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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


Dawn’s Column - I Didn’t Do It

Everywhere I turn lately, I realize that many people around me are sick. I'm talking about the germ-laden kind. This is, in part, due to me.

December 08, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Counting Down The Year

Stop me if you have heard this before. I love my job.

December 01, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff ‘n Nonsense - The Measure Of Success

My ninth book is hitting the shelves in December. I was recently nominated for best Silhouette Romantic Suspense for 2010 by Romantic Times magazine for my first romantic suspense, To Catch A Killer, and I've just finished writing my 13th book (which will come out in 2011). My publisher seems to really like my work and in a difficult business, I'm doing a good job of carving a name for myself. I have my first true speaking engagement (I'm being paid!) in February where a group of people will gather to listen to what I have to ...

November 24, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Rich In Thought – The Joy Of A Man Cave

As I look over the last 50-plus years of my life, I am grateful I was born into the male gender of the human race. I'll gladly accept the daily chore of shaving or grooming facial hair over the responsibility of childbirth, I can take my shirt off at the beach without worry of arrest or gawking, and there are rarely, if ever, lines for the bathroom in public venues. In fact, depending on the setting and crowd, all that may be needed for a guy like me is thick brush, a wooded area, or shaded wall.

November 24, 2010 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - Married And Adjusting

I'm still settling in and adapting to this new aspect of my life called marriage. People frequently ask me, "So how's married life?" My answer usually includes the words, "It's an adjustment."

November 10, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Seasons Change

Winter arrived the other day, just in case you weren't paying attention. It really seems like we went straight from our 90-degree weather to pouring rain and wind from one day to the next, with no time to prepare.

November 03, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - A Slice In Time

Like many people, I'm fascinated by the idea of time travel. I'm the furthest thing you can get from a science geek but I get giddy at the theory that time travel is possible because it sets in motion all sorts of cool scenarios in my head, like where I would go and what I would do if it were possible.

October 27, 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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