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Lodi merchants embrace chalkboards to bring out old-school look in quaint shops

Lodi merchants embrace chalkboards to bring out old-school look in quaint shops

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They’re nostalgic. They’re inexpensive. They’re creative. And, yes, a little dusty.

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Woman faces grim reality of childhood sexual abuse

Woman faces grim reality of childhood sexual abuse

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Dear Straight Talk: A close friend is coming to terms with the fact that her alcoholic stepfather molested her when she was growing up. She ne…

7 facts you should know about copper

7 facts you should know about copper

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The other day I was eating lunch with a friend and colleague and he mentioned that copper can increase the risk of cancer. This was not the fi…

The Meadow

The Meadow

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Do only emerald grasses grow

#ThighGap a dangerous trend for teens

#ThighGap a dangerous trend for teens

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Dear Straight Talk: I’m happy to observe that today’s teens seem to see the ideal female form as more curvy and less pre-pubescent than in my …

Uncovering lies about vaccines and autism

Uncovering lies about vaccines and autism

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Many of you have wondered about the connection of vaccines and autism. The rising cases of autism worldwide have to be attributed to something…

Airport Cafe: Dinner menu takes off with travelers

Airport Cafe: Dinner menu takes off with travelers

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The Airport Cafe, best known among early risers who like to sip on a cup of coffee and watch the plans take off at the Lodi Airport, has sprea…

Lodi Grape Festival offers craft beer tasting

Lodi Grape Festival offers craft beer tasting

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Beer is no longer limited to that pale stuff in a can with a weak flavor. Craft beer, made in small batches with big flavors is coming into a …

The Gift of Wine

The Gift of Wine

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The gift of wine brings forth the promise

Lodi residents use technology to make a better neighborhood

Lodi residents use technology to make a better neighborhood

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Brian Young is an active retiree, attentive grandfather and fan of technology. He worked for the state of California for 42 years as an engine…

‘Good kid, bad kid’ — a wake-up call for parents

‘Good kid, bad kid’ — a wake-up call for parents

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Dear Straight Talk: In regard to your recent columns on heroin addiction, it’s my sister who is the drug addict. My parents spent most of our …

Need help for Hashimoto’s and thyroid diseases

Need help for Hashimoto’s and thyroid diseases

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Dear Pharmacist: I listened to your Thyroid Summit last June and heard the different doctors talk about medicine, but I’m still unsure what I …

Field and Fair Day returns to Lodi on Labor Day

Field and Fair Day returns to Lodi on Labor Day

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Longtime Lodians might remember waking up on Sept. 1 to see the sky filled with massive hot air balloons. The spectacle was the early morning …

Old ideas about lawns in Lodi are over and out

Old ideas about lawns in Lodi are over and out

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Some Lodi homeowners are ditching their lawns for something that will stand up in the face of the drought we’re experiencing in California. Wh…

Boy’s girlfriend is pregnant and wants to push him away

Boy’s girlfriend is pregnant and wants to push him away

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Dear straight talk: My girlfriend since last Christmas just told me she is pregnant. She is 17 and I’m 18. She’s been on the pill since she wa…

Is your depression on and off?

Is your depression on and off?

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Dear Pharmacist: I am saddened by the suicide of Robin Williams. I’ve dealt with depression on and off for years, and I was wondering if you h…

An Old Chair

An Old Chair

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It’s only a chair in a corner

Lodi small business owner Julie McKinley is a framing expert with a background in strength

Lodi small business owner Julie McKinley is a framing expert with a background in strength

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Customers entering the quaint McKinleys Frame Shop on Pine Street are greeted by a smiling, knowledgeable woman with short blond hair and a ti…

What I know I did right

What I know I did right

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When I graduated from pharmacy school in 1989, I was eager to ease the world’s suffering. At that time, my profession was rated the No. 1 “tru…

College jitters require courage breakthrough

College jitters require courage breakthrough

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Dear Straight Talk: I’m heading to an East Coast college this fall. My siblings all loved their college years and whenever I voice my nervousn…

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