Website, emails will be down to accommodate upgraded server

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are upgrading our website at http://signaltribune.com and upgrading the server to accommodate a new design layout and online engine. As a result, the http://signaltribune.com website will be inactive today and all email servers will be down the entire weekend. Any messages sent to all of our corresponding emails will not be received. Moreover,…

And in this corner… | May 11, 2018

After being in a relationship for any length of time, you get to know most of the subtleties of your partner. These are all the obvious things like sleep patterns and favorite foods, music, movies and reality-TV shows. You get to know their quirks like leaving every light on in the house. And you can…

And in this corner… | May 4, 2018

We were studying poetry in Mr. Zimmerman’s English class, and he gave us the assignment to bring in a song to play and discuss its structure, rhyming pattern, symbolism, metaphors and meaning. He wanted us to examine poetry in modern music, which was more interesting to us at the time than a “poem lovely as…

And in this corner… | March 30, 2018

I’ve always had a problem with the color of my skin. Let me clarify. It’s the lack of color of my skin that’s the problem. I’m saying there is no color. Translucent. Transparent. Blinding white. So white I’m almost blue. Void of melanin. If I had my own theme songs, they would be “A Whiter…

And in this corner… | March 16

Are you familiar with the Department of Public Works? Well, I am its self-proclaimed biggest fan. That may sound like an odd declaration, but it’s certainly true. I mean, I’m not only a huge fan but can get geeked-out when I see a crew out there doing things to maintain the city. I think my…

And in this corner… | Feb. 23, 2018

“Kevin had a major heart attack.” That’s not what I expected to hear when I answered the phone. I just happened to be at my dad’s house when the call came from Kevin’s mom, who had spent a few hours trying to track me down. “He drove himself to the hospital and flat-lined in the…

And in this corner… | Feb. 9, 2018

“Time it was, and what a time it was, it was a time of innocence, a time of confidences.”—Simon and Garfunkel I grew up in a much different time than today. I’m not saying it was better but, well, maybe I am. Childhood seemed much more grounded and simple, as kids we were very involved…

And in this corner… | Dec. 29

I had another commentary put together that was an “end-of-year” cliché type. It was one with reflection and maybe a few resolutions that I could only dream about fulfilling. But, as I wrote along, I drifted off thinking about what I was grateful for in my life. The bulleted list started to grow pretty easily.…

And in this corner… | Dec. 15

Along my career path, I have been in positions that enabled me to meet, literally, thousands of people. During my days with the Long Beach Marathon, I’d talk to people from all over the state about their running, hobbies or life issues. When I was an event planner of national educational seminars, I got to…

The gift of giving

“I’ll have my Starbucks money soon,” my mom would announce this once a year. “And I want you to use it to pay off a specific bill or debt.” She told us she had purchased stock in Starbucks before the company really took off and received a healthy annual dividend. This would translate into a…

And in this corner… | Nov. 17

Nov. 25 is an important day in Bixby Knolls. It’s Small Business Saturday. You may already know about Black Friday or Cyber Monday, which are designed to stimulate shopping for the larger big-box retailers. But Small Business Saturday is a critical component for your neighborhood. American Express sponsored Small Business Saturday in 2010 to give…

And in this corner… | Nov. 3

I grew up with a full diet of music from my family since the day I was born. My dad fed me Basie, Ellington, Sinatra. Mom fed me opera, classical and show tunes and bought us every Beatles record. My brother and sister fed me the best of rock ‘n’ roll, disco and soul. Once…

And in this corner… | Oct. 20

We are really excited that Beach Streets is returning to the Bixby Knolls area on Saturday, Oct. 28. “What’s Beach Streets?” you ask. From the event’s Facebook page: “Beach Streets opens streets up for walking, bicycling and socializing by temporarily closing thoroughfares to automobile traffic. Known more generally as “open streets” events, similar events are…