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Solving and resolving life’s problems

A lot of people long for a magic bullet that would make all their problems disappear. The truth is that there isn’t one, and we have to think and work our way through our issues, both personal and professional. No quick fix or Pollyanna affirmation is going to change everything for the better. The truth […]

Today in History for April 23, 2014

Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On April 23, 1914, Chicago’s Wrigley Field, then called Weeghman Park, hosted its first major league game as the Chicago Federals defeated the Kansas City Packers 9-1. On this date: In 1014, the Battle of […]

Community Calendar: April 23, 2014

Wednesday Cordelia Rotary Club 7:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. Info: Nancy Garver, 449-8299. Senior Fitness 8:30 a.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Beginning/Intermediate exercise and dance class. Drop-in class. Fee. Info: 429-6291. Tai Chi for Health 9 to 10 a.m., McBride Center, 91 Town Square Place, Vacaville. Low-impact exercise class for people 50 […]

Heroes for Hire event goes haywire

It looked like a comic book convention at the Morrison Hotel, but the caped and costumed throng seated in the main ballroom were not fans, but actual superheroes. Kelly Mair, executive director of Heroes for Hire, gently blew on the microphone before welcoming everyone and introducing herself. “Our company recognizes that while saving the world […]

Today in History for April 21, 2014

Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On April 21, 1789, John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States. On this date: In 1509, England’s King Henry VII died; he was succeeded by his 17-year-old son, […]

Community Calendar: April 21, 2014

Monday Hot Hula Fitness 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., Bliss Urban Arts Center, 3777 Vaca Valley Parkway, Vacaville. No experience needed. Info: 646-9806, www.RSVVP@Dance.com. Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Senior Fitness 8:30 a.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center […]

Bid, Dick, bid: ‘Dick and Jane’ artworks for sale

BROOKLINE, N.H. — In the portrait, the little boy’s blue eyes twinkle as he looks straight ahead. His apple cheeks shine. There’s a gap in his teeth, and his reddish-brown hair is just slightly tousled. He’s an All-American boy. He’s Dick, of the illustrated “Dick and Jane” series that helped teach generations to read from […]

Ranking the best Bay Area athletes

This is the greatest era in Bay Area pro sports history. With the exception of the Oakland Raiders, every major sports team is a serious playoff contender – something that’s unprecedented. So if you’re a sports fan, this is a column for you. But if you’re not, this is really a column for you, because […]

Community Calendar: April 20, 2014

Sunday Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Narcotics Anonymous Open Discussion 10:30 a.m., Unity Hall, 711 Empire St., Fairfield. Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Info: 419-4662. Premier Animal Rescue Adoption Noon to 4 p.m., Petco, 210 Nut Tree Parkway, Vacaville. Info: 592-4601. […]

Today in History for April 20, 2014

Today is Easter Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On April 20, 1914, the Ludlow Massacre took place when the Colorado National Guard opened fire on a tent colony of striking miners; about 20 (accounts vary) strikers, women and children died in the […]

Implementing Common Core: A work in progress

“Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men – the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” – Horace Mann, renowned U.S. educator Horace Mann’s premise is no less true today. As the daughter of a sharecropper, I can’t imagine my life, though with access only to […]

Today in History for April 19, 2014

Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On April 19, 1989, 47 sailors were killed when a gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa in the Caribbean. (The Navy initially suspected that a dead crew member, Clayton Hartwig, had deliberately sparked the […]

Community Calendar: April 19, 2014

Saturday Young Eagles Airplane Rides 7:30 to 10 a.m., Nut Tree Airport, 301 County Airport Road, Vacaville. Free. Parents or legal guardian must be present. Program sponsored by EAA Chapter No. 1230 and assisted by Lee A. Archer Jr. Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen. Info: 483-6357. Table Tennis 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. […]

Lake Berryessa memories and the lost town of Monticello

“Going to the lake” – the lake in this context being Lake Berryessa – elicits lots of memories of carefree fun for me, including: Numerous trips with Debbie Phillips, Phil Olivares, John Nolan, Kathleen Mahoney and others in the early 1980s, listening to John Cougar’s “American Fool.” Going to Oak Shores with Ben Kusaka, Darin […]

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Today in History for April 18, 2014

