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Dawn’s Column - Fun Fall

Even though the weather has radically swayed from cold and rainy to hot and sunny - all within a few days' time - the cooler weather is definitely the signal that fall has finally arrived. Although I think there's something great about every season, to me, this is the best time of year.

October 13, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Marg-ins - The Way It Was

Years ago, in another lifetime, October would be a month when I would be pounding a keyboard, getting pages and pages of copy ready … not for publication in a newspaper, but writing the annual Halloween production at the radio station I worked for at the time. For those of you who keep up with my life outside the newspaper walls through my column, last month I dealt with my family's move to a new (to us) house and some 'finds' unearthed through that event have prompted this month's topic.

October 06, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Ramblings - Concerning Three Sons

My two youngest sons, ages 26 and about 30, took off this morning on a camping trip to Point Reyes and I hope they don't murder each other. They are so far apart in nature, argue constantly, and sometimes almost come to blows. I've heard this is normal for brothers. But why are they both so volatile? The least thing sets them off. Why can't they stay calm and equitable like their father, talk things out? Sounds like Professor Higgins.

September 29, 2010 | John Branch | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - Back To School

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With our youngest child in kindergarten, all three of our children are in school and while the boys have been doing this routine for a while now, this is new territory for our 5-year-old.

September 22, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Ruts And Responsibilities

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I'm in a rut.

September 22, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - The Newsroom

The newsroom at our office is what my colleagues and I call our "classroom." We sit with our desks lined up facing the "teacher" – our editor, Marg, who is in an office – and we do our "homework," a.k.a. producing material for the newspaper.

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


Mommy Musings – Good, Bad and Ugly

This week as I sat preparing my thoughts the words that keep cropping up are: What should I have done? or What would you do?Perhaps I should offer a little clarity on what has me so confused and perplexed.Recently, our family, along with some friends who were here on holiday, visited an area park for some outside activity.It is one of the newer parks, which our three- and six-year-old have come to love, so we were excited to share it with our visitors.When we arrived, the kids scattered in varying directions and so did we. With ...

September 01, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Of Moves And Shoes

So much happens in a month. Regular readers are familiar by now with our column rotation, with a submission each week for the 'Perspective' page, myself the first week of the month, Dawn M. Henley the second week, Craig Macho the third week and Kim Van Meter the fourth week. If there happens to a fifth Wednesday, we let John Branch sneak in a column on this page as well.Typically there's a specific topic or event I comment on but this past month has been so busy that there are several issues to address.A big one is ...

September 01, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - A Love So Strong

On the day this column reaches the newsstands, my oldest son will turn 17. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around that concept. Was it really 17 years ago that I brought that nine-pound, 10-ounce kid into this world? I guess so. When I look into his eyes, I see the boy he was, but when I pull back, I see the young man he's turning into.

August 25, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - More Than One Reason

In a past column I shared a little insight into my recent undertaking of helping with costumes for the Oakdale Community Theatre Production of "Annie" the musical.

August 25, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Kimberly’s Book Reviews

As Good As It Got by Isabel Sharpe

August 18, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - Yard Sale Tale

My husband and I recently held a gargantuan, one-day yard sale. Due to our union, we had double, and in some cases, triple, of everything required to furnish a home. We had filled the shelves of the garage with boxes of items just for the yard sale, knowing that it wasn't even everything we needed to put out because we hadn't had time to address it all.

August 11, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Reporter’s Notebook – Lessons Learned

High school graduation is an exciting time in a young person's life. One chapter of life has ended, excitement for the future is at an all time high and gifts from lost relatives arrive by the truckload. Yet among the excitement and parties, nervousness came over me. Where to go, the four-year universities I was accepted to or Modesto Junior College, which was affordable, but came with a stigma.

August 04, 2010 | Krista Anderson Special To The Leader | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Summer What?

Welcome to August and the resumption of school and a somewhat normal routine. Summer, or what months pass for summer vacation here in California, are just about over and like it or not, alarm clocks will soon be back in use.

The unusually mild summer weather (trust me, I'm not complaining at all) has made it seem like we are still waiting for the real summer to hit and it's a little difficult to fathom that classes are about to start. We'll probably get slammed with a week of 110-degree weather sometime in September, just to make ...

August 04, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - All For Love

Today I cannot help but wonder … have I lost my mind? The good news is, I realize I am not alone and many parents wonder this on a daily basis. The bad news is, I am still really wondering if I am completely nuts.

August 04, 2010 | 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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