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Brad Stanhope

16 facts to know for the Super Bowl

Today is the big day. After months of commercials, official reviews, helmet-to-helmet hits and more commercials, it’s Super Bowl Sunday. Peyton Manning will be on TV almost as much as he is in games when he doesn’t play – on those omnipresent Nationwide Insurance commercials. If you’re a fan, you already know about the Broncos […]

Interpreting lives from a refrigerator door

Perhaps there’s nothing that better describes an American’s life than our refrigerator doors. Even if the items don’t fully explain us, the length of time they remain does. I guess. Although there was good reason that the 2007 doctor appointment card remained. Really. Recently, Mrs. Brad cleaned off our refrigerator door, removing photos and magnets […]

Sneak preview of genre-bending novel

Today I debut the first chapter of my proposed new novel, which combines several popular genres in an attempt to capture a huge audience and make me rich and famous. And to help the world, of course. As a reader of the Daily Republic, you benefit by seeing my first draft. It follows. • • […]

Connection between stress, illness makes me anxious

Did you know that stress can lead to cancer? Stress also leads to heart disease. And asthma. Stress can bring on obesity and diabetes. Headaches, anxiety and depression are often triggered by stress. Did you know that stress can make you age prematurely? How about the growing possibility that stress contributes to Alzheimer’s disease? We’ve long […]

January 17, 2016 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

Presidential candidates and local connections

It’s a presidential election year and the choices are almost too varied for a rational human being. Should you support Trump? Clinton? Cruz? Sanders? Rubio? Christie? Jingleheimer-Schmidt? Who are these people? And why do they have my name, too? (Side note: It’s ridiculous that people always shout whenever we go out.) Admit it: We all […]

January 10, 2016 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Plan gives new meaning to ‘changing seasons’

Let’s face it: Our calendar is broken. It makes no sense. It needs to be fixed. We just passed New Year’s Day, which doesn’t seem like the start of a year, but just as a continuation of winter. Other than Big Calendar, the industry that makes its money by selling 12-month wall posters at Christmas, who […]

January 03, 2016 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Playoff to determine biggest story of 2015

It’s the end of the year and competition is healthy. Which means it’s time for my annual story-of-the-year tournament. Unlike other media outlets, who merely rank the top stories of the year without letting you know exactly how they decided, I believe in letting them decide it on the field. Also unlike other media outlets, I […]

December 27, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Get ready to prove your local knowledge

Hello and welcome back to the annual Solano County knowledge test. You live here (or have some connection to the county) and should know a lot about Solano, one of 18 original California counties (from 1850, of course. You already knew that.). That’s where I come in. Consider me the DMV of Solano knowledge, giving […]

December 20, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

‘Star Wars’ movie is going to be fantastic!

When the new “Star Wars” movie comes out this week, no one will be more excited than me. It’s Star Wars! Who doesn’t like stars? Or wars? Put them together? Fantastic. While some may accuse me of jumping on the bandwagon of a hot cultural phenomenon, I’ve been a fan of “Star Wars” since I was […]

December 13, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

‘It’s a politically incorrect life’ and other notes

Emptying out my notebook with just 25 days left in 2015 – after which we start an election year! Which means, of course, we’re still in the presidential preseason. Yikes. On to the topics du jour . . . • I love “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the iconic 1946 film that celebrates the impact of […]

December 06, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Loser’s view after war on Christmas

Life was different before the war. But of course, anyone who has lived through war knows that – particularly when you’re on the losing side. Now all that’s left is to hide the scars and rebuild our lives as shattered, broken people. And hope to someday recover. It seemed unlikely we would lose. How could […]

November 29, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Don’t panic, but the Black Death may be returning

Don’t panic. Don’t go crazy. Don’t do anything dangerous. I’m sure the health officials are keeping things quiet for a good reason. I’m sure there’s no reason to get anxious. BUT A GIRL IN OREGON HAS THE PLAGUE! Pardon me while I get a paper bag into which I can breathe to prevent hyperventilation. The […]

November 22, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Sandwich Islands: Best thing since sliced bread

Aloha and hand me some lunch meat between two slices of bread! Mrs. Brad and I recently returned from the Sandwich Islands and this seems an appropriate place to share our memories. The Sandwich Islands? Well, you may call them something else – most likely the Hawaiian Islands. I’ve got nothing against the people who […]

November 15, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Really: Some things are worth keeping

When I was a teenager, my dad had a container for tortilla chips. They were his favorite snack, so my stepmom would buy him massive bags of Bien Padre chips (made in my hometown) and he would eat them nearly every night. The funny thing? His container. It was an aluminum box about the size of a […]

November 08, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Color me excited for Hall of Fame announcement

Like most Americans, I’ll be clicking “refresh” on my Internet browser Thursday morning, awaiting the big announcement. This is no game! It’s time to find out the new inductees to The National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York. My money is on the scooter and Twister. But I hope that Wiffle ball makes it and […]

