"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." 

Mother Teresa 



...and a couple from Mark Twain for a little post election humor.


 "History has tried hard to teach us that we can't have good government under politicians. Now, to go and stick one at the head of the government couldn't be wise."  


"This nation is like all the others that have been spewed upon the earth--ready to shout for any cause that will tickle its vanity or fill its pocket. What a hell of a heaven it will be when they get all these hypocrites assembled there."


"The only person who likes change is a wet baby."



WOO HOO!  THE RIPE CHOICE HAS ITS THANKSGIVING TO GO MENU SET.  If you would like your Thanksgiving dinner delivered the day before or picked up please call Tammy at 310-962-4597 ortammy@theripechoice.net or www.theripechoice.net.Her pressed (panini style) short rib sandwich has been a big hit.  It is now on the regular Fall menu.  She has also put her half Grownup Grilled Cheese sandwich and homemade tomato soup on the menu.Her holiday catering calendar is filling up.  If you need to book her for a party CALL NOW!!
If  you are looking for an airplane book to read pick up SHIBUMI by Trevainian.  This was first published in 1979.  Same guy who wrote The Eiger Sanction.  "The only writer of airport paperbacks to be compared to Zola, Ian Fleming, Poe and Chaucer." -- New York Times.  Look it up.  A very fun read.
A FRIEND OF MINE SENT ME THIS TO SEND TO MY COLLEGE KID...I think relevant to pass along to your kids in Middle School or High School.  My friend has started Charter schools, been a teacher, was a good college student and single handedly raised a very smart daughter who I keep trying to set up with one of my sons.J.L.'s COLLEGE ADVICE:1. Sit near the front to force yourself to stay engaged.  2. Plan time at the library after class to organize your notes and do the reading for the next class.3. Stay ahead so you can figure out if you need tutoring, free ones are available.  4. Organize study groups.  It is a fun way to review material for exams and find out the best people to join up with for group projects.YOU HEAR THAT, LIPPS BOYS!!!


The 10-week program is designed to familiarize citizens with how the police department operates and is not intended to prepare individuals for street duty as police officers, said MBPD Officer Stephanie Martin who is also the academy coordinator.

The academy, with instruction by police officers, support personnel and management staff, will give participants an informative and hands-on overview of the fundamentals of police procedures, programs and policies. Each class will highlight select divisions (i.e. patrol, SWAT, K-9, traffic and detectives) of MBPD.

The first class will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 from 6-9 p.m. in the community room of MBPD. Classes will continue every Thursday, with a graduation ceremony on March 14. 

To participate, you must submit an application and meet the following criteria:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Reside or work within the city of Manhattan Beach
  • Not have any felony convictions
  • Not be wanted for any crime
  • Submit to a limited background check that will include any warrants and criminal history.

For APPLICATION or more information, call Officer Martin at 310-802-5186 or email mbpdcpa@citymb.info. 


its that time again for NEIGHBOR NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST TRICIA STRICKFADEN to feature her holiday specials on her art.

Her beautiful sunset series is available as well...special ends Dec. 24.  All of Tricia's painting are 20-45% off.  Check out her blog atwww.tsmodernart.blogspot.com for all the available painting for the Sale.


Thanks, S.L.    

Carrots, Eggs, and Coffee

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up.  She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. 

Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see." 

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied. 

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. 

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma the daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?" 

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its insides became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? 

Think of this: Which am I?

I'm I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? 

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? 

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? 

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. 
Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.   

 FINALLY, A LITTLE HUMOR!  Thanks, V.F.A rather elderly gentleman (mid-eighties) walks into an upscalecocktail lounge. He is very well-dressed, smelling slightly of an
expensive after-shave, hair well-groomed, great-looking suit, flower in hislapel. He presents a suave, well-looked-after image.

Seated at the bar is an elderly fine-looking lady (mid-seventies).

The gentleman walks over, sits along-side of her, orders a drink, takes a sip,turns to her and says, "So tell me, good looking, do I come hereoften?"


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