Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:00 am
China. I must admit this ancient country is a place I never thought I would visit. But when the chance came up to go along with the travel group from the Lodi Chamber of Commerce — I am their communications director — I jumped at the chance. After telling my kids to go easy on their dad while I was gone, packing too many clothes and boarding a plane, I found myself in China’s capital city of Beijing.
Sunday, October 6, 2013 5:00 pm
The enduring ability to inspire wonder and awe, and to weather the rigors of time, Mother Nature and human politics – these are the qualities that elevate an engineering feat to landmark status. These attributes have drawn millions to the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China and the Eiffel Tower over the centuries. In 2014, admiring eyes will surely turn to Central America, as the year marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal.
Saturday, June 1, 2013 12:00 am
Thinking of putting your home or property up for sale? Your buyer might come from much farther afield than you imagined. Chinese investors are buying up more homes, buildings and even farmland in California than ever before.
Friday, May 31, 2013 12:00 am
School is winding down, the mercury is rising and it’s the perfect time to celebrate the coming summer season and the great outdoors. Don your summer attire, grab your sunscreen and bug repellent, prepare your favorite snack, pour a refreshing bottle of water and don’t forget your camera — all necessities when hitting the hiking trail. Oh, and grab a friend. They are good for companionship — and safety, too.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:00 am
Ever want to explore the Great Wall of China? The Forbidden City? The city of Shanghai? The Lodi Chamber of Commerce is leading a tour to China in October, and you're invited to join them — if you have $2,250 at your disposal.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 9:59 am
Summer is just around the corner and if you haven’t already, it’s time to start planning family adventures to check off the bucket list. Living in the central valley, we have plenty to do within driving distance. Here is a list of ideas close and far to get your wheels spinning.
Saturday, September 22, 2012 12:00 am
This Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Oakland Raiders in a matchup between the perennial Super Bowl contenders and the the 0-2 underachievers.
Friday, March 23, 2012 8:21 am
When you think of prominent art museums, you might imagine the Getty in Los Angeles, the array of Smithsonians in D.C. or the de Young in San Francisco. But the 2010-remodeled Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento — with its combination of Victorian and contemporary architecture — is Sacramento’s gem. It is home to the largest display of California art in the world, according to chief curator Scott Shields.
Friday, January 6, 2012 10:07 am
I could go on a rambling, ill-tempered rant about the shocking
lack of worthwhile films released in 2011. I could easily wallow in
righteous indignation, and throw up my hands in disgust and defeat
as I impotently curse Hollywood’s artistic bankruptcy and offer my
own theories as to why last year saw the worst theater attendance
numbers in 16 years. And I’d be right to do it. But this time of
year, I prefer to ignore the crazed, rampaging elephant in the room
and instead celebrate the few diamonds in the rough that kept me
from completely losing my mind over the course of the past 12
months. So let’s get to it:
Saturday, November 12, 2011 12:00 am
Walk into attorney Randy Thomas' home in Acampo, and your eyes
immediately shift to a large brown bear lunging at you with its
Connie Marion, left, and Tammy Boschee pause for a photo on the
Great Wall of China.
Monday, August 29, 2011 12:00 am
Teacher Connie Marion has been traveling abroad for seven years
alongside local students hand-picked to serve as ambassadors.
Saturday, August 27, 2011 12:00 am
Last week, a group of foreign-born college student-workers
walked out of their jobs at the Hershey Company protesting
conditions and their low wages. The 14 million unemployed Americans
owe thanks to those kids because their public demonstrations put
the spotlight on one of the problems American workers face — visa
fraud that enables corporations to employ cheap labor.
Thursday, August 25, 2011 12:00 am
Born in the late 1980s, I only remember former President Ronald
Reagan as someone in my history book who called on Mr. Gorbachev to
“tear down this wall!” Even more irrelevant in my life was former
President Richard Nixon. I only knew of him because of the
paragraph or two demonizing him in my history book for the
Saturday, June 18, 2011 12:00 am
While staring up at the 135-foot-tall wind turbine that is
spinning like clockwork, Lodi resident Bill Swearingen can't stop
smiling as he describes how the turbine's blades are taking the
ocean wind sweeping through the Montezuma Hills and turning it into
Swearingen recently installed two wind turbines at E.B. Stone, a
fertilizer company west of Rio Vista. While describing the project,
large turbines stretch across the hills behind him, all moving even
though it is a relatively slow wind day in the area.
"Wind in Rio Vista is one of those things that is a pretty safe
bet," he said.
Saturday, December 11, 2010 12:00 am
Two recent movies have unveiled corruption in the financial
industry that should enrage Americans and make our congressional
representatives squirm. The movies are "Inside Job" and "Client 9:
The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer."
Monday, August 23, 2010 12:00 am
Never did I think I would get spring fever in August, with its
feeling that nothing really needs doing and one can spend more time
reading than anything else. Usually this African lion of a month
devours just about everything green before it's through, and leaves
everything and everybody worn out from coping with its hot breath.
Still, there might be a last minute roar coming up before the month
Friday, July 2, 2010 12:00 am
Walter “Wally” Katnich, well-known as not only as a school
principal but a three-time Lodi mayor in the 1970s and 1980s, has
died. He was 86.
Saturday, January 16, 2010 12:00 am
The end of the decade coincides with the 10-year anniversary of
this column, and what better way to mark the occasion than with an
obsessive ranking of the decade's best films?
Friday, November 13, 2009 12:00 am
Who went: Paul and Frances J. Provost.
Friday, November 13, 2009 12:00 am
Walt Disney, Shirley MacLaine and ancient Chinese proverbs were
quoted at Thursday's State of the City address as Mayor Larry
Hansen told the crowd that although times are tough, Lodi's glass
is not half-empty.
Monday, July 20, 2009 10:00 pm
Here it is, deep into July already - and HOT! I'm grateful for
big trees that shade the house and for the cooler nights.
Friday, April 10, 2009 10:00 pm
Easter Sunday traditionally draws one of the biggest church
turnouts of the year, and church leaders are busy composing that
special sermon for not only their own congregation, but for
out-of-town visitors and people who attend church once or twice a
Friday, February 27, 2009 10:00 pm
Friday, February 13, 2009 10:00 pm
Who went: Kennith Statham and Audrey Foley,
with a group.