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Layla Bohm, Kyla Cathey & Lauren Nelson
  • Layla Bohm, Kyla Cathey & Lauren Nelson
  • News-Sentinel Assistant City Editor Layla Bohm, Lodi Living Editor Lauren Nelson and Copy Editor Kyla Cathey share their takes on life in Lodi — and beyond.
Tuesday 06/22/2010
Labyrinth on the cliff

A few Fridays ago, I took the day off work to go with my friend Laura to her appointment at UC San Francisco Medical Center.

Posted in The beat on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 9:19 am. Updated: 9:22 am.

Friday 06/18/2010
Beer-can chicken

With Father's Day just a couple of days away, I thought I'd share something that my own dad is newly obsessed with: Beer-can chicken. He recently found these little stands (about $5 at Walmart and Lowes), and now I think it's his favorite way to enjoy chicken. The chicken comes out so moist, it falls off the bone — and it's pretty fun to make.

Posted in The beat on Friday, June 18, 2010 9:15 am. Updated: 9:19 am.

Wednesday 06/02/2010
Kingwood, Texas?

Is it wrong for me to be very amused by the website of Kingwood, Texas? It doesn't hurt that their town motto is apparently "the surfable forest," and one of their featured businesses is Heather the Pet Nanny (whose website features a rather fascinating bouncing yellow tennis ball). And, when asked their favorite meat to eat, visitors to the website overwhelmingly selected beef.

Posted in The beat on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:00 am.

Thursday 05/20/2010
Mt. St. Helens

This week marked 30 years since Mt. St. Helens erupted, which means it was a good excuse for lots of journalists to write about the event. If I lived a bit closer, I most definitely would have gotten in on that action, because I've always been fascinated by the volcano -- perhaps because I grew up at the foot of a 14,000-foot mountain.

Posted in The beat on Thursday, May 20, 2010 12:00 am.

Tuesday 04/27/2010
Saving on books

If you're a book-lover, there's a good way to save money on books (other than borrowing them from the Lodi Public Library).

Posted in The beat on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 12:00 am.

Monday 04/19/2010
Boston 2010

My morning got a bit messed up, so I wasn't able live-blog the Boston Marathon as I did last year, but I followed as best I could. Between Twitter and the Boston Athletic Association, I tracked about a dozen runners, and heard about a bunch more. The men's winner was Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya (a 21-year-old farmer who said he's going to buy some cows with his prize money), who set a course record; American Ryan Hall was fourth and set a record for the fastest-ever American on the course. Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia won the women's race by three seconds.

Posted in The beat on Monday, April 19, 2010 12:00 am.

Wednesday 04/14/2010
Eating well for cheap

There's a pretty interesting story on the wire today about eating well on a food stamp budget. To come up with the money, they took the average amount of food assistance given to a family of four: $275.53 per month, or $68.88 per week.

Posted in The beat on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 3:02 pm.

Wednesday 04/07/2010
Back on track

Since I last posted about somehow messing up my neck, I should probably update my status: The neck is much better, and I'm back on track to run a marathon in 25 days.

Posted in The beat on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 12:00 am.

Monday 03/29/2010
Down and out

I'm typing this from my house, on a Monday afternoon. I should be at work, but instead I'm wasting one of my carefully saved paid days off. This weekend, the weather was glorious in every possible way, but that also went to waste.

Posted in The beat on Monday, March 29, 2010 12:00 am.

Sunday 03/14/2010
Is it time to end Daylight Saving Time?

I'm a bit biased on this: My answer has been an emphatic "yes" since high school, despite the "fall back" giving me an extra hour to work on my thesis one busy, busy college weekend.

Posted in The beat on Sunday, March 14, 2010 12:00 am.