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CRITIC’S CORNER – True West At Center Stage Conservatory

True West is a play written by Sam Shepard, and it is currently running at Center Stage Conservatory, a small, intimate theatre located in the lower level studio of the Modesto City Center at 948 11th Street, or on the corner of J and 11th Street. True West will be running until the 28th of September, performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. True West tells a story of brothers and role reversal. This production was in a very intimate small basement theater, as such the audience really felt the intensity ...

September 24, 2014 | Chris Hunter Special To The Leader | Local Columns

Still Matters – #Stillmatters

Although technology has made several advancements, why does it seem as if some people have left their intelligence behind? I am sure that we have all discussed the changes that technology has made in our lives. Are we really at a point where we no longer think for ourselves and let machines do the thinking for us?

August 27, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local Columns

RICH IN THOUGHT – Avoiding The Hunger Games

There came a time at the beginning of the year that when I looked into the mirror I saw a guy I didn't recognize looking back at me with his chipmunk cheeks and no neck.

August 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

Marg-Ins - Turn The Page

For the first time in I can't even count how many years, the 'Back to School' sales did not instill a sense of panic in me.

August 06, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

RICH IN THOUGHT – Being Papa For Grayson

After the excitement wore off when I first heard I was going to be a grandfather, I wondered if I was destined to be a loveable old man who wore a little fedora with a feather and plaid Bermuda shorts with calf-high dark socks in sandals. Or, if taking after my family lineage, it was time for me to get in the role of 'Papa' and eventually start having a garden with zucchini, fava beans, tomato plants and other vegetables like both my grandfathers had when I was young.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

Marg-Ins No Rest For Weary

By definition, 'vacation' means an 'extended period of recreation' either at home or in travel. The word has also gained the reputation of meaning you get some rest while you are on vacation but that particular four-letter word did not seem to be on the itinerary for this trip.

July 02, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

Confessions Of A Jersey Junkie

Recently, one of my favorite websites,, had a piece written titled "One Fan's Experience with Jersey Addiction" and it got me thinking of my own special closet that houses over 40 jerseys of past and present MLB, NFL, and NHL teams.

June 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

Dawn’s Column - The Final Countdown

It's been a while since I've written a column for The Leader, and this is my last one before saying goodbye to my coworkers and colleagues in the community.

June 18, 2014 | | Local Columns

Marg-Ins - Weighing The Options

Sometimes writing a monthly column seems like putting together my life, chapter by chapter. I have even had more than one person suggest all the columns be put together into a book but who knows if that will ever happen.

June 04, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

RICH IN THOUGHT – Live By The Sword, Die By The Sword

Soap box time where I get to get atop and sound off about a few things.

May 14, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

Marg-Ins – Senior Survival

For those of you dealing with a high school senior right now; a few words of encouragement.

May 07, 2014 | Michelle Kendig | Local Columns

Time Out – Take A Breath

So far, 2014 has flown by faster than Dale Jr. in the 88 car at the Daytona 500. With April in the books, we now turn our focus on summer. I want to take this opportunity to slow things down and invite you to take a "time out" and reflect on the first quarter of the year.

April 30, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Columns

RICH IN THOUGHT – We Interrupt This Marriage For Baseball Season

Spring is in the air and for me that means one thing. Not flowers blooming, not complaints of sneezing and watery eyes from allergies, not Easter, not even the Oakdale Rodeo.

April 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

Marg-Ins - Student Safety Center Stage

It never fails.

April 02, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

Still Matters - Make A Wish

Another birthday has gone by and the year is moving along at its normally quick pace. Birthdays have always been a cause for celebration in my life. We are not guaranteed a long life so every year that I reach a new age, I find myself reflecting, feeling very blessed, and thankful that I had a year filled with a lot of laughter and love.

March 26, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local Columns

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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

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