private Bank, and Reim Advisors, LLC.

Appreciation goes to James H. Cowan & Associates, Inc., as the Hat sponsor and Rainmaker’s Irrigation Supply and Umina Bros. Inc., the Golf Ball sponsor. The Long Drive sponsor was Dr. Tom and Debby Lomis, and the Putting Contest Sponsor was Eric Kaufman and Lockton Insurance. Cart sponsors were Metro Nissan Montclair and Infiniti of Montclair. Local Malibu sponsors included Malibu Chronicle, Universal Hosiery Inc., Jeff Kletter, KINeSYS Performance Sunscreen, and Cure Spa. Pepperdine is grateful for to the generous auction donors for the live and silent auction. A special thank you is due to Clark Cowan and Jeff Farley, Air Canada, Blue Pacific Boating, Brad and Patty Starkey, Callaway Performance Center, Cielo Wines, Chris and Lori Tooker, Chris Harradine, Dr. Joe Parent, Farfalla Trattoria, Gray Line of San Francisco, O-G PacKing/Grower Direct Marketing, John Katch, John T. Wanninger, Ken Anderson, Klein Epstein & Parker, Laurie Gibbs, Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, Malibu Solstice, Malibu Beach Inn, Mark Mushkin, Mary Steele, Melanie Nankivell, Mike Slattery, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Pepperdine University Bookstore, Rowley Portraiture, Pleasant Holidays, Republic Fence Company, Room at the Beach, Rosanna and Andy Rocker, SurfAir, The Lobster, The Seward Family, Tom and Marta Tooma, Kurt Schutte, Lou and Kathy Colombano, Malibu Surf Shack, and Urban Barrels.

“ I thank you with a full and grateful heart for your participation today, which signals a tremendous vote of confidence for our young people.“

Pepperdine is thankful to Gold and Tee Sponsors, Edison International, Mark Beamish Waterproofing, Inc., Bimbo Bakery, John W. Carson Foundation, James H. Cowan & Associates, Hansen Cold Storage Construction, Derek Hines Hitting, Inc. & Youth, Baseball Foundation of Colorado, Harley Ellis Deveresaux, KO Ketchup, Metro Nissan Montclair, Infiniti of Montclair, Mutual Securities, Annette and Joe Oltmans, the Outcalt Family, Parking Spot, Phillips & Company, Reim Advisors, LLC, Response Envelope, Inc., The Wil & Cary Singleton Family, Brad Starkey, Topaz Systems, Inc., TRL Systems, Inc., Umina Bros., Wells Fargo the Private Bank, and Wood-Claeyssens Foundation - wine sponsor. A special thank you goes out to the women’s golf team, Meet and Greet sponsor, Wells Fargo the Private Bank, Photography sponsor, Reim Advisors, LLC, Shirt Sponsor, K O Ketchup, Reception sponsor, Wells Fargo the Private Bank, Signage Sponsor, Wells Fargo the Private Bank.

The tournament would not have been possible without outstanding volunteers: Randall Boyd and Sam Sahrai of the Good Nite Inn, Fiona Corrigan, Christine Carter Conway, Jamie Domke, Chris Harradine, Phil Mays, the Pepperdine Ambassador Council students, Diane Bockwoldt, Karen Kappus, Catherine Pacos, Amy Clark, Bob Clark, Teresa Castillo, JC Cadena, Avesta Carrara, Tom Mitze, Sam Sahrai, Karen Ryan, Elise Duinnick, Teresa Castillo, Karen Bonifield, Cindy McGrath, Lewis Lazarus, Julie Ann Auger-Andrews, Marie Auger-Andrews, Kathy Walecki, and Pam Finck. The Wave Classic Committee and university are grateful for their time and efforts to make the event a success. The Wave Classic tournament and auction raised over $170,000 this year to support students who are strengthened for lives of purpose, service and leadership through their experience at Pepperdine University. Pepperdine is a Christian educational institution that is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values.

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GET READY FOR EL NIÑO by Fenwick P. Dynamo Heavy rains are forecast for this winter, thanks to the cyclical weather phenomenon called “El Niño.” Southern California is expected to get soaked with as much as 30-35 inches of rain in the first three months of 2016. Here are a few ideas to help you prepare for the deluge. CLEAN YOUR RAIN GUTTERS. Clogged gutters allow water to back up under the shingles and soak the rafters, beams and plywood sheathing that make up your roof. Months later the ceiling under the wet area may collapse, much to your financial dismay. Cleaning gutters is messy but necessary. Go up on a good ladder and pull the leaves out by hand. Using a brush on a long pole won’t work as well. CLEAN THE ROOF. Many roofs have angles, valleys and nooks and crannies where leaves, dirt and schmutz accumulate and trap water. The longer the water stays on the roof the higher the chance it will find a way to leak inside. CLEAN OUT PATIO DRAINS. Unfortunately, over time patio drains clog up. If water backs up, you’ve got a blockage somewhere in the line. Time for a rooter company to fix this problem! The rooter service isn’t cheap, but it’s a fraction of

the cost of replacing carpeting, wood or tile floor, and repairing soggy walls. The old adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” really applies in this situation. CHECK DOOR THRESHOLDS. Inspect the rubber seals under the doors to be sure they touch the threshold. If they don’t, water has a pathway into the house. Most door seals are mounted with screws that can be loosened to move them up or down for a snug fit against the threshold. If this sounds too intimidating for you to do by yourself, then buy a roll of foam-backed insulating tape that you put between the door and threshold. LEARN HOW TO TURN OFF YOUR WATERING SYSTEM. Many of us have automatic watering systems, which the gardener, ex-spouse, old friend, etc., once set and you’ve forgotten about. Learn where the control box is so you can turn the watering system off when the rains begin. You can save on your water bill and feel good about your contribution to smart conservation. TAKE INSIDE EVERYTHING THAT ISN’T WATERPROOF. Basically, anything that runs on gasoline or electricity should be put inside. Anything

