Jody Robinson

Jody Robinson

We all come from somewhere. A city, in a state- a street, down the street from your neighbor. A neighborhood. The concept of which, arising from the social attitudes of the early city planners, crystalized out of the 1900’s when Clarence Perry modeled residential development in growing urban areas. Just another collection of lines on a blueprint; just another place to rest at the end of the day. But what really exists in the places we call home? Shops, restaurants, hotels: the places we meet and connect, work, eat, celebrate. North Park, in San Diego is no different. With a visible history that began more than 100 years ago, around the advent of the term “neighborhood,” the streetcars that lined John D. Spreckels’ San Diego Electric Railway ran along University Avenue and 30th. Creating, passenger by passenger, the heart of the community.

Bringing residents, shopkeepers, and business investors alike, those who came to the neighborhood then and now were greeted by the tallest commercial building on the block: once, the home of real-estate partnership between William Jay Stevens and John “Jack” Hartley, the eldest son in the Hartley family, and whom the 40 acres that lay between Ray, 32nd, University, and Dwight were named after. “Hartley’s North Park” stuck, and has remained the city’s Busy Corner ever since. The neon sign signifying North Park’s Busy Corner hung from 1935 to 1967, and was replaced after years of community advocacy in 1993: bringing light back to a neighborhood containing some of the area’s most beloved art galleries, studios, performing art venues, sushi stops, vegetarian cafes, coffee shops, and brunch spots in San Diego.

The Lafayette Hotel

Bringing the truest meaning of community to Clarence Perry’s “neighborhood”, The Lafayette originally opened its doors in 1946. Only a couple short miles from the world famous San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park’s 1,200 acres of culture and nature, the hotel still holds tightly to the Hollywood charm it brought the area upon opening. An eclectic collection of rooms awaits each eager guest, and an amenities list as long and varied as the sea life in San Diego’s sparkling waters ensures there is no low point in your modern travel experience. Priding itself on being great at everything it does, the Lafayette Hotel boasts great food, great people, and great beds.

Lafayette Hotel poolDive into the historic Johnny Weissmuller-designed Olympic Pool or take a lap around the hotel’s two classic restaurants: HOPE 46 or The Red Fox Steakhouse. Get recommendations from locals on North Park culture and history, and dive into San Diego’s finest with a long list of to-do’s from the Lafayette’s well-traveled circle of friends. And, with over 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting space both within the hotel and without, there isn’t a community space quite like it in the neighborhood.

Lafayette Hotel guestroom

San Diego Zoo Inside Look Tour of Penguins & Friends at the new Africa Rocks exhibit

African penguins at Africa Rocks courtesy San Diego Zoo

Newest to the neighborhood is the African penguin colony at San Diego’s own Africa Rocks exhibit. With an insider tour offering unique views of the penguin’s home beach and nesting area, guests learn how zoo caretakers are working to conserve the birds in the wild. The zoo, a haven for animals ranging from savannah to sea spotlights the incredible diversity of species found on their native African continent. Penguins are just the tip of the zoological iceberg, joined by the Nubian ibex, ring-tailed lemurs, leopards, meerkats, and West African dwarf crocodiles. A tour for all ages, each takes place under the watchful eye of a knowledgeable guide. If that doesn’t sound like enough of a day to you and the family, plan your trip to the Zoo and Wild Animal Park around an immense list of activities and animals destined to make the most out of your visit.

Entrance to Africa Rocks courtesy Ken Bohn San Diego Zoo

San Diego Museum of Man • California Tower

The recent winner of The Nonprofit Institute’s Kaleidoscope Award for Good Governance, San Diego’s own Museum of Man was recognized for celebrating and promoting good governance propelling their organization’s performance and fulfillment of its mission. A huge hit for all ages, guests can explore the human connection in a dynamic environment, reflect on one’s place in the global community, and strive together to push the boundaries of human invention. Exhibits range from the newest, opening in April 2018, to tours of the historic California Tower: reopening after being closed to the public for the last 80 years. Climb seven floors, sneaking glimpses of the beauty that awaits at the top, emerging into the sunlight where panoramic views of Balboa Park, and its majestic history await below. Inspired by the churches of Mexico and Spain, the tower was closed to the public shortly after the 1935 Cal Pacific Exposition: and is now the hottest attraction in North Park for adults and families alike!

