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Discover emotional keys that unlock personal freedom

I have observed my emotions and the emotions of my clients for more than 35 years. In that time I have come to realize that our emotions are really the basic source of what we can rely on as guiding truth for emotional well-being. Sometimes when we get in touch with an emotion such as […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Horoscopes: June 28, 2015

The moon moves from private Scorpio into adventurous Sagittarius, lending two distinct tones to the day. The emotions of the day will change us. Don’t rush the decision-making process, because you’ll likely be a different person at the end of the day than you were at the beginning, rendering early decisions irrelevant. ARIES (March 21-April […]

You don’t have to be over friendly to sister’s new beau, only polite

Dear Annie: My sisters and I have always been close, but some changes have occurred this year that threaten our relationship. My youngest sister, “Carrie,” separated from her husband of 13 years and it has been a tumultuous four months for all of us. She began dating again a month ago, and one relationship has […]

Harvesting rainwater without barrels

Why am I writing about rainwater harvesting during the middle of summer? Because these dry months are the perfect time to consider your options for creating a passive rainwater harvesting system on your property. Passive rainwater harvesting involves capturing, directing, and slowing down the water so it soaks into the ground, opposed to flowing directly […]

Pest does damage to my ‘Butterfly Bush’

Out in the front garden one morning early in April, I was checking out my variegated Buddleja davidii and noticed the tip ends of many stems have curled up and the leaves and soon-to-be flowers were deformed, appearing like a bad case of peach curl. Up until then, this plant had been disease-free and I looked forward each spring to its ravishing display of […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Top 5 sustainable food habits

Sustainable food habits that support a more environmentally and socially responsible food system are a growing interest in our efforts to protect the environment. A sustainable food system is a collaborative network that integrates sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management in order to enhance the environmental, economic and social health of a […]

‘Useful’ plants abound in Solano County

My recent visit to the Chelsea Physic Garden in London inspired me to think more closely about the usefulness of different plants around us and to write about them. Let me talk briefly about the Chelsea Physic Garden, London’s oldest botanical garden. It was started in 1673 by the apothecaries to grow medicinal herbs and […]

Horoscopes: June 21, 2015

Many countries celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June, which occasionally falls on the same day as the summer solstice. Honoring the sun king, patriarch of the solar system, fits perfectly with the Father’s Day theme. The moon slips into Virgo to ground the emotions of this celebratory day. ARIES (March 21-April 19). […]

Having a caring father is one of life’s great joys

Dear Readers: Happy Father’s Day to all of the men in our reading audience who have had the pleasures and responsibilities of raising children. This includes fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and those who have stepped in as father figures for children who need them. Bless you all. Having a caring father is not only one of […]

A garden for the times

The California drought is part of the fabric of our lives now, with countless discussions about what each of us is doing to conserve our water use. When I started square-foot gardening three years ago in a 3-by-6 foot area on my patio, it was a good choice for using what space was available to me […]

Weed it or eat it?

Many people perceive weeds as a nuisance, but what if I told you that some weeds could actually be beneficial to our health? Before you pull that weed from your garden, take a moment to identify the weed. Not only are many weeds edible, but they also offer a wide variety of nutrients and minerals. […]

Horoscope: June 14, 2015

Some say nothing can be created, but only perceived. In other words, everything exists already, and we only have to experience it to make it real. Today’s meet-up of the sun and Mars in the trendy, exciting realm of Gemini will give us so much to experience that life will feel like a fantastic blur. […]

When brother comes home from college he acts like a kid

Dear Annie: When my brother “Steve” comes home from college, he stays up until 3 a.m., sleeps until 2 in the afternoon, and leaves his chores and homework until the very last minute. I don’t understand why he doesn’t keep a regular sleep schedule or take care of his homework and other chores early in […]

The tortoise beetle can kill a tree in one summer

It wasn’t that long ago when eucalyptus trees were pest free. Now there are many pests that enjoy munching on them. It was thought that the oil in the leaves repelled many common insects/pests including fleas. I remember being told to “go put the leaves in the outdoor dogs bed” as a child. But hold […]

Celebrity Dairy Month with milk myth busters

Did you know that milk and dairy foods are California’s leading agricultural product? Consider, too, that California leads the nation in milk production and you’ll see why June is dairy month and why it’s quite the cause for celebration. The dairy food group contributes calcium, vitamin D, protein, potassium and five other important nutrients to […]

