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Another View: After a tire goes flat, a stranger shows kindness

As you may remember from previous columns, my late husband Wil was an auto mechanic and as such I never really learned how to take care of a car.  Nor did I want to. Whenever ...

Another View: Seeking options for shelter, aid to the homeless

As our weather turns cold and we welcome the much needed rain, it is natural for our thoughts to turn to people who do not have shelter. It is hard to understand how homeless pop ...

Puttin' down the cookie

My name is Tricia, and I’m a sugar addict. I don't know exactly when it began. My mother tells me that I was three when the dentist said to lay off the candy bars becaus ...

Another View: Lots of help with preparations for Newcastle celebration

Robin Enos: I have received many calls and emails from folks concerned as to the well-being of the Time Traveler. Our readers may recall in our last column the Traveler took a time ...

Another View: Considering the wisdom of hope

You know about Pandora. The mythological woman, not the music company.  Maybe you don’t. She’s another of those foolish women who can’t control her impulses. ...

Media Life: 'Girl on the Train,' dogs, James Patterson tops in Placer County

In the world of adult fiction, dogs are, well, top dog in Placer County. So says digital records compiled by the Placer County Library Sirsi system. Sirsi keeps a count of librar ...

Another View: Losing 70 pounds by age 70 — and feeling great

Last month (gulp) I turned 70.  I am not bemoaning the fact, really, but 70? Reaching this milestone has made me feel a bit more mortal and reflective.  The other day ...

When reading becomes a favorite sport

No, I’m not happy with the situation. It seems that my wheels have begun to fall off and I still have a lot of miles ahead of me. I’ve got a lot of plans but I need to ...

Thoughts on publishers, publishing, style and citrus

 When I came to the Journal in 1986, Bill Pfaff was publisher. I saw him very little and hardly said a word to him — he was the publisher after all, and I was just a bug ...

Media Life: 12 Best Reasons for Auburnites to be Thankful

Auburn’s an original. And for that we can all be thankful for 365 days of the year. But on a long weekend where we gather to annually give thanks, what better time for a lis ...

From Auburn’s beauty to a great staff, I am grateful

As I write this column, Thanksgiving is directly in front of me. Food, family, and, for me, the tradition of watching my hopeless Detroit Lions play another Thanksgiving morning ga ...

You are what your name is. Or are you?

My 8-year-old son has recently decided to change first his name to one that’s more common – at least in the United States. He says there’s a certain group of kids ...

Another view: Advice for the times: Communicate, listen, be willing to talk

I never saw “Abie’s Irish Rose.” But I’ve heard about it. The play ran on Broadway for four years in the mid 1920s, for 2,327 performances, a record at the ...

Another View: Latest in Newcastle happenings, and the glories of O. Henry

Portuguese Pirate: The Time Traveler may not be with us this week because he has once again slipped off the rails of reality. A week ago Irene Robacker, another regular of the Edel ...

A poetic argument

So many people tell me they don’t “get” poetry. When I hear this I usually respond by saying, “It’s not for everyone,” because I don’t lik ...