Urban Solace restaurant

Stepping into the neighborhood means being welcomed home, and what says home more than a classic American meal, artfully crafted from locally and responsibly sourced seafood, veggies, and meats. If their handmade craft cocktails weren’t enough to welcome you to the table, the hustle and bustle of this North Park favorite serves up some of the most incredible comfort food in town. Having committed years ago upon their first meal to ensure they produced with the most natural ingredients possible, Urban Solace features antibiotic free meats, the best boutique wines, and a unique selection of craft beers. Matt Gordon, chef and owner of Urban Solace, set out on a mission to create a place where he felt good about the product they served, down to the most basic and rudimentary ingredients. Just like his family table at home, Matt and his wife created the menu taking no food item for granted: down to the pure cane sugar that goes into each soda in the restaurant.

The Prado Restaurant at Balboa Park Photo credit The Prado

The Prado Restaurant

Located in the intensely charming North Park community, The Prado restaurant helps set the scene with colorful decor and patio seating, inside a gorgeous Californian hacienda, akin to the newly reopened Museum of Man’s California Tower. Hearkening back to the original Golden Coast charm San Diego has grown famous for, The Prado looks like a castle plucked out of the temperate hills of Spain: with designated date nights, happy hours for the most seasoned vignerons, and a two course theatre menu featuring their very own Prado favorites, like Pan Roasted Sea Bass and Mustard Crusted Pork Chop. Going out on the town has never been so delightful, nor delectable. With weekly live music in the Prado Lounge, the restaurant boasts the height of hospitality, from the first course of the day, to dessert at the very end. Taste historic California in the heart of San Diego one bite at a time, at the Prado Restaurant, Balboa Park.


Sweet little Lucy is full of fun and spunky energy. She just loves to run around in the yard and would make a great hiking or jogging companion. Lucy would do well in a family with an active lifestyle.






ChestnutThis handsome guy is Chestnut, a ragdoll mix looking for his purrfect home. Found as a stray, Chestnut is still learning to trust and can be timid initially. He is finally starting to come out of his shell and figuring out which are his favorite toys. Chestnut would likely fit best with a quiet family.





FunnyFunny is a friendly kitty with a very silly name. Eight years old, Funny enjoys lounging in the sun and having her head pet. Could you be the perfect match for a fun cat like Funny?






GraceTwo year old Grace is an adorable pup with a winning personality. A recent momma, Grace raised six puppies and is now finally ready for a home of her own. If you’re looking for a fun and energetic dog, Grace might just be the one for you!




If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.

You don’t have to have been born and raised in Southern California to appreciate its laid-back surf culture … and tell me that when you envision the quaint, coastal town of Carlsbad, it doesn’t immediately conjure images of sun-kissed adults and kids of all ages frolicking in the ocean. On the sand, in and out of sparkling pools, riding the easy peeling waves that curl toward Tamarack Surf Beach.

0CR Signature Sunset FinalAll the classic golden glow that comes to mind when one imagines the beach communities of Southern California greet you in an instant when you step through the doors of Carlsbad’s Cape Rey Resort. Poised overlooking the Pacific Ocean only 150 steps to the sand, the resort features luxurious accommodations, destination dining and an abundance of recreational opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled family weekend or a relaxed adults-only getaway, Cape Rey offers an unbelievable list of amenities to make your stay a memorable one. With a 24-hour business and fitness center, it’s also completely possible to maintain your day-to-day routine … against an enviable backdrop of gorgeous seaside scenery.

CapeRey 020116 5518Leave all your cares (and responsibilities) behind with Cape Rey’s beach butler service to set up all the accoutrements for a day at play in the surf and sand: they’ll set up your towels, umbrellas, chaise lounges and even bring you bottled water. Room service includes in-room cocoa delivery, and complimentary beach cruisers (for adults and kiddos) are available for riding up the coastal rail trail to Carlsbad Village, where you can easily while away an afternoon strolling through unique boutiques and art galleries, exploring its beaches, noshing your way through downtown eateries from informal ice cream stands and taco shops to casual, family-friendly fare and fine dining establishments.

