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Tuesday 08/19/2014
A light and colorful way to serve fish

I grew up hating fish. Ocean fish, in particular, with its strong flavor and millions of bones. I even choked my way through what someone was pleased to call “Smoked Fish”. I just assumed that it was supposed to be like jerky. My mom did a good job whenever she cooked it; it tasted bad only to me.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:13 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 08/18/2014
Solar Day at WOW Science Museum

by Keith Colgan A quick trip up the downtown parking lot elevator on Saturday delivered my grandson Ethan and me to a roof top of fascinating demonstrations of solar energy courtesy of Lodi’s World of Wonders Science Museum.  No electric plugs or cords could be seen at this location because everyone was “off the grid” … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Monday, August 18, 2014 5:56 pm. Comments (0)

Life Lately

The blooms have popped up in the backyard.  A friend made me a salad for lunch recently and she mixed a can of tuna to go with it. It was my first time having tuna since high school, and now I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Monday, August 18, 2014 1:34 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Sunday 08/17/2014
Academic rigor for college admissions

If you desire to apply to a competitive college, you need to plan your steps carefully.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Sunday, August 17, 2014 11:17 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 08/13/2014
Sharing beef stew with friends

Nothing goes together like beef stew and summertime. What? You’ve never heard that? I recommend it. My friends Mike and Andrea fearlessly combined the two earlier this summer. Bowls of hearty beef stew (made by Mike with Guinness) were paired … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:14 am. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Tuesday 08/12/2014
Enjoy fresh miso soup at home with an easy recipe

Miso soup, that staple of Japanese restaurants, is not something that most people make for themselves. Why bother; just order some while waiting for your sushi and sashimi. However, if you want a bowl at home, the grocery store has that packaged dry mix. Not good. It is too easy to make a fresh batch that feeds more than the one serving listed on the instant version.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:13 am. Comments (0)

Friday 08/08/2014
What's read all over by cell phones? The news, of course

Smart phones have changed the world.

Posted in Marty n rich on Friday, August 8, 2014 4:17 pm. | Tags: Iphone , Ipad , Kindle , Samsung , Galaxy , Mobile Device , Marty Weybret Comments (0)

Thursday 08/07/2014
The Liberty Bell Visits Stockton

Is Stockton a celebrity magnet? Maybe so. Perhaps you already know that the city has seen a stream of distinguished guests over the years, among them U.S. presidents Ulysses S. Grant, William McKinley, and Herbert Hoover. But did you know that its list of noteworthy visitors also includes the Liberty Bell?

Posted in Historical on Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:18 pm. Updated: 5:00 am. Comments (0)

What Were You Doing 9 Days Ago?

Nine days ago on Sunday, July 27th, most people in Lodi were hiding from the 100 degree heat.  Not Misty Springmeyer. She was 1000 miles to the north in Whistler, British Columbia swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26 miles in the IRONMAN Canada competition. Last evening, “Corporal” Springmeyer, a twelve-year veteran of … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:18 am. Updated: 5:00 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 08/06/2014
Baby Rowan (or, the newborn who sleeps in the garden … he’s already cool like that)

I love that the first time I ever saw little Rowan Peter he was wrapped tight like a wonton and fast asleep in his crib in middle of rose bushes and a bean tower. He’s a special one, that little … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 10:33 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Baby , Maternity , Mother , Newborn , Photography , Summer Comments (0)

Tuesday 08/05/2014
A healthy, delicious non-candy bar

When my wife and I were studying to become Christian ministers during the 1970s, we had the distinct privilege of learning from one the nation’s pioneers in natural foods and organic farming — Grace Bliss.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 11:42 am. Comments (0)

Monday 08/04/2014
Quick: How well do you know San Joaquin agriculture?

Here is an easy one: What was the highest-grossing crop in San Joaquin county in 2012?

