Monday, September 15, 2014

Horoscopes: Sept. 16, 2014

The moon in the watery realm of Cancer suggests that you ride the day as you would a wave. If you tense up when the wave swells or crashes, your form will be off and you’ll likely get hurt, too. The way to do it is to remain loose, letting your body adjust to the […]

Randall: Travel tips for visiting my ‘homes’

What do you say when someone asks about your home? How can words do justice to a place that’s in your heart? I often hear from readers who are planning a vacation and want my advice on what they should see and do and eat. I’m no travel writer. But I do tend to write […]

Bridge Sept 16

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THERE IS MORE THAN ONE OPTION Trent Reznor, a singer-songwriter, composer and record producer, said, “Being a rock and roll star has become as legitimate a career option as being an astronaut or a policeman or a fireman.” That is an interesting list of comparisons when you contemplate the […]

Teens learn responsibility in fun summer atmosphere

Today will be a “double kid” column about Kim the Kid and her experiences with kids. Kim Stores is a member of the Sunset McDonald’s morning coffee group. With one possible exception, she is at least 10 years younger than any other member of the group. So young, I call her “Kim the Kid.” Things […]

This date in sports history for Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

Sept. 14 1923 — Jack Dempsey knocks out Luis Firpo in the second round for his last successful defense of his world heavyweight title, at Madison Square Garden in New York. 1947 — Jack Kramer beats Frank Parket to win the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championship. Kramer loses one set in the tournament. 1959 — […]

Sports on TV for Sunday, Sept. 14, 2013

TV sports Auto racing •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, 400, at Joliet, Ill., ESPN, 11 a.m. •NHRA, Carolina Nationals, at Concord, N.C., ESPN2, 5:30 p.m. (taped) Baseball MLB •Cleveland at Detroit, TBS, 10 a.m. •Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, WGN, 10:30 a.m. •L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, CSNBA, 1 p.m. •Oakland at Seattle, CSNCA, 1 p.m. •N.Y. […]

Hipwaders mark anniversary, release a new CD

VACAVILLE — The garage door closes on the Vacaville home of paramedic Tito Uquillas. Out come the guitars, drumsticks and The Hipwaders launch into “My Green Bicycle,” one of their most beloved tunes. The trio, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is also celebrating the release of the group’s sixth CD, “Year-Round Sounds.” To celebrate both, they are performing […]

Joan Rivers’ death reminds us of surgical risks

The recent death of comedic trailblazer Joan Rivers was attributed by media sources to a cardio-pulmonary arrest associated with an outpatient surgical procedure on her vocal cords. I am not privy to Ms. Rivers’ personal medical history, but her demise does remind us that surgical procedures, particularly when associated with anesthesia, typically confer some risk […]

September 13, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Country singer Merle Haggard: still on the road

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Even Merle Haggard gets nervous about stepping onto a stage when the audience is filled with songwriters, record label executives and fellow artists. “Well, it’s glorious but it’s also tough because all the pressure is on you,” Haggard said after recently playing two sold-out nights at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. “You’ve […]

Regional airlines not sharing in majors’ success

DALLAS — For passengers traveling between smaller cities and large hub airports, the ticket may say Delta, American or United, but they’re likely flying on a regional airline whose planes are painted in the major carrier’s colors. This arrangement helps the big airlines pack their planes more cheaply and contributes to recent record profits. It isn’t as wonderful for the regional airlines, […]

California mandates sick days for workers

LOS ANGELES — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that will require most California employers next year to provide up to three sick days for millions of workers, a policy long-sought by labor unions but opposed by business groups. “This is the least we can do,” Brown told reporters after signing the bill at a […]

Senior Americans burdened with student debt

WASHINGTON — Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments. Like Anderson, a growing percentage of aging Americans […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder ANOTHER VARIATION ON A SIMILAR THEME Shoshana Zuboff, who recently retired from her post as the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, said, “Activities that seem to represent choices are often inert reproductions of accepted practice.” There are bridge deals that appear to fit […]

Horoscopes: Sept. 10, 2014

Neptune is the higher octave of Venus, taking all of her love and assets from the personal to the universal. These two planets tug at each other from across the sky now, emphasizing the themes of Monday’s Pisces full moon and blowing them into bigger proportions. Emotions matter. Feelings are delicate and not to be […]

We were thrilled to get new neighbors, but now they just irritate us

Dear Annie: We were happy to see a vacant house on our block sell and were pleased to meet the new neighbors. We were willing to overlook the reek of tobacco and the cigarette butts in our driveway. The cat droppings in our flower and vegetable beds were harder to take. The real problem is that […]

September 10, 2014 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Bridge Sept 9

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THE EXTRA CHANCE THAT CAN BE TRIED John Wilson, a Scottish philosopher who died in 1854, said, “Would you repeat that again, sir, for it soun’s sae sonorous that the words droon the ideas?” Today’s deal “souns” like yesterday’s, with one key change. How does that alter how South […]

Horoscopes: Sept. 9, 2014

Yesterday’s Pisces full moon was artistically enlightening, spiritually opening and, for some, emotionally messy. Today we assimilate and organize these intangibles. Organizing invisible things isn’t easy work. At least Venus and Neptune are planning to assist in such a way as to help us believe firmly in what we see with our mind’s eye. ARIES […]

Randall: Sisters share pictures of happiness

Three long years had passed since my sister’s last visit to our home in Las Vegas. Three years, I guess, is long enough to make even old things look new. “Sissy,” she said last week, “where did you get that picture of daddy in the guest room?” I had to stop and think. Years ago, […]