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Happy New Year

It's hard to believe it, but when I least expect it I am hit by another 'parenting epiphany.'

September 02, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Let’s Share A Story …

September already. It just is not possible. School has started, summer (at least on the calendar, if not by the weather) is waning and there's a feeling of rejuvenation in the air.

September 02, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Family Time

Recently, our family took a much-needed and well-anticipated camping trip into the mountains, to a place above North Fork called Mammoth Pools.

August 26, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Mars And Venus On Vacation

I'm getting ready to take a mini vacation. I recently had a conversation with my significant other and told him that I wasn't sure what clothes to take on our trip.
He was confused. "What do you mean? It's casual," he said.
Well I know that, but my casual wardrobe is more complicated than his. I pointed out that it's easy for him because his casual wardrobe consists of golf shirts, jeans or khaki pants, and shorts. That's it. All he has to figure out is what color shirt and pants to wear. His shirts ...

August 12, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - In A Blink

I have spent the better part of the past four years sharing stories of my children. Jackson, our oldest, has been the topic of many columns. As I've said on numerous occasions, his five years on this planet have been a great learning experience for both of us.
As Jackson continues to grow and thrive, our youngest Madelyn is quickly trying to keep up. Madelyn, our second and last child, is now teaching me a whole new set of lessons.
She is everything her brother is not and a constant reminder that parenting is not a cookie cutter skill ...

August 05, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Life Number Nine

As is the case with many small town papers, much of what we share in our once-a-month columns here on the 'perspective' page is of a personal nature. It's a way for readers to get to know the reporters and myself a little better; what makes us tick, our likes and dislikes.
Many of you responded with emails, personal contacts, phone calls, and even a couple of sympathy cards when I shared the loss of my nearly 18-year-old cat a few months ago. The cat had come with me when I made the cross country relocation from upstate New ...

August 05, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Jawin’ w/Jagada - Talking About Second Chances …

Okay, here's the scenario. You're on the tail end of a late drive home and you're less than a mile away from the house when the fiery red lights of a fire truck and ambulance catch your eye in front of you on the horizons.
Obviously you pick up speed and you make the second to last right to get to your house and the ambulance tailing the fire truck in seemingly guiding you to your destination.
The fire truck stops directly in front of your home and the ambulance pulls in behind the multiple-ton emergency vehicle ...

August 05, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Columns


Sorry, No Postcards

In Oregon, they say, it rains nearly every day and the residents have webbed feet to prove it. That's an exaggeration. I've just returned from a week's vacation in Oregon and can testify the overcast sky cleared by noon on five days out of seven and the locals do not have skin between their toes like ducks.

The temperatures were in the low 70s and balmy by my reckoning. The kind of summer weather I was used to while growing up in England.

July 29, 2009 | John Branch | Local Columns


Going To National

By the time you read this I'll have returned from my business trip but as I'm writing ahead of schedule, I haven't left yet. It's kind of like writing about the future!
So, each year, I go to the Romance Writers of America national conference and each year I run around like a chicken with its head cut off because I'm not prepared.
You'd think that with a year to prepare I'd be ready to go but you see, that's not in my personality. I'm the kind of girl who likes ...

July 22, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Do You Remember …

It is a day I will not soon forget.

July 15, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Hot Holiday For Revelers

There were plenty of illegal fireworks bursting in the air Saturday night, July 4 - and a few fires as a result, one of which burned 11 acres at Duck Cove at Woodward Reservoir - but while several illegal fireworks were confiscated, no citations were given within the City of Oakdale, said officials.

July 08, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


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


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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


Marg-Ins - Two Decades And Counting

Twenty years goes faster than you think. Trust me.

March 27, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Love Lost … And Found

More than a week past deadline, I finally have taken a few deep breaths and will try to get this column written. Typically, the 'Marg-Ins' column appears the first Wednesday of the month, which means it is running a week later than normal this time.

February 13, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Rich In Thought – All The X’s, L’s, V’s And I’s

The Super Bowl Season is upon us as many of us gather for what is as close to an American holiday as it can get.

January 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Still Matters – The New Girl

Hello, Escalon, Oakdale, and Riverbank. I am the new girl at the Oakdale Leader office. You may have seen my name on a few different articles, pictures, or both in various issues. Or by now, you may have even met me in person.

January 23, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local Columns


Community Corner – What’s Growin’ On …

Happy New Year! We all survived the Mayan calendar apocalypse and the "Fiscal Cliff" – kind of started to remind me of the Y2K phenomenon 13 years ago.

January 16, 2013 | Tom Orvis Stanislaus County Farm Bureau | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - A Graceful Exit

I have an issue with finality. At the end of every year, as everyone is celebrating the ball drop on a New Year, I'm lamenting the fact that I'll never be in that moment again - another year lost to time, never to experience again. In that second before the big calendar change, I panic just a little knowing that it's over. I'm happy to report that the panic doesn't last but I can always count on it because I hate endings.

December 26, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT - Be Prepared, Do Something, Denial Kills

I was originally going to do this column about family quirks around the holidays, but with the tragic events over the last few weeks with the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut and the Clackamas Mall shooting in Oregon, we are reminded of the ever increasing threat of an active shooter anywhere in the country. Not holiday feel good stuff, but something we can't ignore.

December 26, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Ramblings – This Scribbler Calls It Quits

Resigning from any job is bound to quicken the heartbeat but retiring from a career is downright frightening. I did just that at the end of November although I've been on medical leave since August.

December 19, 2012 | John Branch | Local Columns


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