Posted in Marty n rich on Monday, August 4, 2014 3:28 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 08/01/2014
Historic Water Rights

Hardly a week goes by that I don't hear from somebody in San Joaquin County looking for historic documentation—photographs, maps, and other documentation—to bolster their claim for water rights. I am not an attorney, and I won't presume to offer legal advice, either for myself or for the San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum. I . . . → Read More: Historic Water Rights

Posted in Historical on Friday, August 1, 2014 2:21 pm. Updated: 5:00 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 07/31/2014
Kelli & Ryan say I Do | Aptos wedding

I met this ’60-s lovin’, doe-eyed girl with an obsession for zombies and Hershey’s Cookies & Cream almost a year ago. And then a few weeks ago, I watched her marry the blue-eyed, videogame-loving boy she’s been gushing ever since. … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:28 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Aptos , Photography , Wedding Comments (0)

Tuesday 07/29/2014
Four days on the beach | Dillon Beach 2014

It was another year at Dillon Beach. Another year of oysters on the grill. Of dogs running off of their leashes and into those foamy waves. Of those blue hues in the morning, and golden flare in the evening, and all those warm … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 7:25 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Beach , Coast , Dillon Beach , Lawsons Landing , Marin County , Northern California , Photography , Sonoma , Sunset , Travel. , Vacation Comments (0)

Relive ice cream truck memories with a mock ice cream drumstick

Whenever I hear the happy music of the ice cream truck, childhood memories of running down the street on a hot summer day come to mind. However, following a vegan diet, I know I am verging on dangerous territory. Even though my head tells me no, my heart tells me yes, and my mouth begins to water.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:40 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 07/25/2014
Museum Holds Annual MY CAMP

Each June, the San Joaquin County Historical Museum holds an educational and recreational program, called Museum Youth Camp (MY CAMP), for students—campers—from ages six through ten.

Posted in Historical on Friday, July 25, 2014 6:54 pm. Updated: 5:00 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 07/23/2014
Use extra tea bags for a soothing bath experience

If you’re like me and have an over abundance of tea bags that you aren’t going to use, try these uses that I found. Add a few to your bath and enjoy its soothing properties. Soak some in cold water and apply to your eyes to get rid of bagginess and dark circles. Apply to skin to relieve the discomfort of a mild sunburn or bug bites. For more uses of tea bags, visit http://www.frugalvillage.com/2012/05/27/new-uses-for-tea/.

Posted in Saving with pam on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:56 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 07/22/2014
We won’t repost Sandy Hook hoax comments

We recently removed online comments alleging the Sandy Hook shootings were a hoax.

Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7:45 am. Comments (30)

Wednesday 07/16/2014
The Frontier Thesis and San Joaquin County

How would you describe the American character? For many of us, the description would include words like individuality, ruggedness, informality, and initiative. We might even see an image of John Wayne riding high in the saddle, six-shooter at his side, enemies cowering in fear.

Posted in Historical on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:29 pm. Updated: 5:00 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 07/15/2014
Loving Love Bug

I met Shoshanna and Eric on a camping trip earlier this summer. I liked them from the beginning: they described their blooming garden; they made homemade yogurt for breakfast at the picnic table (yep, I remember those weird things); they … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:35 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Baby , Couple , Family , Garden , Maternity , Newborn , Photography , Pregnancy Comments (0)

The warm and witty Dr. Robert Bader heads East

Dr. Bob Bader, a man of warmth and wit, and a regular columnist for us for several years, is moving East.

Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 4:51 pm. | Tags: Bob Bader , Robert Bader , Regular Columnist , Doug Gerard , Joe Guzzardi Comments (0)

Celebrate summer with a cold macaroni salad

I can hardly believe my calendar says it’s July and the holiday most of us celebrate with much anticipation, Independence Day July 4th, has passed. What a grand time it is every year we look forward to the fireworks lighting up the sky with all the colors, and everyone is having such a great time. My favorite part of the celebration is the singing of our National Anthem.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 2:11 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 07/14/2014
Lodi CycleFest Photo Album

It was difficult to know who was having a better time on Saturday … the runners, the bicyclists, cheering relatives, or the photographers.  Those of us carrying heavy camera gear in the July heat may not have shown it on our faces, but we were excited to attend and document the 6th Annual CycleFest event … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Monday, July 14, 2014 6:59 pm. Comments (0)

Wine & Wildflowers

I feel like this summer is zooming by, and yelling “catch me if you can” from a sunny blur of golden sun. So I’ve been making it a point to stop and enjoy the golden light that doesn’t stay in … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Monday, July 14, 2014 7:06 am. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Iphone , Lodi , Lodica , Michael David , Photography , Wildflowers , Wine , Winery Comments (0)

Friday 07/11/2014
Planning for College Admissions

College Planning

Posted in Education, Learning link on Friday, July 11, 2014 9:23 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 07/09/2014
The River Calm

I’m not gonna lie – a few months ago I thought of selling my kayak. “Whaaa?” you gasp. I know, I know. But, to be honest, it can sometimes feel like a clunky, beacoup-work, hobby when you’re doing it solo. I … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 8:06 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Tuesday 07/08/2014
Should we restore a post alleging the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings were a hoax?

