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Millennial Generation shares challenges for 2015

Dear Readers: The last round of Millennial Generation members (ages 11-33, born 1982-2004) are entering adolescence, while the rest are in various stages of adult launch. This gene ...

Another View: ARD volunteers and the loss of the dog park steward

Many public, non-profit and private organizations in the Auburn area benefit from this community’s wonderful spirit of volunteerism. The Auburn Recreation District is certain ...

After sojourn in Mexico, it all went south

My sister Marilyn and her husband, Ken, had rented a house in Sayulita, Mexico, and they invited us to come down and stay with them for a few days. It sounded wonderful and it was. ...

FInally, a New Year's resolution I can keep

Aaahhh, New Year’s. The time of the year for resolutions, the time for renewal and the time for reflection.  Some of us insist on making those dreaded resolutions about ...

It's party time: Be safe, be sane, and don’t trust Molly

Dear Straight Talk: My roommate got totally wasted at a dorm party on what she was told was Molly. Somebody brought her back to our room and literally dumped her on me. She fell ...

Another View: For a day, we choose to celebrate that which is beautiful

Just for a little while, in the cold, dark nights in London,  the wonder and warmth of childhood would return — lights strewn across the city streets, reflected on wet p ...

Traditions are an aromatic thing

There are many traditions that surround the welcoming of the New Year. The ringing of church bells, firing of guns, lighting of fireworks, sounding of party horns and even hitting ...

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 ...