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Documenting at the speed of life: Social media yearbooks

In this day and age, many agree: Life is what you make of it. Parents and grandparents for centuries admonished the young to mind their “Ps and Qs.” In other words, “practice good manners, make a good impression, stay honest and keep your integrity.” The faith community makes it even more specific: follow the Ten […]

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Art of the app: Roll up your Christmas list with a few

It’s that most wonderful time of the year. As we go to press, Advent is nearly over, Christmas is around the corner and New Year’s Day is just a little over a week out. Hopefully all your Christmas shopping is done by now. But just in case you forgot someone, here are a few iOS […]

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Sacramento Youth Symphony seeks alumni to mark 60th anniversary

Music engages the mind and spirit in a way few art forms do. It stimulates multiple areas of the brain. Scientists believe it enhances mathematical and logical talent. Theologians praise it as “praying twice.” When a young person takes up an instrument, the potential for personal growth is virtually unlimited. But those who mentor these […]

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Holiday home tours inspire spirit of the season

One of the delightful aspects of the holiday season is the creativity and effort folks put into decorating their homes. There are neighborhoods throughout the region decorated to the hilt. It’s fun to look at them as you drive by. But wouldn’t it be more fun if you could walk inside? Three holiday home tours […]

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Italian tenor to perform in Folsom Symphony’s ‘Bianco Natale’

In business — and in life — it’s always a good idea to “under-promise and then over-deliver.” This ensures that others are happy with your work. And it keeps expectations in line. So, I begin this column on the Folsom Symphony with just a bit of anxiety. Because it is just knocking it out of the ballpark […]

Comments Off on Italian tenor to perform in Folsom Symphony’s ‘Bianco Natale’ / November 22, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Running and walking to put turkeys on the table

Thanksgiving is just two weeks away. Plans to lose 20 pounds by Nov. 26 may be a forlorn hope at this point. But fear not. The 9th annual Folsom Turkey Trot and Run to Feed the Hungry in Sacramento are great places to reboot your good health resolutions. Not only will you find encouragement from an incredibly […]

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Make this an autumn to remember

Autumn is finally here. After a never-ending summer, the trees are finally putting on a bit of a show, although not as spectacular as in years past, due to the drought. But still a tip of the hat to nature’s beauty. And the hope that we will experience a good El Niño storm season soon. […]

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