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Marg-Ins - Welcome To Animal Farm

And so the menagerie grows. Despite my best intentions, we seem to continue to add more pets to the household. Perhaps it is because I have long wanted to be a volunteer at the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center – I love animals – but haven't found the time to fit it in to my schedule.

January 04, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - Our Cranky Holiday Tradition

As I've mentioned before, my childhood was a bit unorthodox. We didn't celebrate Christmas or birthdays or any holiday (with the exception of Thanksgiving) and I always felt left out when my friends returned from winter break with new clothes or at the least cool holiday stories to share. So when I was old enough, I tried to make up for lost time. I went overboard buying my sisters and brother Christmas presents and when I had children of my own, I wanted to do everything I felt I'd missed out on in my own childhood and ...

December 28, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Mommy Musings – The Unimaginable Of Life

It has happened yet again. Another year has come to pass and the promise of a new year is once again on the horizon.

December 28, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


The Reluctant Columnist - Christmas Coconuts & Other Weird Traditions

When I was a little kid I assumed that everyone celebrated Christmas exactly the same way that my family did. Christmas shopping was done no sooner than two weeks before Christmas. The outside lights did not go on the house until after Dec. 9, which happened to be my sister Sandra's birthday. And above all I knew that Santa did not wrap the presents he left on Christmas morning.

December 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - Pre-Wrapped, Pre-Lit? Sold

Due to some out-of-the-ordinary circumstances this year I'm dealing with a time crunch, so I'm all about convenience for the holidays.

December 14, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Oh No … I Can Wait

I'm beginning to wonder if I am outnumbered.

December 14, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Heads Held High

Friday night didn't end the way football fans in Escalon or Oakdale had imagined – or hoped – as both previously undefeated teams took their first, and final, losses of the season in their respective Section title games.

December 07, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Mommy Musings – Keeping Local Business Local

Can you see me?

December 07, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Ramblings - Jumping The (Shopping) Gun

Black Friday has come and gone but it roused more emotions this year because many stores decided to jump the gun and start their sales at midnight on Thanksgiving Day instead of some ungodly hour the next morning.

November 30, 2011 | John Branch | Local Columns


Mommy Musings – Thanks And Gratitude

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - Turkey Time!

Everyone has their favorite holiday - that one special time of year that holds nostalgic charm or warm memories - and for me, it's Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


The Reluctant Columnist - What Would Happen If We Stopped Voting?

Did you vote on Nov. 8? If not, you weren't alone. According to Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan's office, there were 35,876 ballots counted for the unofficial results released on Nov. 9. There are 15,000 or so vote-by-mail ballots that still have to be counted before the official results are released on or before Nov. 21. In a county of 514,453 people, only 227,278 are registered voters, and only around 60,000 people actually voted in this election.

November 16, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Teaching The ‘Tricks’ Of ‘Treating’

So it has begun…The Seven Months of Celebration.

November 09, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column – Stored Memories

Very recently my husband and I cleared some clutter from our garage and moved it out to a storage unit. It's kind of funny what we hang on to.

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


Mommy Musings - Emergency Call List - For Grown-Ups

The start of every school year brings with it much work.

November 02, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


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Still Matters - Decorations Are Part Of The Experience

Another year is coming close to an end. Every year seems to go by faster and faster. I have heard after a certain age everything starts rolling downhill. I don't believe that is entirely true, but I do believe the speed has increased each year.

November 20, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local Columns


Didi’s Dogs – House, Car: In Or Out?

DEAR DIDI: I am hoping you can help solve a disagreement that my husband and I have been having. We love your column and your answer will be our 'tiebreaker' of sorts. My husband thinks our dog should spend nights outside in the yard to protect our home. I feel sorry for him and want him in the house but my husband says I baby him too much. What do you think? Caring Mom in Manteca

November 13, 2013 | Dierdra McElroy | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Remembering Rosie

Timewise, we have fallen back, hopefully taking advantage of that extra hour of sleep over the weekend. Daylight Saving Time has ended and we have, incredibly, entered the final two months of the year with major holiday celebrations fast approaching. Halloween is over; recent windy days have kicked up swirls of leaves and the possibility of rain has returned to the forecast.

November 06, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Ramblings – Back Home Again …

They say you can never go back. Well you can. But it will have changed and nostalgia will be all that remains. On a recent trip to England which I left for the United States more than 50 years ago, I got to visit the primary school that my sister and I attended when we were seven or eight years old.

October 30, 2013 | John Branch | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT - Sorrowful Legends Of The Fall

There's something special when the leaves turn, days start to get shorter, the weather cools, and you start to feel a tingle of a nip in the air.

October 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Ramblings – Time For Travel

Bowler hats and brollies, cricket on the village green, unceasing rain and wind, motionless sentries guarding a monarch, fish and chips with beer for an evening meal.

October 09, 2013 | John Branch | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - No Leaving Memories Behind

Now that fall has officially arrived, we are in my favorite season of the year.

October 01, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


More On Medicare

Some people with Medicare are asking lately if their Medicare coverage is affected by the new the Health Insurance Marketplace that starts in 2014.

September 25, 2013 | By DAVID SAYEN Regional Administrator | Local Columns


DAWN’S COLUMN - Superstitious Minds

As I write this column, it's Friday the 13th and this morning a coworker sent out a mass, funny text message about remaining calm, but then warning about all the things not to do on this date.

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


Editor’s Notebook – Not Forgotten

If you look at the date on this paper, it likely touches off a flurry of memories. Images, perhaps, seared in your memory.

September 11, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Marg-Ins

One by one, readers, you have helped us make a huge difference in dealing with a devastating situation.

September 04, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense

In July I attended my annual writer conference sponsored by the Romance Writer's Association and this year it was held in balmy Georgia, which was where my first RWA conference was held in 2006. It was fun to return to the peach state a little wiser than my first go-round and with the exciting changes in publishing right now, it was an amazing, vibrant conference.

August 28, 2013 | | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT - The First Step Is Admitting The Problem

Hi, my name is Rich and I am an addict.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Summer Of My (Dis)Content

There were five Wednesdays in July this year and that just makes it seem like it was months ago that my last column appeared.

August 07, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK – If They Could See Me Now

I admit that when I received the congratulatory notice, it had me fooled. I thought the well-worded email was the lead into a scam informing the recipient they've won an award but would have some sort of out-of-pocket expense to be paid in advance with a product I'd never see. As I read on, I found it was in fact authentic. My screenplay was a "Silver Ace Award" winner at the Las Vegas Film Festival being held July 18-21.

July 31, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


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