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Dawn’s Column - Overcommitted, Under ‘Fun’ded

Over the past few weeks I've felt especially overwhelmed by my amount of "busy-ness." I deal with bouts of this at different times throughout the year. Work commitments requiring longer hours and late nights as well as home commitments with important business to tend to, evening appointments, and events have left me feeling a little burnt out. There are no signs of this relenting any time soon.

March 09, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Let Them Eat Cobbler

Saturday morning dawned bright, clear and very cold, but without any snow on the ground, despite predictions from forecasters that we might see a dusting of the white stuff.

March 02, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Here They Grow

For those who follow my column I feel the need to lead this week's submission with an apology.

February 23, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - Adventures In Puppy Training

My husband often accuses me of springing things on him when he least expects it.

February 23, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Rich In Thought – Dads As Superheroes

Mark Twain once wrote, "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years."

February 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Ramblings – Weather Or Not

"If you don't like the weather, try waiting five minutes" is what they say in England.

February 16, 2011 | John Branch | Local Columns


Dawn's Column - How To Be A Valentine

Valentine's Day is just a few days away, so I thought I'd offer a little advice to the many men out there who struggle with ideas for what to do for their wife or girlfriend on this special day.

February 09, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Present, Past And Future

Kind of a strange thing happened the other day - there was this bright thing, an orb-shaped object, in the sky. It emanated a little warmth and I thought it looked familiar … oh, yes! The sun.

February 02, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff ‘n Nonsense - Daughter O’ Mine

I've never given my mother enough credit for raising four children, three of those being strong, willful and independent daughters.

January 26, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Mommy Musings – One Just Like You

As parents we love our children … unconditionally. Yet, as my stepfather has pointed out - we always love our children, but we do not always have to like them.

January 12, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - I Remember When…

The other day my coworker made a phone call from work and got a busy signal on the other end of the line. She gave the receiver a strange look and then hung up.

January 12, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Turning The Page

So the calendar has turned, 2010 has given way to 2011 and time marches inexorably onward. But what a fantastic finish to the year.

January 05, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Ramblings - Memories Of Christmas

Light streaming from an open church door across the snow, a priest in full vestments standing at the door to shake hands with his parishioners as they muffled their faces against the winter cold and headed for their cars, their breath steaming in the frigid air and snow crunching underfoot.

December 29, 2010 | John Branch | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - The Magic

So, I have a confession.

December 22, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Stuff N' Nonsense - Holiday Hustle Bustle

Right about now if you haven't finished your Christmas shopping you're a card-carrying member of the Last Minute Club - of which I'm the president.

December 22, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


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RICH IN THOUGHT – We Interrupt This Marriage For Baseball Season

Spring is in the air and for me that means one thing. Not flowers blooming, not complaints of sneezing and watery eyes from allergies, not Easter, not even the Oakdale Rodeo.

April 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Student Safety Center Stage

It never fails.

April 02, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Still Matters - Make A Wish

Another birthday has gone by and the year is moving along at its normally quick pace. Birthdays have always been a cause for celebration in my life. We are not guaranteed a long life so every year that I reach a new age, I find myself reflecting, feeling very blessed, and thankful that I had a year filled with a lot of laughter and love.

March 26, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT – When Did I Get This Old?

It seems to have all of a sudden hit me that I'm in my mid-50s. With that awareness comes the oh-so-common, "Where did all the time go?" (And there's no mid-life crisis here with plans to go out and buy a corvette and cruise with a young blonde bombshell named Bambi).

March 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Editor’s Notebook - Blame It On The Bachelor

Let's just say I have never been that much of a fan of 'reality' TV because in all honesty, it's probably the furthest thing from real life as you can get. Who can be 'natural' when there are lights and cameras tracking your every move?

March 19, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Move It Or Lose It

There comes a time when you just have to part with things.

March 05, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Glory In The Games

Whether you are an ardent sports fan or just a casual observer you really can't go wrong taking a few minutes out of your schedule to sit down and watch the Olympic Games. Chances are, you get one of the many channels that are carrying them, with nearly nonstop action all day, depending on where you turn.

February 19, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT - Not Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie

It's bedtime at Villa Paloma and as I make my way upstairs after turning off the lights and ensuring doors are locked, comes the time where I need to make my claim on what's left of the real estate on our California king as the TV flickers the nightly news.

February 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


MARG-INS TV, Time And Tidbits

All right, I can tell on myself. This column and the ones our reporters periodically provide for this page are due on the Friday before the next Wednesday's paper. Typically, a 5 p.m. Friday deadline, though I have been known to let people email them to me on a Saturday as long as I know it's coming and can still get it proofread in time for the page to be built. But it has been an extremely busy time for me so I gave myself a break and put the deadline off until – yikes! – Monday. Besides, I ...

February 05, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT - Mangia, Mangia!

What did I get for Christmas?

January 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Dumb Phone, No Heels

Some people just aren't meant to wear heels.

December 31, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - Pumpkins And Pine Trees

It's the middle of December and I still have pumpkins on my front doorstep.

December 18, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Rich In Thought - Sticks And Stones…

I'm taking a chance by voicing an unpopular, politically incorrect position on a contemporary issue, but from me, this shouldn't come as a surprise.

December 11, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Marg-Ins – Iowa And The Island

November is such a busy month, leading right up to an equally hectic December, that it literally feels like a lifetime ago I wrote my last column.

December 04, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


More On Medicare – Getting Your Medicare Benefits

Some people may not realize it, but there are actually two ways to get Medicare benefits.

November 27, 2013 | DAVID SAYEN Regional Administrator | Local Columns


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