As of late, I have had several friends point out that I am a "glass half full" type of person. Honestly, the "type" of person I am never truly crosses my mind. I do often ponder the amazing friendships and people I have come to know. I'm grateful for each of them, as these friendships create the fabric of who I truly am.
The past 10 years I have spent as part of a psychological study in human behavior.
It is pretty fair to say that during the course of parenting we eventually cross the path where we channel the parent we grew up with. The channeling can reveal its ugly head at any given moment. Sometimes we catch it immediately and other times it may require a little more thought and be a bit more indirect.
Something about the signs of our long awaited summer brings back amazing memories of my childhood and the neighborhood we lived in.
A girl, Alizay Cardoso, was born June 4, 2011 to proud mother Shaylee Cardoso of Oakdale. The newborn weighed six pounds, two ounces upon arrival at Oak Valley Hospital.
Three simple words traditionally used as a person faces a cake lit with candles to celebrate their birth, "Make a Wish."
I have always believed that the best test of friendship, is to see who is surrounding you during the worst of times.
It seems only fitting that a 'mommy' would be so overtaxed that she would need to wait until after Mother's Day to actually produce a column about said event.
After a few months of hibernation and quality family time, along comes April.
Sibling rivalry need not have boundaries or age limits.
Life is full of metaphors, or at least mine is.
In just a handful of days the air surrounding the parish of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oakdale will once again smell of corned beef and cabbage. This Saturday, March 12, will mark the 40th anniversary of the Annual Corned Beef Dinner.
Unlike the rest of my colleagues, I have the task of writing a column twice a month. It was my idea, so I guess I really shouldn't complain - but at times it's tough.
For those who follow my column I feel the need to lead this week's submission with an apology.
There is a certain sense of vacancy, which seems to slowly have begun for our quiet little town.
I broke up with Facebook (FB). The relationship had become unhealthy.
Fay Jacobsohn and Dorothy Villines are making lemonade from lemons, in the way of helping others. The two-woman team will facilitate the GriefShare Support Group as a service to the community.
A girlfriend and I recently had a conversation regarding the self-empowering use of the word 'No' on a more regular basis. Chances are if you're a parent (most specifically a mom) you understand this struggle.
Fair Oaks sixth grade students are clicking back through the sands of time.
I am the mother of a fourth grader.
Braun and brains might be the best description for the out of towner reviewing the successes of Oakdale High School's student body and its alum.
What is it about a television series that sucks us in?
There's a new 'Joe' in town and chances are if you live on the North end of town, you've moseyed through the drive thru. If not, then it just might be time to see what all the fuss is about.
It was yet another standing room only session for the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 2. The meeting was conducted at the OJUSD Technology and Staff Development Center due to overlap with Oakdale City Council meeting.
A few weeks back I had the unique opportunity of attending a school board meeting for a standing room only night.
This June will mark 100 years since the first of four generations walked across the stage and earned an Oakdale High School diploma.
There's been a noticeable change to Norm's Barbershop at its West F Street location in Oakdale.
There's a small secret in the way of fitness a handful of community members have caught wind of: Revitalize Fitness is looking to reshape not only how people perceive weight loss, but overall health.
It was an emotion packed, standing room only setting as Oakdale Joint Unified School Board called to session its first meeting of the New Year. The meeting was hosted Monday evening in City Council Chambers. The agenda listed routine consent items as well as some procedure/policy modifications. But the issue that brought the crowd was not on the agenda as an action item.
Some days our newspaper space just doesn't provide enough room for the cast of characters which occupy our zip code.