Chandlers DiningLike to start your day off with a healthy breakfast? Look no further than the farm-to-table delectables at Chef Teri’s Chandler’s Oceanfront restaurant where diners can choose from appetizers to desserts that are “familiar, but never ordinary” where chefs prepare “long-time favorites reinvented with upscale ingredients.” Being partial to eating breakfast at every meal of the day, I particularly enjoyed their delectably delicious cinnamon sugar challah french toast: complete with grilled banana, butterscotch, and candied pecans. Other fresh classics include buttermilk pancakes, steel cut oatmeal, and their signature green tea yogurt bowl. For dinner, the menu takes California cuisine up a notch, crafting each dish with fresh, local ingredients geared toward the foodie in us all. Popular picks include the Lobster + Rock Shrimp tacos accompanied by a chipotle slaw, queso fresco and grilled lime and the Ponto beach burger which arrives as a 8 oz. patty topped with aged cheddar, grilled onion, lettuce, tomato, house made 1000 island on brioche.

5V3A7033You’ll need your fuel for a full day at Cape Rey’s newest offering: the Surf Ride Adventure Lounge. Open to guests and locals alike, seven days a week, the one-stop surf shop provides everything from surf lessons (private or semi-private), to guided surf excursions, coastal helicopter tours, equipment, and premium access to a curated mix of the best retail surf brands on the market. It doesn’t matter if you’re a local who doesn’t miss a day in the waves or a first timer: groms can get their shred on in lessons with a complimentary GoPro camera and video to take home, while those aspiring to the WSL unlock bottom turns on the newest performance boards on the market.

hilton craigaug20 289Post shred, take the edge off with the royal treatment from head to toe at the Travel & Escape Top 5-Rated Spa, Ocean Crest Spa. Inspired by the healing powers of the sea and utilizing only exceptionally pure, environmentally friendly, naturally sourced products available in few other spas, treatments include facials, full body massage, manicures and pedicures.


For everything you need for a truly golden California escape, Cape Rey Resort is located at 1 Ponto Road in Carlsbad. For information or to make a reservation, visit

Committed to Helping You Make Educated Choices for Your Loved One’s Care

My grandmother and I used to joke with each other about the subtle difference in meaning between the words ‘subscribe’ and ‘ascribe’ (now that I’m thinking about it, that joke doesn’t seem like a joke at all - at least not in the joking-as-comedy way. Ok, ok, we’re language nerds).

But I think the beauty in each one of those words’ individual meanings gives light to a great many situations I find myself in as an adult, dealing with each day’s new challenges and obstacles. Particularly, when I think on the task of helping to care for my grandmother as she aged. Ascribing to something means to think of it in the sense of belonging- giving a thing qualities, or characteristics. Subscribing, on the other hand, denotes membership: signing up, signing onto a mission, pledging something.

Depositphotos 19562987 originalAs adults moving through the world, we ascribe to, and subscribe to on a daily basis, typically with little thought to the consequences. Signing up for a newspaper? You get the daily news. Calling someone brave when they kill a spider in the house? They receive a compliment. Put your grandfather, father, mother into a senior home? What could possibly happen? Have you broken down that decision? I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts if you start joking around about ascribe/subscribe, you’ll come to the same conclusions I did: especially when you consider the depth and breadth of services provided by Alliance Eldercare.

Coming from a background of elder hospitality was the first step toward providing the best in senior assistance for Alliance founder Derek Mannion.

“In 1931 my grandmother, Sophie Mannion, opened the first board and care home in Kaimuki, Hawaii,” he says. “My father told me many stories of my grandmother taking seniors into their home and caring for them until they passed.”

Derek was able to witness his grandmother’s legacy in action, as well as the firsthand experience he garnered observing his father care for his aging grandmother in-home until she passed at the age of 91. For over a decade, Derek has been working in the healthcare industry, dedicating his life to helping families find care options for their loved ones that match up with the seniors’ needs.

“In 2014, I completed the Residential Care Facility for the Elderly certification in order to better serve seniors,” he says. “Now, I am blessed with having my father live with me, at the age of 83, and I am looking forward to caring for him to the best of my ability until he passes.”

Ascribing gentleness, kindness, and passion to Derek aren’t hard, and those are the first qualities you see when greeted by the staff at Alliance. Their mission: to find the best senior healthcare options available for your loved ones, is simple, and crystal clear. In its fifth year of operation, Alliance Eldercare is your one-stop source to help navigate the myriad of (oftentimes overwhelming) senior care options on the market - from independent senior living and board and care homes to memory care communities, long term, hospice, Parkinson’s, and more.

“I’ve seen every option out there from my grandmother’s boarding house to the in-home I provide for my father and everything in between,” says Derek. “At Alliance, we’re not just searching for an open bed for someone - we’re searching for the right care for your loved one.”

Alliance comes to you: to sit and talk face to face. Offering free guided tours of Assisted Living facilities and Board and Care Homes puts seniors and their families in the position to gain a true understanding of the options available to them, as opposed to trying to make a decision based on cold-calling or emailing a laundry list of homes.

“I prefer the personal touch,” he says. “That’s what sets us apart. Seniors need advocates, and we are happy to do our part.” The clincher? There is no obligation, and their service is completely free of charge. “When you do the right thing, word gets out.” Now that’s an idea I’ll subscribe to.

IMG 8524For a FREE Care Needs Assessment, Derek and the Alliance Eldercare team can be reached by calling (866) 936-4241 or visit

Compassionate Caregiving: Your Home Care, Inc.

Over the past decade, there have been an increasing number of studies examining the effects of stress on the human body - from the immune to metabolic systems, to cell division, diet, hormonal changes, heart rate and of course, cortisol levels. Cortisol, after all, is what floods the body in response to stress. Its main purpose is more far-reaching than was once believed. Systemic effects play a great many roles to maintain homeostasis in the body: which, at a basic level, looks like a greater span of stress-free years. Experts at UCLA, Harvard and the University of Maryland all posit that lowering stress levels leads to healthier mental and bodily functions across the board, which is great for everyone, but can be particularly meaningful for men and women of an advanced age.

Founded in 2002, the professionals at Your Home Care, Inc. are dedicated to ensuring the individual care they provide will lessen the stress of everyday life for your aging loved one and their families. Between the two divisions of this Laguna Woods-based family-owned and operated business, seniors have the option of in-home care or respite at the Senior Social Club and Stay Care Center (applications are currently being accepted for participation).


In-home care

With loving kindness, trained caregivers provide exceptional general care and assist with the basic necessities of daily living in the comfort and safety of a senior’s own home. In-home care encompasses services tailored to the senior’s specific needs and range from meal preparation, medication reminders, doctor visits, grocery shopping, laundry, light housekeeping, dressing and incontinence care to Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related care.

“We have observed that those who are able to stay in their homes are more likely to remain healthy and free from common communicable illnesses, such as influenza and pneumonia that are prevalent in nursing homes and assisted living centers due to the high volume of residents and close living quarters,” says Boyd Warner, founder of Your Home Care, Inc.

Warner 11 2017zone57 P 25Understanding that the safety and security of your loved ones is of the utmost importance, the professional caregivers at Your Home Care undergo a rigorous interview process, from reference checks and background clearance to competency training. But that’s just the beginning … equally as important as each applicant’s credentials is their personal philosophy as Warner says “our caregivers want more than a job. They want to make a difference in the lives of those in their care. As a company, our job is to give caregivers the direction and tools they need to fulfill their personal mission of service, as well as our corporate mission of improving the lives of those we serve.”

Upon meeting the company’s strict selection criteria, caregivers are insured and bonded before completing a comprehensive orientation process to ingrain Your Home Care corporate policies and procedures followed by ongoing, specialized training on issues that help them develop as better overall caregivers, as well as deal with very specific situations. These issues include medication management and compliance, Alzheimer’s and dementia, osteoarthritis and mobility loss, hypertension/stroke recovery, diabetes, heart disease and cancer recovery.

“We believe that our focus on the individual and family is what sets us apart,” says Warner. “When you contact us, you will receive individualized care that will meet the needs of your family and your aging loved one. Whether you are in need of around the clock assistance, night relief or a short shift during the day to assist with ADL’s, you can rest easy knowing that we have your well-being and that of your loved one as our priority.”

