There's only one gift I want as I turn 57. That's being able to make a 20-year-old understand life does get better. A lot better. It can be frustrating finding a job and then struggling to make ends meet. At the same time you worry about what others think of you and are terrorized that you will never find love or lose the love that you have. Your heart and very soul at times seem ...
Enough is enough. Do we have to be exposed to the onslaught of high tech entertainment literally everywhere we go? It was bad enough when sports bars started posting copies of the San Francisco Sporting Green at eye-level above urinals. It was equally insane when Disneyland starting putting TV screens in restrooms. Now the Allentown minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies has taken bathroom entertainment to an even lower level with a urinal gaming ...
You got this. You got this. ... C'mon, man, you got this.
They've been working on the railroad – and for good reason. America is in the midst of a railroad boom. It has everything to do with the economic recovery, rising overseas production costs, the shale oil boom, efficiencies in fuel and goods movements, and reducing carbon footprints. Railroads this year alone are expected to pour $14 billion into infrastructure to make train movements more efficient from coast to coast. Freight demand is projected to double ...
At the southern terminus of Austin Road is one of 280 gems known as California State Parks. Caswell Memorial State Park is home to unique valley riparian woodlands. Such clustering of woodlands once covered immense swaths of the valley floor alongside rivers. Today less than 2 percent of riparian oaks that existed when unsuccessful gold seekers turned to farming still stand. The 258 acres in the state park are home to perhaps a hundred or ...
Stockton admittedly has its challenges. It is second only to Oakland among California cities in terms of crime. It is the third most illiterate city among those in the United States with 250,000 residents or more based on just 17 percent of the adult population having a college degree. The FBI ranks it No. 7 nationally for vehicle theft per capita. And on Monday Stockton had the dubious honor of being the largest United States ...
"My gosh." I first I didn't really notice. Then I heard it again. "My gosh." I stopped where I was working in my back yard and looked up." "My gosh. I almost got it." Standing on the roof of the house next door was a neighbor boy of about 12 years. He was shooting baskets with his cousins. They were feeding him the ball and he was trying to shoot over the top of a ...
Camron Moebius learned very quickly that building a playground was, in fact, no walk in the park.
LATHROP - There was plenty of tissue in use at the Lathrop High gym on Friday I have to admit there were a couple tears that touched my cheek as the death and dying in an alcohol fueled traffic crash dramatization brought back memories of those I have covered over the years.
There is no such thing as a free lunch. But sometimes "free" can be more expensive than you think. The school free lunch program is a prime example. Every year school districts must vote to accept the provisions of the free lunch program in order to continue receiving those monies, as well as all federal funds. One would think ...
Bill Goodwin dislikes graffiti. Nor is he a big fan of the color putrid salmon. That explains why he challenged the status quo. And in doing so, he may make Manteca look just a little bit better. Goodwin questioning why the city is literally painting Manteca a putrid salmon started when a member of society's underbelly - vandals who fancy themselves artists and their gang cousins who mark what they perceive to be their territory ...
My brother Ronald knew how to safely use a rifle before he entered the fifth grade.
Step into "Spring" right out your front door – there's nothing like it before the sun's up. Many a pickup truck will pass you on the street as farmers are headed out to their ranches and you might even find a dog that wants to walk at your side for several blocks.
Every had roasted stuffed goose, papardelle with tomato and stewed pancetta, or truffle tagliatelle?
In 2009, an interim Texas school superintendent declared that sex-education classes were unnecessary in his rural district. Most of the area's school kids live on farms, he explained, therefore: "They get a pretty good sex education from their animals."
Almost four years ago, I wrote a column entitled "The Obama Effect" in which I described how fear and distrust of our then newly elected President created panic among our citizenry and that there were massive shortages of almost every kind of ammunition imaginable.
Is the plan PG&E proof?
DEAR DIDI: It hasn't been all that hot yet but I noticed when I was walking my English Bulldog the other day he refused to stay on the sidewalk. Can you tell me about temperatures for walks and what I should watch for when I take her in the car? -Worried Mommy in Manteca
Pundits - and editorial cartoonists - are having a field day over Congress' decision to restore funding for air traffic controllers while letting programs such as Headstart for low-income kids and Meals on Wheels for shut-in senior citizens take federal budget hits.
"This is called slave labor," said Pope Francis.
People need to stop having heart palpations over Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Meeting a couple of Ripon folks, and one from Linden and another from Tracy was an unexpected pleasure in my brief two days of jury duty this week – especially when four of us just happened to go out to lunch together on Thursday.
FRENCH CAMP – It's a funny thing, this horse racing business.
She's a single mom in her early 30s. She lives in an old farmhouse in an almond orchard five miles east of Manteca. The closest neighbor is a quarter mile of a way but the trees make it impossible to see their home.
Yosemite National Park is not Disneyland.
The aging RV was parked under a stately tree providing relief from the 90-degree midday heat.
Bell bottom pants. Flare-leg pants. Men's rayon tie scarves. Polyester suits.