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Something smells awful good around here

As you all know, I used to work in the lingerie department at Gottschalks here in Auburn. The following story is true, and one that I hope you enjoy.   One day during the Ch ...

Media Life: National PBS show highlights Auburn 'pie place'

A new PBS documentary has Ikeda’s in Auburn in the spotlight for its pie-making. “A Few Good Pie Places” debuted in late-August, airing on PBS stations around th ...

Another View: Political disinterest a disturbing trend among the youth

Earlier this year, I participated in Sierra College’s Political Awareness Day. Tables were staffed by various political parties, government agencies and candidates who were r ...

Another View: What does it take to live in synchronicity?

In total agreement with the “California must be out of control!” In the story of the rain-maker, the old man locked himself in a room for four days and in four days t ...

Another View: When laughter eased a tough moment

It was the Friday night of a long, tiring week, and I was looking forward to a good night’s sleep.  But during the night I kept hearing a dog bark, and it seemed to be c ...

Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has flown the coop

Portuguese Pirate: Heads up folks, the Traveler has gone Hollywood! Two weeks ago our radio guest was Doug Stanley, famous for his involvement in the reality series Most Dangerous ...

Another View: Will take-home pay win or lose in State Capitol?

What’s the origin of the phrase, “there is no such thing as a free lunch?”  In the 19th century it was common practice of saloons to offer their patron &ldqu ...

Teen pressured to get ‘junk’ jewelry to fit in

Dear Straight Talk: My sister, 16, is under intense peer pressure to pierce her breasts and pudendum. The leader of her group ostracizes girls who won’t go along. I’m ...

What we’re reading and loving lately

In July, Resplendence Publishing released Linda Deatherage’s first title, the historical romance “Sweet Revenge.” This Applegate denizen focuses on the Gold Rush ...

Another View: Listening to truth, whomever's it may be

This column is a follow-up to Caspers-Ross’s Aug. 25 column, “Let laughter roll down like wine,” which is available online. You may have read my column about ri ...

Another View: Use common sense, these driving tips to be safe on the road

OK — let me introduce myself — I’m the old fogey with the AARP bumper sticker driving in the slow lane with my right blinker on. I wasn’t always 71. I rem ...

Breast implants a lose-lose for insecure girls

Dear Straight Talk: My 16-year-old daughter has gone through puberty but remains almost completely flat-chested. She gets made fun of and has never dated, believing this to be th ...

We’re being played with a Trump card

It seems as though all the press is focusing on these days is Donald Trump. His statements, outrageous statements in my opinion, make people either cringe or stand up and cheer. By ...

Another View: How to cope with effects of natural disasters

Natural disasters have been around as long as recorded history. This month marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I was one of a handful of chaplains deployed to New O ...

Media Life: Auburn proves again that cycling here is king

It’s time to raise a frosty glass of sports drink in honor of Auburn’s ongoing endurance prowess – this time two-wheel related. The community’s – and ...