November 01, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Time capsule musings of a 13-year-old me

Editor’s note: The following column was found in a time capsule that indicated the author was 13. The thoughts and predictions contained are not necessarily those of the Daily Republic or even the present-day Brad: Hey everyone, I’m putting this column in a No. 2 mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls’ back porch (like Johnny Carson […]

October 25, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Creative solutions for House speaker quandary

One of the most powerful jobs in America is open and nobody wants it. With good reason. It’s about politics, but stick with me. It’s worth it! Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives spent the past few weeks hoping that a good candidate – anyone – would step up to succeed John Boehner as speaker of the […]

October 18, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Mars presents solution to our problem

Scientists think there might be water on Mars, making it the greatest opportunity since gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill 160 years ago. Or when Lewis and Clark explored the West. Or when Lewis and Martin perfected the buddy genre during the 1950s. This is Manifest Destiny for the 21st century. It could be a game-changer for […]

October 11, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Getting through grief of a bad commute

The only thing slower than morning rush-hour traffic is navigating an emotional response to it. I’ve got a five-speed. Not a five-speed vehicle, a five-speed reaction. I think I’m in fifth gear now, which is acceptance. But I could be wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time. In fact, it wouldn’t be the first time I was […]

October 04, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Secrets of El Niño winter, including forecasts

Our long California drought may soon be over. In case you haven’t heard, weather experts are nearly unanimous in saying that we’re about to have an El Niño winter, which could mean the end of the drought and the arrival of flooding. Or maybe nothing will change. That’s where I come in. I follow the tradition […]

September 27, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Camping trip almost blew us away

We thought we knew about wind. After all, we’ve lived in Suisun City for decades and endured year after year of gusts. But this was different. We found ourselves late at night, trying to sleep while also hoping that our tent wouldn’t blow away. Huddled and shouting at each other. But let’s go back to the […]

September 20, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

NFL’s slide, musical guilty pleasures and more

It’s time to empty my reporter’s notebook, which is now an app on my telephone that has virtual pages onto which I type by touching “keys” on a screen. Ahh, technology. I love you and hate you at the same time. Virtually, of course. On to the topics du jour . . . First, the […]

September 13, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Dream a (boring) little dream of me

Of all the areas in which Mrs. Brad and I differ – being handy around the house (her, not me), being a good driver (her, not me), reading other people’s moods (her, not me), cooking well (her, not me) and knowing 1970s and 1980s sports facts and music lyrics (me, not her) – there is […]

September 06, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Best choice of woman on the $10 bill

So, beginning in 2020, a woman will appear on the $10 bill, according to the U.S. Treasury. Typical, isn’t it? Women get their face on money just as we become a cashless society. It’s like finding out that they’re going to put your face on an album cover right when everybody switches to mp3s. Once […]

August 30, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Let’s bring Stanhope Syndrome into open

It’s not that I want the attention. It’s only that I occasionally suffer from a malady that has been in the shadows too long and lacks a name. I suggest calling it Stanhope Syndrome. About a month ago, I had a flare-up. If you’ve had one, you know how difficult it is – both physically […]

August 23, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Let’s make presidential debates even better

The Republican presidential candidate debate earlier this month on the Fox News Channel captured the attention of Americans more than any debate since the great “Flame Broiling vs. Frying” fast-food conflict of the 1980s. The reason was obvious: Donald Trump. The former United States Football League team owner brought drama and theatrics to the television […]

August 16, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Ranking greatest (and worst) generations

By now, we’re indoctrinated: The people who fought in World War II, then returned to build the United States into the greatest nation in the world are “The Greatest Generation.” All others must bow down to them, because they’re clearly the . . . no! Wait a minute! Who gave former NBC News anchorman Tom […]

August 09, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

New planet will make you younger, heavier

In case you missed the big news, we have a new planetary relative: Earth’s “bigger, older cousin.” Mrs. Brad and I are already planning a vacation to Planet Oliver (explanation in next paragraph), where I will be heavier and younger (explanation later). But still . . . a planetary relative! It’s like finding out you […]

August 02, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Troy, me and the magical device

It was the summer before fifth grade when my best friend, Troy, and I combined our money and sent away for the greatest item ever. Troy, who lived down the street, saw it in a comic book: A portable communication device. It was perfect. Long before the cellphone era, we could talk at any time. […]

July 26, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Characters continue after spotlight fades

One-hit wonder author Harper Lee last week dropped her biggest bombshell since she revealed that “To Kill a Mockingbird” wasn’t a hunting book. In her sequel to her only novel, Lee presents “TKAM” (in the publishing industry, we love acronyms) hero Atticus Finch as a racist. Yes, the character that Gregory Peck portrayed in the iconic movie […]

July 19, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,
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