SIMEON GANT: Pardons are not granted unless they are earned

OPINION – This Christmas Governor Jerry Brown played Santa Claus. He didn’t wear the big red suit and his face is still cleanly shaven. He didn’t even roll out Rudolph, Donner or Dixon. This Christmas, Governor Brown pardoned 91 Californians, saying “Pardons are not granted unless they are earned.” Many of these 91 citizens have […]


OPINION – An anonymous person once stated: “The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of living in the present.” There is one certainty when it comes to this physical life and that one thing is each and every one of us will find ourselves emotionally hurt […]

TALIA WHITE: High Quality H2O: Part 2

OPINION – I stressed in the last article the importance of water. If you have not read it, check it out! It’s called “Water: that high quality H2O.” THIS is the foundation to the start of your fitness journey! Remember, baby steps. And water is that very first step. What I want to talk about […]

LYNNIS WOODS: 5 Healthy Breakfast Ideas For The Busy Over 40

OPINION – If you want to jump start your metabolism try a great low calorie high energy building breakfast.  These are some of my favorite recipes that give me lots of energy and also help me to drop those unwanted pounds.   Berry Berry Breakfast Bowl Ingredients 1 cup non-fat cottage cheese 1/2 scoop (about 3 […]

SIMEON GANT: Wait! What happened in Paris?

OPINION – In the aftermath of the worldwide climate conference, the question still remains, “How does this affect you?” Many people chose to ignore what happened in Paris a week after the terrorist shootings; primarily because many in society simply do not understand what the meeting was all about. Human nature has a tendency to tune […]

LYNNIS WOODS: 6 Great Tips For a Less Stressed Holiday Season

OPINION – Tis the season to give and give and give.  We give presents, we give our time, we give our energy, what we don’t want to do is give away our health.  There are some simple things we can do to make sure that we take good care of ourselves even if we are pressed […]

LYNNIS WOODS: How To Set Up Your Day In A Positive Way

OPINION – I have found that it is very important for me to set my day in a positive way. I have a routine that I have been doing for the last five years that has made such a difference in my life.  While it has involved a time sacrifice, it has ultimately been worth it […]

RICHARD PAN: Thank You for a Successful 2015!

  OPINION – What a year it’s been!  We haven’t slowed down for a minute. That’s why I appreciate the holidays when we take a moment to take stock in what’s important and celebrate all that we have with friends and loved ones. As for me, I give thanks to you and the entire Observer community […]

TIANA BURSE: The Secret of Change

OPINION – An anonymous person once said: “When life gets a little blurry, just adjust your focus.” In life, it is so easy to let the chaos around us become our focal point especially when the negativity of our existence is thrown in our faces 24/7. For example, I can’t think of the last time a […]

LYNNIS WOODS: Great Holiday Appetizers: Low Calories & Fat

OPINION – One of my favorite foods that is packed with nutrients and health benefits is Hummus. Traditionally this dish is a favorite in Middle Eastern countries and it is now very popular in other parts of the world. It has a texture and consistency something like peanut butter. It is very easy to make […]