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September 26, 2023

Window on the World Column | Sister Sheryl

Our first meeting was an interesting one. I had been hired as her boss at the local paper. She took me to see one of her oldest friends and clients. I was told by the customer, in no uncertain terms, that if I took...

Funny Papers Again Column | Summer Solstice and the Last Word on Local Fun in the Sun

This is my last Funny Papers Again column for the Valley newspapers, so if you have been a fan over the past couple of years then, well, just read slowly, I guess. More on this at the end of this column. Last Wednesday was the...

Window on the World Column | Happy Birthday, Dear Rita

I hadn’t seen her for a while, and when I did, I realized that she was very unwell. I was doing a book signing at a King City coffee shop and she was selling her amazing pies at the same venue. She had lost...

Worthy to Print Column | Moving to Gonzales

“Honey, when did we move to Gonzales?” I asked my marriage mate as she (Rainy) flittered around the corner doing things that women do when their husbands feel like they have the busier schedule. Of course, I knew that all I had to do...

Funny Papers Again Column | Ringo and Sara and Lisa and Steve and Lynn and Andy and Oliver and Jeanette: Rock On!

There is something about eye contact that lets two people know that for just a split second, just a flicker of time, there has been a meeting of minds, a very brief acknowledgment of each other’s existence. I had just such an encounter last...

Window on the World Column | Boy Town

It started off as a nice offer from the husband. “He can come and stay with us for a while!” We were talking about our friend’s 21-year-old son. They live in the U.K. I never thought it would happen, really didn’t. “What a nice...

Guest Column | King City Beautification Week Shines Light on Cleanup Efforts

Beautification Week in King City has been going on for 31 years as a way for the town to spruce up its appearance in time for the July 4 holiday. The 2023 event is sponsored by the King City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture in...

Worthy to Print Column | Coming Home Early to See Dad

Did you have a good Father’s Day this weekend? I think this was just about the best Father’s Day I have had in awhile. Of course I say that every year. They always seem to find a gift that I didn’t even know I...

Funny Papers Again Column | An Anonymous Donor and Familiar Dairyman Both in One Week

Any opinion columnist, or letter writer, whose words appear in public is aware that there could be repercussions either laudatory in nature or quite the opposite with slings and arrows; such responses are met and dealt with either by response or with silence. A...

Window on the World Column | The Dreams of a Rescue Pup

“The beautiful dog awoke from its deep sleep dreamland. Before remembering his recent rescue, a bolt of concern ran through him from all those rude awakenings, and days and nights of fear. He could hear the comfortable long snooze of his new best friend...
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