A few days back, we took down an online post alleging that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn., were a hoax.

Posted in Marty n rich on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 5:55 pm. | Tags: Sandy Hook , Simon Birch , Andrew Liebich , Media Comments (46)

Mini tomato salad with a burst of color

I was introduced to big yummy tomatoes when I was a little girl. We lived in the first house finished in the Stockton sub-division Pacific Gardens. The soon to be constructed block across from our house was still tomato field.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:50 am. Comments (0)

Monday 07/07/2014
Five Senses Monday (and some adopted succulents)

I’m trying to nurture my green thumb with indoor plants and succulents (I’ve murdered a few of each). When a friend asked if I wanted the clippings from the succulents taking over his yard, I was so excited to give … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Monday, July 7, 2014 9:38 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Fourth of July follow-up ... what would get you to the lake?

Another Fourth of July is in the books, and it's time for us to reflect on the event and ways to make it better.

Posted in Lodiparks on Monday, July 7, 2014 3:45 pm. Updated: 1:01 am. Comments (0)

Sunday 07/06/2014
The 4th of July From Inside a Police Car

By Keith Colgan As a photojournalists who tries to see things from unique perspectives, my point view of Lodi on the 4th of July came from the inside of a police car. Officer Dominic Carillo was my driver and guide.  We were on a first name basis right away and I found his attitude about … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Sunday, July 6, 2014 10:27 pm. Updated: 9:12 am. Comments (0)

Saturday 07/05/2014
Life Lately | M.I.A. no more

Hi, friends. I know I haven’t been in this space much. I’m not sure why, exactly. Everything seems so busy all the time, yet it’s just normal every day stuff. Just like everyone else. Just like you. But I have so … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Saturday, July 5, 2014 11:01 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Thursday 07/03/2014
Cure those sinus problems with a homemade remedy

If you’re constantly having sinus problems, you can make a homemade remedy. It’s called tomato shots. Just mix 1/8 cup tomato juice, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Drink once a day for three days before eating breakfast. For more information, visit http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/category/recipes/bath-and-body.

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, July 3, 2014 4:03 pm. Comments (0)

The Weber Family Library

Imagine yourself caught up in the excitement of California's Gold Rush. Now imagine yourself boarding a ship on the East Coast, sailing to San Francisco, and heading out to the Southern Mines after stopping in Stockton for supplies. Thousands of other gold seekers from throughout the world join you, hoping to make a quick fortune then . . . → Read More: The Weber Family Library

Posted in Historical on Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:14 am. Updated: 5:00 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 07/01/2014
The perfect burger sauce

It's summertime in the valley. Days where it's so sweltering, the only cooking appliance that seems worth firing up is the outdoor grill. And sometimes, it only seems reasonable to cook something easy, like a burger. When we think about burgers, we think about beef or turkey, what kind of cheese, romaine or iceberg, sweet or dill pickles, red or white onion, and always the good idea — bacon.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 2:07 pm. Comments (0)

2014 Taco Truck CookOff Photos

The Lodi Arts Commission was established in 1982 by the City of Lodi to promote interest in the fine and performing arts.  They partner with the entire community to provide quality programs and events that foster creative expression.  Those expressions were well represented last Saturday on Central Avenue at this year’s Taco Truck CookOff. As … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 3:00 am. Updated: 9:12 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 06/26/2014
Worms as construction workers? Maybe not as farfetched as you think

Will your new home one day be built by worms?

Posted in Marty n rich on Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:00 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 06/25/2014
Use an old toothbrush holder to make a flower bouquet

Want to have a beautiful flower bouquet without the fuss of learning how to arrange them? If you have an old toothbrush holder you aren’t using, fill the holes with water and stick bunches of fresh flowers into each hold. Or, if you have some inexpensive fake flowers, you can stick them in there as well. For more information, visit http://www.marthastewart.com/272398/flower-arranging-shortcut.

