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Marg-Ins – In With The New

Many of our readers may recall the little yellow VW bug that became former Riverbank News editor John Branch’s ‘signature’ vehicle. We laughed (mostly with him) at the trademark jet engine sound when he fired the bug up, shared our concern when one of the wheels literally fell off as he was turning the corner to come to the Oakdale office – luckily he was close enough to park with three wheels intact – and celebrated with him when the bug went to storage and a newer, more reliable vehicle emerged.

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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK – One Greenhorn And 464 Cowgirls

I have to admit, this is my first experience with Rodeo Week due to usually taking anniversary vacations in April during my time here at The Leader.

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RICH IN THOUGHT – We Interrupt This Marriage For Baseball Season

RICH IN THOUGHT – We Interrupt This Marriage For Baseball Season

 

Spring is in the air and for me that means one thing. Not flowers blooming, not complaints of sneezing and watery eyes from allergies, not Easter, not even the Oakdale Rodeo.

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Marg-Ins - Student Safety Center Stage

It never fails.

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Still Matters - Make A Wish

Another birthday has gone by and the year is moving along at its normally quick pace. Birthdays have always been a cause for celebration in my life. We are not guaranteed a long life so every year that I reach a new age, I find myself reflecting, feeling very blessed, and thankful that I had a year filled with a lot of laughter and love.

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RICH IN THOUGHT – When Did I Get This Old?

 

 

It seems to have all of a sudden hit me that I’m in my mid-50s. With that awareness comes the oh-so-common, “Where did all the time go?” (And there’s no mid-life crisis here with plans to go out and buy a corvette and cruise with a young blonde bombshell named Bambi).

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Editor’s Notebook - Blame It On The Bachelor

Let’s just say I have never been that much of a fan of ‘reality’ TV because in all honesty, it’s probably the furthest thing from real life as you can get. Who can be ‘natural’ when there are lights and cameras tracking your every move?

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Marg-Ins - Move It Or Lose It

 

There comes a time when you just have to part with things.

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Marg-Ins - Glory In The Games

Whether you are an ardent sports fan or just a casual observer you really can’t go wrong taking a few minutes out of your schedule to sit down and watch the Olympic Games. Chances are, you get one of the many channels that are carrying them, with nearly nonstop action all day, depending on where you turn.

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RICH IN THOUGHT -  Not Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie

RICH IN THOUGHT - Not Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie

It’s bedtime at Villa Paloma and as I make my way upstairs after turning off the lights and ensuring doors are locked, comes the time where I need to make my claim on what’s left of the real estate on our California king as the TV flickers the nightly news.

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MARG-INS TV, Time And Tidbits

All right, I can tell on myself. This column and the ones our reporters periodically provide for this page are due on the Friday before the next Wednesday’s paper. Typically, a 5 p.m. Friday deadline, though I have been known to let people email them to me on a Saturday as long as I know it’s coming and can still get it proofread in time for the page to be built. But it has been an extremely busy time for me so I gave myself a break and put the deadline off until – yikes! – Monday. Besides, I ...

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RICH IN THOUGHT - Mangia, Mangia!

What did I get for Christmas?

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Marg-Ins - Dumb Phone, No Heels

Some people just aren’t meant to wear heels.

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Dawn’s Column - Pumpkins And Pine Trees

It’s the middle of December and I still have pumpkins on my front doorstep.

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Rich In Thought - Sticks And Stones…

I’m taking a chance by voicing an unpopular, politically incorrect position on a contemporary issue, but from me, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

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Marg-Ins – Iowa And The Island

November is such a busy month, leading right up to an equally hectic December, that it literally feels like a lifetime ago I wrote my last column.

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More On Medicare – Getting Your Medicare Benefits

Some people may not realize it, but there are actually two ways to get Medicare benefits.

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Still Matters - Decorations Are Part Of The Experience

Another year is coming close to an end. Every year seems to go by faster and faster. I have heard after a certain age everything starts rolling downhill. I don’t believe that is entirely true, but I do believe the speed has increased each year.

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Didi’s Dogs – House, Car: In Or Out?

DEAR DIDI: I am hoping you can help solve a disagreement that my husband and I have been having. We love your column and your answer will be our ‘tiebreaker’ of sorts. My husband thinks our dog should spend nights outside in the yard to protect our home. I feel sorry for him and want him in the house but my husband says I baby him too much. What do you think? Caring Mom in Manteca

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Marg-Ins - Remembering Rosie

Timewise, we have fallen back, hopefully taking advantage of that extra hour of sleep over the weekend. Daylight Saving Time has ended and we have, incredibly, entered the final two months of the year with major holiday celebrations fast approaching. Halloween is over; recent windy days have kicked up swirls of leaves and the possibility of rain has returned to the forecast.

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Ramblings – Back Home Again …

They say you can never go back. Well you can. But it will have changed and nostalgia will be all that remains. On a recent trip to England which I left for the United States more than 50 years ago, I got to visit the primary school that my sister and I attended when we were seven or eight years old.

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RICH IN THOUGHT - Sorrowful Legends Of The Fall

There’s something special when the leaves turn, days start to get shorter, the weather cools, and you start to feel a tingle of a nip in the air.

