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My Turn: Preparing loved ones with dementia for the holidays

Maude sat in her comfortable chair and looked at the crowd gathered around her. Sounds of holiday music playing and children running through the home echoed in her ears. “Who are these people? Why are they in my house?” Maude became upset and anxious. People she didn’t recognize kept speaking to her and asking questions […]

Comments Off / December 06, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Practicing light

A wise man’s words resonated with me recently when he said, “You don’t need more light. You need to practice more the light that you have.” He tied this theme to procrastination. “Show up,” he said to drive home his point. No excuses and don’t expect other people or circumstances to save us. We need […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: It’s OK to enjoy being old

The older I become, the more willing I am to admit past mistakes to my children and grandchildren. The aging process makes me more honest. Children listen when you say, “Let me tell you about mistakes I made in my life.” It helps them believe that they can make mistakes and still rebound and move […]

Comments Off / November 29, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Publisher’s Ink: Debates expose the talking and walking dead

Fans of “The Walking Dead,” a popular AMC series, are being treated to an exciting sixth season. The non-stop action in this zombie apocalypse mini-series keeps viewers riveted to their seats. On the opposite side of the television spectrum we have the presidential debates where viewers last Saturday night were treated to a scene of the […]

Comments Off / November 29, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Toys for Tots needs your help

EDITOR: Christmas comes just once a year. I’ve just finished my household chores, the dust bunnies vanquished for the present moment. Yet Christmas is a time of year that has immense meaning and a cause for great joy and celebration for all of us. Holli, myself and many community members volunteer our time, setting aside our […]

Comments Off / November 29, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

California Rambling: Mormon Island

By the end of this winter, it may be another 60 years, or longer, before Mormon Island is seen again. For the past three years, Folsom Lake’s water level has been so low due to the drought that the dismantled Gold Rush-era town’s exposed foundations became one of the most popular attractions in El Dorado […]

Comments Off / November 25, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Mello-Roos never go away

EDITOR: I got a good laugh out of all the El Dorado Hills residents thinking that somehow their Mello-Roos taxes were going to go away (“Serrano residents want school financing end date,” Nov. 11 Village Life). One of the first rules of thumb when buying a house is to make sure there are no Mello-Roos […]

Comments Off / November 22, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »