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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. Read More
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Posted: Apr. 08, 2014 5:07 | Updated: Apr. 09, 2014 1:00

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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Editor’s Notebook – Not Forgotten

If you look at the date on this paper, it likely touches off a flurry of memories. Images, perhaps, seared in your memory.

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Marg-Ins

One by one, readers, you have helped us make a huge difference in dealing with a devastating situation.

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Stuff ‘N Nonsense

In July I attended my annual writer conference sponsored by the Romance Writer’s Association and this year it was held in balmy Georgia, which was where my first RWA conference was held in 2006. It was fun to return to the peach state a little wiser than my first go-round and with the exciting changes in publishing right now, it was an amazing, vibrant conference.

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RICH IN THOUGHT - The First Step Is Admitting The Problem

Hi, my name is Rich and I am an addict.

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Marg-Ins - Summer Of My (Dis)Content

There were five Wednesdays in July this year and that just makes it seem like it was months ago that my last column appeared.

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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK – If They Could See Me Now

REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK – If They Could See Me Now

 

 

I admit that when I received the congratulatory notice, it had me fooled. I thought the well-worded email was the lead into a scam informing the recipient they’ve won an award but would have some sort of out-of-pocket expense to be paid in advance with a product I’d never see. As I read on, I found it was in fact authentic. My screenplay was a “Silver Ace Award” winner at the Las Vegas Film Festival being held July 18-21.

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Out Of Bounds - Thumper Tastes Good

For a few days, the rabbits grazed peacefully inside their cages on the outskirts of our campsite, providing a tranquil harmony with nature as we enjoyed solace where the mountains touched the sky.

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MORE ON MEDICARE Home Health Services: What’s Covered?

By DAVID SAYEN

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RICH IN THOUGHT That’s What Brotherhoods Are For

While it’s difficult to find a silver lining with any tragedy, I became aware of a blessing amid the sadness a few weeks ago when I was reunited with cherished individuals who played a significant part in my past law enforcement career during the funeral service of a former patrol partner of mine.

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Marg-Ins Fast And Furious

If you don't know by now that I am deeply involved in Relay For Life, you just haven't read my column, in about, 10 years.

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DAWN’S COLUMN – I Could Not Ask For More

My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary.

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Marg-Ins-Getting Into The Game

So there’s no way to deny it, I am definitely a sports fan(atic).

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Out Of Bounds – Preparing For The Zombie Apocalypse

I could watch Brad Pitt solve a crossword puzzle for three hours.

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Still Matters - Love Matters

May always makes me think of Mother’s Day and flowers. And this year we added a graduation, planning for a wedding in June, and everything else in between.

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EDITORIAL – Attention Oakdale – All Units: 11-99

 

As I write this, a named suspect wanted for attempted murder is on-the-lam, in a city that doesn’t have any detectives to investigate its cases.

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Attention Oakdale – All Units: 11-99

 

As I write this, a named suspect wanted for attempted murder is on-the-lam in a city that doesn’t have any detectives to investigate its cases.

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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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Stuff ‘N Nonsense - Adjusting To The Dream Job

Who knew there would be an adjustment period to living the dream? I certainly didn’t. Many of you know I published my first book in December 2006 and it’s been a dream of mine for longer than I can remember to support myself solely on my fiction writing income. After many years of incredibly hard work, I managed to make that dream a reality and I left my post at The Leader to live the dream.

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RICH IN THOUGHT -Toes In The Water, You Know The Rest

As I write this column, I am planning to be off work for an ROTC assignment.

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Reporter’s Notebook – A Tainted Finish

Monday, April 15 did not start for me as it did my friend and running teammate Cathy McClelland or Oakdaleans Vanessa Walton and Tom Burchell, or Jesse Santana of Riverbank. I did not board a motor coach in my sneakers with a race bib pinned to the front of my shirt in anticipation of running the 117th Boston Marathon.

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Marg-ins - No Fooling Around

No need to check the calendar and this isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke – I am just trying to get my column schedule back ‘on track’ after having been haphazard about it the last couple of months. I know one ran just last week, so forgive me for the back-to-backs.

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Marg-Ins - Two Decades And Counting

 

Twenty years goes faster than you think. Trust me.

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Marg-Ins - Love Lost … And Found

More than a week past deadline, I finally have taken a few deep breaths and will try to get this column written. Typically, the ‘Marg-Ins’ column appears the first Wednesday of the month, which means it is running a week later than normal this time.

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Rich In Thought – All The X’s, L’s, V’s And I’s

The Super Bowl Season is upon us as many of us gather for what is as close to an American holiday as it can get.

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Still Matters – The New Girl

Hello, Escalon, Oakdale, and Riverbank. I am the new girl at the Oakdale Leader office. You may have seen my name on a few different articles, pictures, or both in various issues. Or by now, you may have even met me in person.

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Community Corner – What’s Growin’ On …

Happy New Year! We all survived the Mayan calendar apocalypse and the “Fiscal Cliff” – kind of started to remind me of the Y2K phenomenon 13 years ago.

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