Today is Good Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On April 18, 1934, the first laundromat (called a “Washateria”) was opened by John F. Cantrell in Fort Worth, Texas; four electric washing machines were rented to members of the public on an hourly […]

Community Calendar: April 18, 2014

Friday Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Women’s Shooting Club 10 a.m. to noon, Center Mass Shooting Range, 27 Commerce Place, Vacaville. For beginners and experienced shooters. Info: Marcia Serrao, 447-2698, www.TakingAimWSC.com. Solano Kids Insurance Program 1 to 5 […]

Today in History for April 17, 2014

Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights: On April 17, 1964, Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock became the first woman to complete a solo airplane trip around the world, returning to Columbus, Ohio, after 29½ days and 21 stopovers in her Cessna 180. Ford […]

A lesson in household budgeting

A family meeting is called to rein in expenses using a family budget while also trying to keep the 23-year-old and 28-year-old financially afloat. Called a family meeting the other day. Like conversation, a family meeting is another antiquated concept. These days, you’re more likely to go on a sleigh ride or visit the Vatican […]

Community Calendar: April 17, 2014

Thursday Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Senior Day Program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Supervised activities for persons with cognitive or physical impairments. Enrollment required. Fee. Info: 428-7654. Fun With […]

Today in History for April 16, 2014

Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On April 16, 1964, The Rolling Stones’ first album, eponymously titled “The Rolling Stones,” was released in the United Kingdom by Decca Records (a slightly different version debuted in the United States a month and […]

Community Calendar: April 16, 2014

Wednesday Cordelia Rotary Club 7:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. Info: Nancy Garver, 449-8299. Senior Fitness 8:30 a.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Beginning/Intermediate exercise and dance class. Drop-in class. Fee. Info: 429-6291. Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. […]

What love gives you

Most of us have had a bad relationship or two, maybe 22. It’s natural to crave companionship when you’re alone, but it’s also natural to be a little gun-shy if you’ve been in relationships that didn’t work out. If you are feeling reluctant to find love again, here are a few reasons why I believe […]

Here are some of my pet peeves

I try to cultivate an attitude of gratitude most days, but don’t always succeed. When I don’t, it’s usually because I have been exposed to one of my numerous pet peeves. Here is a partial list: Public speakers who talk too long: I don’t care if you are giving a stirring speech using impressive elocution; […]

8 litters of Leader Dog puppies for Mich. family

FENTON, Mich. — On a fridge in Kristen Harmon’s laundry room hang 10 photos of different Labrador retrievers with their owners – each a graduate of Leader Dogs for the Blind that was born in Harmon’s home. Not five feet away play three black and one yellow Labrador puppies, playful, furry and cute. Their future […]

Community Calendar: April 14, 2014

Monday Hot Hula Fitness 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., Bliss Urban Arts Center, 3777 Vaca Valley Parkway, Vacaville. No experience needed. Info: 646-9806, www.RSVVP@Dance.com. Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Senior Fitness 8:30 a.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center […]

Today in History for April 14, 2014

Today is Monday, April 14, the 104th day of 2014. There are 261 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Passover begins at sunset. Today’s Highlight: On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while watching a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in […]

Lessons learned from ‘unfunny’ column

Too soon? Too soon. At least for our readers. Last week in this space, I wrote a satiric column about my “theories” about what really happened to Flight 370, the Malaysian Airline plane that disappeared March 2. The response? It was immediately savaged on the Daily Republic website as stupid, cruel and unfunny. And that […]

Community Calendar: April 13, 2014

Sunday Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Narcotics Anonymous Open Discussion 10:30 a.m., Unity Hall, 711 Empire St., Fairfield. Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Info: 419-4662. Premier Animal Rescue Adoption Noon to 4 p.m., Petco, 210 Nut Tree Parkway, Vacaville. Info: 592-4601. […]

Today in History for April 13, 2014

Today is Palm Sunday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2014. There are 262 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On April 13, 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award for his performance in “Lilies of the Field.” (Patricia Neal was named best actress […]

Today in History for April 12, 2014

Today is Saturday, April 12, the 102nd day of 2014. There are 263 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights: On April 12, 1954, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission opened a hearing on whether Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, scientific director of the Manhattan Project, should have his security clearance reinstated amid questions about his loyalty […]