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Mommy Musings - Dentist And Deadlines

I have a confession to make. At least once a month, as I put the finishing touches on a 'Mommy Musings' piece I wonder, 'Does anyone really care about life according to the Hammond family?'

March 17, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns

Dawn’s Column – The Breakup

I recently broke up with my hairdresser.

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

MARG-INS - Letting The Guard Down

There's something to be said for keeping your defenses up.

March 03, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

Swept Up By The Games

They've been hard to escape; if you haven't heard re-caps on the news or found them as you wield the TV remote, chances are you have talked about them at work or with the family over dinner. And there are many stories to tell, as the Winter Olympics in Vancouver play out on the ski slopes, the ice rinks, the skeleton and luge tracks.

February 24, 2010 | | Local Columns

Stuff ‘n Nonsense - Cookies And Pickles

There are moments in our lives that remind us - sometimes painfully - that the march of time is resolute. I'm not talking about the inevitable body changes or the pressure of responsibility that seems to increase with each passing year as we age but rather something far more heart-rending.

I'm talking about the moment when you realize you won't always have your loved ones surrounding you as you did in childhood.

February 24, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns

Mommy Musings - Seeing Differently

I'm not your atypical sports enthusiast.

February 17, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns

Circling The Toilet

The Oakdale City Council doesn't like it.

February 10, 2010 | | Local Columns

Dawn's Column - Loos, Lace, And The Law

Usually when it comes to our columns, we write about what's going on in our lives. In a previous column, I made the promise that I wouldn't write too much about my wedding planning. The problem is, that with the exception of car trouble and my fiancé being stuck on jury duty because he thought he wouldn't get selected, wedding planning is pretty much what my life's been all about lately. That was precisely what I was hoping to avoid.

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

OPINION - Welcome To Whoville

And so the time has come.

February 03, 2010 | | Local Columns

Marg-Ins - Never Ready

I'm rarely stumped for a column topic but this time was a little different. After tossing around a few ideas in my head, I found myself repeatedly coming back to the same thing. It's not the weather, or some escapade perpetrated by my youngest child … I keep coming back to a feeling of sadness after having experienced a loss. A couple of them, actually.

February 03, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

Mommy Musings - I Saw That …

Thinking fast on your feet is critical in the game of parenting.

February 03, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns

Opinion: Blame The System

Sometimes it helps to get another perspective, to look at a situation from a different point of view. At times, in fact, it might even result in a change of heart, or at least a change of mind.

January 27, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

Stuff N' Nonsense: 2010 At A Glance

I had several ideas floating in my head for my column this month but when it came down to putting those thoughts on paper, I was disenchanted with the possibilities, which then lead me to sit and think of all the things that are happening in my life and what the coming year promises to yield.

January 27, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns

Mommy Musings: The Sands Of Time

A colleague and I were recently having a conversation about how quick time passes, even at a weekly paper. I had just completed covering the birthday of Vera Piccetti who celebrated her 107th birthday. As I took the ceremonial photo of her with her cake I joked that she was my job security. After all, I'd been covering this event since she hit the triple digits in 2003.

January 20, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns

Universal Healthcare

I'm going to offer an unpopular opinion for a town as conservative as Oakdale.

January 13, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns

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Practical Money Matters

Consumers Fork Over $$ To Eat Out

December 01, 2015 | | Local Columns

Give Me A ‘K’

Who knew? Obviously, not me.

December 01, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

RICH IN THOUGHT - It's Not Always About You

With an active month on the world news front – Paris, Lebanon, Syrian refugees, and even red Starbucks cups – the entitlement generation has once again shown ...

November 23, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

Money Management

Aging In Place: Questions To Consider

November 23, 2015 | | Local Columns

More On Medicare

How To Fight

November 16, 2015 | | Local Columns


Giving Thanks In 2015

November 10, 2015 | | Local Columns


Mysteries Of The Mind

November 03, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


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