Author Archives: La Costa Glen

Mistaken Identity

By Les Besser We were seated for dinner one evening in the Avalon when our server introduced himself as Jesse and began to take orders. When he delivered our entrées, I said, “Jesse, I must compliment you for your outstanding job.” “Thank you, Mr. Besser,” he replied while standing across the table. “But my name… Read More »

Gingerbread Houses

By Les Besser Gingerbread has been around since the time of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. At the end of the first millennium, an Armenian monk brought it to Europe where it eventually became associated with Christmas. The tradition of making decorated gingerbread houses began in 19th-century Germany as the result of the story, Hansel… Read More »

Mince Meat

By Dan LeMay Christmas has come and is long gone, except for the much-maligned fruitcake. And one other thing: the genuine mincemeat pie. The closest you can buy around here as special order at Marie Calendars is mince pie, no meat. My grandfather, who was born in a soddy on the Kansas prairie, said that… Read More »


By JoAnn Mullen People remind me that I have a “Vote Nixon” bumper sticker on my car’s left bumper. Many years ago, I decided that if good things come to those who wait, then procrastination must be a virtue. Procrastination, for you uninitiated readers, is having a long list of things to do and going… Read More »

Hanukkah Memories

Contributed by Grace Omens When I was growing up, the eight night celebration of Hanukkah was shared by all family generations, who tended to live close by each other. I always received Hanukkah gelt (money) from my parents and grandparents and I was THRILLED if I got a dollar! My children enjoyed receiving gelt each… Read More »