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Tragedy Turned Triumph

Will we ever stop talking about the events of 9/11 and all that it entails? My hope of course is that we will not. In my opinion, it was undoubtedly an event, which not only altered this country but the world - forever.

September 09, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


My 80s Reunion

Ch-ch-Changes, as the old David Bowie song goes, talks about how "time may change me." Well it has changed me, but in some ways, it seems like it's all the same.

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


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


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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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