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Ramblings – Time For Travel

Bowler hats and brollies, cricket on the village green, unceasing rain and wind, motionless sentries guarding a monarch, fish and chips with beer for an evening meal.

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Marg-Ins - No Leaving Memories Behind

Now that fall has officially arrived, we are in my favorite season of the year.

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More On Medicare

Some people with Medicare are asking lately if their Medicare coverage is affected by the new the Health Insurance Marketplace that starts in 2014.

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DAWN’S COLUMN - Superstitious Minds

As I write this column, it’s Friday the 13th and this morning a coworker sent out a mass, funny text message about remaining calm, but then warning about all the things not to do on this date.

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Turn To Spring Car Care

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Getting Through The Drought

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Box Tops Prove Valuable

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Please Fix Our Park

 

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Airing Policy Concerns

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Reaching Out For Family

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Looking For History

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION – Your Oakdale Fire Department

 

 

During these tough economic times public safety has been under the spotlight for quite some time and rightfully so. Any agency that’s responsible for spending taxpayer dollars should be transparent and have the ability to stand behind the decisions they make when it comes to taxpayer’s money. I would like to take a moment to set the record straight as to what exactly your fire department does with reserve firefighters, and the money it has saved the city by operating efficiently while thinking outside the box in the last seven years.

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Club Amped Up For Charity

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What’s Growin’ On … Busy Season For Stanislaus

Stanislaus County agriculture comes alive in April with almost all perennial crops coming out of winter and spring dormancy. Grapes usually are one of the last to emerge with the green tissue you see bust out and grow with vigor. Soon you will see forage crops being harvested and you can tell by seeing big choppers blowing chopped material into a truck traveling alongside. Most of this will be going to dairy animals for feed. This is the first sign of what will be a long harvest season with our 250 different crops grown in Stanislaus County through the end ...

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Money Management – Fiscal Cliff’s Impact On Taxes

Remember all the talk about the impending fiscal cliff a couple of months ago?

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Not A Fair Assessment

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Closing Obstetrics Not The Answer

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Money Management – Avoiding Scams When Disaster Strikes

When Hurricane Sandy swept up the East Coast, it left billions of dollars of devastation in its wake. After any disaster, many people come forward to help the victims. Unfortunately, however, these emergencies also bring out con artists who seek to exploit the situation using illegal scams.

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Some Facts Against Gun Control Legislation

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Practical Money Matters – Prepare Now For Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are inevitable, unpreventable and often come without warning. No part of the world seems to be spared, whether it’s a hurricane, earthquake, tornado, drought or flood. Even though such catastrophes can’t always be predicted, their likely aftermaths often can, including property loss, power or water service disruption, scarcity of food and supplies or overtaxed relief organizations.

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Twinkle, Twinkle

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Support For Sheriff

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Valley Voice – Working For You

It’s an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to serve California’s Tenth Congressional District in Congress for the next two years. This is an opportunity that will not be taken for granted, but rather a chance to bring the Valley’s voice to Washington as we work to find common ground on issues that affect our families, our businesses and our communities.

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Think It Through

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Life’s Outtakes – Winter Camping

As scoutmaster, I gathered my 18 scouts to plan our winter campout. To earn an honor patrol for scout month in February, one of the requirements was that we needed to go camping. My wife, who is from California, was astounded that we camped in the winter here.

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Hospital Earns High Marks

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Practical Money Matters – Avoiding Tax Refund ID Fraud

Many people file their income tax returns as early in the year as possible. Some are eager to claim their tax refund right away, while others are simply following their New Year’s resolution not to procrastinate until midnight, April 15.

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Seeking Community Support

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For Your Information – World Cancer Day: Focus On Cure

Kicking off February as National Cancer Prevention Month, World Cancer Day was observed on Feb. 4, 2013 as a global effort to raise awareness and dispel common myths about cancer. The World Health Organization estimates that eight million of the 84 million expected global cancer deaths in the next decade will be due to avoidable causes. The organization has designed a cancer control plan that will seek to reduce chronic disease death rates by two percent a year up to 2015, and will target the main causes of cancer in low to middle-income countries, where more than 70 percent of ...

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Mommy Musings - He Moved Up

 

Parenting brings with it many milestones: first steps, first day of school, sleepovers, losing teeth, dates, driver’s license, college choices, the list goes on.

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Mommy Musings – Try, Try Again

When our children learn to ride a bike, shoot a basket or kick a goal they often fail – many times. Yet, as their parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents or loved ones we encourage them to try again. In some cases we require them to. Simply put we discourage them from giving up. We want them to succeed, to stick with it, quite simply to continue to try.

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Mommy Musings - Live Random

I often wonder how different the world would be if more people deferred from their ‘calendar’ long enough to change a life. Not just any life. Not a specific life with intended purpose, but someone random.

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Mommy Musings - Simplicity

The title for this week’s column is just about as basic as a writer can get. What I’ve come to learn more and more however is how one seemingly ‘small’ thing can be so much bigger once the dirt is unearthed.

