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Tee Time

I am preparing to play my first real golf game. I've been taking private lessons with a pro for a little while and it's time to hit the links. My significant other - who's always itching to play golf - says I'm ready for a round. I'm not sure that I feel ready but I'm going to give it a try anyway. Until now, about the closest I've gotten to playing is driving the cart.

July 08, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Soothing The Soul

How nice of California to heat up to triple digits just as soon as I returned from a vacation to lush, green, rainy and non-humid upstate New York. What a welcome back.

July 01, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


What Can You Do…?

Slowly but surely Americans seem to be taking to the 'green' movement. Referred to by some as a 'trendy,' I will openly admit this is one 'trend' I am happy to be a part of.

July 01, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Finally…A New Release

It's felt like forever (10 months between releases is too long in my estimation) but finally, my sixth book will hit the shelves the second week in July and I'm so excited.

June 24, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Who Cares?...

This column began as a piece about summer; the revival of ones spirit as they smile at the sun, embrace each day and perhaps reminisce on days gone by.

June 17, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Reunion Adventures

I was having a conversation recently with a girlfriend about our upcoming class reunion. We were talking about being in our 30s and lamenting about changes in how we looked - I was actually doing more of the lamenting. Though I'm a lot the same since the last reunion, some things are now definitely different. Instead of just talking about the right dress and a suntan, now it's about the right dress and sun damage.

June 09, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Reflections From The Front

Thank you for calling the Oakdale Leader.

June 02, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


The Grand (Baby) Scheme

The good news is my 13-year-old is not cut out to be a mother. The bad news is, if she was; I would most likely fail as a grandmother.

June 02, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Adventures In Dreamland

Weeks ago I talked about my sleep apnea and the resultant recommendation for a CPAP machine. Well, the machine has arrived.

May 27, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Navigating Life’s Crises

Navigating Life's Crises

May 26, 2009 | | Local Columns


Mommy Musings

My two children are still very young. This June they will reach the prime ages of two and five. The lessons they still have yet to learn in life, decision-making and heartbreak are all well ahead of them.

May 19, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


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Cupboards-bare plea shines light on need that extends well beyond one man's troubles

Clarence Blackmon's cupboards are overflowing now with so much food that he felt compelled — and blessed — to be able to share it with others through his local food bank.

July 03, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret Media Companies | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Plan For The Best

If there were ever a suitable microcosm for life, for me, it would have to be the 24 hours of Relay For Life.

July 01, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


TIME OUT - A Bundle Of Joy Awaits

My wife, Lindsay and I are approaching our two year anniversary on June 29. Over the last two years we have made life plans such as travel, career aspirations, eventually purchasing a new house where we can raise a family; which leads me to my topic: starting a family.

June 17, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Columns


MARG-INS - Trial And Error

Just in case you haven't been paying attention, there have been some changes being implemented in our papers over the past month.

June 03, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT -Heck With It, We're All No. 1

Around the newsroom this week, upcoming graduations were a popular topic as some of the reporters prepared to cover the high school commencements. At our last staff meeting I was taken back when I heard of one local high school's selection of four valedictorians and two salutatorians for its graduating class.

May 27, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


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