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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


Marg-Ins – All About Balance

People warned me this would happen. Either I didn't really believe them or just didn't think it would be a problem but now the dilemma has set in.

April 06, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Ramblings – Eye Of The Storm

Yes, I know I wrote a column about the weather last time and that was only a month and a half ago. But you must agree the weather has been unusual this winter and is probably worth another column. What else is there to talk about? The weather affects everybody. It sometimes seems everyone is cowering indoors for shelter from the rain, cold and wind and nothing is going on outdoors. Everything is on hold awaiting the long delayed spring, one that lasts more than a day.

March 30, 2011 | John Branch | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - Spring Fever

I have an itch.

March 23, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Rich In Thought – Advice From A Baseball Purist

In a few weeks the start of baseball season begins and I will commence my 44th season of being a fan. Since following the National Pastime at age eight, I long ago reached that journeyman status and can classify myself as what I consider "a real fan."

March 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - Overcommitted, Under ‘Fun’ded

Over the past few weeks I've felt especially overwhelmed by my amount of "busy-ness." I deal with bouts of this at different times throughout the year. Work commitments requiring longer hours and late nights as well as home commitments with important business to tend to, evening appointments, and events have left me feeling a little burnt out. There are no signs of this relenting any time soon.

March 09, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Let Them Eat Cobbler

Saturday morning dawned bright, clear and very cold, but without any snow on the ground, despite predictions from forecasters that we might see a dusting of the white stuff.

March 02, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Here They Grow

For those who follow my column I feel the need to lead this week's submission with an apology.

February 23, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - Adventures In Puppy Training

My husband often accuses me of springing things on him when he least expects it.

February 23, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Rich In Thought – Dads As Superheroes

Mark Twain once wrote, "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years."

February 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Ramblings – Weather Or Not

"If you don't like the weather, try waiting five minutes" is what they say in England.

February 16, 2011 | John Branch | Local Columns


Dawn's Column - How To Be A Valentine

Valentine's Day is just a few days away, so I thought I'd offer a little advice to the many men out there who struggle with ideas for what to do for their wife or girlfriend on this special day.

February 09, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Present, Past And Future

Kind of a strange thing happened the other day - there was this bright thing, an orb-shaped object, in the sky. It emanated a little warmth and I thought it looked familiar … oh, yes! The sun.

February 02, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


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Still Matters – #Stillmatters

Although technology has made several advancements, why does it seem as if some people have left their intelligence behind? I am sure that we have all discussed the changes that technology has made in our lives. Are we really at a point where we no longer think for ourselves and let machines do the thinking for us?

August 27, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT – Avoiding The Hunger Games

There came a time at the beginning of the year that when I looked into the mirror I saw a guy I didn't recognize looking back at me with his chipmunk cheeks and no neck.

August 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Turn The Page

For the first time in I can't even count how many years, the 'Back to School' sales did not instill a sense of panic in me.

August 06, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT – Being Papa For Grayson

After the excitement wore off when I first heard I was going to be a grandfather, I wondered if I was destined to be a loveable old man who wore a little fedora with a feather and plaid Bermuda shorts with calf-high dark socks in sandals. Or, if taking after my family lineage, it was time for me to get in the role of 'Papa' and eventually start having a garden with zucchini, fava beans, tomato plants and other vegetables like both my grandfathers had when I was young.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Marg-Ins No Rest For Weary

By definition, 'vacation' means an 'extended period of recreation' either at home or in travel. The word has also gained the reputation of meaning you get some rest while you are on vacation but that particular four-letter word did not seem to be on the itinerary for this trip.

July 02, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


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