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Billingsley’s Bullets: Words that scare me

There are a few words that my wife, Monika, uses that scare me. When she says, “What did you just say to me?” I know instantly that I should not have said what I said. My first impulse is to pretend I can’t recall what I said, but she doesn’t buy my response. My next […]

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Garden guru: Put holly in your holiday

This time of year, front door wreaths, fireplace mantle swags, dining room table centerpieces and candlestick skirting all seem to have something very traditional and horticulturally elegant in common. Namely sprigs or boughs of holly! American holly is known botanically as Ilex apaca. This classic broadleaf evergreen native of the United States is popular in gardens […]

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Crib Notes: What raising a puppy has taught my kids about parenting

When I was 6 years old my parents told my three sisters and me we were adopting a baby boy. When I got off the school bus the day of our much-anticipated special delivery my mom was there to greet us. “Meet your new little brother,” she smiled, pointing to what would become our faithful […]

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Guest column: Prevent the holiday bulge — 10 healthy eating tips

By Lynn Norton, MS, RD The holidays and their food celebrations are almost here! Sound wonderful? Many love the holidays, but dread the annual resolution to lose weight. Consider this: if you eat 500 extra calories a day for two months, you could gain nearly 10 pounds. Limit holiday weight gain with the following tips. […]

Comments Off / November 30, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Never quit exercising

On Oct. 17, my doctor, Susan Shiells, e-mailed me that I no longer had pneumonia after she reviewed my follow-up x-rays. During the last five months, I have had pneumonia twice. The first time around, I did not follow Dr. Shiells advice, which may have contributed to my second bout with pneumonia, which occurred six […]

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The 13th Amendment

Amendment XIII Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution […]

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Senior News: November 2014

The Christmas Luncheon is here On Friday, Dec. 5, we will once again host the famous Christmas Luncheon/Banana Split Extravaganza at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gym. Make your reservations soon to hold your spot. This is the biggest celebration of the year and seating is limited. The fabulous Oak Ridge High School students will […]

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