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Billingsley’s Bullets: It’s better not to be stupid

Joyce Sequichie Hifler wrote the book “A Cherokee Feast of Days.” This is a book of daily meditations. She wrote, “If you argue with stupid reasoning you end up being stupid – Expressing an opinion can run you out of bounds and into areas that are not yours to argue. And no one has any […]

Comments Off / June 18, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Avoid doomsday people

Every morning we choose an attitude to start the day. We can have an optimistic approach and look forward to the day unfolding or we can dread the day, assuming there is no joy ahead. • You start each day in bed. If you share a bed, one of you may say, “You snored all […]

Comments Off / June 11, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: Seniors and the Affordable Care Act

Jodi Stewart Geriatric care manager The face of health care has changed rapidly over the past five years since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. We often relate the ACA to healthcare insurance exchanges and employer mandates, but the benefits of the law affect every demographic. Most seniors continue to maintain coverage primarily through Medicare, […]

Comments Off / June 11, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

The arrogance of sovereignty

EDITOR: According to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s report of Wednesday, May 6, Holly Fonseca said, “Because they were on the Rancheria property she said rules are different and she could kill and bury them without anyone caring.” This report was made when she threatened the life of friends. This is a very sad situation […]

Comments Off / June 07, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Garden guru: Flax takes no flack

As we wrestle with the plant palette of our gardens and landscapes during the fourth year of California’s dramatic drought, one striking water-smart champion to consider is the flax. In particular, the New Zealand flax plant, botanically known as Phormium cultivars and hybrids. With just little to moderate water requirements to flourish, the flax plant enjoys […]

Comments Off / June 07, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: Three cheers for Disney

Every man, woman and child should go to the happiest place on earth at least once, preferably once every few years. I’ve never understood Disney-mania until our visit to Disneyland last week. There’s a whole culture of Disney lovers out there — people who buy annual passes, yet live hours away from Anaheim. There are throngs […]

Comments Off / June 07, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Words of wisdom

Across the country last week, graduation caps flew into the air. High school graduates are now looking forward to their college years and college graduates are now looking for that first post-school job. Commencement speakers shared words of encouragement and a dose of reality with graduates. Here are some of Village Life’s favorite pearls of […]

Comments Off / May 31, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »