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Stuff N' Nonsense - Delving Into A Dangerous Place

Recently, I turned in the rough draft of my 18th novel to my publisher. Initially, there's always a sense of exhilaration that I completed this monstrous creative task but after the high fades, I'm swamped by feelings of loss.

January 25, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


The Reluctant Columnist - Here’s To Our Health

Fitness seems to a reoccurring theme in my life lately. Our group of newspapers, Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon, has decided to introduce a monthly health and fitness section, which means I will be writing health and fitness stories at least once a month. Our office is also participating in a 100 miles in 100 days challenge, so I have been trying to walk or bike at least a mile a day. Add in all of the New Year's resolution talk, and I've had just about all the fitness I can stand.

January 18, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local Columns


Kimberly's Book Reviews

DeletSpecial Agent's Perfect Cover

January 18, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Editor’s Notebook - Changes For The Better Slated In 2012

As we ease in to the New Year, some changes 'are afoot' for The Oakdale Leader and its companion papers, The Escalon Times and The Riverbank News.

January 18, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Dawn's Column - Step Away From The Chips

After some discussion and observation, it seems to me that most people make New Year's resolutions that are related to better health. They usually go something like this: join the gym, lose weight, stop smoking, cut back on the beer, and so on.

January 11, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Welcome To Animal Farm

And so the menagerie grows. Despite my best intentions, we seem to continue to add more pets to the household. Perhaps it is because I have long wanted to be a volunteer at the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center – I love animals – but haven't found the time to fit it in to my schedule.

January 04, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - Our Cranky Holiday Tradition

As I've mentioned before, my childhood was a bit unorthodox. We didn't celebrate Christmas or birthdays or any holiday (with the exception of Thanksgiving) and I always felt left out when my friends returned from winter break with new clothes or at the least cool holiday stories to share. So when I was old enough, I tried to make up for lost time. I went overboard buying my sisters and brother Christmas presents and when I had children of my own, I wanted to do everything I felt I'd missed out on in my own childhood and ...

December 28, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Mommy Musings – The Unimaginable Of Life

It has happened yet again. Another year has come to pass and the promise of a new year is once again on the horizon.

December 28, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


The Reluctant Columnist - Christmas Coconuts & Other Weird Traditions

When I was a little kid I assumed that everyone celebrated Christmas exactly the same way that my family did. Christmas shopping was done no sooner than two weeks before Christmas. The outside lights did not go on the house until after Dec. 9, which happened to be my sister Sandra's birthday. And above all I knew that Santa did not wrap the presents he left on Christmas morning.

December 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - Pre-Wrapped, Pre-Lit? Sold

Due to some out-of-the-ordinary circumstances this year I'm dealing with a time crunch, so I'm all about convenience for the holidays.

December 14, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Oh No … I Can Wait

I'm beginning to wonder if I am outnumbered.

December 14, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Mommy Musings – Keeping Local Business Local

Can you see me?

December 07, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Heads Held High

Friday night didn't end the way football fans in Escalon or Oakdale had imagined – or hoped – as both previously undefeated teams took their first, and final, losses of the season in their respective Section title games.

December 07, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Ramblings - Jumping The (Shopping) Gun

Black Friday has come and gone but it roused more emotions this year because many stores decided to jump the gun and start their sales at midnight on Thanksgiving Day instead of some ungodly hour the next morning.

November 30, 2011 | John Branch | Local Columns


Mommy Musings – Thanks And Gratitude

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


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Cupboards-bare plea shines light on need that extends well beyond one man's troubles

Clarence Blackmon's cupboards are overflowing now with so much food that he felt compelled — and blessed — to be able to share it with others through his local food bank.

July 03, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret Media Companies | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Plan For The Best

If there were ever a suitable microcosm for life, for me, it would have to be the 24 hours of Relay For Life.

July 01, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


TIME OUT - A Bundle Of Joy Awaits

My wife, Lindsay and I are approaching our two year anniversary on June 29. Over the last two years we have made life plans such as travel, career aspirations, eventually purchasing a new house where we can raise a family; which leads me to my topic: starting a family.

June 17, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Columns


MARG-INS - Trial And Error

Just in case you haven't been paying attention, there have been some changes being implemented in our papers over the past month.

June 03, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT -Heck With It, We're All No. 1

Around the newsroom this week, upcoming graduations were a popular topic as some of the reporters prepared to cover the high school commencements. At our last staff meeting I was taken back when I heard of one local high school's selection of four valedictorians and two salutatorians for its graduating class.

May 27, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


End Of An Era

An adventure stretching over eight years … covering literally thousands of miles … hastily eaten hotel breakfasts (sometimes hot and sometimes not) – and memories to last a lifetime.

May 06, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


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