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‘Love is All You Need’ for a happy Valentine’s celebration

Ah, love. February is the unofficial month of love. St. Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. Lovers and admirers will be exchanging tokens of affection. The notion of “courtly love” developed toward the end of the 11th century in France. As our romantic ancestors viewed it, courtly love was a spiritual high […]

No Comment / January 27, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Young at Art 2013 competition open to creative minds

Sophie Hill of Shingle Springs was the Best in Show winner of the 2012 Young at Art competition held at St. Francis High School in Sacramento. The school is calling for entries in this year's event. Photo by Susan Laird

The arts bring an added element to life: creativity. To misquote Shakespeare, art is twice blessed: It blesses those who view it and those who create it. Art is a vital expression of the creative mind. It encourages solutions-oriented thinking. Students who take art in school can experience greater results in their other classes. If […]

No Comment / January 03, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Living her life in the light: A tribute to Kathy Carlisle

A few weeks ago, I wrote about fate, joy and sadness as they relate to the arts. “All mortal life is ‘fated’ to have a beginning and an end,” I wrote in Village Life on Nov. 28. “(But) between those fixed points in time are all the things that go into life: good and evil, […]

No Comment / December 16, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom’s Historic District launches inaugural Holiday Home Tour

One of the fun traditions of the season is to visit homes decorated to the hilt for Christmas. For many, many years, one had to either be a) well-connected to influential people to gain access to their homes, or b) drive outside the area. Well, no longer. Last weekend five beautiful homes in El Dorado […]

No Comment / December 02, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Thousands to participate in Thanksgiving events to feed families

What has 8,000 legs, more than 4,000 smiles and burns lots of calories? If you guessed the sixth annual Folsom Turkey Trot, you guessed correctly. Held every year on Thanksgiving Day, participants agree, it’s a great way to give back to the community … and burn a few calories before indulging in a piece of […]

No Comment / November 04, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Time to get out and make memories

Flames of fall color are appearing along Highway 50. In El Dorado County a lot of that color is Western Redbud. Whenever I see that along the roadside, I smile. It means that autumn is finally here. Time to make memories! There’s just something extra special about an apple fritter and a steaming cup of […]

No Comment / October 12, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony opens season with ‘A Heart’s Jewel & Triumph’

Attending a live concert, as most know, is a multi-dimensional experience. A rock concert is a far larger experience than simply listening to a recording. This is equally true of classical music. Much as I love my musical collection of LPs, CDs and mp3s … there is nothing like experiencing the real deal. I commented […]

No Comment / September 28, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »