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Billingsley’s Bullets: I miss all my pals

Even before I wrote my last “Heard Over the Back Fence” column I knew I would miss all of my co-workers at the Mountain Democrat office. It felt like I was leaving family. The entire Mountain Democrat crew works as a very productive, intelligent and friendly group of very nice people. It was a great […]

No Comment / November 30, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Little things add up to big

In her book “A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II,” Joyce Sequich Hifler notes the following daily meditation: “The small things that make up our lives are pleasant and filled with sweet silences that soothe the soul. But even more commonplace, a lunch, a walk, the companionship of a sweet friend, our dog. So many […]

Comments Off / November 02, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Presenter to talk about Yosemite painters and photographers

Sierra Renaissance Society News release Gary Noy is the speaker at the Sierra Renaissance Society’s next meeting on Friday, Oct. 21. To recognize the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service, Noy will tell tales of six 19th century painters and photographers who popularized Yosemite Valley in an illustrated lecture. The presentation, […]

Comments Off / October 09, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

For artist Linda Heath Clark, it’s all in the details

Linda Heath Clark holds a scratchboard painting titled, "Shadows and Hues," in her home studio in Shingle Springs. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The poet said only God can make a tree, but that’s because Joyce Kilmer hadn’t seen Shingle Springs artist Linda Heath Clark go to work on a scratchboard. Watching as Clark, 62, showed the various stages of one of her forest creations, taking the dark background and transforming it into an autumn forest of exploding […]

Comments Off / September 28, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Trashy letter

EDITOR: Why would you allow and publish Joyce Pogue’s distasteful (letter)? How about submitting articles of substance instead of demeaning trash to a readership of intelligent and educated people. BARBARA ELLIS El Dorado Hills

Comments Off / August 24, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Self-determination pays off

Unlike a lot of people, I believe that you can fall in love at first sight. When that happens, it’s a miracle that you should appreciate. When love instantly reveals itself, you must do something about it. You need to move forward. Love will not stand behind the person you have fallen in love with […]

Comments Off / July 20, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Your a.m. time makes your day

In her book “A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume Two,” Joyce Sequichie Hifler comments on the importance of how you start your day. Joyce offers the following thoughts: “Make a quality decision to put aside anything that makes you worry the first thing in the morning. Keep morning as putty in your hands — that time to […]

Comments Off / March 13, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »



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