Senior Social Club & Stay Care Center

While in-home care focuses on the one-on-one, allowing trust and friendship to flourish between caretaker and patient, the Adult Day facility follows a social model in a “beautiful, warm and inviting place for seniors to gather together and create new friendships and memories.” Different from many other day centers, the licensed caregivers at Your Home Care’s “Social Club & Stay Care” Center oversee all activities and are highly interactive with each visiting senior.

“In a typical day, our clients will arrive at the center, sign in, and enjoy leisure activities in the morning, such as enjoying our reading center, or watching a movie or playing a game with other participants and our caregivers,” says Warner. “We will also provide daily activities that will vary depending on the day, but you can expect to find on our schedule activities such as bingo, karaoke, and knitting caps for the newborns at local hospitals. We will also provide lunch at our facility.”

Warner and his team encourage family members to stop by and tour the facility to see firsthand the advantages of participation.

“Our service will greatly benefit those who find themselves living in multi-generational homes, whose primary caregiver is stretched thin,” says Warner. “We will be your resource for respite care which will allow family members relief from the emotional and physical strains of being a full-time caregiver. Our mission is to provide a fun, exciting place for your aging loved one to participate in activities that they love and maybe even try something new. Further, this facility allows those who may be isolated from the world an opportunity to open up and create new friendships.”

After interested seniors (or their loved ones) fill out an application for the program, they undergo a medical evaluation from their own doctor, and then a follow up visit with the program director at Your Home Care, Inc., to determine whether participation the adult day facility would be the best fit for their needs.

We will be your resource for respite care which will allow family members relief from the emotional and physical strains of being a full-time caregiver.”

“We’re very serious about providing a compassionate caregiving service, preserving dignity, ensuring independence, and a higher quality of life,” says Boyd. “We want this to be as good a fit for you as it is for us.”

Taking stress off anyone’s plate is a loving act in itself. Yet, I can see how many selfless acts might feel like a double-edged sword. My mother is the primary caregiver for my 85-year-old stepfather who suffers from dementia. As a result, she has less time for activities she enjoys, spending time with her friends, going to the movies and the infinite other little things that seem to fill the cracks in a single day. When I emphasize the importance of also caring for herself, she brushes the thought away not wanting to be “selfish.”

“Taking advantage of a referred professional caregiver is not giving up on your loved one or being selfish,” says Warner. “On the contrary, you’re being selfless by bolstering your own love and support with professional, quality care while enabling you to spend more time enjoying their company.”

What could be more selfless (and scientific) than helping to lower cortisol levels (yours and your loved one’s)? Eliminating that unnecessary drain on energy can mean restored resiliency, greater access to memory, improved brain function. Selfish? Or selfless? Stress full? Or stress free? Through compassionate in-home care and its new adult day care center in Laguna Woods, Your Home Care is here to ensure that this choice is the easiest you’ve made in a long time.

Connect with Boyd and the professionals at Your Home Care, Inc. by calling (949) 215-0004 or visit

The Senior Social Club & Stay Care Center is located at 24191

Paseo de Valencia, Suite B in Laguna Woods.


Nine month old Martin is a sweet and friendly rabbit who is ready for his next big adventure.  This curious little bunny doesn’t mind being picked up or held and even enjoys lap time when he isn’t busy exploring. Martin has good litter box habits and would make a great house bunny for a loving family.





CalicoCalico was named for her pretty, spotted markings but could easily be named Sweetie for her mellow personality.  Her favorite activity is sunbathing and she is an avid birdwatcher.  Six years old and fully declawed, Calico would be very well suited for a quiet home.






olgaOlga is the shelter’s current resident senior kitty.  Fourteen years old and still fairly spry, Olga is very friendly and would make an ideal lap cap for someone looking for a mellow companion.







TysonThis cute little guy is Tyson, a four year old pit bull mix ready to meet his new family.  Energetic and very playful, he enjoys long walks and running with the other dogs.  Could this active pooch be the one for you?




If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.

If you like wine, you’re my kind of person. If you like wine and you’ve seen the 2008 flick Bottle Shock, we’re well on our way to becoming best friends. Though the film certainly took artistic license in its explanation of the famed Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, the feat remains the same in history regardless. A vintage made in California became a winning symbol to the world of the premier scene that would emerge from the States’ golden coast shortly thereafter: wine. Since the seventies, the Napa region has undergone a remarkable transformation. From scrappy hippie to simply luxurious, the entire area is California’s boast to a romantic weekend done right. Sitting smack dab in the middle of two of the most recognizable names in the game, Carneros might just be the easiest little wine country getaway on the map.

