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Archive By Author - Teresa Hammond


Mommy Musings – Hit By The ‘Fever’

I should have seen it coming.

October 10, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Spokes And Folks

Familiar faces will once again retire into the everyday life of our community. There is no question that the words 'You look so familiar,' will now haunt Connie and Mel Sanguinetti as they wait in line at the grocery store or sit in a corner booth waiting to eat lunch. If nothing else they're sure to be stopped by a parent or two stating 'We bought our bikes from you for years.'

October 03, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings –Slow, Safe And Sidewalks

The City of Oakdale is home to six separate public schools within the city limits, with an additional two in our rural areas. For those wondering we have four elementary, one Junior and one Senior High school in our town of just over 20,000 people (recorded in the July 2011 Census). Our two rural schools are K-8 campuses.

September 19, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - September Gratitude

My frustration and disappointment is bubbling over a bit this morning, as I've just returned from dropping my children off at their elementary school. As a 'seasoned' parent however, I recognize it is only early September and some really great 'drop-off' material will find me in the coming weeks and months.

September 12, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Hug It Out

My kids are huggers. I share this with complete open and honest abandon because … I can.

August 29, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Back To School … Again

I did it. You did it. We did it.

August 22, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - No ‘I’ In Team

Just like any other business we here at the paper experience our fair amount of turnover or for some 'turn around.' A fair share of the staffers here (myself included) have departed from this building only to later return to its 122 S. Third Ave address. In all honesty ... It's just that good of a gig.

August 15, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


The Give And Take Of True Balance

A question was recently posed to me by a friend, which I'd never really given much thought.

August 08, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - The March Of Time

After 10-plus years of column writing, I must admit - at times it's tough to not be redundant.

August 01, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Wishes Granted, Lessons Learned

My mother got her wish.

July 25, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - The Gift Of Imperfection

Confession: I am not a perfect mom.

July 18, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Invites And Commitment

This week's column was supposed to be about the topic of commitment. Not commitment in the way of relationships, but the struggle there seems to be with accepting an invitation.

July 04, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Things Learned In Time

Oprah was right.

June 27, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Up At Bat

I've always been fascinated by human behavior. It's interesting to watch two people or a group of people interact with one another. The body language, facial expressions, even words chosen.

June 20, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Travels To The Big City

I recently returned from a trip to New York City. It was an amazing experience, an opportunity I could not pass up. I was invited to be one of the chaperones on the Oakdale High School Drama trip to NYC.

June 13, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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I Feel Pretty

I recently happened upon a quote which spoke to me.

July 29, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


New Teachers Report For Duty

With more than a decade and a hallway setting them apart, two of Magnolia Elementary's newest teachers do share one thing in common – what ...

July 29, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Alum Plays Sydney Opera House

In her early years at Fair Oaks Elementary School, Julie Bolme just wanted to play violin. There was just one small problem; no strings program.

July 29, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


OHS Student Attends Future Physician Conference

What arrived as a simple piece of mail addressed to Oakdale High School's Breanna Morgan, manifested itself into an amazing and eye-opening opportunity.

July 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Concert Series Returns To River Oak Grace

The River Oak Grace Amphitheater will once again be alive with music from visiting musicians. On Friday, July 31 River Oak Grace Community Church will ...

July 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


The Open Road

The days of summer are ticking by faster than even I can truly fathom. The downside of working for a newspaper publication and a bi-monthly ...

July 15, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Jones Travels Abroad To Teach Teachers

Like most Oakdale Joint Unified teachers, Magnolia Transitional Kindergarten Teacher Michelle Jones has been enjoying a little respite from her classroom setting and getting recharged ...

July 15, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Couple Focuses On Freshness

Matthew and Courtney Smith subscribe to the notion that if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. This may ...

July 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Soroptimist International Oakdale Ends Noteworthy Year

The month of June brought the 60th anniversary year of Soroptimist International of Oakdale (SIO) to a successful close. First chartered on June 5, 1954 ...

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Record Crowd Flocks To Annual Carnival

It was a made to order day, as the Kjeldgaard family opened their property to the community for the Eighth Annual Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival ...

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Charter Student Propels Forward

Oakdale resident and Valley Charter School graduate Matthew Gery is spending some time this summer taking final steps toward his future as he attends orientation ...

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Releasing The Toxins

A few weeks back I shared my struggle with a passion for eating. First, I must clarify … I'm not what one would call a ...

June 24, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Last Call Makes ‘Official’ Debut At Farmers’ Marke

Brian Chiara and Josh Garcia just may put Oakdale on the map for more than its Western heritage. The paramedic/firefighter team has spent much ...

June 24, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Fresh From The Farm

It was a setting befitting a fine Home and Garden magazine as guests arrived for the inaugural Farm to Table dining experience hosted Friday night ...

June 24, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


They Did It Again

Each year I pen this piece or one similar, I think the same thing ... I need to put this topic to rest. Then- before I ...

June 17, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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