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Head lice in children no longer stigma it once was

Being a parent has many rewards, of course, but it also can be stressful and difficult. A challenge that falls into the second category is when your child comes home from school with a letter which says, “Your child has been exposed to lice. . . .” School will be starting soon, and this means […]

Is it wrong to want a verbal commitment from cheating husband?

Dear Annie: Last year, my husband told me that he was having an affair. I was shocked. All I knew was that he had been drinking excessively and I was concerned. He told me that the Other Woman “gets him” and that he is in love with her. She makes him feel young again. He […]

Horoscope: July 26, 2015

The human tendency is to believe the thing that resonates with one’s instincts and disbelieve what doesn’t, truth be damned. It takes an open mind to fight this tendency and erase bias. As Uranus joins four other planets in their retrograde dance, there will be plenty of opportunity to detach, consider, reconsider and move closer […]

Meet Penelope: A DIY’d trailer bringing craftiness to the streets

Penelope is pint-size, bright and cheerful, and she favors the color pink. She’s also completely portable, with two wheels and aluminum siding. You see, Penelope is a trailer. A pink vintage Shasta Airflyte-style camper, to be exact. “She’s a little bit quirky, but she’s also quite proper,” laughs owner Annabel Wrigley, an Aussie author, DIY […]

Health risks remain with e-cigarette use

E-cig, vape, technofogger, hookah pen. By now, you’ve probably heard about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). “It’s healthier.” “It helped me quit smoking.” “It’s water and nicotine, that’s all.” These devices are here to replace smoking, but how are they affecting our health? Electronic cigarettes have been around since inventor Hon Lik from China patented them in […]

July 19, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Hollyhocks a good option for garden height, color

After almost 15 years of writing gardening columns with the Master Gardener’s Program, I am sometimes stumped for a topic to write about. I enjoy doing research and I enjoy the writing process itself. Generating the ideas has been the difficult part for me. Recently, with a deadline looming, I decided to go for a walk […]

I’m worried I may have to raise my stepdaughters children

Dear Annie: I have been married for 20 years. When I met my husband, he already had a grown daughter from his first marriage who was living independently in another state. “Beth” and I have never been particularly close. Seven years ago, Beth married a man who ran off within six months, and she has […]

Horoscopes: July 19, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Winning at life calls for constant solutions. You’ll come up with more than a few today. What’s in your intellectual toolbox? That’s nothing compared to what’s in your emotional arsenal. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You are not your stuff. You are much more than your possessions. The feeling that you don’t […]

Consider drought-friendly mirror plant

Is water conservation turning your garden into a monotone landscape? The attractive drought-friendly mirror plant (Coprosma) adds a splash of color to even the dreariest spot in the yard. Its smooth, shiny evergreen leaves are available a wide range of hues depending upon the specific hybrid you choose. Whether you pick rust brown or pink, […]

Allergy sufferers: Remember eye-care maintenance

For many allergy sufferers, spring is marked by the first sneeze. However, for some, allergies occur year-round and often affect the sinuses and eyes. Eye irritation is a common symptom of allergies. Eye allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis, affect approximately one in five Americans. Red, burning, itchy, puffy and watery eyes are common signs […]

July 12, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Don’t make excuses for so you can cheat on your wife

Dear Annie: I work full-time, am married and try to make time for my family. Twenty years ago, I had a breakdown and was hospitalized for attempted suicide. I was put on medication and saw therapists once a week. I returned to school and finished my degree in counseling. That’s the background. Now the problem: […]

Horoscope: July 12, 2015

When a movie gets scary, there’s comfort in the fact that it’s not real. There’s comfort in remembering that it’s just a film performed by actors who dress up to entertain. The Cancer sun squares Uranus in Aries to bring focus to something in our lives that’s only scary because we are taking it more […]

I corrected the grammar of my boss and she went ballistic

Dear Annie: After living and working for 35 years in a large city, my husband and I were able to return to our hometown to help care for our elderly parents. I reconnected with a high school friend who asked me to work part-time in her large, nationally known family business. One of my duties […]

Horoscope: July 5, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19). People whose faces are lit by glowing screens look like zombies. It’s not a good social front. Your charisma secret: keeping the technology out of your personal interactions. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You belong to you. No one else gets your time and energy by merely demanding it. Only commit to […]

Mastering urge control is well worth it

By Kayla Rose I think we can all agree that the hardest part with the fitness lifestyle is cutting out our favorite foods, right? I know that it took a great amount of time for me to train my own will power and self control. In the beginning, it didn’t matter if I was at […]

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 ,

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 […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

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 […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 05, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

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 ,

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 […]

June 21, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

‘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 […]

June 21, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

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). […]

June 21, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

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 […]

June 21, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

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 […]

June 14, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

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. […]

June 14, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

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. […]

June 14, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

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 […]

June 14, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

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 […]

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

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 ,
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