Driving north, just an hour outside San Francisco, you’ll stumble upon its crown jewel. The Carneros Resort and Spa. At this point in the American travel imagination, you likely have no problem conjuring up images of some rustic wine garden, floral arrangements resting atop barrels, maybe a stable somewhere. But between the Hudson Vineyards and Clos du Val lies a stunning escape even from the already quiet pace set on the back roads out of the Golden Gate City.

Harvest Suite at Carneros Resort and SpaCertainly, the hints of galvanized metal, outdoor showers and promise of on-site general store might give you the hint of a country vacation. But even a name like “FARM” can’t really disguise the dramatic lighting, cathedral ceilings, or elegant dining room fireplaces that greet you at just one of the three on-site dining options. One which sells picnic supplies, wine (of course), and don’t forget the boutique: COOP, where you can purchase luxury resort wear and accessories for your stay. Two pools with hot tubs for your apres vin adventures, one of which is adult-only. No offense kids, but sometimes being able to enjoy a drink or two away from all the ruckus is a necessity, not a luxury.

BFC Exterior 1Complimentary fitness classes on weekends and private training appointments available make it simple to keep trim even when indulging, and if outdoor activity is more your cup of tea, look no further than the Town Square, complete with bocce courts, or Carneros’ complimentary bicycles. Assuming by now that the resort sounds like everything you’ve ever wanted all wrapped up into one relaxing package with a hint of wine on the side, pause for a moment and consider the difficulty one might have just getting out of bed in the morning after a long day of tasting and exploring. Not to be outdone, the rooms at Carneros are just as spectacular as their list of amenities. In both the Harvest Suites and Cottages, fireside butlers are available for guests to fill your outdoor tubs and light firepits, and the elegantly appointed cottages feature 400 square feet of quintessential wine-country experience. Replete with sun-washed modern decor, each cottage offers large windows, French doors, and outdoor patios that can only be described as expansive. The resort’s two bedroom residences feature 1,200 square-feet of indoor living space and include living and dining areas, as well as an al fresco living room, complete with gas barbeque and in-ground spa.

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If you do make it out of your cottage, suite, or house, don’t miss the spa. While the simple elegance of the resort may be enough to restore energy to your head, heart, and spirit, the spas’ body therapy treatments, facials, nail therapy and massage might also be just the thing to bring harmony and true wellness back to you. Rest and relaxation are never too far off: especially in wine country. Especially at Carneros, where time itself seems to stand still.

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The Carneros Resort is located at 4048 Sonoma Highway in Napa. For information or reservations, call (888) 400-9000 or visit

In a recent conversation with my mother, I discovered something. Something that was a cause for pause as I pondered all the possible ramifications. This thing I realized? My mother appears a bit more stubborn than she used to be. She laughed when I called it to her attention, but the more we thought about the fact that she was growing increasingly stubborn, it occurred to both of us that this trait could prove to be increasingly problematic as she got older.

She shared that she had always imagined herself to be a strong elder - a grey haired grandmother who had seen it all, survived it all, and was stronger for it. But the real truth was that as she remains set in her ways, the traits that she could get away with in her younger years (like wanting to do everything herself and refusing to ask for help when she needs it) would only be exacerbated by the slights of age. At 84, she sometimes forgets the simplest of day to day tasks. Like taking her vitamins and prescriptions - on time and in the right dosages.
In an article referenced on the web site for the National Center for Biotechnology Information, studies have shows that in the United States alone, non-adherence to medications causes 125,000 deaths annually and accounts for 10 to 25 percent of hospital and nursing home admissions. Further, the consequences of non-adherence are enormous. Patients who don’t take their prescribed medications run the risk of serious health issues, including hospitalization and death (ref:

How prevalent is this problem? According to a recent Kaiser Permanente report, 72 California hospitals were fined in 2016 by the federal government for the disproportionate number of patients who returned within 30 days of hospital discharge. Ninety percent of these patients were readmitted due to health issues specifically arising from medication non-adherence.

