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Stuff ‘N Nonsense - A Few Words…

The school year is winding down. My teenage boys are moving into their junior and sophomore years respectively and my daughter is moving onto kindergarten.

It's hard not to sit back and reflect when everything has gone by in such a blur. This past year my oldest son traveled to New York with his drama club and collected priceless memories to treasure forever; my youngest son played three sports and earned his block "O;" my daughter's speech has improved immeasurably and her self-esteem is soaring.

May 26, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Mommy Musings – More Than Smart … Pure Genius

It's a whole new world out there.

May 19, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - The Merger

My fiancé and I are in the process of planning the final details for our wedding, it's nerve wracking. But I can tell you something else that's equally stressful - getting his house ready for me to move in.

May 12, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Mommy Musings – It Takes A Village

What makes a good mother?

May 05, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - It’s A Wrap

One of the luxuries of being the editor - at least on some days - is that since I am the last one that reads stories, captions and columns before they go to press, I can tinker with my own deadlines. For instance, reporters have to turn their columns in by mid afternoon Friday before the Wednesday it is published, since the 'Perspective' page is laid out over the weekend. But here I am, about 3:45 p.m. Saturday, just getting it started. Time has once again gotten away from me and the week, like the entire month of April, has ...

May 05, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - Things That Go Bump

I've always been fascinated by the paranormal. I embrace the theory that there is something beyond the life that we experience in the here and now for I cannot imagine that this is it. Throughout my life I've encountered a number of experiences that may qualify as paranormal from a phantom touch on my shoulder to noises that don't belong and while I may have been a bit freaked out at the moment, it only served to whip up my enthusiasm and interest in the subject later.

April 28, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - Sparkly Shoes And Ham

My fiancé and I recently hosted Easter dinner at his house for our families and have done this for the past few years, as his place is centrally located. We made the plan to drive to Stockton the day before Easter to pick up a Honeybaked Ham for the family gathering. He ordered the ham and I proposed that we arrive at the store early, before the line got too long.

Then my wheels began to turn.

April 14, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Navigating Diplomacy

For those who follow Mommy Musings - be warned, the Hammond Family has enrolled a student in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District system. This is a precarious time for me, personally. It is a time when I will now be tested on how well I can balance my personal and professional life and not have it come at the expense of my children.

April 07, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Keeping It Simple

Amazing as it seems, we are already a quarter of the way in to 2010. Time literally seems to be flying by – yet again – this year and, before we know it, we'll be looking at Halloween candy and Christmas decorations.

April 07, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Ramblings – Flirting With Fantasy

Well I finally did it. Having for years disparaged people for going on cruises and indulging in what appeared to be unforgivable sloth and decadence, I succumbed to my son's persuasion and went on a Caribbean cruise with him - and enjoyed it very much.

March 31, 2010 | John Branch | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense – The Stuff Happening In My World

The life of a working mother is rarely static. Between kids, home and work, there's always something going on. I'm accustomed to the chaos but lately, it seems the hectic nature of my life has sent me skidding a bit sidewise as I try to hold it all together. But rather than focus on the negative, I'm concentrating on the positive aspects of my life.

March 24, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Editor’s Notebook - Just One Big, Happy Idiosyncrasy

After several weeks of personnel shuffling, between an (away from the job) injury, one previously scheduled vacation and another mini vacation by various staff members, it looks like we are back up to our full complement of reporters.

March 24, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Dentist And Deadlines

I have a confession to make. At least once a month, as I put the finishing touches on a 'Mommy Musings' piece I wonder, 'Does anyone really care about life according to the Hammond family?'

March 17, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column – The Breakup

I recently broke up with my hairdresser.

March 10, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


MARG-INS - Letting The Guard Down

There's something to be said for keeping your defenses up.

March 03, 2010 | 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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