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Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Thanksgiving Survival Guide

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Thanksgiving is a holiday with a lot of moving parts. There’s an oversized bird in your groaning oven, probably five side dishes require varying degrees of your attention, and all of these people are sitting in your living room requesting drinks.

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What works best when combatting depression?

What works best when combatting depression?

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You’ve been programmed to believe that serotonin deficiency causes depression. If SSRI antidepressants actually cured people, we would not see…

Top holiday gifts for young people

Top holiday gifts for young people

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Dear Straight Talk: I enjoy hitting the mark with holiday gifts. I have three teenage grandchildren and two in their 20s. Please advise as to …

Scotland: The land of haggis and rain

Scotland: The land of haggis and rain

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It took my Scottish-Irish ancestors about 389 years to make it to the West Coast.

Orphaned

Orphaned

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I sniffed your shoes kicked askew

Big idea, small canvas

Big idea, small canvas

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In a room usually full of grand landscapes and large canvases, the Lodi Art Center has been taken over by tiny works of art, many no larger th…

How spices work like medicine

How spices work like medicine

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I’m one of those cooks who combines whatever I find in the fridge or pantry without a plan. I’ll throw spices and foods together like a mad sc…

Family gatherings an opportunity for bonding and support

Family gatherings an opportunity for bonding and support

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Dear Straight Talk: I’m hosting several sets of parents, grandparents, teenagers and college students for Thanksgiving. The young people tend …

Lodi’s Korynn O’Connell performs covers, original songs

Lodi’s Korynn O’Connell performs covers, original songs

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Every Saturday night, crooners and music makers come out to the winebars and tasting rooms of Lodi’s Downtown to add a live soundtrack to the scene.

Doesn’t Anybody Keep Their Vows Today?

Doesn’t Anybody Keep Their Vows Today?

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They stood beside each other, in their wedding finery

Acampo family trades in racehorses for alpacas

Acampo family trades in racehorses for alpacas

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Visitors entering the fenced-off green pastures of Vello Vellon can expect an exuberant greeting from Gemma, an oversized ball of white fluff …

Do you make pet treats?

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We’re working on a story about locally made dog food and treats. Are you a Lodi business or pet owner who makes your own pet food or treats? C…

Panelist talks about healing from sexual abuse

Panelist talks about healing from sexual abuse

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Dear Readers: Child sexual abuse affects 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys nationally. In 97 percent of the cases, the abuser is a family member or…

Freak out and go bed dancing

Freak out and go bed dancing

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Early this morning, Sam clicked on Pandora on his iPhone and “Le Freak” started playing. If you don’t know that song, look on YouTube and watc…

Life’s True Plan

Life’s True Plan

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Eyes wide open to a life of love,

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s super art!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s super art!

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These days, it’s easy to see Marvel’s Avengers assemble to take on some alien bad guys. Rent a DVD, go online, or wait for “Age of Ultron” to …

Human Nature

Human Nature

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The edge of paper

Cash incentives to avoid smoking saves money for students

Cash incentives to avoid smoking saves money for students

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Dear Straight Talk: Trying to quit smoking? Forget it! The trick is not starting. Leroy and Dee were heavy smokers who knew this. They told th…

Celebrating the Hindu festival, Diwali

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There’s a major celebration planned for the end of harvest season, and it has very little to do with hay bales or pumpkins.

Dealing with doctors who ‘wait and see’

Dealing with doctors who ‘wait and see’

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Doctors are my friends, so I was dismayed to lose my cool with a physician recently. My husband Sam (who has Lyme disease from a tick bite yea…