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Sorry, No Postcards

In Oregon, they say, it rains nearly every day and the residents have webbed feet to prove it. That's an exaggeration. I've just returned from a week's vacation in Oregon and can testify the overcast sky cleared by noon on five days out of seven and the locals do not have skin between their toes like ducks.

The temperatures were in the low 70s and balmy by my reckoning. The kind of summer weather I was used to while growing up in England.

July 29, 2009 | John Branch | Local Columns


Going To National

By the time you read this I'll have returned from my business trip but as I'm writing ahead of schedule, I haven't left yet. It's kind of like writing about the future!
So, each year, I go to the Romance Writers of America national conference and each year I run around like a chicken with its head cut off because I'm not prepared.
You'd think that with a year to prepare I'd be ready to go but you see, that's not in my personality. I'm the kind of girl who likes ...

July 22, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Do You Remember …

It is a day I will not soon forget.

July 15, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Hot Holiday For Revelers

There were plenty of illegal fireworks bursting in the air Saturday night, July 4 - and a few fires as a result, one of which burned 11 acres at Duck Cove at Woodward Reservoir - but while several illegal fireworks were confiscated, no citations were given within the City of Oakdale, said officials.

July 08, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Tee Time

I am preparing to play my first real golf game. I've been taking private lessons with a pro for a little while and it's time to hit the links. My significant other - who's always itching to play golf - says I'm ready for a round. I'm not sure that I feel ready but I'm going to give it a try anyway. Until now, about the closest I've gotten to playing is driving the cart.

July 08, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Soothing The Soul

How nice of California to heat up to triple digits just as soon as I returned from a vacation to lush, green, rainy and non-humid upstate New York. What a welcome back.

July 01, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


What Can You Do…?

Slowly but surely Americans seem to be taking to the 'green' movement. Referred to by some as a 'trendy,' I will openly admit this is one 'trend' I am happy to be a part of.

July 01, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Finally…A New Release

It's felt like forever (10 months between releases is too long in my estimation) but finally, my sixth book will hit the shelves the second week in July and I'm so excited.

June 24, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Who Cares?...

This column began as a piece about summer; the revival of ones spirit as they smile at the sun, embrace each day and perhaps reminisce on days gone by.

June 17, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Reunion Adventures

I was having a conversation recently with a girlfriend about our upcoming class reunion. We were talking about being in our 30s and lamenting about changes in how we looked - I was actually doing more of the lamenting. Though I'm a lot the same since the last reunion, some things are now definitely different. Instead of just talking about the right dress and a suntan, now it's about the right dress and sun damage.

June 09, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Reflections From The Front

Thank you for calling the Oakdale Leader.

June 02, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


The Grand (Baby) Scheme

The good news is my 13-year-old is not cut out to be a mother. The bad news is, if she was; I would most likely fail as a grandmother.

June 02, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Adventures In Dreamland

Weeks ago I talked about my sleep apnea and the resultant recommendation for a CPAP machine. Well, the machine has arrived.

May 27, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Navigating Life’s Crises

Navigating Life's Crises

May 26, 2009 | | Local Columns


Mommy Musings

My two children are still very young. This June they will reach the prime ages of two and five. The lessons they still have yet to learn in life, decision-making and heartbreak are all well ahead of them.

May 19, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


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Mommy Musings

I ran a marathon on Sunday.

December 06, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


December Wishes – Peace And Good Will

By DR. GLENN MOLLETTE

December 05, 2017 | | Local Columns


Marg-Ins

Thanksgiving really got the holiday season kicked into gear for me. Yes, I know that turkey day was already a couple of weeks ago but ...

December 05, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Weighing Estimated Against Actual Benefits

By RUSSELL GLOOR

November 27, 2017 | | Local Columns


Lessons From Tiny Houses

You may not have seen one in your neighborhood yet, but the tiny house phenomenon has spread across the country. For some, the move is ...

November 27, 2017 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Tips For Selecting Medicare Coverage

By RICK BEAVIN

November 22, 2017 | | Local Columns


Guarding Your Medicare Card

If you have Medicare, you can protect your identity and help prevent health care fraud by guarding your Medicare card like you would a credit ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local Columns


Give Frugal, Fantastic Holiday Gifts

By BILL SPANIEL

November 15, 2017 | | Local Columns


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