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Another View: Can’t we all just slow down and lighten up?

We had to make the drive to Los Angeles recently and I got reminded of the hostility that seems to wait for us out there beyond Stockton on Highway 5.  Oh sure, there were ple ...

Another View: Robin and Time Traveler expanding to a television show

Once again the deadline for this column draws near and I have just been informed by the Portuguese Pirate that he is leaving town this week. While he’s gone I could write a t ...

Media Life: Documentary, book focus on endurance

  Michigan Bluff’s Myles Smythe has melded a passion for running with a filmmaker’s drive to tell a story worth telling. The result is a new documentary called & ...

Another View: Recalling a friend, and a life well-lived

Recently I went to the memorial honoring a wonderful human being. He was what I consider to be a real Renaissance man. Not only did he provide for his family monetarily, he was inv ...

Another View: General Gomez Center a hub for our cultural scene

When I took my seat as the accuracy judge at Auburn’s Poetry Out Loud competition last Sunday I realized it was my third visit to the General Gomez Arts and Events Center wit ...

10 life lessons learned at the dog park

My family is new to dog park culture. Human companionship seemed to be enough for our little doxie mix, Bingley, but now we have a new (70 pound) pup, Leo, and he requires a bit mo ...

Want to know if you’re really a local? Take the quiz

About a decade ago, Media Life took on the task of creating a standardized test to determine once and for all whether people who claim to be local are truly just that. The quiz st ...

SIGN LANGUAGE: Lincoln student-fans get personal in PVL rivalry game

The words “F@$# you” are scrawled into the visiting wall of Placer High’s historic Earl Crabbe Gymnasium. A sharpie penned the phrase “Smoke weed every day& ...

Another View: Ten reasons to rethink hotel plan

Auburn’s City Council and local civic organizations have long coveted two commercial projects: luring a Trader Joe’s and a “boutique” hotel. The food purvey ...

Another View: Moving salmon over gigantic dams can and should be done

Headlines of salmon verging on extinction are daily occurrences in California newspapers. Californians must get salmon and steelhead over rim dams in order to prevent extinction; t ...

‘So the River Flows’ celebrates the human spirit

A love story is a love story is a love story. What differentiates one from another are the characters and the events accompanying their meeting and the obstacles surrounding their ...

I won’t play the sap for them

Those fabric softener sheets I use in the dryer? I tear them in half. If I can, I tear them in thirds. For a while I tore them in fourths but Don talked me out of it because they g ...

For the love of a good word

I am a logophile through and through. When I encounter a word I’ve never heard before, a little shiver runs up my spine, and if the meaning is not immediately clear, I’ ...

2016, what’s in it for us?

 If I really knew what was going to happen in 2016, I’m not sure you’d want to read about it.  But here are my predictions.    They are going to re ...

Media Life: Silence proving golden for Auburn filmmaker

When we last heard from Brandon Vedder, the Placer High grad and ace cinematographer was fresh off the success of 2012 documentary “La Source” and deep into a new proje ...