Opinion: How I became a ‘seeker’

The gift of an inquiring mind can be both exhilarating and torturous. My job is to ask tough questions, but when it comes to faith, God, and religion, the more questions I ask in my quest for truth and understanding, the more complex the answers become. …I started off at Westmont, a beautiful Christian college nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara, California. What a safe place that was. It was also extremely nurturing. more

Violence scaring off American tourists in Tijuana

On Tijuana’s Avenue de la Revolucion, street vendor and sidewalk philosopher Juan Ramon Rocha leaned on his coin and jewelry cart and waited. But the tourists from across the border never rushed into the streets of T.J., as it’s often called. Visitors have been scared off because at least 18,000 people have been killed in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon dispatched the army to fight the drug cartels in December 2006. … The Westmont students are taking precautions as part of their annual Potter’s Clay missionary work. “We are staying in a group,” Walker explained. “We are making sure that I am with someone all the time. When we went downtown for dinner, we just paired up and walked around in twos, the buddy system. We locked cars. We’re just being smart about it.” more video

Actor on destroyed home: ‘It’s amazing, it’s just gone’

The “Tea Fire” which started at the privately owned Tea Garden Estate, about a mile north of Santa Barbara’s Westmont College, ripped through an area that Oprah Winfrey, Michael Douglas, Rob Lowe and other celebrities call home. more