Lynn Salsberg sings area’s praises
It was during an evening stroll down Pacific Avenue that Lynn Salsberg first heard the music coming from the Fletcher Cove Community Center, where Solana Beach residents have been gathering for a weekly sing-along since 1987, making it the city’s oldest ongoing neighborhood event. The melodies were reminiscent of her music-filled childhood home, and once she ventured inside those walls, she was hooked. Salsberg has spent nearly 25 years as part of these community sing-along nights, something that inspired her to write the lyrics to “Solana Beach, Our City Proud,” which became the city’s official song in 2006.
Writing a song for Solana Beach paved the way for Salsberg to also write “The Village of Del Mar,” as well as songs for many organizations she volunteers with, including the Hadassah Nurses Council, The Yeomen, Health Care for All California, Canadians in San Diego, and Casa de Amistad.
Salsberg grew up in the tiny gold mining town of Kirkland Lake in Ontario, Canada. Her home was filled with music, as her parents loved to dance and she studied piano. She later attended the University of Toronto, where she earned her degree of science in nursing and became a registered nurse. After graduation, Salsberg instructed first-year nursing students and nursing assistants, taught parenting classes, and worked with adults, adolescents, children and their families as a psychiatric nurse.
Salsberg married and had three children, happily living in Canada, that is, she said, until she “fell on a slippery day walking our golden retriever and decided that would be my last winter in Montreal.” She earned her American nurse registration and took her first position here in 1985 in Chula Vista. The following year she and her family became permanent residents and she continued her psychiatric nursing until Scripps Memorial closed its patient unit. These days she partners with her husband Al in his real estate work. When she’s not working or volunteering, Salsberg still enjoys writing songs for volunteer causes near and dear to her heart, as well as to commemorate special occasions with her family and friends.
1. What brought you to this neighborhood?
Following my love at first sight visit to San Diego in 1982, I wanted to return with my husband and three children for another Christmas vacation. A girlfriend of mine whose husband wanted her to try traveling without him, agreed to accompany me for one week in July 1983. Our task was to find a location to suit all the needs of the family members. My book of bed and breakfast accommodations listed the Britt House downtown and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The picture of the one-story Inn was most appealing and chosen. During the week that we stayed at The Inn we drove north to Oceanside, south to the border, east to Rancho Bernardo and west to Coronado. As The Inn had a beach house in Del Mar, we found that oceanfront and The Poseidon! We made our way back up 101 and at Quick Korner met a realtor who was able to allow a lease to be signed for a two-week rental at The Del Mar Beach Club. It was a perfect location for all. There was a bus for the kids who would not have a car; there was golf close by; there was shopping at Flower Hill and there were beaches. It was pretty much perfect and thus began the plan to relocate from the city of Montreal to the town of Solana Beach in 1985.
2. What makes this town special to you?
Although part of the answer is found in the lyrics of the song “Solana Beach, Our City Proud,” I would emphasize how much residents take great pride in contributing to and being involved in the life of this community. There is a sense of ease of living in our small city on the ocean that even houses a theater! There are ongoing cultural, recreational and educational events often overlapping. The comradeship and the beautiful music enjoyed at the 24-year-long Community Sing Along, from which venue came the Official City Song, is most special!
3. If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what would you add, subtract or improve in the area?
I would find a way to have my husband work with our two daughters’ and our son’s knowledge to help design a public transportation system for our area that would be so effective in attracting ridership that it would be more desirable and enjoyable to use it than to use our cars.
4. Who or what inspires you?
I am amazed and inspired by optimism and by those who can re-frame situations to see alternative outcomes.
5. If you hosted a dinner party for 8, whom [living or deceased] would you invite?
I would first of all have my mother [deceased] cook dinner, bake the dessert and enjoy joining the guests for the compliments and conversation. She would have a wonderful night meeting Florence Nightingale, Hans Selye, Golda Meir, President Obama, Patti Page, Irving Berlin, Sarah Susanka, and Mel Brooks.
6. Tell us about what you are currently reading?
I recently completed reading “Beyond Anger” by Thomas J. Harbin, Ph.D. At present, following a talk held at Book Works in Del Mar, I am reading “Braintrust” by Patricia S. Churchland, professor of philosophy [Emerita] UCSD. I have also been reading excerpts from “To Be with God 12000 BC – 2012 AD despite Limitations of the Brain,” conceived, edited and co-authored by Ed Siegel, M.D.
7. What is your most prized possession?
I prize all my senses but if I must choose one, it would be the 6th sense.
8. What do you do for fun?
I love dinner out with a movie before or after. I have fun writing lyrics to mark special occasions.
I enjoy listening to my grandsons talk and playing with my grand-dog Kirby.
9. Please describe your greatest accomplishment.
I would have to say that my attaining my undergraduate nursing degree and then using that background knowledge through the next 50 years, which allowed me to grow safely, healthfully and comfortably to where I am now.
10. What is your motto or philosophy of life?
“One step at a time.”
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