Thoughts from the Publisher | July 21

I’ve often been told that I need to “get a life.” Most of my hours away from work are spent either attending local meetings or nonprofit events, running errands, loving up on my mom or sleeping. Last week I not only got a life, I spent Thursday evening through Monday living it. After work on…

Thoughts from the Publisher | June 30

Happy birthday, America! On Tuesday, July 4, we will celebrate our country with picnics, parades, family gatherings, professional fireworks shows and, in many cases, a day off from work. Although in the past, many of us Long Beach and Signal Hill residents commemorated our country’s birthday with fireworks purchased from local stands, it is now…

Thoughts from the Publisher | June 2

For those of you who are looking for something special to do over the summer, I have a unique suggestion. It has come to my attention that Long Beach Transit (LBT) has developed a unique plan to encourage local residents to explore other cities and learn something new. The name of the program is Museum…

Thoughts from the Publisher | May 26

At this time of year, I often hear folks talking about their plans for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Recently, I saw such a discussion on a neighborhood smartphone app that ended up pretty heated. The main topic was confusion about the differences between Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) and Veterans…

Thoughts from the Publisher | May 19

Although I am addicted to local print news and advertising, I do enjoy participating in my Facebook account. That online social-networking website keeps me informed about what’s happening in my neighborhood, as well as what my family members in faraway places are up to these days. I especially enjoy posted pictures of my friends and…

Thoughts from the publisher | May 12

With this Sunday being our country’s official observance of Mother’s Day, I wish a happy day to all of you grandmothers, mothers, mothers-to-be, stepmothers or those who have been “like a mother” to someone in need of mothering. In today’s world we celebrate Mother’s Day with emails, flowers, greeting cards, brunches, dinners, long-distance phone calls…

Thoughts from the Publisher | May 5

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Most of my young life I thought May 5 was Mexican Independence Day. I’m not sure why. I have no memory of learning anything about the holiday in elementary school, junior high or high school. In those days, our history lessons focused on American history rather than world history. Furthermore, I…

Thoughts from the publisher | April 28

Several years ago, I dedicated one of my columns to explaining my frustration with communicating with those around me. In that first writing, I quoted 18th Century theologian Joseph Priestley, who, by the way, discovered oxygen; the quote was as follows: “The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.” I still agree…

Thoughts from the Publisher | April 21

By: Neena Strichart Publisher It seems that folks are really enjoying our resurrection of our old feature known as “Reminiscing.” After recently hearing praises on the vintage photos and memories that I have been running in my column, I knew I would be on the lookout for more items to share with our readers. A…