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What’s new at the movies?


Escape Plan R A designer of escape-proof prisons is framed for a crime and incarcerated in one of his own prisons. Can he escape? Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, 50 Cent, Faran Tahir, Amy Ryan, Sam Neill

Manes & Trails: Acupuncture, an alternative that can work

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Did you know that acupuncture is an available service to horse owners for their equine friends? It has been for many years, but alternative treatments such as acupuncture are becoming more popular these days. It seems that more and more people I know are moving away from “traditional” medicine and going toward “holistic” therapies for themselves, and many are also including their animals in that movement.

TechPoint: Keystrokes to improve productivity

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“Stop, how did you do that?!” Often, as I work on a client’s computer they will be looking over my shoulder and stop me to ask how I did something. Usually this inquiry comes right after I use a keystroke to copy, cut or paste text or files along with other common tasks that can be done with simple keyboard commands.

Ramona’s Trainer: Take time to get down


It seems that we are always going, going, going. Hard work and diligence is a great trait to have when it comes to your career, family and exercise.

To succeed and make it atop the mountain peaks, you must push and persevere, even when you want to give in. That fringe, the edge

Animal Talk: I’m seeing parrots. What about you?

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I know the weather in Ramona is great, but I didn’t know we went tropical! I’ve been seeing parrots. Have you?

Green parrots have been living in Ramona for several years now. I was thinking who tracks these birds, as I’ve watched them grow in number. And then I found out.

Trimming trees for better reception


Last week I checked the sports’ page recently to see what college and high school football games were on the tube. The UT listed 35 games on Saturday but my satellite system had well over 50 choices. I also noted more high school football games than professional games.

What’s new at the movies?


New in Theaters — September 13

The Family R A Mafia boss and his family are relocated for protection, but their old habits soon emerge, threatening to blow their cover. Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron

Insidious: Chapter 2 PG13 The Lambert family continues to uncover the childhood secret that connected them to the spirit world. Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins

TimeOut with Tambo: Injuries don’t stop this golfer


When Caitlyn Doulgeropoulos shot a personal best 41 against San Pasqual High School in the opening golf match of the season, it was not news. That she played and finished the round was news.

Caitlyn’s coach, John Rathbun, was concerned that she would not be able to finish the round and did not want to put undue pressure on her. Caitlyn has been rehabilitating from injuries and battling pain since the end of last school year. Rathbun was just happy to have her on the team and was willing to let her play herself into shape.

Manes & Trails: Equine travel and illness

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Is traveling with your horse putting her in danger of illness, or worse?

In recent years the outbreaks of equine herpes virus 1, or EHV-1, and other communicable diseases in horses have really caught the attention of horse owners and governmental agencies. Sometimes deadly, the EHV-1 condition, which affects the nervous system of the horse, is

TimeOut with Tambo: Take in a high school sports event this fall


The school year is based on a time when America was an agricultural nation. Students had to be home to help with the crops during the summer. The work that needed every hand in the family to harvest was mostly done by fall so that is when school started.

The school calendar has seen big adjustments during the last decade or so. When I started teaching and coaching in California the school year started in mid-September and ended in mid-June. Most schools in the country started after Labor Day and ended just after Memorial Day.