David Muscat

Musings with Muscat: Are you prepared?

Looking back, 2011 seems to have been a year where many of us lost loved ones.

Whether it’s just our age group, or life slapping us in the face, it seems to be happening all around us.
What if you were to die today?

I know it's not a fun topic, but it's a necessary conversation to have.

Many individuals recognize the benefits of planning for the future.  Such efforts often uncover problems and frequently provide the motivation to make needed changes. 

For the most part, the issues involved are positive and enjoyable (i.e. retirement, well–educated children, etc.).

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Musings with Muscat: Bah Humbugs and holiday safety

Most of the year we are all busy juggling work, family, friends, community service, etc. Around the holidays, it all seems to go into high gear, but with a joyful twist.

For some, it seems that the holiday season brings out their inner child, but for others, it may awaken their inner grump.

Who are you during the holidays?

Are you a joyful child or a Scrooge?

Are you aware of the tinsel and mistletoe, or just that old lady who cut you off at the mall to steal your parking space?

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Musing with Muscat: Holiday reflections with community all around us

I just returned from a trip back to my midwest roots, which are in Michigan.

It was a bittersweet occasion, with the passing of one of my family's matriarchs. 

The loss of a loved one is never easy, but the fact she had lived such a long, full and exciting life, made it a time to reflect on what is important around us and enjoy the company of those still with us.

I was hit by the feeling of family and community as I spent most of the trip in a small, historic town that embodies community and shared living.

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Musings with Muscat: A look back at Ray at Night's fortuitous "shadow" anniversary with 9/11

This weekend North Park will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Ray at Night. Ten years ago this weekend probably rings a loud bell for all of you readers.

Yes, North Park may have a civic event that's launch 10 years ago shadowed the most catastrophic event in U.S. history, but what makes this little community just east of Hillcrest such an attractive enclave for everyone?

Is it the energy of the business district, the culturally diverse population, or maybe the art galleries and the hip restaurants?

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Musings with Muscat: Community life in North Park

Community is many things to many people – it may consist of a like-minded group of people, a geographic area you choose to call your own, or a combination of both.

The North Park neighborhood of San Diego has become just that community for many individuals and local businesses.

"Diversity" describes the friendly residents of our neighborhood including natives to the area and recent immigrants; both young and old, married and single, straight and gay – a full array of races, nationalities, and religions, all living together.

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THURSDAY: SDGLN to present second Equality Mixer at West Coast Tavern

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Gay & Lesbian News (SDGLN) invites the community to play, meet and connect this Thursday evening at the second quarterly networking mixer.

As in previous SDGLN mixer events, the Spring Scavenger Hunt Mixer will "put a twist" on the traditional networking event by making a game out of networking.

The event will be hosted at West Coast Tavern, 2895 University Ave. in North Park, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.