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Articles by BJ Coleman

The old virtues may be forgotten for a time. Once remembered, they resonate as before.

Attitudes toward aging have revolutionized. Later stages of life, recently seen as a time of decline and increasing seclusion for all but a fortunate few, have become days of good health and active engagement for most individuals who have racked up abundant calendar years. Instrumental in this change are advances in treatment of common age-related medical conditions, adjustments in minor accommodations for living assistance, and simplifications of daily self-care chores. The prevailing view now is that people can enjoy life, live well and do well, no matter their age.

Lions and Widows bet against the odds in a night of “gamblin’ ’n’ carousin’” in Old West saloon style.

The El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club and the Winchester Widows joined forces in the Lions’ annual fundraiser on May 17 at the Ronal Reagan Community Center in El Cajon.

What’s a brand to do? A company can build a sound reputation as a quality business, and then watch customer tastes drift away, in changing times and competitive marketplaces.

Rewind to 44 years ago.

The Vietnam War was slowing down but still so contentious that normal civility among Americans had soured. Nevertheless, some then-youngsters in East County were determined that their neighbors who had fallen in that conflict would be honored, just as war dead had been remembered for sacrifice throughout U.S. history.

Longtime East County resident Samuel M. Cicora was honored at his home on April 3, by a visiting delegation of officers from El Cajon American Legion Post 303. Cicora served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant during combat in New Guinea and the Philippines. He turns 96 on May 14.

Have you ever felt like a ball tossed around by the whims of fate, then found yourself wishing for resiliency to bounce you back into the steady rhythms of life? Longtime El Cajon resident Guy Sarver would have two answers for you, if you have encountered these unsettling sensations.