IRS problems are a very personal issue and people facing them often do not know where to turn for help. "IRS problems generally affect all aspects of your life,” says Edward Daoud, Ph.D., MBA., EA. "Many people just live with the problem for months and sometimes years, assuming that nothing can be done about it.” For anyone facing IRS problems, imagine how relieved they'd feel in the hands of a competent expert who deals with the IRS on a daily basis - a professional who truly cares about helping people. An expert who would give them the peace of mind…
Your heart is pounding, your hands are clenched, and terror permeates your very being. You are scared to death, petrified to look at the screen, read any further or continue to watch the actors on stage - but it does not get any better than this! Do some people get an endorphin high from being scared? Yes, some researchers do believe that the typical physical reaction to suspenseful movies, books or plays results in the release of opiate endorphins. Addiction to suspense is tied up in biology. That is, the story revs up the body’s sympathetic nervous system, inducing stress…
It seems hard to avoid the shelves of junk and snack foods near the checkout lines anywhere you shop. Gas stations, local hardware shops, clothing stores and others make one last push to make that extra sale of gum, candy, chips and sugary drinks by making them available in the checkout line. Sadly, often these sales end up as added empty calories to your diet. Dr. Miles Masatsugu, Medical Director with CalOptima, the health insurance provider for thousands of adults (and children) throughout Orange County, has advice for making a healthier store exit: Use Self-Checkout Lanes: Most retail and grocery…
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Surf City’s Most Unique Gifts & Décor Boutique Diane Silverstein had never heard of the show “Absolutely Fabulous” when she named her aptly-titled gifts and décor boutique in central Huntington Beach. But the fun-loving, irreverent, blonde, champagne-promoting show does give a glimpse into what makes Absolutely Fabulous such a treasure. Absolutely Fabulous is not your run-of-the-mill, Hallmark-style gift shop; they are as fun and irreverent as the show they share a name with. “We’re like family here,” glows Diane. “I give my regulars a 10% discount on everything, and we often know what they’re looking for before they do.” The…
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Pets of the Month

