I cried twice this weekend. The second time was at the memorial service for a woman whose kindness was limitless. She helped start the program I now chair at our church and, as I sat down for the service, I was out of sorts and unfocused, thinking about where I had to be next. Then her children spoke. I cried so hard, I was afraid I might cause a disturbance.
SO LONG, RAKU
Raku on Yale Avenue has closed. The space has been for lease for sometime, but the owners previously said they were looking for a new spot to lease in the Village. Raku, and its sister store Paper Star, have been located on Yale for 40 years, offering cards and unique gifts.
The Daily Beast online ranked the top 25 “Amazing But Overlooked” colleges in the nation. Claremont McKenna College landed on their list of schools “You Haven’t Considered But Should.” The single greatest overlooked quality at CMC? A debtless degree.
Like Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, the Daily Beast notes, is CMC has a “penchant for helping in-need students.” CMC was the third “small” school—those with an endowment below $600 million—to make the no-loan pledge to students.
There is something positive to be said about the city of Claremont as it currently stands.
The city’s portfolio is widespread, no longer so heavily dependent on auto sales or any one source of revenue. Auto Center Drive is once again bustling with business, the council just approved a new housing development off Base Line Road and Mountain Avenue and there is finally movement in the long-dilapidated Peppertree Square.
I woke Tuesday morning with a peculiar feeling.
After more than 20 years of Tuesday newspaper production, it dawned on me that this would be my last. Since the fall of 1991, minus some years of maternity leave and child-rearing, I have spent nearly every Tuesday parked in front of a computer screen at the COURIER, making newspaper pages and advertisements.