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Billingsley’s Bullets: Happiness comes from within

Diane Dreher’s book “The Tao of Inner Peace” has the following quote: “The way of peace begins with self-acceptance. To seek peace outside is to leave it behind. “Because of the Taoist principle of oneness, when we accept ourselves we naturally accept others. Without self-acceptance, people see life as a constant struggle, making war on […]

October 21, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

My view on Measure E

EDITOR: The question is simple: Should the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors re-zone the approximately 100 acres of the former executive golf course in El Dorado Hills from its current land use as open space/recreation to allow the building of new residential housing and commercial development? Thanks to Measure E, you get to voice […]

October 14, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Garden Guru: A rose by any other name

One of the better performing, deciduous flowering shrubs in the El Dorado Hills heat is the Rose of Sharon. Preferring full sun settings, this profuse flowering hibiscus botanically known as Hibiscus syriacus can be featured as a specimen or planted in mass to serve as an effective privacy hedge during most of the year when […]

October 14, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Crib Notes: The crack heard ’round EDH

“Mrs. Samrick, Jack’s hurt!” my 11-year-old’s friend said to me with concern in his eyes. I hustled to the small gathering to see Jack still on the ground in chart-topping pain. He was playing football with friends at a school event and broke his collarbone. From the nurses who happened to be there and the […]

October 14, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

All about Equine very grateful

EDITOR: All About Equine Animal Rescue Inc. wants to thank the ASPCA for the generous grant of $10,000 to help us better serve our rescued equines. The funds will be used to purchase additional shelters (mare motels) for our horses. AAE serves a variety of horses, young and old, domestic and wild. The additional shelters […]

October 07, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Billingsley’s Bullets: A stroke can create a good student

Shortly after my stroke occurred on Nov. 20 of last year, I realized I was suddenly a different person physically. The right side of my body was weak and numb. An electrical tingle went from my wrist to my ankle 24 hours a day. Also, my right arm and leg felt like they were wrapped in […]

October 07, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Publisher’s Ink: Newspaper editors of special note

Time marches on and after 164 years the Mountain Democrat named Noel Stack its newest editor; she’s also the editor of Village Life. She becomes the 20th person in Mountain Democrat history to hold the title. Having worked with Noel these past six years, I’ve come to appreciate her talents and newsroom savvy. I selected her knowing […]

October 07, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,
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