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Rich In Thought - The Dog Rescuer

Napoleon once said that a dog teaches us a lesson in humanity. As a big-time dog lover, I tend to believe the truth of that especially with my recent scholarly experience with the subject.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

Marg-ins - Exhilarating Exhaustion

Except for a strange early afternoon wind that acted like a mini twister and uprooted a handful of tents in a corner of the soccer field, the 2012 Oakdale edition of Relay For Life can go down as a success.

May 02, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

Stuff N' Nonsense - A Time For Reflection

Call it fate or coincidence but it seems, at the very least thought-provoking, that two weeks before the Oakdale Relay For Life event April 28, I would be going through my own personal cancer scare.

April 25, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns

Community Corner - Introducing The MOPS Group

I joined MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, last year as a participant. At the urging of my friend and the fearless leader of the group, Tracy Mota, I decided to devote two mornings a month to myself. So on the first and third Thursday of every month, I go to River Oak Grace Church in Oakdale for fun, fellowship and really great food.

April 18, 2012 | Erin Pearson | Local Columns

Editor’s Notebook - Just Take A Minute

If there's one thing I've learned over the years in this business, it's that the 'story behind the story' is often the more interesting to tell.

April 04, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

Marg-Ins - Awash In Memories

For those of you who wanted rain, looks like you got your way.

March 28, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

Community Corner - Museum, Rodeo Part Of Area History

Rodeo time in Oakdale is also anniversary time at the Oakdale Cowboy Museum. It was the second week in April 1996, when Chamber of Commerce staff and volunteers invited merchants, and members of our community to celebrate the grand opening of the Museum by hosting a Chamber Rodeo Mixer. After all it was during a planning meeting of the Chamber Board of Directors that the idea to create an institution that would celebrate our unique western history was born. The City of Oakdale agreed to lease 500 square feet of space in the historic Southern Pacific Railroad Building to hold ...

March 21, 2012 | Christie Camarillo Oakdale Cowboy Museum | Local Columns

Mommy Musings - Roles In Friendship

I love learning.

March 14, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns

Technological Wonders

There's really no question in my mind that computers are smarter than we are. Well, perhaps I should speak only for myself. My computer is smarter than me. And just when I think I have it figured out, something else changes and the learning curve starts all over again.

March 07, 2012 | | Local Columns

Ramblings - Save Us From Telephone Solicitors

May the Good Lord preserve and keep us from telephone solicitors - please.

February 29, 2012 | John Branch | Local Columns

Mommy Musings - Bye-Bye Winter?

I think I missed winter.

February 15, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns

Dawn's Column - The Newlywed Word

Are we still newlyweds?"

February 08, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns

Marg-Ins - Full Speed Ahead

Time just has a way of sneaking up on you.

February 01, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

Stuff N' Nonsense - Delving Into A Dangerous Place

Recently, I turned in the rough draft of my 18th novel to my publisher. Initially, there's always a sense of exhilaration that I completed this monstrous creative task but after the high fades, I'm swamped by feelings of loss.

January 25, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns

The Reluctant Columnist - Here’s To Our Health

Fitness seems to a reoccurring theme in my life lately. Our group of newspapers, Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon, has decided to introduce a monthly health and fitness section, which means I will be writing health and fitness stories at least once a month. Our office is also participating in a 100 miles in 100 days challenge, so I have been trying to walk or bike at least a mile a day. Add in all of the New Year's resolution talk, and I've had just about all the fitness I can stand.

January 18, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local Columns

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America Needs A Good Story

Americans are waiting and hoping. We're hoping for something and we aren't exactly for sure what we are hoping for. Internally it's ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local Columns

Take A Number

Never let it be said that a trip to the DMV isn't entertaining.

March 06, 2018 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

What Do You Say To Your Children?


February 28, 2018 | | Local Columns

Billy Graham: Shaking His Hand

I never had the opportunity to shake hands with Billy Graham.

February 27, 2018 | | Local Columns

What Do You Say To Your Children?


February 27, 2018 | | Local Columns


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