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Debra DeAngelo

Cecil the Lion’s slaughter represents the dregs of humanity

Everything we need to know about what’s wrong with humanity can be found in the killing of Cecil the Lion by American dentist Walter Palmer, an avid trophy hunter/poacher who gets his jollies by shooting wild animals, just for the sheer joy of watching them die. Cecil, a 13-year old majestic lion with a distinctive […]

Instead of suing, musicians should pay writers for advertising

One of the craziest things I learned while attending a writer’s conference recently is that including song lyrics in a book are absolutely forbidden. Apparently music industry lawyers have exhausted the pool of legitimate offenders who download and share music without paying for it, and also tired of harassing the Girl Scouts of America for […]

Victoria’s Secret responds to rash issue with win-win suggestion

Those of you who’ve been following my sad saga of breast rashes triggered by Victoria’s Secret bras will be pleased to know that VS is apparently, finally, listening. One of their reps contacted me recently, requesting a phone conference. Sure. Let’s chat. When the conference started, I was crouched in tiger-by-the-tail mode, but turns out, […]

Was the Wave Broadband outage a terrorism dress rehearsal?

There I was, early last Tuesday morning, Twittering away, when suddenly … connection lost. Just then, my husband called to me, “Is your internet working? Nope. Although we rarely have problems with our Wave Broadband service (overall, I give them two thumbs up), I’ve learned from the handful of interruptions to check the television. If […]

Creek project may be delayed as long as a year

WINTERS — The beavers will get to stay in Putah Creek a bit longer, thanks to a hold put on a restoration project this week. The Central Valley Flood Protection Board has stepped in after hearing from a Winters resident who is opposed to the next phase of construction on the Putah Creek Nature Park, […]

July 02, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Emotional whiplash and possibly the dawn of healing for all

Emotional whiplash. That’s how the span of the last week or so feels. A week ago, I was in utter shock and dismay at the murder of nine innocent people in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The savagery of one deranged, vile individual cast a pall over every moment of the […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Creek ‘restoration’ vs. ‘destruction’ — a moot point

“I’ve enjoyed your columns about Putah Creek,” wrote one kind Enterprise reader. “You haven’t written about it lately, so I assume everything turned out OK.” Sadly, I replied to him, no, everything did not turn out OK. The city of Winters and the Solano County Water Agency are not only going full steam ahead, but […]

June 21, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, hope I live to 103  

Well, here it is… the big D-Day B-Day. On Thursday, I turned 56. The same age as my mother when she died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. At this age. My age. Where I’m at today. Holy freaking hell, am I not ready to go. Was my mother ready? I don’t know, because frankly, her life […]

June 14, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Writing conference a necessary and enlightening indulgence     

Last weekend, I did something I’ve never done before: I went to a creative writing conference. It’s true — I’ve been writing for 24 years, and never allowed myself the indulgence of attending a writer’s conference. I could hear my Depression-survivor mother whispering in my ear, “It’s too much money — you don’t really need that,” […]

June 07, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

I can fight like my ancestors on Twitter without getting so bloody

“So, why do you like Twitter so much?” a friend asked me recently, after I’d been both chuckling and concerned over the amount of time I’d spent that morning verbally dicing up some random numbskulls who deeply had it coming. I pondered that for a moment. What does Twitter have goin’ on that Facebook doesn’t? […]

May 31, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Sometimes the deepest wounds are the ones you can’t see

On Memorial Day, we (hopefully) pause to honor those who’ve served our country, in particular, those whose lives were cut short in a visible way. Like returning home in a body bag. Or not at all. Thankfully, most returned home in relatively better shape, scarred or missing limbs, and we honor them, too. But what […]

May 24, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The message in these bottles: Don’t buy them

America, we have a drinking problem. And I don’t mean the kind that lands you in 12 Step meetings. It’s water. Specifically bottled water. If you don’t have the time or patience to get through this whole column, here’s the short version: Bottled water — don’t buy it. Beyond the insanity of pumping millions of gallons […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Show some appreciation for the everyone’s mother

It’s Mother’s Day. Let’s take a moment to love and appreciate the ultimate mother of us all: Mother Earth. Just imagine what you’d do without her. That may seem preposterous, but humanity operates as if we can just hop over to a new planet after we use this one up. People. Earth is it. There’s […]

May 10, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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