“In spite of their difficulties and illnesses, many men and women prefer to remain independent and self-sufficient as they age,” says Andrew Harper, Co-Founder and Pharmacy Director of the Orange County-based AmeriPharma Specialty Care. “So many cases of patients who arrive at their doctor’s office with the same symptoms they were prescribed medication for, return still suffering, because they had not taken their medication as prescribed.” Or, as I could suddenly foresee happening with my mom, forgetting to take her medication at all.

A respected industry leader utilizing cutting-edge prescription packaging systems, AmeriPharma Specialty Care introduced the MedBox and helped set a new standard in medication management that has revolutionized the way for government-run healthcare programs, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities dispense medication. And now they are bringing the MedBox direct to consumers for use in the comfort of their own home.

Working directly with your pharmacy, AmeriPharma arranges with your physician to manage, maintain, and dispense your medical prescriptions - delivering them right to your front door. Packaged by date and time to be consumed, the MedBox is out to change the way we take pills - for the better. Wrapped in customizable packaging, the doses are easily identified by the patient and/or their caregivers, and even easier to handle and open.

Non-adherence to medications causes 125,000 death annually and accounts for 10 - 25% of hospital and nursing home admissions

“Dosage times are marked, and the procedure of actually filling the packets is done directly under the care and supervision of the pharmacist - which eliminates the chance of you, as a patient, misidentifying a bottle or taking the wrong dosage,” says Harper. “This is especially useful for those patients who cannot manage their own medications as prescribed due to physical disabilities, mental infirmities, or a combination of other factors. Fifty-eight percent of all patients over 65 admit that they have missed taking at least one dose of their prescriptions at one time or another.”

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There is no additional cost to using the customized MedBox - patients keep their current insurance and co-pay and won’t pay a penny more for this service (delivered directly to your door - monthly, bi-monthly or in an emergency, within four hours!).

With benefits that include convenience, no additional cost, ease of use, peace of mind AND safety? The MedBox sounds like something my mother and I can both stay stubborn about.

For more information, call (800) 270-7091 or visit

AlderFour year old Alder is a sweet, little guy ready to make new friends.  He loves playing the yard and going on jaunty walks. With his friendly personality and happy smile, Alder can brighten any day!





ArmaniArmani is a happy little guy with loads of energy.  He just loves to greet you with a wagging tail and tons of kisses.  Only 1 ½ years old, Armani is sure to bring lots of fun into your life.






RubyRuby is a ten month old spayed female mini-lop who just loves to jump and play. She is very treat motivated and hops up to visitors in hopes of getting a little snack. Ruby will make a wonderful house bunny in a loving home.





PeachEight month old Peach is a playful kitty looking for her purrever home.  Quite affectionate, Peach loves a good snuggle and a scratch behind the ears.  You can’t go wrong with a sweetie like Peach.




If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.

When we moved into our home three years ago, the property came with a very pretty pond stocked with colorful koi and goldfish.

But for someone who can barely keep a potted plant alive, the prospect of being responsible for the livelihood and longevity of these beautiful fish was daunting – I don’t have a clue about the right ratio of additives in the water or the importance of algae or how to combat fish disease.


photo12356A koi pond is clearly much more than a backyard water garden feature. It is a living, breathing eco-system which requires the expertise of a pond professional.

Thankfully, we also inherited the services of Glenn Cecil, owner of the South County-based Water in the Garden. He had maintained this particular pond for the previous homeowner for several years and it was clear from our first meeting that he was committed to quality care and customer service.

Glenn specializes in “total koi pond and water garden maintenance,” repair, construction, pond and filtration design and consultation.

Serving Orange County since 1999, Glenn specializes in “total koi pond and water garden maintenance,” repair, construction, pond and filtration design and consultation.

Aside from feeding the fish, Glenn literally takes care of everything during his weekly visits, including removing excess debris and dead plant matter, inspecting the pond equipment for proper function and making adjustments as needed and inspecting the fish for signs of distress or disease. He also tests the water quality, back-flushes the filters and adds bacteria or other agents as needed and offers 24-hour emergency service. In short, he keeps our pond looking beautiful and our fish healthy and happy.

