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Billingsley’s bullets: You control the present

I guess we all know someone who allows his/her past to control his/her present life. Past mistakes continue to haunt these people. Sometimes, they repeat these mistakes and seem surprised with the results. Why would they expect different results? If they discover that the new love partner is an active alcoholic, they may believe or […]

Comments Off / April 10, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Building and water

EDITOR: We read every day about our water crisis. Why are the counties and cities still building? In El Dorado County we have 33,000 homes, apartments and commercial buildings in the works. In Folsom they are building 10,000 homes south of Highway 50. North Sac is beginning to building in the Natoma area. My 6-year-old grandson can […]

Comments Off / April 10, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Crib Notes: Bring back this education trend

Lectures gave way to project-based learning. Straight rows of desks preceded clustered tables and group work. I remember while in a California teaching credential program in the mid-90s, the multiple intelligences were the latest trend in education. Future teachers were told to look at the whole child and to remember that essays and written tests […]

Comments Off / April 05, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Garden guru: Make April a tree-mendous month

A new cedar tree stands tall in El Dorado Hills Community Park. Photo by Brent Dennis

For those of you who have gotten to know me, you already are aware that one of my favorite holidays happens to be in the month of April. This month every year since its inception back in the 1870s holds the celebration of Arbor Day. J. Morton Sterling, as a pioneer settling into Nebraska, sparked […]

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Boycott Red Hawk Casino

EDITOR: In reading and talking with neighbors it seems that the Miwok Indian Tribe of Shingle Springs is not interested in being a good neighbor and plans to go ahead with their 29-lane outdoor shooting range. Let’s send them a clear message and boycott their casino. Nothing would send a clearer message than lost revenue […]

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

In health: Getting some Zzzz

Doing this one thing will make all areas of your life better. There, now I have your attention. What is that one thing that makes everything better? Are you thinking of a magic pill, potion or App on your smart phone? The answer is sleep. I know you were looking for some magic bullet that would […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: Some conversation is very important

When someone important in your life says, “You just reminded me that there is something important that we need to discuss,” drop whatever you are doing and pay close attention to what is about to be said. • Do not interrupt the speaker, and do not become immediately defensive. You can speak your piece after […]

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