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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


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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Barbara Bush: Saying The Unexpected

I've always admired Barbara Bush. Like millions of others I was saddened to hear about her declining health and then recent death. Many television ...

April 23, 2018 | | Local Columns


Allocating Small Business Income

By RUSSELL GLOOR

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Try An Out-Of-The-Box Solution

By DAN WEBER, PRESIDENT

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Medicare And Kidney Disease

Did you know that one in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease? Major risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood ...

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Socialization Is A Must For Dogs

DEAR DIDI: We have a 13 month old Shih Tzu with biting issues. Seems like the issue is with hands and feet. Wondering if you ...

April 10, 2018 | | Local Columns


Planning Ahead With IRAs

By BILL SPANIEL

April 10, 2018 | | Local Columns


A Quarter-Century Of Weekly Issues

Sometimes anniversaries sort of sneak up on you.

April 03, 2018 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Benefits If Working Past Age 70?

By RUSSELL GLOOR

April 03, 2018 | | Local Columns


Call For Improved Safety At Ski Resorts

Dr. DANIEL GREGORIE, M.D. MSM

March 27, 2018 | | Local Columns


The Lowdown On Dog Bowls

DEAR DIDI: There are so many types of dog bowls available. Plastic, porcelain, stainless steel, raised on stands ... what do you recommend? I have a ...

March 27, 2018 | | Local Columns


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