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Articles by BJ Coleman

Jonathon Marroquin has had more difficult life experiences than most people ever live through. When Marroquin provides counsel, his advice should be considered thoughtfully. 

“Share your story,” he says. “When you are feeling most vulnerable, reach out for help, not only for yourself but for those you love. Your experience is not unique, and you are not alone.”

During a recent interview in El Cajon, Marroquin shared his story.

“Cowboy Christmas” came to downtown El Cajon on Nov. 30, at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum, for a midday gathering in Old West style celebration of the late-year holidays. The event was replete with Westerners, including a special appearance from Cowboy Santa, who sat for photos with wine social luncheon guests of arts patrons and supporters of the Western museum, and cowboy members of the Olaf Wieghorst Posse.

A quilt can be a creation of beauty pieced together from forgotten fabric scraps and torn, unwanted cloth. East County’s Kim Ruby, as founder of Kingdom Quilters a little over two years ago, knows a lot about stitching together a beautiful endeavor that redeems forgotten, unappreciated pieces of life at deep levels of meaningful craft.

Longevity matters. California Coast Credit Union, as successor financial institution to San Diego Teachers Credit Union, lays claim as the oldest credit union in San Diego, founded in 1929. 

Once upon a time…

The Mother Goose Parade is all about fairy tales represented in real life.

Tracie Renee is her own best advertisement. She is high energy and brimming with enthusiasm describing her work. And she’d like everyone she counsels to feel as good as she does at work. She is a holistic health practitioner and certified massage therapist.

Have you seen vapors and fogs and seemingly ghostly apparitions dance before your eyes on Washington Avenue? Have you heard late-night screams there recently? Have you observed frightened persons running from the area? If only the elk whose trophy head graces the “Haunted Lodge” lobby wall could speak!  He could tell tales of scares and ghouls and blood and campers lost -- and then, unfortunately, found in gory or dead condition.

Skeletons driving cobwebbed classic cars amid pumpkins galore? 

That was how Main Street in downtown El Cajon was decked out for “Trunk or Treat” on Oct. 25, for the last weekly Cajon Classic Cruise show of the season. The classic vehicles are usually polished and shined to show off, but for the Halloween-themed night, many were costumed themselves for scary fun. Children and families wandered along the street from car to van to truck, asking for trick or treat sweets and enjoying the show.

Patients may have recognized Brutus and Milagra as their frequent therapy dog visitors at the clinics and wards in the Sharp Grossmont Hospital complex. But, then again—maybe not. 

The photogenic canine duo were garbed up Egyptian style, as “King Mutt” and “Cleo-pet-ra.” And pet therapy colleagues similarly in disguise joined the two for the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Therapy Pet Halloween Parade during morning hours on Oct. 25.

East County enjoys abundant good weather and communities featuring small-town friendliness, all close to land that can produce fine agricultural crops and products. That theme permeated the third annual “A Toast to East County,” staged by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce on the outdoor patio of the El Cajon Elks Lodge #1812 on Oct. 22.