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Horoscope: Nov. 29, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Remember those teenage emotions you had that were almost too hard to handle? They’re coming back around now, but this time you can process them with relative grace. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Keep moving. If you stay in one place too long or focus too much on one thing you’ll fall […]

Careful consideration needed for artificial turf

Consumers Have a Choice—Grass or Polyethylene In the 2015 regular legislative session in California, 62 bills were introduced that had some reference to drought in their text. The Legislature ultimately passed five bills designed to manage the crippling drought throughout the state. Two of those bills, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, dealt with […]

November 29, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 4 Replies

Egotistical co-worker is making my life miserable at work

Dear Annie: My co-worker, “Carl,” has been at his job for 8 years. I’ve been here for 10. We’ve never been friends, but that hasn’t really mattered until now. Recently, Carl and I were put together on a team. It turns out, he is one of the most uncaring, egotistical, self-centered, small-minded individuals with whom […]

Choose to be healthier during holidays

For many people, the holiday season brings more than joy. It can also bring unwanted pounds. Whether it’s your mom’s eggnog or Aunt Judy’s signature holiday cookies, it can be tough to pass up those favorite holiday foods you only taste once a year. After all, tis the season to indulge, right? Before you reach […]

Gardening has cornucopia of benefits

Gardening is a fast-growing trend in the United States as people are leaning toward a more sustainable lifestyle. There are many reasons gardening is a personal health benefit as well as an environmental benefit. Some people turn to gardening as simply a means of nourishment, while others depend on their gardens to help them unwind […]

My friend’s bipolar mother is making her life misearble

Dear Annie: My friend, “Andrea,” is in her early 20s and concerned about her mother, “Joan.” Joan has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and she has abused prescription and other drugs for as long as Andrea can remember. A few years ago, Joan was put on disability due to a work accident. She […]

Horoscope: Nov. 22, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Waiting takes maturity. You are learning to be more patient this week. As more things in your life pay off over the long term, it will become easier and easier to trust life’s process and timing. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The dilemma will center around quantity. Having too much of something […]

Using sight and sound to trigger dementia patients’ memories

EASTON, Pa. — From the antique cast-iron stove in the kitchen to the ancient wood-paneled radio in the living room, the decor in The Easton Home comes straight out of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. Which is by design. The old-fashioned rooms are in the dementia wing of the elder-care facility and serve an important […]

Keeping bees helps gardeners understand plants better

By Dean Fosdick Want to become a better gardener? Then learn something about beekeeping. Become a matchmaker who ensures that flowering plants and honeybees enjoy a beneficial relationship. Keeping bees increases one’s interest in botany, says Jim Tunnell, a master beekeeper and owner of Beez Neez Apiary Supply in Snohomish, Washington. “I can’t help but […]

Make an excuse: Exercise adherence and why excuses can be great

Last May, when Abby Pell, 33, fitness competitor and nutritionist, posted an Instagram photo of her six-pack abdomen next to her gaping daughter, with the caption “I have a kid. A six pack. And no excuse,” it set off a firestorm of controversy over the terms “fat-shaming” and “fitspiration.” Just a year earlier, Maria Kang […]

Horoscope: Nov. 15, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19). This one simple (but not easy) goal will improve your day: Make it your aim to take the positive attributes you see in yourself and portray them to the highest possible degree. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Improvements will come by a combination of change and chance. You’ll decide on a change, […]

Why more men should become cheerleaders

After football season ended, Jacob Papp had free afternoons and a crush on a cheerleader. So, the Indiana high school senior joined her squad. Lifting a teenage girl, he figured, must be easier than benching his one-rep max of 250 pounds. That winter, as students swarmed the gym for the season’s first basketball game, Papp […]

My fiancee slept with her ex while I was incarcerated

Dear Annie: I have a fiancee whom I love and cherish. She has a 2-year-old son from another relationship and I accept and enjoy this child. The boy’s father was physically and verbally abusive toward my fiancee, and I believe the guy is still unbalanced from drug use. He has no interest in being with […]

Do you need to send out an SOS?