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Mommmy Musing's - Pen Pal's and Private Messages

Remember the Pen Pal? I believe it’s back. The craziest part is that it has reappeared in the form many disregard as ‘Facebook silliness.’

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Mommy Musings - Healthy Versus Balance

Somebody pinch me, 2014 has found us and to make matters even more crazy … it’s the middle of January.

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Mommy Musings - Magic As I See It

I love the magic of the Holiday season.

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Mommy Musings – The Spirit Is Alive

I believe stores should be closed on Thanksgiving.

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The Joy Of Ticketing

 

I have a confession, which may make me less than popular with a few readers. My hope of course is that those affected or bothered don’t take this out on my children and remember this is a ‘grown-up’ problem.

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Mommy Musings – Unintentional Modeling

In the role of parent we are never void of the knowledge that eyes are always watching. Be it the eyes of our children, our peers, family or society at large. No parent is perfect and we all have our moments. ‘Slips’ happen, but if we are truly fortunate the ‘eyes’ bring it to our attention.

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Less Than Perfect

I’m a firm believer in the old adage of ‘older and wiser.’

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Mommy Musings – See. Achieve. Believe.

I did it. I accomplished a goal which once seemed inconceivable. A dream so big, I was once not brave enough to dream it.

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MOMMY MUSING'S - Push Your Brave

On Sunday, October 20 dozens upon dozens of women from the tri-city area (Escalon, Oakdale and Riverbank) will flood the streets of San Francisco as participants of the 10th Annual Nike Women’s Marathon benefitting the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

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Mommy Musings – Defining Stranger

Times they are a changing or … are they?

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Mommy Musings - Walk The Talk

I sometimes run out of words.

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Mommy Musings

I recently learned of a reader sharing their dissatisfaction with my column. After all, who really cares about my kids and what I have to share about them?

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Mommy Musings – Rules Not Exceptions

I really had hoped to not have to pen a column on this topic yet again this school year, but once again I’m faced with a frustration I know I am not alone in.

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Mommy Musings - Back To It

It’s hard to believe, yet the time has passed and once again we (us parents) find ourselves amid yet another school year. This is indeed a momentous occasion in our small town of just over 20,000. Whether you are the parent of school aged children or not ... heed fair warning.

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Mommy Musings - If I Didn’t

My twenties were not spent changing diapers, shopping for formula or even pushing a stroller. No, quite the opposite. My twenties looked exactly as I had envisioned as a young girl. They were spent completing college, working long hours and building my career. It all seemed perfect.

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Mommy Musings The Three Faces Of Mom

Children change us.

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MOMMY MUSINGS – Going The Distance

I’m training for a marathon.

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Mommy Musings - Stretching and Splashing

I’m not one to sit quietly when it comes to something I love.  

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MommyMusings - Payment or Purpose

Oh, the joys of parenting and finding our way through traditions and guidelines. I must honestly say, it amazes me (frequently) how often I reflect back on my childhood as a Cliff Notes of sorts to parenting.

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Mommy Musings Feels Like Christmas

Today finalizes the annual celebration lovingly referred to in our household as “Christmas in June.”

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Mommy Musings – Caving To ‘I Never’

I did it. The thing I swore I would ‘never’ do. The purchase I ‘swore’ I would never make. Yep, I folded. The unthinkable. I did the unthinkable.

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Didi’s Dogs – Thrill Of The Chase

DEAR DIDI: I have an eight-month old black lab. She has so much energy. We read your column faithfully and value your opinion. My son likes to play laser light with Sassy and she is nuts for the game. Our vet mentioned that laser light play isn’t good for her eyes. What do you think? – Lathrop Dog Mommy

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Didi’s Dogs - Dogs On A Diet?

DEAR DIDI: My dog gets annual checkups and is in good health. Recently my new trainer said my dog is overweight and outlined a diet and exercise program I should follow. I love my dog to death and don’t know who to believe. My poor baby is always hungry.

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Didi’s Dogs – Dealing With Separation Anxiety

DEAR DIDI: My pug, Daisy, is seven months old. She is potty trained, listens most of the time, and I absolutely adore her. She has one big problem that could end up causing me to find a new home for her. I work nights and leave the apartment at 10 o’clock at night. This is when most of my neighbors are going to sleep. Daisy immediately goes into a screeching bark as soon as the front door closes. My neighbors are complaining and I don’t know what to do. Does she need a friend? ‑ Pug Lover in Modesto

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Didi’s Dogs - How Best To Train?

DEAR DIDI: My 55-pound Boxer won’t stop jumping on people. She is just so enthusiastic when we have guests that she can’t help herself. I am worried that she will hurt someone someday. What can I do to help the situation? - Boxer Lover in Lathrop

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Didi’s Dogs - Protecting Pets From The Heat

DEAR DIDI: I noticed when I was walking my English Bulldog the other day he refused to stay on the sidewalk. Can you tell me about temperatures for walks and what I should watch for when I take her in the car? - Worried Mommy in Manteca

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Didi’s Dogs

This is a new column, which will run periodically, focusing on pets and their problems. It is a question and answer format, covering a wide variety of topics.

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