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Take inspiration in 2009 from those around us

As we dive into a new year that’s certain to be filled with joy and challenge, disappointment and success, we should take inspiration from those people featured in today’s paper as those to keep an eye on in the coming year.

Find oldies but goodies at resale shops

Has the market meltdown taken some of the fizz out of your holiday spirit?

If you want to save money on one-of-a-kind gifts and sparkly new outfits, think resale. Here are three local stores where smart shoppers can snag stunning bargains:

HOT SPOTS: ‘Tis the season to be pampered, part 2

The word “spa” comes from the name of a small town in Belgium, famous since medieval times for its healing hot springs.

Rancho La Puerta may not have hot springs, but it’s certainly healing, and hot enough for SpaFinder Magazine to call it the No. 1 spa in Mexico.

‘Tis the season to be pampered, part one

Local spas serve up delicious new ways to de-stress

It’s been a crazy, crisis-filled year and now the holidays are coming. What we all need is a surefire way to de-stress. Can you say spa?

Hot Spots: A Halloween alternative – Celebrate life with the dead

If you’re not the type who likes to carve pumpkins and dress up like a zombie, here’s a fresh alternative to the same old Halloween doings: a bit of ancient pre-Columbian custom mixed with some Catholic All Saints’ Day ritual and a dash of contemporary Latin American folk art, adding up to Day of the Dead, a traditional Hispanic holiday that coincides with our Halloween.

In Mexico, El Dia de los Muertos is a major event, a reminder that death is a natural part of life, and that a time set aside for remembering lost loved ones can still be a joyful occasion.

Hot Spots: Watsu means wetter, better bodywork

Driving down a busy street in Oceanside, you’d never suspect that behind one of the ordinary-looking 1950s houses is a tropical lagoon, a veritable Watsu heaven.

What’s Watsu? It’s a form of aquatic bodywork created in the 1980s by San Francisco massage therapist Harold Dull. Combining stretching techniques from Japanese shiatsu with the comforting weightlessness of floating in body-temperature water, he developed a system that relaxes both body and mind, and is now used around the world in clinics and spas.

Wet and wild dolphin safari

As a nature-lover, I’ve often thought of going on safari. But Africa’s far, far away, and I never liked the idea of spending so much time in a Jeep. But when friends tipped me off to a nearby sailing safari, I couldn’t resist.

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