September 30th, 2013

OPINION – The Library As ‘Third Place’

Exploring The New Central Library As A Venue For Community Engagement

Today marks the first official day of operations for the new San Diego Central Library @ Joan ^ Irwin Jacobs Common, following a weekend of grand opening festivities and a sneak peek of the ground floor.

Renamed and fully funded, the nine-story building at


August 18th, 2013

BOOKS – The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving

In the spirit of Jeff Speck’s Suburban Nation comes a new and equally searing indictment of life in suburgatory: The End of the Suburbs, Where the American Dream Is Moving, by Leigh Gallagher.  Those familiar with Speck’s earlier work will find Gallagher’s book a welcome addition to the growing list of hyper critical treatise on life in suburbia.


August 4th, 2013

BOOKS – The Go-Giver

A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

“Most people just laugh when they hear that the secret to success is giving…Then again, most people are nowhere near as successful as they wish they were.”

This gem of a quick read, just 128 pages, reminds me of Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World.


July 24th, 2013

BOOKS – Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step At a Time

The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core.  But in the typical American city, including San Diego, the car is still king, and downtown is a place that’s easy to drive to but often not worth arriving at (fortunately and thankfully not


July 22nd, 2013

BOOKS – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

At least one-third of the people you know are introverts.  They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying.  Though some of them may be innovative and creative, they tend to dislike self-promotion and favor working on their own rather than brainstorming in teams.

Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a