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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 […]

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

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 […]

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

Senior News: March 2015

We hope to see you soon at your Senior Center. You can sign up for our monthly Senior Center Orientation program to learn detailed information, or stop by on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and we will show you around. Call us at (916) 358-3575 for dates and details of the programs mentioned in this […]

Comments Off / March 22, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

2015’s dirty dozen tax scams

Phone scams, phishing and identity theft topped this year’s IRS list of the dirty dozen tax scams. The IRS released one scam at a time, an approach that allowed the IRS to explore each one in more detail. Here is the complete list: Phone scams Phishing Identity theft Return preparer fraud Hiding income offshore Inflated refund […]

Comments Off / March 19, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »