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Billingsley’s Bullets: Learn or lose — a life lesson

One of my “Billingsley Axioms” is “Insight without change means nothing.” In other words, you may gain insight from your mistakes, but if you don’t change the behavior that created the mistake you will repeat the same mistakes. • If drinking too much results in you fighting, arguing or being put in jail, you will […]

No Comment / June 13, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: Understanding health insurance as an older adult

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the topic of health insurance is moving from the back burner to the front. With the growing numbers of baby boomers on the cusp of Medicare eligibility, questions arise almost daily about eligibility, costs and coverage. For those older adults with existing coverage, they may be wondering […]

No Comment / June 13, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Graduation address shocking

EDITOR: My daughter graduated from Oak Ridge High School last week. This is a time-honored celebrated right of passage. This celebration was marred by the thoughtless discriminating words used by one of our elected high school board of trustees. I was truly shocked to find Todd White, an elected representative of the El Dorado Union High […]

2 Comments / June 09, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Life after Life

Is there life after Life? I’m about to find out. I write this on my 59th birthday, but it’s not a retirement. It’s a stepping back. And yes, I’m going to spend some time with my family. Julie Samrick will take my place. She’s an El Dorado Hills mom and a good journalist who’s been […]

32 Comments / June 09, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

ADHD only getting worse here

“Mom, I need to read two chapters for a test tomorrow,” your eighth-grader declares. He shuts the door to his bedroom and for the next 45 minutes at least three different technology devices compete for his attention as he bounces between texts, music and stops to look things up on the web “real quick.” Media […]

2 Comments / June 06, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: Who do Americans trust? Actors and athletes apparently

For years, Sports Illustrated has collected and featured bizarre, zany or just plain disappointing weekly reports from the world of sports entitled, “This week’s sign the apocalypse is upon us.” I haven’t read Sports Illustrated recently, but I fondly recall the unique section of the magazine and consciously apply its title in my mind to […]

No Comment / June 02, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Anger plus denial equals stupid

Recently a friend asked me what act contributes the most to creating marital problems. It took me about 30 seconds to reply, “Collecting anger coupons.” • When you or your spouse allow anger to simmer, without identifying the anger, it allows anger to flourish just below the boiling point. The controlled anger really isn’t controlled […]

No Comment / June 02, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »