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Today in History for July 23, 2014

Today is Wednesday, July 23, the 204th day of 2014. There are 161 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 23, 1914, Austria-Hungary presented a list of demands to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb assassin; Serbia’s refusal to agree to the entire ultimatum led to World War […]

Community Calendar: July 23, 2014

Wednesday Cordelia Rotary Club 7:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. Info: June Johnson 510-772-8860. 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. Tai Chi for Health 9 to 10 a.m., McBride Center, 91 Town Square Place, Vacaville. Low-impact […]

How to argue appropriately with your mate

As with many things, learning how to argue properly with someone you love is a skill you can develop. There is a right way and a wrong way to do it. Many couples struggle with learning to fight fairly. Here are some ground rules: • The first one to get mad loses. You really can’t resolve […]

Today in History for July 22, 2014

Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2014. There are 162 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 22, 1934, bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago’s Biograph Theater, where he had just seen the Clark Gable movie “Manhattan Melodrama.” On this date: In 1587, […]

Community Calendar: July 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 […]

I use odd music as wake-up calls

I like odd music. I would say parody, but that calls to mind Weird Al Yankovic, who I love, but is not really what I am referring to. I like hard-to-define music and found a use for it beyond my own enjoyment. Every year, my church goes to Sierra Bible Camp near Lake Almanor. It is […]

July 21, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Today in History for July 21, 2014

Today is Monday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2014. There are 163 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights: On July 21, 1944, American forces landed on Guam during World War II, capturing it from the Japanese some three weeks later. The Democratic national convention in Chicago nominated Sen. Harry S. Truman to be […]

Community Calendar: July 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. Scholarship Recognition Day and Worship Service 11:45 a.m. Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1735 Enterprise Drive, […]

A value-added peek into my new business

It’s time to become a consultant. Not because I can’t afford to be a journalist. I just can’t afford not to be a consultant! You can make hundreds of dollars an hour as a consultant! You can charge $300 per phone call! You can (I’m guessing) write off everything as a cost to your business. You […]

Today in History for July 20, 2014

Today is Sunday, July 20, the 201st day of 2014. There are 164 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 20, 1944, an attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb failed as the explosion only wounded the Nazi leader. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for […]

Fairfield man wins Mr. USA United Nations pageant

Pageant winners, scholarships, professional honors and a significant donation milestone are among the items in this week’s collection of good news from around the region. Fairfield man shines in pageant Dilpreet Virk, a 23-year-old Fairfield resident, was named Mr. USA United Nations and Mr. United Nations World 2014 in the United Nations Pageant in New […]

Today in History for July 19, 2014

Today is Saturday, July 19, the 200th day of 2014. There are 165 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 19, 1989, 111 people were killed when United Air Lines Flight 232, a DC-10 which suffered the uncontained failure of its tail engine and the loss of hydraulic systems, crashed while making an […]

Community Calendar: July 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. Relay For Life of Fairfield 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday, Armijo […]

Today in History for July 18, 2014

Today is Friday, July 18, the 199th day of 2014. There are 166 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 18, A.D. 64, the Great Fire of Rome began, consuming most of the city for about a week. (Some blamed the fire on Emperor Nero, who in turn blamed Christians.) On this date: […]

Tales of paycheck glory: First jobs

“WE’VE GOT A JOB!!” That’s what my best friend John Nolan and I repeatedly yelled out the window of his parents’ canary-yellow AMC Matador at pedestrians in 1981 after being hired at Carl’s Jr. If you are one of those people we yelled at, my apologies. We weren’t trying to startle you; we were just overjoyed at […]

Community Calendar: July 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. LIFT3 Support Group Volunteer Training Courses 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m., Solano Family Justice Center, 604 Empire St., Fairfield. Looking for volunteers to assist victims of domestic violence. Fee. Info: […]

Take a different approach to gifts

The art of shopping is not lost on any member of my family. I love to shop and have been given the “gift of shopping,” as I call it, many times for Christmas and birthdays (i.e. gift cards). My husband may be the only man in America who enjoys shopping with his wife. He frequently […]

July 17, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Today in History for July 17, 2014

Today is Thursday, July 17, the 198th day of 2014. There are 167 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 17, 1944, during World War II, 320 men, two-thirds of them African-Americans, were killed when a pair of ammunition ships exploded at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine. On this date: In 1821, Spain […]

Community Calendar: July 17, 2014

Thursday 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. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Tai Chi for Seniors 8:45 to 9:45 a.m., Fairfield Senior Center, […]

Community Calendar: July 16, 2014

Wednesday Cordelia Rotary Club 7:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. Info: June Johnson 510-772-8860. 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. Tai Chi for Health 9 to 10 a.m., McBride Center, 91 Town Square Place, Vacaville. Low-impact […]

Today in History for July 16, 2014

Today is Wednesday, July 16, the 197th day of 2014. There are 168 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 16, 1945, the United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb in the desert of Alamogordo, New Mexico. On this date: In 1790, a site along the Potomac River was designated the permanent […]

Lightening up the ‘dysfunctional’

We hear the word “dysfunctional” used a lot these days to describe individuals, families, or even organizations. But this kind of labeling may not always be helpful. I’d like to suggest that we put some “fun” back into dysfunctional. Accepting that there will always be flaws in the fabric of our lives makes it easier […]

Community Calendar: July 14, 2014

Monday Tai Chi for Health 9 to 10 a.m., McBride Center, 91 Town Square Place, Vacaville. Low-impact exercise class for people 50 and older. Fee, preregistration required. Info: 469-6672. Old Time Music Members 9 a.m. to noon, Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. All music fans invited to participate. Info: 428-7421. Country Western Line Dancing 10 a.m. to […]

Today in History for July 14, 2014

Today is Monday, July 14, the 195th day of 2014. There are 170 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 14, 1789, in an event symbolizing the start of the French Revolution, citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille prison and released the seven prisoners inside. On this date: In 1881, outlaw William H. […]

I have to prove that I am a pooper scooper

First off, I apologize for so many references to poop, since I happen to know that both of my regular readers check out my column at breakfast time. I was going to soften the blow by using a suitable euphemism for horse poop, such as “political promises,” but decided against it. For the third consecutive year, I volunteered […]

Today in History for July 13, 2014

Today is Sunday, July 13, the 194th day of 2014. There are 171 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 13, 1939, Frank Sinatra made his first commercial recording, “From the Bottom of My Heart” and “Melancholy Mood,” with Harry James and his Orchestra for the Brunswick label. On this date: In 1787, […]

Community Calendar: July 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. Info: 419-4662. Premier Animal Rescue Adoption Noon to 4 p.m., Petco, 210 Nut Tree Parkway, Vacaville. Info: 592-4601. Heretic Brewing Company […]

News about multitasking might shock you

Left alone with my thoughts, I would probably shock myself. It’s good to know I’m not the only one – even though I’m significantly different from Mrs. Brad. And maybe you. Give Mrs. Brad some free time and she’s liable to sit in the backyard, look at birds and ponder life. Give her a long trip in a car […]

Today in History for July 12, 2014

Today is Saturday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2014. There are 172 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for […]

An inadvertent masterwork turns 31 (or 29)

She is turning 31 and is full of blarney, with a flash of summer lightning in the eyes. On the way to her birthday bash, she notes that Santa Monica is a dangerous mix of tourists and locals – too slow and too fast – making driving here pretty frustrating. “But they bring the money in,” she […]