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Our vaction: Going where no one else wants to

Was it my tone of voice or my facial expression? I tried to keep both neutral. But whenever anyone heard where my husband Don and I were going, I got looks of either tolerance or p ...

Anatomy of the high school party scene

Dear Straight Talk: My daughter, 17, and her friends are getting ready for the big Halloween party, swapping clothes and creating costumes. My problem isn’t the costumes be ...

Media Life: State Theatre work unearths long-lost 1930 art deco treasure

A vertically challenged genie? A variation on the theatrical “tragedy-comedy” mask, this time memorializing loud acting? A stylized tribute to Aztec culture run amok? ...

Navigating the password jungle

Have you ever, out of desperation, resorted to using the password “password” or “123456?” Security pass codes can be frustrating and, if you’re like m ...

Another View: I just wanted to be alone, lock the door, turn out the light

It’s been a long time since June 6, the day our son Jeffrey died. But the time just slipped away from us; we’d spent most of it in a mental fog of protection, I guess. ...

How hard can wallpapering be?

Back in 1976 we decided to buy a piece of property in Todd Valley. We thought it might be a good investment. Back then the building of the Auburn Dam was being promoted and touted ...

Depressed male took risks, ended up in jail

Dear Straight Talk: I got engaged at 22 and we have three beautiful children. I fell down the wrong path and my fiancé said she would always be there for me. But when I re ...

Another View: Placer County law enforcement leaders oppose Proposition 47:

Proposition 47, the so called “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund,” if passed will have the opposite result of its title. The measure minimizes criminal consequences t ...

What’s the best gift anyone ever gave you?

Let’s take a break for a few minutes and not talk about ebola, the elections, ISIS, the Mideast, climate change or anything else newsy. The days are growing shorter, the ni ...

Another View: I keep meaning to write about memory lapses

I believe that I may be the most forgetful person on the planet. My grandmother used to say to me “you’d lose your head if it wasn’t screwed on.” The phra ...