Posted in Saving with pam on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:17 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 06/24/2014
Fresh cherries — Queen of the Valley

Cherry memories from my childhood are scattered and vague due to the fact that during my growing up years in Saratoga we did not have a cherry tree in the garden. As we ate mostly fruits and vegetables cultivated in the backyard, I don’t remember making cherry pie or canning cherry jam with my mom. But I do remember picking and eating cherries in Italy from trees grown in my great uncle’s orchard. In fact, even my husband remembers going to meet my great uncle and sitting in his kitchen drinking an espresso and eating from the bowl of cherries in the middle of the farm table. To our amazement, Zio Isidoro would spit the pits back in his fist and then drop them on the stone floor to be swept away later that evening.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 10:36 am. Comments (0)

1st Annual Junior Powder Puff Game Photos

By Keith Colgan I really didn’t know what to expect as I entered the Grape Bowl last Saturday to photograph Lodi’s 1st Annual Powder Puff Football Game featuring the Lodi Jr. Flames vs. the Tokay Jr. Tigers.  Perhaps the best way to describe the scene is to compare it with typical high school football. First, … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 12:25 am. Updated: 9:12 am. Comments (0)

Monday 06/23/2014
Dave Burgin, an unforgettable editor

Sad to read about the recent death of Dave Burgin, a journalistic legend who was the top editor at seven different U.S. newspapers.

Posted in Marty n rich on Monday, June 23, 2014 5:44 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 06/20/2014
Remarkable Women of Stockton

I grew up among strong, capable women. Deep in the Great Depression, before I was born, one of my grandmothers set up two businesses (that's right, TWO) in the San Francisco Bay Area to put food on the table after my grandfather took ill. Grandma J, a tiny Danish immigrant, ended up doing quite well for . . . → Read More: Remarkable Women of Stockton

Posted in Historical on Friday, June 20, 2014 3:54 pm. Updated: 5:00 am. Comments (0)

Swimming's free at Blakely thanks to our donors!

We're averaging more than 100 kids a day taking advantage of the free swimming at the Enze/Field pool complex at Blakely Park on weekends, thanks to the generosity of the Lodi community ... again!

Posted in Lodiparks on Friday, June 20, 2014 12:05 pm. Updated: 6:02 pm. Comments (0)

Farmers Market Photos: Free Hats, Cold Treats & Healthy Food

Thursday evenings, May to September, means the “Farmers Market” in Lodi.  Scores of visitor’s at tonight’s event were treated to free hats, free samples and free rocking music.  You had to pay for the fruits and vegetables, but there was something for everyone.  Click on any of the thumbnails below to view and purchase photographs … Continue reading

Posted in Lodi360 on Friday, June 20, 2014 5:53 am. Updated: 9:12 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 06/17/2014
A mock tuna salad sandwich

A tuna salad sandwich is one of the things I missed when going vegan. Without the benefit of a can of tuna, and a slap of mayonnaise, I thought I would never delight in my favorite tuna sandwich again. However, where there is a will, there is a way.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:27 pm. Comments (2)

Friday 06/13/2014
Time and Travel

I've been on vacation. My wife and I recently visited Europe. We spent a week in the United Kingdom and another in Switzerland. Our main attraction was Zurich, where our daughter attends graduate school.

Posted in Historical on Friday, June 13, 2014 2:37 pm. Updated: 5:00 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 06/10/2014
A Farmer's Market salad

I look forward to the opening of the Lodi Farmer’s Market each spring. I can hardly wait to get my hands on the produce. I end up with so much greenery and fruit that I can barely get it stuffed into the fridge then I scramble to get it all used before anything spoils.

Posted in Kitchencorner on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:54 am. Comments (0)

Sunday 06/08/2014
Finding the perfect summer job

Summer is a great time to land a job. Whether you seek employment to add to your college savings account or earn spending money (hopefully both), here are some tips to finding your perfect employment niche:

Posted in Education, Learning link on Sunday, June 8, 2014 5:37 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 06/04/2014
This was Mule Days

Yesterday, I told you about my drive to the desert and the week I spent there traipsing around old-school storefronts, running my fingers over the soft, shiny coats of mules and dining on plastic picnic tables with amazing people I … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 10:00 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Bishop , Donkeys , Mule Days , Mules , Photography , Road Trip , Rodeo , Theurbanhippie , Vacation Comments (0)

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