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Stuff N' Nonsense - The Price of Popular

When I was a teenager my family had little to spare. My parents were working hard to put food on the table and keep the roof over the heads of their four children, which meant there was rarely enough for extras such as new clothes or whatever trendy accessory that anyone who was anyone had to have. I made do with what I was given, which often wasn't a lot. As a consequence, I was bullied and disdained by those who always had more.

October 26, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Rally Time

Fair warning: If you are a person who wakes up in the morning and thinks…What am I doing in this town? Well, turn the page because this is not the column for you.

October 26, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - The Price of Popular

When I was a teenager my family had little to spare. My parents were working hard to put food on the table and keep the roof over the heads of their four children, which meant there was rarely enough for extras such as new clothes or whatever trendy accessory that anyone who was anyone had to have. I made do with what I was given, which often wasn't a lot. As a consequence, I was bullied and disdained by those who always had more.

October 26, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


The Reluctant Columnist - Predicting The Winner

My journey to baseball enlightenment was a long one. I've never been what you would call a "sports enthusiast." I played basketball in fourth grade but could never locate the "key" everyone kept talking about and I never understood why I couldn't just hold the ball and run. That would make the game a whole lot easier, wouldn't it? I played softball in a rec league in middle school with similar results. I spent most of my time out in left field picking four-leaf clovers and hoping the ball would not come my way, because I couldn ...

October 19, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local Columns


Ike’s Sights - A Shameful Glance Ahead

Drop this paper and go do your homework.

October 19, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - iWonder

This week's column was supposed to be about my 25-year High School Reunion. It's actually already written and was completed 48 hours prior to my Friday deadline. Like most of my colleagues, I am usually pounding out my column an hour or two before my editor is to read it. I guess you could say it's tradition.

October 12, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - Home ‘Improvement’

A little over a year ago, right before I got married, my then-fiancé and I embarked on an ill-advised, do-it-yourself closet system installation. I had believed that it would be easy and convinced him of the same. I say "ill-advised" because my original theory was disproved when my guy just about blew a gasket a short while into the project.

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


Marg-Ins - Never A Dull Moment

As September gives way to October, the weather - hopefully - is changing to more of a fall feel, baseball (at least in San Francisco and Oakland) has given way to football and it's time to start preparing for the next big few holidays. I see Halloween costumes, turkeys and stockings in the near future.

October 05, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


The Reluctant Columnist - Getting To Know Me

I'm sure by now some of you have noticed my byline in the Oakdale Leader. I took over the civics and hospital beat in the last week of August and I think it's about time that I introduce myself. My name is Andee and I am new to The Leader and to Oakdale, but I have been working for Morris Multimedia (The Leader's parent company) for a few years. I am currently working for both the Oakdale Leader and the Turlock Journal, with the occasional story in the Riverbank News and Escalon Times as well.

September 28, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local Columns


Kimberly's Book Reviews

Mistress By Midnight

September 28, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Stuff N' Nonsense - My Youngest Sister’s Wedding

By the time you read this, my youngest sister, Kamrin, and her fiancé, Kyle will have tied the knot. You see, Kamrin and Kyle got married on Friday, Sept. 16 in Sanger. I'm sure the ceremony was lovely and I'm sure there were plenty of sniffles from the audience because weddings - although joyous occasions - never fail to start the waterworks no matter how jaded you are about the whole process.

September 21, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Editor’s Notebook - Inside The Story

On Sept. 8, 2009 Brent Layton of Escalon and Nikki Freitas of Riverbank got the news no military parent ever wants to hear … their son had been killed in action while serving his country.

September 21, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Dawn's Column - Those Unexpected Expenses

As I drove off after work the other day, my otherwise "healthy" car stopped running. Right there in the middle of the street.

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


Marg-ins - Remembering 9/11

When we - meaning the group of reporters and I that work together each week to put stories into print - sat down for our Wednesday morning staff meeting this past week, the question was raised about how we were going to mark the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11.

September 07, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Ramblings - Education Can Be Fun?

The seasons move on. The schools are back in session. We're headed toward Friday night football, cold and rain, and Christmas. Forget shopping. Did you know Riverbank officials are already planning the Christmas parade? "But not yet, not yet," as the hero's friend in the movie Gladiator says. The summer crickets are still calling, metaphorically, and doves still cooing across town.

August 31, 2011 | John Branch | 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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