You’ve been with your banking institution for more than a decade, as loyal as can be, never going anywhere else, and you are finally ready to make that big purchase and buy a home. You apply for a home loan assuming you are in the clear, you have been a loyal customer, and assume it will […]

Realtors can help clients by explaining owner’s title insurance

Some of the most frequent questions I’ve come across in my 20 years of experience with Placer Title Company comes from our consumers, you, the buyer. What is title insurance? What does it provide to me as the consumer? As we work hand-in-hand with our Realtor customers as well, we want to make sure that […]

Type 2 diabetes: Prevalent, pricey, preventable

According to a UCLA Center for Health Policy Research/California Center for Public Health Advocacy study, diabetes is a big deal in Solano County. Since November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, let’s take a closer look at the problem. Currently, 9.3 percent of the U.S. population has Type 2 diabetes and 37 percent of adults have […]

N-P-K the primary nutrients

Plant nutrition refers to the need for basic chemical elements for plant growth. The nutrients can come from a variety of sources such as the chemical compounds found in manufactured fertilizer or organic ones found in organic fertilizers and amendments. The primary difference between manufactured and organic soil amendments/organic fertilizers is the speed at which […]

Two ‘bullies’ keep the office at freezing temperatures

Dear Annie: I work with two women who turn on the air conditioning first thing in the morning. This happens year-round, including cold winter days. One of them claims to be hot even on below-freezing days with the windows open. I’ve talked to my manager, who is warm and comfy in her office. The manager […]

Horoscope: Nov. 8, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19). It’s not that you’re shy. It’s just that you don’t always feel like talking to the others around you. Today’s introverted mood is unusual for you, but go with it. You’ll come off as mysterious and powerful. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). They say one thing and mean another. It doesn’t make […]

Loan limits part of today’s real estate market

Loan limits are probably not at the top of everyone’s mind when they begin shopping for a home, but as values continue to increase, we are having more and more conversations about loan limits. Conventional financing: $417,000. You don’t need 20 percent down to qualify for a conventional home loan, but you do need to […]

These fall-planted bulbs pay off later in flavor

By Dean Fosdick When you think of fall-planted bulbs, it’s usually the flowering kind – old standards like daffodils, tulips and hyacinth. But edible bulbs, particularly garlic and shallots, also are becoming popular with gardeners looking to save money and flavor menus. Good taste is all in the timing for these versatile recipe essentials, especially […]

A ‘new’ old-fashioned house plant

Those of us who love and grow plants in our homes seem to be bombarded by ads from nurseries that offer us the “newest” and “easiest to grow” specimens. This year, one of the chosen plants includes some not-so-new varieties of Hoyas or “wax plants.” Yes, the newest offerings are some of the oldest houseplants […]

November 01, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 3 Replies

Woman needs to get a clue boyfriend isn’t husband material

Dear Annie: I have been with “Jim” for almost a year. He asked me to marry him, and I said yes. The problem is, Jim never stops looking at other women when we are out. When I finally mentioned it to him, he said I don’t trust him. Annie, it isn’t an issue of trust. […]

November 01, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Horoscope: Nov. 1, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Knowing what others want is the key to success in today’s interactions. It’s not hard to figure out once you decide to do so. The hardest part is remembering to try. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Afford yourself more leeway than usual. Some tasks are just harder than you thought they would […]

8 common myths about real estate that plague buyers, sellers

Buying or selling a house is not something most people do every day. You may do it once a decade, or even once in a lifetime. Despite the fact that most people enter the world of real estate only rarely, they all think they know how it works based on the experiences of friends and […]

Report: NASA needs better handle on health hazards for Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA needs to get cracking if it wants to keep its astronauts alive and well on missions to Mars, according to an in-house report issued Thursday. In an extensive audit, NASA’s inspector general office looked at the space agency’s overall effort to keep astronauts safe during lengthy space missions — especially […]

November 01, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

5 reasons why you should find a community garden

Before I begin, it seems appropriate to mention what exactly community gardens are. First, they’re not places “where old folk hang out” as has been suggested by a couple of people – far from it. Community gardens attract people from the entire social economic spectrum, irrespective of race, gender, religion or age. In short, a […]

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

Asian persimmons: Minor Solano crop with long history

They’ve been used to predict the weather, provide a source of Vitamin A, C and fiber, and most people seem to either love them or hate them. They are persimmons. And although both American persimmons (Diospyros virginiana) and Asian persimmons (Diospyros kaki) are grown in the U.S., in California you will primarily see Asian persimmons […]

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

Horoscope: Oct. 25, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Something that only takes a moment or two – for instance, keeping your keys in the same place consistently or writing down all appointments – will yield a huge return on your investment of attention. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). When you have the option of saying less or more (and when don’t you?), […]

October 25, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,
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