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Another View: How Charles Dickens changed Christmas

He needed the money. In the fall of 1843, with his wife Catherine expecting their fifth child, a heavy mortgage and lagging sales from the monthly installments of his book “M ...

Quality time can be as simple as ‘the long way home’

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” The words credited to Mother Teresa ring true with me, but sometimes I have to ...

Wishes for the world 2014

Dear Readers: From tiny acorns grow mighty oaks. The dreams of the young are the seeds of the future. It’s my honor to present these youthful voices, each one striving to m ...

Time for your Christmas gifts

Goodness. Twenty years ago (20! I’m impressed and amazed) I began my toasty tradition of giving you Christmas presents in the column that appears right before Dec. 25. I kn ...

Media Life: Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters” shoots in Placer County

Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters” discovers Placer County’s Granite Bay in an upcoming episode of the popular fix-it reality series. In the show’s ...

Another View: Salmon migration blocked by Hemphill Dam

Many individuals and agencies have worked diligently to get salmon 22 miles up Auburn Ravine to the current blockage at Hemphill Dam a few miles east of Lincoln.   NOAA (N ...

Another View: Mending fences wins out over building them

No wonder my legs hurt and my back is sore. I’ve been thinking like I was 50 again while I’ve been walking around in a 75-year-old body. I’m not bragging. It&rsqu ...

A method to their madness

Earlier this year I met a friend for coffee at our favorite spot, Depot Bay. Among other things, we discussed the fact that she was upset to see Christmas decorations already set u ...

In the age of materialism, do the holidays retain meaning?

Dear Straight Talk: The winter holidays seem to be a stressed-out “what am I getting” and “what am I buying” nightmare and I wonder if these once-sacred h ...

Media Life: Ex-Auburn drummer's Saint Motel signs with Elektra Records

The good news just keeps getting better for Greg Erwin and his Los Angeles band Saint Motel. Perhaps the L. A. music scene’s best-kept secret over the past half dozen years, ...