To connect with Glenn directly, call (949) 872-3833 or visit

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May 5, 2018 Indonesian satay? Thai meat balls? Boba tea? Tacos? Polish sausages? Grilled rice balls? Italian...

Redefining the Neighborhood in San Diego’s North Park

Entertainment Jody Robinson

Redefining the Neighborhood  in San Diego’s North Park

We all come from somewhere. A city, in a state- a street, down the street from your neighbor. A neighborhood. T...

Pets of the Month

Home Life Jody Robinson

Pets of the Month

Sweet little Lucy is full of fun and spunky energy. She just loves to run around in the yard and would make a...

The West Coast’s Pet Expo Returns to Orange County

Education Sorbet Mag

The West Coast’s  Pet Expo Returns to Orange County

Featuring Cats and Dogs, plus Fish, Birds and Frogs…and More! OC Fair & Event Center - April 27 - 29 This...

South County Magazine & Sorbet Celebrates February (Issues)!

Entertainment Sorbet Mag

South County Magazine & Sorbet  Celebrates  February (Issues)!

It’s impossible to say what we love most about our issue release parties, especially the most recent one at Tok...

They Wrote It … And Sang It

Entertainment Sorbet Mag

They Wrote It … And Sang It

There are artists who write melodies for songs, artists who write lyrics and artists who perform. Rare are thos...

Classic California Cool at Carlsbad’s Cape Rey Resort

Travel Jody Robinson

Classic  California Cool at Carlsbad’s  Cape Rey  Resort

You don’t have to have been born and raised in Southern California to appreciate its laid-back surf culture … a...

Five Foods That Can Improve Your Gut Health

Health & Wellness Dahlia Marin

Five Foods That Can Improve Your Gut Health

It’s no surprise that what you eat plays a major role in the health of your digestive system, but are you makin...

Alliance Eldercare Senior Placement Service

Business Showcase Jody Robinson

Alliance Eldercare Senior Placement Service

Committed to Helping You Make Educated Choices for Your Loved One’s Care My grandmother and I used to joke wit...

Thinking Inside the MedBox. The New Standard in Medication Management Offers a Better Way to Dispens…

Health & Wellness Jody Robinson

Thinking Inside the MedBox. The New Standard in Medication Management Offers a Better Way to Dispense Prescriptions

In a recent conversation with my mother, I discovered something. Something that was a cause for pause as I pond...

All Aboard! Set Sail for Retirement at the San Clemente Villas by the Sea

Travel Jody Robinson

All Aboard! Set Sail for Retirement at the San Clemente Villas by the Sea

Hospitality has its origins in antiquity, with the first records of guest baths in Greek villages in early bibl...

In-Home Care and the New! Senior Social Club & Stay Care Center in Laguna Woods Village

Home Life Jody Robinson

In-Home Care and the New! Senior Social Club & Stay Care Center in Laguna Woods Village

Compassionate Caregiving: Your Home Care, Inc. Over the past decade, there have been an increasing number of s...

South Coast Repertory presents SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Entertainment Sorbet Mag

South Coast Repertory presents SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard adapted for the stage by Lee Hall Music by Paddy ...

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” Comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts at The Ritz-C…

Entertainment Sorbet Mag

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s  “The King and I”  Comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts at The Ritz-Carlton

February 27 – March 11, 2018 Segerstrom Hall T he national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Ro...

Pets of the Month

Home Life Jody Robinson

Pets of the Month

Nine month old Martin is a sweet and friendly rabbit who is ready for his next big adventure.  This curi...

Cirque du Soleil comes to Costa Mesa with its breathtaking and heart-warming production LUZIA

Entertainment Sorbet Mag

Cirque du Soleil  comes to Costa Mesa  with its breathtaking and heart-warming production LUZIA

Performances: February 21 - March 25, 2018 under the white-and-gold Big Top at the OC Fair & Event Center ...


Entertainment Joe D


How can one word bring back such memories? Sometimes it was just a first name of a person, and with other songs...

Pilates and Yoga for a Health Heart

Health & Wellness Align Pilates Team

Pilates and Yoga for a Health Heart

February is national Heart Health Awareness month and at Align we are excited to participate. According to the ...


Finance Sorbet Mag


When you think about a company having ‘investment experience,’ what image does that conjure up? Stodgy bankers ...

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