Friday, November 22, 2013 8:02 am
Dear Readers: It’s time again for our direct-from-the-source teen and 20 shopping list! As usual, please resist buying stupid stuff just because other kids have it. Definition of stupid stuff: video games, “smart” phones, and computers and TVs for kids’ bedrooms. If they need a computer, upgrade your centrally-located family computer station. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics now says no TV, laptops, or smartphones in bedrooms for kids — including teens.
“Gmail, Wikipedia, Youtube and FL Studio.”
Saturday, June 9, 2012 12:00 am
Dawn Whitley was seated at a child-sized pine table. Before her was a small gray rug underneath a long, narrow block filled with wooden posts arranged from largest to smallest. With steady, calm hands, she removed each post one by one and set them in line on the table. Her gaze was focused as she circled the edged of each cylinder and returned them to the block. Whitley was demonstrating how a child at Lodi Montessori would complete the knobbed cylinder job during class.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 12:00 am
For a moment, the men are nothing more than four or five tiny specks in the sky, framed by red and white parachutes. You have to hold your hand against your eyes to shield the sun from your view; otherwise you could miss the parachuters entirely.
Thursday, March 22, 2012 5:33 am
Today was going to be the day that I was going to drag myself out under the sun to begin getting my yards ready for spring. While winter has been stubbornly hanging around these past weeks, rain and subsequent sun has brought out the weeds.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 12:00 am
When most of us read newspaper stories, we draw conclusions
after reading or skimming them. Usually, these thoughts just
reinforce what we already believe or don't believe. Here are some
examples — acting as my own armchair commentator:
Thursday, January 26, 2012 12:00 am
In an English classroom at Tokay High School, a young man was
engrossed in a moral dilemma. Should he slap the mayor of the small
town he had just wandered into, or shake the elected official by
Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:00 am
The surge of popularity surrounding pomegranate products has
inspired some local competition.
Friday, December 23, 2011 12:00 am
Tabitha, an 11-year-old American Staffordshire terrier, was
coughing like crazy recently.
Saturday, December 17, 2011 12:00 am
On a recent afternoon, Mick Founts, the San Joaquin County
Superintendent of Schools, the holder of a doctoral degree in
education, a top regional educator who supervises more than 1,000
employees and a budget of nearly $130 million, was not in his
spacious office, behind his massive desk.
Sunday, December 4, 2011 7:06 pm
The Lodi Community Band's annual Christmas Concert was a
wonderful lesson in musical styles. They played jazz, orchestral,
pop and traditional hymns, just to name a few.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 12:00 am
During World War II, a young Japanese-American medic was running
back and forth from the front lines during a fierce battle
somewhere in France. He saw a gravely wounded soldier lying in the
dirt, so he hoisted the man off the ground and carried him to the
relative safety of the medical tent.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 12:00 am
In loving memory of my beloved mother, I would like to inform
people of the dangers of the deadly bacteria Clostridium difficile
("C. diff."). Like anthrax and botulism, C. diff. generates spores
when we attempt to sterilize, and the spores are highly contagious.
Without knowledge, we could ingest and carry C. diff. in a dormant
state, in the gut, without symptoms.
Saturday, July 16, 2011 3:58 pm
Back in 1978, it was a whole new world for me. I was out on my
own and in my first real adult (I thought) relationship. Think
about 1978. Think about the fashion, the music and the culture.
Our Hippie leaders were no longer relevent and as a generation we
were left to our own devices. Most of us turned to drugs at one
point or another to expand our minds but all that really did was
expand our troubles. And because nature abhors a vacuum, something
new came along. Self-awareness and self-discovery were becoming
big business and there was money to be made from sheep like me:
People who wanted to squeeze every drop out of life.
Saturday, March 26, 2011 12:00 am
This is a response to Heinz Lehrach's response of March 9 in the
Letters to the Editor. I looked up the sites Mr. Lehrach listed:
Factcheck, Politifact, Wikipedia and Snopes. I added a couple of
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 12:00 am
This is in response to Dennis Vetica's letter to the editor of
Feb. 26. He is expressing doubts that President Obama was born in
Friday, January 28, 2011 10:14 am
I recently saw an old friend from high school and he
congratulated me on being the 2011 president of the Lodi
Association of Realtors. He had read one of these articles in the
paper and I jokingly apologized that he will have to look at my
picture all year. It was a short conversation, but during it he
asked me “What is the Lodi Association of Realtors?” and he also
asked if I get paid. I don’t get paid, but I do like the idea.
Before I attempt to answer the question lets go back a little
further in history.
Thursday, October 28, 2010 12:00 am
Typically, few challengers step up against the incumbents in the
Oak View Union School District board of trustees race. But this
year, there are three such candidates, plus the three
Monday, August 9, 2010 12:00 am
Martha Snider recently returned from exclusive training that
could ultimately aid thousands of Lodi Unified School District
students. She is part of a districtwide team working on what is
being called "digital delivery of instruction."
Sunday, March 14, 2010 12:00 am
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.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 12:00 am
One of the privileges of being in this business is your job
description includes learning new things everyday.
Friday, September 18, 2009 10:00 pm
In 1916, Lodi Union High School teacher Ida Rinn reportedly
started the first group of Camp Fire Girls in Lodi. There were 10
girls in that first group. Rinn led the girls on hikes and they had
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 12:00 am
From the time a student enters pre-school in the state of
California, they are tested on a regular basis. The early tests
don't seem like "real exams" — pre-school and kindergarten teachers
have a guide of "benchmarks" that students are meant to have
reached before they can be promoted to the next grade.
Sunday, June 7, 2009 10:00 pm
If you've been reading this column since it started a few weeks
ago, you by now have realized that I have a lot to get off my
chest. So much so that I never took the time to introduce the new
column and its subject matter, which is somewhat different from my
normal real estate consumer advocate-cheerleader material.
Sunday, May 10, 2009 10:00 pm
Jennifer: Is it really illegal to pick poppies? California
poppies are the state flower, and I've always heard that it's
illegal to pick them from the side of the road.