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Handsome Crockett is every bit the distinguished looking gentleman. With striking green eyes and an incredibly sweet disposition, this 9 year old American Bobtail mix is quite the kitty catch! If you’re looking for a calm and loving feline friend, you can’t go wrong with Crockett!     Meet Oink, a 4 year old kitty searching for her new family.  Much more likely to greet you with a “Meow,” Oink has a laid-back personality that makes her a great lap cat.  She gets along with most people and cats and would make a fabulous addition to almost any home!  …
Full disclosure: I am a mom. It’s a fact that may belie my bias when I tell you that sometimes a girl simply needs a break. Children, husbands, work, the unending demands of every single day… it catches up with you. Even the oft-offered advice, “You must make time for yourself!” can feel like just another pressure. The anecdote to the mayhem? A few relaxing days away in wine country, visiting family and friends. With our two young children in tow, my husband and I headed to Napa and neighboring Yountville, where we whiled away the days wining, dining, playing…
Six years ago, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) ignited controversy in the medical community when they advised against most routine screening for prostate cancer with a PSA blood test. Specifically, the recommendation set off a firestorm of debate in the urological community because most urologists are strong advocates of annual prostate testing with a PSA and a rectal examination. Are you confused? Should men continue to have their annual prostate exam? I asked Dr. Robert Pugach, Medical Director of Pacific Coast Urology Medical Center, his opinion of the USPSTF’s finding and what he advises men to do.…
The 5th Element of Health Therapy for Pain Relief Dr. Oz featured PEMF on his show in 2011 as the biggest breakthrough in pain management he had ever seen. Let’s begin by looking at some statistics. Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Chronic pain affects 100-million Americans, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. One in three Americans is affected by one of more than 100 types of arthritis that usually results in severe pain. Fibromyalgia affects 12-million Americans, most of whom are women. And research shows that 50-70% of patients die in…
September 22-25, 2016 Multi-million dollar renovated marina will host new event celebrating the boating lifestyle, with interactive exhibits and education for all ages Marine enthusiasts from Southern California will experience the first boating lifestyle event in a reimagined harbor setting when the Southern California Boat Show navigates its way to Cabrillo Way Marina in Los Angeles Harbor, San Pedro (2293 Miner St., San Pedro) Thursday, September 22 through Sunday, September 25. Produced by the Duncan McIntosh Company, the four-day boating event will feature more than 200 new and used boats of all types and price points, including trawlers, cruisers, sportfishers,…
Why do I need a Medicare Insurance Broker/Agent?  I’ve already got a plan! Many of you on Medicare may have enrolled years ago and felt that your plan has been just fine and no need to make any changes. Perhaps you initially enrolled by calling an Insurance Company directly or had an agent enroll you during the Annual Enrollment period, BUT... did you know that the person that had helped you may no longer be in this field, or were a telesales agent of which you would not hear from to do a review? Medicare plans DO change every year!…
September 29, 2016 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall Renowned as “one of the greatest flamenco dancers of this new century” (The New York Times), Farruquito makes his Segerstrom Center debut on Thursday, September 29 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with his latest show, Improvisao, an intimate dance program that showcases his incomparable talent for daring improvisation. It is a celebration of flamenco performed in the most traditional manner where the dancer and the musicians return to flamenco’s visceral origins. Hailing from a flamenco family dynasty, the Spanish-born Farruquito is known for his passionate and…
It’s safe to say that if you’ve lived in California long enough, you’ve felt your fair share of minor earthquakes and witnessed a handful of wildfires during dry months. Whether it’s a long-term power outage or a large-scale earthquake, preparing for the unexpected can be simple and you can get started today. September is National Preparedness Month, and there is no better time to get started on an emergency supplies kit. A natural disaster can strike at any moment. Getting prepared can be as easy as gathering a few items that are already around your home. According to U.S. Tornado…
Whether it’s research for a novel, a play or inspiration for a painting, artists of all types have always traveled the world for both knowledge and inspiration. Because of their exploration, windows to the world were opened to the masses long before world travel became common. The information exchanged exposed cultural, racial and sexual differences, opening the eyes of both the explorer and the explored. The artist, whether on site in new surroundings or after returning home, will inevitably use their artistic license, which may create a slightly skewed interpretation in their work. The observer or patron becomes a part…
An attractive Southern belle lined with blooming dogwoods and fragrant azaleas, Atlanta bears the distinction of being as some call it - a small town trapped in a big city or perhaps more accurately, a collection of small towns. In any event, this “capital city of the New South” was surprisingly far more lush with greenery than we envisioned. What was not unexpected were the abundance of historic sites, commercial enterprises, burgeoning art scene and of course, Southern hospitality. It’s a city that has been known by many names over the years (it was once called Terminus and Marthasville), but…
With flowers in bloom, pollen released by plants and increased pollution; there are more irritants than ever in the air. This makes it hard for most people with asthma hard to breathe. One way to help simply manage your asthma is to follow an action plan to help you to track your symptoms, ultimately keeping you or your child out of the doctor’s office or hospital. According to a recent study from the University of Southern California, children with asthma who were exposed to higher concentrations of particles were more likely to develop bronchitis. One of the best ways to…
Back and better than ever before! Pacific Symphony takes audience members to the edge of their seats for the film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes – Indiana Jones! Relive the magic on the silver screen with the great original adventure, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” featuring Harrison Ford as the intrepid, renowned archaeologist and expert in the occult, with John Williams’ thrilling score to the full-length film performed live by the Symphony. The compelling storyline brings together a profound religious-archaeological icon, the Ark of the Covenant (basically a means for speaking to God) and the…
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Pets of the Month

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Boss is an affectionate pup with tons of love to give!  At only 6 months old, he is well mannered and plays well with the other dogs.  Snuggles and kisses are his very favorite things.  Take him home and he’s sure to fill your life with fun!   One year old Cecily is a real sweetie of a rabbit who is looking for her new home! Easy to handle, Cecily loves to be pet.  She can be a tad shy at first but warms up quickly. Cecily has great litter box habits and would make a wonderful friend for someone…
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DIY Origami Bookmarks

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A Fun Craft to Do With Your Grandkids! Kick start the new school year with this month’s back-to-basics crafting project! These homemade Origami bookmarks will certainly keep the kids’ book reading homework in order! Teachers can make this a fun class assignment for the students or parents use this for a creative family night with the kids! WHAT YOU NEED: Card stock or scrapbook paper: assorted colors Card stock or scrapbook paper: black, white, pink Scissors Glue stick Hole punch Steps: Select card stock color and cut into a 6” X 6” square Fold in half to make a triangle…
Are you 40, 50, or 60 years old? Do you wish you had the “spring in your step” that you had in your younger days? How about being as strong and fit as you were in college or back in your 20s? I’m here to tell you that this is ALL possible and I am living proof.  I’m sure I have met many of you, but for those I have not met, my name is Paul Fetters and I will turn 60 years old later this year. I have four children ranging in age from 20 to 25 years old.…
What’s the house really worth? Before the Internet, consumers had few resources to gain insight into what homes were selling for. They could talk to neighbors, call a real estate agent, or manually search through public records. Today, however, consumers can turn to one of the many Web-based home valuation sites for a price estimate of almost any home in the country. As useful as they may seem to buyers and sellers, you have probably discovered by now that the price estimates on websites are usually not very accurate. For people who are going to buy or sell a home this year,…

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