January 2023 Has Been a Kick in the Pants

Flavia PotenzaBy Flavia Potenza

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January 2023 Has Been a Kick in the Pants
Photo by Kimmy Liliedahl Cinder went on her first road trip recently for a couple of weeks to visit the relatives. Snuggled into her crate, her accommodations were just like home only moving. But she’s used to running errands with the folks so why not this. A fella’s gotta take a break after all that driving and Cinder needs some cuddle time with Cris.
Has anyone else had problems easing into 2023? It better get better than this month was. Kathie Gibboney lets us know from her Corner of the Canyon that you’re not alone and manages to offer hope in the face of adversity. (Page 13) All in all, we have a pretty buoyant issue with good news about Topanga Actors Company (Page 5), Carolyn Day’s Growing Hope Gardens (Page 6), and Lola Babalon’s new weekly Plant Walk (Page 7). Over the winter holiday, Topanga El students and their new science teacher captured photos of the abundant wildlife that inhabits their campus (Page 12). The only thing you must read and take seriously is Sr. Reporter Annemarie Donkin’s coverage of the quarterly Topanga Emergency Management Task Force meeting with vital information about being prepared for disaster. (Page 4) With the abundance of challenges in the first month of 2023, you might want to check in with a psychic instead of your psychiatrist. Kait Leonard offers some tips on how to choose a psychic (Page 10). No, we did not forget Valentine’s Day. Sarah Spitz discovered “Three Queens and a King,” who offer a Valentine’s Day Drag Brunch with entertainment at Sorry Not Sorry restaurant on February 11. So what if it’s a little early? Love is Love. (Pages 8-9)
My Name is Tiko!

Meet Tiko, Karen Moran’s Conure parrot, whose name we got wrong in her feature, “The Nature Boys, the Nature Girl and Me” (The Canyon Chronicle, January 20, 2023, Vol. 4, No. 1). Since she appeared with Karen in her photo, it’s only right that we call her by her given name. Apologies, Tiko.
Frank Kelly, 1929-2023

Frank Kelly, formerly of Kelly Gulch, unexpectedly passed away of congestive heart failure in Camarillo on January 20, 2023. He was 93. Frank was a Topanga resident for 43 years with his wife of 64 years, Michelene (aka “Mike”), who wrote in an email, “I like to think he’s up there having a shot of Irish Whiskey with Mary Colvig Rhodes.” Mike is compiling “some words about the man” along with memories, her own and their children, Michael and Mia, for a tribute to be published in The Canyon Chronicle. “He loved Topanga so much,” Mike said. And Topanga loved him. We welcome memories from those who knew him. Nothing was mentioned by the family of a memorial. Details are forthcoming.
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