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Regrets, I've had a few: how 'bout you?

In the wise words of Tom Petty, “Some days are diamonds. Some days are rocks.” I hope your week has been diamonds, but I have to say that mine was a mouthful of gravel. ...

Media Life: Keeping Auburn weird not so difficult

When this column set out four years ago to Keep Auburn Weird, it seemed a daunting task. But after several speaking engagements in the area to back up the campaign, Auburn’s ...

When fear of failure takes the lead

I don't know about you, but I am not perfect. That's fairly easy for me to admit. It becomes more of a challenge to admit to particular mistakes, large and small, or confe ...

And Another Thing: This annual celebration celebrates literacy

I love Highway 395. It offers vast expanses and gorgeous views of the eastern Sierra. Here, I get away from traffic jams and big box stores and billboards. The place is a kind of p ...

Media Life: Top 5 Cheap-Gas Road Trips to Take

Wending your way up toward Iowa Hill, the road is narrow, the view is spectacular and the gas is cheap. And while the Iowa Hill Road’s so-light-it-isn’t-there traffic ...

Time to cut taxes

If you think Cam Newton, quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, suffered a crushing defeat on the football field during super Bowl 50, then you haven’t heard about the other ...

Writing ourselves in and out of our marriage stories

Would you rather be happy or would you rather be right? That was a question posed to my friend and her husband after a long phase of consistent bickering. They both agreed they&rsq ...

Newspapers, hunger, fifth graders and art

Don and I finally saw “Spotlight” last Monday. I recommend it for a lot of reasons, not least of which that it promotes the importance, the presence and the encourageme ...

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE SUPER BOWL

   Well, the big game in the Concussion Colosseum in Santa Clara is all history.  Ya’ know, pickin’ a winner is like pickin’ your nose; you just n ...

Another View: FBI crime stats show ‘the Experiment’ has failed

When Realignment was introduced, it was described as one of the “great experiments in American incarceration policy.” Unfortunately, the guinea pigs in this experiment ...

Medical marijuana ordinance in the works

On Jan. 5, three of my fellow supervisors and I directed county staff to develop an ordinance regulating medical marijuana. A working group comprised of county staff from the Agri ...

Oscar Outlook: Divided race heading into Hollywood's big night

The 2016 Oscar race is an unusual one. In 14 years of following the hoopla around the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ big show, I have never seen a more divided ...

‘Soul Sisters’ celebrates life exactly the way it is

Pain, sadness, heartache, and illness are all part of life. How you deal with them, how you allow them to affect you, what you learn from them, that is what makes you who you are. ...

Art, love, books, canyons, words

Rosie Stilwell informs me that Placer Arts has changed the day and the week of the Art Walk. From Lincoln Way to Old Town, enjoy people and art from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday ...

ISO: Contentment

Are you content? When I was young and full of myself I pitied people who were content to live their lives in the place where they were born. Now, I envy those people, and I wish t ...