The Name of a Road

By Pastor Mark Hopper I love history and biographies. I enjoy learning about the lives of people and their journeys through life. It is fascinating to learn how a road or a street got its name. Recently I was driving down a major road in Scottsdale, Arizona and the saw a sign on a side […]

Attitude is Everything

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

By Nancy Stoops Do you see a half filled glass as half empty or as half full?  Do you tend to see what’s wrong with your life or do you focus on what is right with your life?  Would you consider yourself a negative person or a positive person?  Do you wake up everyday being […]

Lost in New York City

By Mark Hopper      Recently, my wife and I had the opportunity to travel to New York City.  I had been there 30 years ago on a trip with my father and my wife had been there about 20 years ago with two girl friends. But, we had never been in New York City […]

Diamond Bar Housing Market Falters Too!

By Nef Cortez I wrote last week on the California housing market as reported by the California Association of Realtors’ (C.A.R.) on the subject of the statewide faltering housing market in California.  The data showed that for first time in nearly two years, the rate of home sales in California fell below the 400,000 level for […]

Breaking Ground

By Mark Hopper   Recently, my wife and I were able to attend the Ground Breaking service for Vantage Point Church in Eastvale, California.  Our effort to launch a new church in this new community actually started 15 years ago in January, 2003.   Several families from our church had moved to this new community […]

As Good As It Gets

By Nancy Stoops   Have you ever had a moment that just feels totally perfect?  Do you ever go through chunks of time feeling so in sink with the world?  Isn’t it just wonderful when you feel that blissful momentum just carrying though.  These are the times I believe that things feel as good as […]

Housing Market Falters

By Nef Cortez The California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) reported that for the first time in nearly two years, the rate of home sales in California fell below the 400,000 level, with the annualized number of sales falling for the fourth straight month to 399,600.  The sales rate declined 1.8 % from July, and down […]

See the Miracles

By Melody Kraemer Do you ever wish for a miracle? Do you ever hope things would change? Do you dream about how things could be better? I use to. Every day I would pray for a miracle that my child with autism would understand and have a full conversation with me. When I asked about […]

Entertainment

By Mark Hopper   My wife and I have eight grandchildren.  The oldest is ten and the youngest will be two in November.  It has been a wonderful experience watching them grow up.  There have been a number of milestones like taking their first steps and saying their first words.  I actually got my name […]

Stuck in Your Home?

By Nef Cortez One of the factors driving California housing prices higher is that there are many people stuck in their homes because they cannot afford to sell the home where they live and move to another comparable one, or even one of lesser value. A large number of Californians purchased their homes more than […]

Be Who You Want to Become

By Nancy Stoops Change is something that doesn’t happen overnight.  Just for a moment I want you to think about who you long to be.  For me I always want to be happy and peaceful.  The way that I work on this is by trying to smile, laugh and appreciate every day and then I […]

Three Generatons

By Mark Hopper My wife and I grew up in the Phoenix area. When we were young, our parents took us to Southern California for summer vacation. We didn’t know each other at the time, but our families went to a lot of the same places like San Diego, Mission Beach, Sea World and Disneyland. After […]

Be Grateful if You Know How to Love Well

By Nancy Stoops Believe it or not, not everybody is raised with knowing how to love well.  My patients sometimes wish they had a different kind of heart that wouldn’t cause them so much pain.  I always tell them how lucky they are to have the capacity to love with such depth and compassion.  They […]

Proposition 5 and Taxes Affect Me How?

By Nef Cortez Whether or not you are a homeowner, get familiarized with California’s Proposition 5 regarding property taxes.  In one form or another, this measure will affect you or your family members.  As usual, during the elections, you will be hearing about the pros and cons from interested parties as to how they recommend […]

Love And Work

By Mark Hopper One of our daughters and her husband bought a house in Orange County about a year ago. They were thankful to be able to purchase a house to raise their two young daughters. Our son-in-law and daughter worked hard to get settled and make their house into their home.  They purchased new furniture, […]

A Bad Day Doesn’t Make You a Bad Mother

By Melody Kraemer Have you ever had one of those days where you couldn’t wait for bedtime? How about one of those days where nothing seems to go right? Maybe today was one of those days where you think you had the entire day planned out perfectly and not one thing you planned happened? Or […]

Saying Goodbye

By Mark Hopper My family and I are very sad to say “Goodbye” to an old friend.  Actually the friend is not a person but a restaurant in Diamond Bar.  The word began to circulate this week that the Whole Enchilada restaurant is closing. It has been a part of our family for 30 years.   […]

When Life Gives You Lemons

By Melody Kraemer – Autism Mom Have you heard that saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?” Don’t you think that’s just way too easy? When life gives me lemons, I make a cake or cupcakes. I may even make a drink with alcohol, but I never settle on lemonade. What does it really mean when […]

Rents Still Skyrocketing?

By Nef Cortez I have reported on home values rising fast in Diamond Bar. Today, we take a look at how fast rents are increasing as well. Home values typically follow the pattern of economic recessions, with prices increasing as the economy improves, and peaking at about the same time or slightly after the economy […]

Being Okay With Letting Go

By Nancy Stoops We hang on to our stuff so very tightly.  It seems as if our stuff actually becomes part of who we are.  I think it becomes the part of us that we don’t like very much, yet we have such a deep rooted sense of fear about letting go of all of […]