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with metal parts will rust, so put it away. Anything made of wood absolutely hates being left out in the rain. It will punish you by turning black and rotting. IF YOUR HOUSE BACKS UP AGAINST A HILLSIDE, YOU MUST DIVERT RUSHING WATER AND MUD AWAY FROM THE HOUSE. Consult a landscape professional about a mudflow diversion plan. Again, this may cost a bit, but not as much as the cost of digging several feet of mud and muck out of the house. For a temporary fix, use well-placed sandbags that your local fire department probably provides. Take these precautions, then sit back and enjoy the much needed rain! WHO IS THE MYSTERIOUS FENWICK P. DYNAMO? This is the “nom de plume” of a long-time local resident, a lawyer, artist, inventor, teacher, writer, woodworker, trap and sporting clays enthusiast, political junkie, voracious reader, amateur historian, raconteur, bon vivant, scotch drinker and all-around terrific husband, father and grandfather. He employs this nom de plume to avoid embarrassing all those who know him, even slightly.


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Festive Beverages for the

HOLIDAYS ENJOY THESE FESTIVE AND EASY TO MAKE DRINKS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS.

HOLIDAY

Sangria Cheers! Merry Cranberry MARGARITAS

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750ml bottle Lambrusco cups pomegranate juice cup brandy cup simple syrup* cup pomegranate seeds each large orange and green apple, thinly sliced cup red grapes, sliced in half

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving over ice. Refrigerate any leftovers. Makes ten 5-ounce servings. * For simple syrup, combine equal amounts of sugar and water, and heat just until sugar dissolves; cool.

1¼ cups cranberry juice cocktail, divided ½ cup sugar, divided 1½ cups (6 oz.) fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed ¾ cup fresh lime juice ¾ cup tequila ½ cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau 3 cups crushed ice 1. Pour ¼ cup cranberry juice into a shallow bowl. Pour 3 tbsp. sugar onto a plate. Dip rims of 4 to 6 widemouthed glasses (6 to 8 oz., suitable for margaritas) into juice, then sugar. Set glasses aside. 2. Reserve 12 cranberries. In a blender, whirl the remaining cranberries, cranberry juice, and sugar, the lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and ice until smooth and slushy. (If necessary, blend in 2 batches, and then mix together.) Divide among glasses and garnish with reserved berries, skewered on toothpicks. 72 / December 2015 . January 2016 MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM


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LEARNING TO L.I.V.E. Loving yourself is the hardest thing to learn. Insisting on Freedom is the most important thing to do. Victory over victim syndrome is the surest way to be really free. Empowerment is your birthright, and you deserve it!

Learning to move on when there is no apology.

while it’s not even them hurting me. I am hurting myself by waiting for someone else to make me happy.

I am realizing that for my own health and growth, and to move on from the past into a happy more fulfilling present and future, I can’t carry the burden of someone else’s mistakes on my shoulders, even if those mistakes were made against me.

My happiness is important to me. I will be happy.

If I wait for an apology so I can move forward, I am letting someone else have the power to hold me hostage to the past. I am finally accepting that the apology I want may never come. So, the wiser choice is to find a way to unstick myself from the painful past, even if it means I have to accept the apology I never got. It is a big job, but I hear it is possible. I’m told, “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.” It sounds good. I so wish it to be true, so I will learn to do it. This is another way I want to learn to live a happy life. I will reclaim my power from the one who hurt me. I will not ask or wait for an apology because the more I wait and expect, the more I allow them to hurt me. After a

The purpose of an apology is not only to have someone admit or accept fault. The main purpose of apology and forgiveness is to find a way to put the past where it belongs and move on to a healthier present. My health and growth is important to me. So, I am not going to waste time waiting for something that I may never get. I want to move on from my painful past now. So, I will forgive even if I don’t get the apology, so that I may have a healthier and more positive present and future. I remembered my mom as a woman who did everything for everyone and pushed me to follow her footsteps. Over time I have learned to stop behaving like a little girl who did what she was told and then felt resentful and complained. During my mother’s recent visit, I realized that I am no longer stuck in a dysfunctional codependent relationship with her.

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During this trip something else became clear to me: no matter how many times I ask her, she will not talk about the serious subject I need an apology and closure for. At least she didn’t ignore me or get upset at me for bringing it up. She made excuses that were not anywhere close to an apology. I finally gave up. I will not ask her again. I am not going to wait for her apology to make me feel better. Moving forward and healing is important for my health. I will not give her or anyone else the power to make me feel bad. I am not a little girl anymore. I was not able to say ‘No’ then, but I am not afraid to say ‘NO’ now. I will assume the apology happened. I accept the apology I never got. I have moved on. My life is bigger than the pain. I have taken back my power. I am happy!


SO LD ! The Shell House Another fantastic Carbon Beach sale. Co-Listed w/Stephen Shapiro Asking Price at $15,000,000

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