One From the Heart

Ellie Edwards, a fortysomething massage therapist in Avila Beach, recently took an English class out at Cuesta to brush up on her creative writing skills. Little did she realize how one assignment would change her life.          For her final paper, Ellie decided to write about altruistic organ donation and her research took her to reading “One From the Heart”

The Little Store That Could

True story. I’m standing outside the Crushed Grape the other day, having just finished lunch. Two older women walk out of the neighboring Embassy Suites and approach me. They seem very nice. They’re from Chicago, they explain. In town for a wedding. The women have a question. Is it true that there’s an Applebee’s nearby?Continue reading “The Little Store That Could”

Let Me Be Clear

The suits have been shuffling in and out of Zaca Lane for the last few months; anonymous, earnest-looking faces roaming the halls at Clear Channel Radio, trying to decide the key question. Do they want to spend $20 million to buy four San Luis Obispo radio stations and another four stations in Santa Maria? InContinue reading “Let Me Be Clear”