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As I sit here and write this column, it’s the evening before Thanksgiving, and I am down in Santa Clara at my son David’s home. We are expecting 20 people for dinner tomorrow, so there is a lot of cooking, a bit of house straightening, and a lot of talk about tomorrow going on. 

As we age, it isn’t unusual or unreasonable to think about end of life issues. It makes sense to plan to provide for our loved ones, for end of life care, even for funeral arrangements. But sometimes planning ahead can be a sign that someone is thinking of taking their own life.

  I know its late notice, but a friend of mine has two tickets for the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 4th. They are box seats and he paid $3,500 per ticket, which includes the ride to and from the airport, lunch, dinner, a $400.00 bar tab and a pass to the winner’s locker room after the game…

When entering Sheriff Ryan’s office and being warmly greeted by him your eyes are immediately focused on all the past to present memorabilia, as well as an electric fireplace with two comfortable chairs beside it. Although very practical in the winter months for a heat source, he enjoys the …

While watching a television program about the weather, I was amused to see all of these seemingly crazy people that like to drive into storms just for the thrill. Now I ask you, what on earth can be thrilling enough to make someone drive within a few hundred feet of a live tornado and just s…

A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Two pairs of shoes are more than enoug…

I have been driving myself crazy for about the past four days. Why? I don’t have an answer for that. I ‘fell’ across this YouTube Channel called “Hope For Paws” and I just can’t seem to stop watching. 

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family.

What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park.

I was down in Santa Clara last week. The weather was wonderful and I had a nice visit. I was down there to teach one of my grandsons how to drive. If you can imagine learning how to cope with mad, horn-tooting, get-out-of-my-way, I’m-better-than-you kinds of people by the droves, then you’ll…

Farmer Jack lived on a quiet rural highway but as time went by, the traffic slowly built up and eventually got so heavy and so fast that his free range chickens were being run over, at a rate of three to six a week.

I recently came across some new/old ways to rob people of their possessions, money, credit cards and savings. Most of these schemes are fairly new and you should be aware of them, especially if you plan on traveling.

The Amador County Artists Association is having a free fall exhibition on September 14 and 15 in the Sutter Creek Auditorium. This event has been renamed Art in Amador and it’s going to be local artists showing, demonstrating and selling their work. There will be more than 20 artists and the…

We are aware there has been an increase in nonrenewals and understand that residential insurance is getting harder to find in any area that insurers identify as having a higher than average risk of wildfire. While the Department of Insurance doesn’t have the legal authority to tell insurers …

Charles and Ann Morse expressed it beautifully when they said, “A child needs a grandparent, anybody’s grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world.”

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