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Roger’s Thought of the Day: Sept. 19, 2014

Thought of the Day

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.” — John Green

Roger’s Thought of the Day: Sept. 18, 2014

Thought of the Day

“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” — Eckhart Tolle

Roger’s Thought of the Day: Sept. 15, 2014

Thought of the Day

“You’ll meet more angels on a winding path than a straight one.” — Terri Guillemets

Roger’s Thought of the Day: Sept. 12, 2014

Thought of the Day

“Do all the good you can and make as little fuss about it as possible.” — Charles Dickens

Roger’s Thought of the Day: Sept. 11, 2014

“Compassion is the radicalism of our time” — Dalai Lama


Roger’s Thought of the Day: Sept. 5, 2014


Thought of the Day

The best advice I’ve ever received is, “No one else knows what they’re doing either.” — Ricky Gervais

Roger’s Thought of the Day: Sept. 3, 2014

“Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective.” — Doe Zantamata

Wings Over Wendy’s: Looking back, moving forward

Roger Ewing & Cindy Libonati visit veterans at Wings Over Wendy’s in West Hills

“When you lose a veteran, you lose a library,” Barney Leone said.

Leone is an 89-year-old veteran of the U.S. Navy who served in World War II. Every Monday, rain or shine, the West Hills resident joins around 50 other veterans for breakfast at the Wendy’s restaurant on Platt and Victory Boulevard to share friendship and stories of their service past. Art Sherman, 92, serves as the leader of the troupe, known as Wings over Wendy’s.

The room is filled with such warmth and camaraderie that one forgets the gathering takes place inside a fast food restaurant. On August 25, Sherman invited Ewing & Associates Broker/Owner Roger Ewing and Estate Agent Cindy Libonati to visit the weekly meeting.

Veterans and guests were joined by Los Angeles City Councilmember for the 3rd Council District Bob Blumenfield, who serves neighborhoods of the West Valley where many Wings Over Wendy’s members live. Blumenfield discussed his current goals and projects, and opened the floor for the vets to weigh in on issues such as senior citizen care, the revitalization of the West Valley and the drought. Blumenfield is known as a loud proponent of “Warner Center 2035,” a plan to revitalize the 1,000 square acre commercial and residential community in Woodland Hills. While the plan will more than double the amount of residential units (from 9,000 to 20,000), the denser community will encourage car-free travel and is being promoted as a future pedestrian hub. The council member presented Wings Over Wendy’s with a plaque recognizing their contribution to the community, and welcomed the members to visit his office with concerns that arise in the future.

In addition to the council member’s visit, the veterans enjoyed a weekly raffle and updated one another on future events. Many of them speak at local schools, teaching students about World War II through first-hand accounts.

“I think a lot of people are not fully aware of or remember World War II,” Leone said. “Now, there are so few of us veterans left, and about 1,000 die every day. So, before we all pass away, we have stories that no one else can tell but us, from actual experience. I think they should be told now,” Leone told the Daily News.

Wings Over Wendy's

Roger Ewing and Cindy Libonati with Art Sherman.


Roger’s Thought of the Day: August 28, 2014

Thought of the Day

“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” — John Muir
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Roger’s Thought of the Day: August 27, 2014

Thought of the Day

“Be careful who you call your friends. I’d rather have 4 quarters, than 100 pennies.” — Xuan Ta

Curious Josh, Burning Man 2013

Photo Courtesy of Curious Josh, Burning Man 2013

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