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Articles by Cynthia Robertson

Quite often, a woman finds that the best way for her to cope with the ups and down as she experiences a transition in life is to talk to another woman. For many women these days, their most pressing concern could be a need for a shift in career. For others, it might have to do with a moody teenager. Perhaps the need is a spiritual one. Maybe, too, she just needs a friend.

The idea of being a writer appeals to many wannabes. Dreams of popularity fuel their hope. The reality is that writing is a solitary activity demanding self-discipline. Writers need each other’s encouragement and focus. East County Writers, who meet at the Rancho San Diego

The shooting incident on Prince Street in August of last year still reverberates throughout the minds and lives of people in the East County.

Innocent victims died that day, and El Cajon Police officer Jarred Slocum was injured when the suspect opened fire on him, striking Slocum in the head.

The Junior Crew from Rubio’s Performing and Dance Studio, which recently relocated to 237 East Main St. in downtown El Cajon, is a regular performer at Classic Car Cruise and other events in East County. With the first resounding boom of the young percussionists, everyone crowds around to watch and hear.

Just as Comic-Con was winding down, a whole slew of magical characters met at sundown at the New Century Buffet in El Cajon. It was the annual gathering for members of Ring 76 of the Brotherhood of Magicians to install the club’s new board of directors and to hand out awards.

SANTEE — Just after dinnertime, Jessica Barna walked to a table in the middle of the Santee Library. Several people were waiting to hear her presentation, ”Meet Me At the Dinner Table.”

“My goal is to help bring family dinners back to America,” said Barna, founder of Kitchens Resolved. “That means keeping the TV turned off and having conversations.”

EL CAJON — The East County Democratic Club had one of its own members, Mary Kay Rosinski, talk about her hopes of serving a second term as vice president on the Governing Board of Grossmont College.

Rosinski grew up in El Cajon. She attended Anza and Emerald elementary schools and graduated from Granite Hills High.

Rosinski is a trustee in District No. 5 of the GCCCD Board whose district received new lines for its five election areas.

EL CAJON — As part of the year-long 50th anniversary celebration, Grossmont Community College is hosting a special Sweethearts Desert reception on Feb. 10. These sweethearts are couples who have met at the college and later married.

A dozen couples have already confirmed that they would be there. Some of them share their stories in this newspaper.

Chris Lee said that she met her future husband, Randy, during their first semester at the college in 1975. They met in a beginning volleyball class with Coach Gillespie.