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Explore mazes, choose a pumpkin, tour a haunted castle at Dell’Osso Family Farms in Lathrop

Explore mazes, choose a pumpkin, tour a haunted castle at Dell’Osso Family Farms in Lathrop

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With Halloween just around the corner, my thoughts are turning to pumpkins. I enjoy the shape, size, and taste of pumpkins and look forward to the season they represent. I love fall  ­— the chilling of the air, the turning of the leaves and sipping cider.

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Anatomy of the high school party scene

Anatomy of the high school party scene

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Dear Straight Talk: My daughter, 17, and her friends are getting ready for the big Halloween party, swapping clothes and creating costumes. My…

Think of Schizandra as a tonic for your nervous system

Think of Schizandra as a tonic for your nervous system

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I cannot tell you how frequently people write to me and say they are tired and frustrated with ineffective medicine.

Tom Kettleman

Tom Kettleman

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Young Tom Kettleman was a spirited soul

Five questions with filmmaker Jon Cope

Five questions with filmmaker Jon Cope

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Lodi native Jon Cope is releasing his first feature film at Lodi Stadium 12 this weekend. “Uh-Oh Part One: The Legend of the Scepter,” opened …

An easy path to a perfectly carved pumpkin

An easy path to a perfectly carved pumpkin

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What comes first? The pumpkin or the design? For Chef Ray Duey — a man known for his elegant melon carvings — it’s a little of both.

What are you wearing to Oktoberfest?

What are you wearing to Oktoberfest?

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There’s beer to drink and pretzels to munch on. But as you’re spinning around the dance hall, stomping and knee slapping to a frisky polka, do…

Patients need more vitamin D testing before receiving extra supplements

Patients need more vitamin D testing before receiving extra supplements

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Vitamin D is good for more than preventing Rickets. It helps at this time of year for depression and immune function. When physicians talk abo…

Male depression is different than female depression

Male depression is different than female depression

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Dear Straight Talk: I got engaged at 22 and we have three beautiful children. I fell down the wrong path and my fiancé said she would always b…

Ghost On California Street

Ghost On California Street

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She walks quietly alone, though others are there,

Lodi’s Showstoppers Dance Studio celebrates its 30th year of lessons, recitals

Lodi’s Showstoppers Dance Studio celebrates its 30th year of lessons, recitals

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Six girls stretch before lining up in front of a wall of mirrors. They wear cotton tank tops, athletic shorts and flat leather shoes that allo…

How do pills and plastic affect your health?

How do pills and plastic affect your health?

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Drinking from plastic water bottles or taking “The Pill” can cause hypothyroidism by raising levels of estrogen hormone in your body. The same…

No means no — or it’s sexual assault

No means no — or it’s sexual assault

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Dear Straight Talk: Here’s one for your panel. What do they think about Rush Limbaugh’s advice to guys that when a girl says no, it might actu…

Stockton singer Joni Morris to honor Patsy Cline at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi

Stockton singer Joni Morris to honor Patsy Cline at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi

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Joni Morris didn’t start her singing career until she was 40 years old, a decade older than the classic country singer whose work she honors i…

Unrequited

Unrequited

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I looked forward to seeing you

Kathleen Dunphy, Randall Sexton explore the art of agriculture in the Lodi area

Kathleen Dunphy, Randall Sexton explore the art of agriculture in the Lodi area

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Do you notice the beauty in the strawberry stands sprinkled along Highway 12 and around Lodi? How about the small ranches with horses and chic…

Is inappropriate ‘girl talk’ the new feminism?

Is inappropriate ‘girl talk’ the new feminism?

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Dear Straight Talk: Regarding the thigh-gap column, most guys don’t give a hoot about thigh gaps, but most do care about being subjected to gi…

What’s in an average bowl of cereal?

What’s in an average bowl of cereal?

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Everyone is worried about heavy metals in their dental amalgams and vaccines. But what if I told you that you could be getting some in your mo…

Dennis Duffy is Lodi’s ‘I’ve been everywhere’ man

Dennis Duffy is Lodi’s ‘I’ve been everywhere’ man

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Dennis Duffy has a simple goal: To visit at least 100 countries during his lifetime. In a week’s time, he’ll have hit number 101.

The color of a rose

The color of a rose

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Ivy is dead on the courtyard wall