June 07, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Horoscopes: June 7, 2015

The easy-breezy Gemini sun and the Aquarius moon form an auspicious omen from the beginning – a lucky trine, followed by another harmonious arrangement involving Mars a few hours later. Even though the Mercury retrograde is still going strong, today brings some of the best hours of the week to connect and share with loved […]

The fuchsia – an old garden favorite

May 17 was the annual Vallejo Garden Tour with plenty of private gardens to see. Unfortunately, I didn’t see them as I was in the Master Garden information booth and answering questions left and right. Also, unfortunately – for me – the next booth over was sponsored by the Vallejo Branch of the American Fuchsia Society; this […]

May 31, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

The health benefits of owning a pet

Owning a pet can be beneficial to human owners in a variety of ways. From improving social skills to providing unconditional love and companionship, pets have proven time and again that they can enrich the lives of their owners. But did you know that being a pet owner can actually improve your health? Being responsible […]

May 31, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Should I tell my friend I saw her husband entering a gay bathhouse?

Dear Annie: While traveling across town one afternoon, I got caught in traffic and decided to take a shortcut through a rather seedy part of our town. While stopped at a red light, I noticed my best friend’s husband entering a well-known gay bathhouse. He didn’t see me, but I also recognized his car and […]

May 31, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Horoscope: May 31, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Smart people excite you. Your intellect gets sharper as you socialize with educated people who speak a more developed language than those you usually see. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Sometimes it really does feel as though exercise is an indulgence, which is, of course, totally ridiculous. When muscles lose their tone, […]

May 31, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

County graduates complete basic training

Air Force Airman Moses I. Daniels graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Daniels is the son of Valentino Daniels of Vallejo. He is a 2013 graduate of Vallejo High School. Army Pvt. Joshua A. Rider has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Rider is the […]

May 24, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Senators OK plan to cut commissary budget

The Senate Armed Services Committee has accepted a Defense Department plan to pare taxpayer support of base grocery stores, which if enacted into law would lower shopper savings at least 2 percentage points next year as well as cut store operating hours and other shopper services. Defenders of the benefit for military families and the […]

May 24, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Vallejo graduates, service members complete training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class James R. Laurel graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Laurel is a 2009 graduate of Hogan High School in Vallejo. Army Pvt. Eron Lenore has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. Lenore is the son of Rhicko James and grandson of Erionne Hester, both of Vallejo. He […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Pentagon recommends new Navy, Army chiefs

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter nominated two top military officers last week to take charge of the Army and Navy, selecting men who have faced public scrutiny over the past year for their key leadership roles in high-profile cases. Speaking Wednesday at the Pentagon, Carter said he is recommending Adm. John Richardson, head of the […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Senate, House reject reform plans for Tricare

Both the Senate and House armed services committees have rejected two Tricare reform plans, one from the President Barack Obama administration to raise fees and consolidate the triple-option health benefit and a second from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission to replace Tricare entirely with a menu of civilian health insurance options. Both ideas […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Problem periods and symptoms – solved

Many women suffer from abnormal uterine bleeding also known as abnormal periods. In fact, one-third of all women will experience abnormal periods in their lifetime. An abnormal period is one in which there is an excessive amount of bleeding and/or a period that lasts longer than seven days. There are many causes, but the most […]

May 10, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

De-mystifying the tomato vocabulary

Tomato season is upon us and every year I watch as eager home gardeners become bewildered by the myriad vegetation that lies before them in neatly organized and labeled racks and that’s not to mention the thousands of brightly festooned seed packets jammed into cardboard shelving. If the sheer variety on hand doesn’t beckon to […]

May 10, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Horoscope: May 10, 2015

Mothers. They’re what all humans have in common. This Mother’s Day falls under the guidance of the Aquarius moon. Challenge yourself to think beyond who your mother is to you, and consider the woman she is (or was) in the world. Before she was your mother, she was a girl with hopes and dreams, some […]

May 10, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Tell all the mothers that you are thinking of them today

Dear Readers: Happy Mother’s Day. Today would be a good time to phone your mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, stepmother or foster mother and wish them the best. And please don’t forget those for whom this day is filled with sadness. Please give them a call and say you are thinking of them. Every year, salary.com prints […]

May 10, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,
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