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Billingsley’s Bullets: Start your day with thankfulness

How does your day normally start? I start each day with a short meditation that basically gives thanks to the Great Spirit for my many blessings. After giving thanks, I turn on the coffee pot and enjoy the comforting coffee aroma and taste while I read the newspaper. No negative thinking allowed in my first […]

Comments Off / November 16, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Thank you

EDITOR: Both Colleen and I are humbled and grateful for the encouragement we have received over the past year. Thank you to all the supporters of El Dorado County and voters in District 4. I couldn’t have done it without you. This race was never about Michael Ranalli. This election was about changing the way […]

Comments Off / November 12, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Garden guru: Scarlet star of the season

Liquidambar styraciflua

Fantastic fall color abounds during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. The beauty of the landscapes around us in El Dorado Hills is certainly something to be thankful for this time of year. Stellar specimens of the deciduous type have to include the American sweet gum trees. Botanically known as Liquidambar styraciflua, the sweet gum […]

Comments Off / November 09, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: Are you ready for a trip?

After much talking, planning and decisions galore, my husband and I, along with another couple, started out on a cross-country trip. We pulled a fifth-wheel trailer, called a “rig” by those in the know, and stayed in campgrounds across the country and back. This trip was our second cross-country, the first being 30 years ago pulling a tent trailer […]

Comments Off / November 06, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »


When the VillageLife/Mountain Democrat editorial board decides who to endorse for political office after talking to all the candidates, we make our decisions based on the interviews and our decision about who would be the best person for the office. We don’t make our decisions on who is most likely to win. However, we will […]

Comments Off / November 06, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Quiet people learn more

I guess all of us have two or three friends who love to talk. The heavyweight, champion talkers love to have quiet friends and spouses who appear to be good listeners. Marcel Achard said, “Women like silent men. They think they’re listening.” • Actually, the silent ones may not be listening. They are being quiet […]

Comments Off / October 30, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Another Obama Administration mistake?

EDITOR We were told that the Ebola virus was not highly contagious a month ago. Our president and his administration did not take the threat to our national health seriously. While African countries stopped air traffic from West Africa, we did nothing. Now we know that Ebola is a deadly infectious disease with a 70 percent fatality […]

Comments Off / October 30, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »