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Stuff ‘N Nonsense - New York Or Bust

It hardly seems possible that time has flown so quickly but I'm staring at the dates circled on my calendar for New York thinking, there's no way it's already down to the nitty gritty and I don't have a dress yet.

June 22, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Rich In Thought - It’s Spring, Now Go Outside

After the last few days of this gorgeous weather, I believe I can now safely say that spring has sprung … just in time for the summer solstice.

June 15, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Living In The Hood

Something about the signs of our long awaited summer brings back amazing memories of my childhood and the neighborhood we lived in.

June 15, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Dawn's Column - Weathering The Storms

Two of my closest friends have each been weathering multiple storms and going through major life changes. It seems that the hits have kept on coming for them. These two are my good-time pals, I have some of my most fun memories with them. Now, however, I no longer live nearby and struggle with my feelings that I can't physically be there for either of them during these hard times.

June 08, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Kimberly's Book Reviews

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June 08, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Game Changers

What a whirlwind the last few weeks have been. Now that school is out and high school sports (other than summer camps and all-star games) have wrapped up for the year, maybe there will be time to breathe. Maybe even time for a little vacation …

June 01, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - Unmentionables Of Global Travel

When your traveling experience has been limited to the United States certain aspects of life outside the cushy bubble of western civilization can be jarring.

May 25, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Rich In Thought - Thinking Like A Dog

Despite many women's claims that the male gender of the human race is comparative to the canine species, I don't claim to have any great insight to the innermost thinking of dogs - just my observations and beliefs.

May 18, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - Nearly A Year

A year ago at this time I was in the throes of pulling together final details for my wedding. My husband and I became engaged just before the holidays, which didn't leave much time for actual wedding plans until after the first of the year, resulting in a shorter planning schedule than I had dreamed about.

May 11, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Ike’s Sights - Woe Is Me

After some awful luck in the past week or so, I should have known that my first pick of horses for the Kentucky Derby - Animal Kingdom - was destined to win.

May 11, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - A Flurry Of Hours

There are a couple of things I can always count on at the Oakdale edition of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.

May 04, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Kimberly’s Book Reviews

Grading system:

May 04, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - The Job Shadow Experience

Recently, I participated in the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce job shadow event as one of the mentors to a high school student interested in a writing career.

April 27, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Rich In Thought - To Report And Serve

I owe much credit to my predecessor in this position, Craig Macho, for recruiting me into becoming a staff reporter for the Leader, Times and News. For those who don't know, Craig and I worked in law enforcement as beat partners and detectives together for several years in the Bay Area. When Craig heard of my service retirement, he urged me to join him in the field of journalism.

April 20, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - How Do I Choose?

At the risk of sounding self indulgent, I've recently found myself partaking in a little retail therapy. Shoes and jewelry have been a recent focus. It started with me needing them for an upcoming special event. But then I found my eye wandering to other shoes and jewelry items that aren't currently needed instead of just focusing on what I went shopping for in the first place.

April 13, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


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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


Marg-Ins - Keeping The Perspective

When you start adding it up, a column a month for 19-plus years working for The Oakdale Leader, The Escalon Times and The Riverbank News, I've probably covered about all there is – and some topics, more than once.

December 05, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Community Corner – Sending Out Holiday Wishes

Happy Holidays to our wonderful community! MOPS/MOMSNext would like to extend a warm wish for love, peace and togetherness during this holiday season. We here at MOPS/MOMSNext have been having a great time crafting, cooking, sharing meals and also listening to some amazing speakers. We recently went out into the community and attended our very first community block party put on by our local Center for Human Services. What a great and fun family outing! We met so many wonderful new people and were able to get our message out into the community and invite a lot of ...

November 21, 2012 | Erin Pearson | Local Columns


Editor’s Notebook – Holiday Season: Opportunity Knocks

Elections are over, the political ads are gone from television, radio and the print media, and now people can turn their attention to everyday life and getting back into the routine.

November 21, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Reaching Out

What a difference a month can make. Our columns here give us a chance to put down our 'reporter' or 'editor' labels and just be real people for a change. It provides us with an opportunity to offer an opinion, talk about something personal as opposed to writing a story about a football game or a council meeting.

November 07, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


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