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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


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


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Out Of Bounds - Thumper Tastes Good

For a few days, the rabbits grazed peacefully inside their cages on the outskirts of our campsite, providing a tranquil harmony with nature as we enjoyed solace where the mountains touched the sky.

July 31, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Columns


MORE ON MEDICARE Home Health Services: What’s Covered?

By DAVID SAYEN

July 24, 2013 | | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT That’s What Brotherhoods Are For

While it's difficult to find a silver lining with any tragedy, I became aware of a blessing amid the sadness a few weeks ago when I was reunited with cherished individuals who played a significant part in my past law enforcement career during the funeral service of a former patrol partner of mine.

July 17, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Marg-Ins Fast And Furious

If you don't know by now that I am deeply involved in Relay For Life, you just haven't read my column, in about, 10 years.

July 03, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


DAWN’S COLUMN – I Could Not Ask For More

My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary.

June 19, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Marg-Ins-Getting Into The Game

So there's no way to deny it, I am definitely a sports fan(atic).

June 05, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Out Of Bounds – Preparing For The Zombie Apocalypse

I could watch Brad Pitt solve a crossword puzzle for three hours.

May 29, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Columns


Still Matters - Love Matters

May always makes me think of Mother's Day and flowers. And this year we added a graduation, planning for a wedding in June, and everything else in between.

May 15, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local Columns


EDITORIAL – Attention Oakdale – All Units: 11-99

As I write this, a named suspect wanted for attempted murder is on-the-lam, in a city that doesn't have any detectives to investigate its cases.

May 01, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Attention Oakdale – All Units: 11-99

As I write this, a named suspect wanted for attempted murder is on-the-lam in a city that doesn't have any detectives to investigate its cases.

May 01, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Marg-Ins – In With The New

Many of our readers may recall the little yellow VW bug that became former Riverbank News editor John Branch's 'signature' vehicle. We laughed (mostly with him) at the trademark jet engine sound when he fired the bug up, shared our concern when one of the wheels literally fell off as he was turning the corner to come to the Oakdale office – luckily he was close enough to park with three wheels intact – and celebrated with him when the bug went to storage and a newer, more reliable vehicle emerged.

May 01, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - Adjusting To The Dream Job

Who knew there would be an adjustment period to living the dream? I certainly didn't. Many of you know I published my first book in December 2006 and it's been a dream of mine for longer than I can remember to support myself solely on my fiction writing income. After many years of incredibly hard work, I managed to make that dream a reality and I left my post at The Leader to live the dream.

April 24, 2013 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT -Toes In The Water, You Know The Rest

As I write this column, I am planning to be off work for an ROTC assignment.

April 17, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Reporter’s Notebook – A Tainted Finish

Monday, April 15 did not start for me as it did my friend and running teammate Cathy McClelland or Oakdaleans Vanessa Walton and Tom Burchell, or Jesse Santana of Riverbank. I did not board a motor coach in my sneakers with a race bib pinned to the front of my shirt in anticipation of running the 117th Boston Marathon.

April 17, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Marg-ins - No Fooling Around

No need to check the calendar and this isn't an April Fool's Day joke – I am just trying to get my column schedule back 'on track' after having been haphazard about it the last couple of months. I know one ran just last week, so forgive me for the back-to-backs.

April 03, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


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