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Bruce Gallaudet

The dark, wee hours are when you connect the dots of disaster

* Editor’s note: Debra is taking the week off. This column first ran in October 2011 When that internal switch flips inside my brain at promptly 3 a.m. most every morning, and all my cerebral circuits come roaring online, I’m jolted wide awake and falling back asleep is just silliness. So, I make use of […]

Preventing gun violence isn’t elementary — it’s preschool

Everything you need to know about gun violence prevention is happening right here in Winters. There has to be an epicenter somewhere and Winters is as good a place as any. I made this discovery while doing a story on a nifty little preschool program developed by Janet Andersen and Cheryl Moore, co-owners of The […]

I should be thankful I don’t sound like Roger Rabbit

It’s my own personal “Pinocchio” moment. I’ve become a “real boy”; my name is in a real book. On the list of writers contributing to “Shades of Blue — Writers on Depression, Suicide and Feeling Blue,” you’ll find my name. Finally, after 24 years of writing a weekly column, I can legitimately call myself a writer. […]

Settle down, people — I only meant the primary

Apparently I made a few people splurt their Cheerios all over their newspaper last week when I advocated registering Republican so we can save the Republican party from itself. I discussed the candidacy choices, and sifted it down to four rational options: all governors, who have leadership experience but aren’t defiled by an association with […]

For the good of the country, we must all register Republican

So, I’m thinkin’ we all need to register Republican — Democrats, independents and generic liberals alike. Totally serious. It’s simple humanitarianism: We must save the Republican party from itself before it just dissolves into a pool of flapdoodle. “Why,” you ask? “R.I.P., RNC,” you snort? Because just like pulling a thrashing fawn from an icy […]

October 25, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Groundbreaking planned for PG and E training center in Winters

A groundbreaking and celebration are planned Monday, Nov. 2, for a new PG&E Gas Operations Technical Training Center in Winters. Community members are invited to watch the traditional ceremonial shovels digging into the dirt near the southeast corner of Interstate 505 and East Grant Avenue. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until 1 p.m. […]

October 22, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Our breasts are angry, and they want some answers

The last time I wrote about my Victoria’s Secret breast rash issues, it was about a nice little chat I’d had with some VS staff who recommended that I get tested for chemical/textile allergies. They staunchly maintained their position that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with their bras, that it’s something wrong with me, and in […]

October 18, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The star is gone, but its light shines on, and on…

There were only two people present when Joe and I got married. One of them was Steve Carter. You surely heard of “the Marin hiker” or “renowned therapist” or “tantra teacher” so viciously murdered on Oct. 6. These terms fall woefully short of someone I can scarcely capture with mere words — and words are my […]

October 11, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

He always knew how to make an entrance

Thirty-two years ago Friday I became a mother. This blows my mind on several levels, most prominently: My child is 32 years old! I remember being 32. Wasn’t that, like, a few months ago? Is it just me or is time speeding up? You know you’re midlife-ish when the past suddenly seems a lot closer […]

October 04, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

From depression to suicide, we need to start talking about our ‘Shades of Blue’

I closed the cover after reading “Shades of Blue: Writers on Depression, Suicide, and Feeling Blue,” letting it sink in, and realized I’d had this experience before. When … when … And then I remembered: in a 12-Step meeting for adult children of alcoholics. If you’ve never been to a 12-Step group, it’s not like […]

September 27, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

A hurricane of flames destroyed our other home

Poor little Middletown. It looks like Ground Zero of a nuclear blast. It’s just gone. Nothing left but ash, devastation and grief. I’ve always liked Middletown. It was at the top of my list of “places to move to when Winters gets too fancy.” (Read: Overcrowded, touristy town that’s too precious for its own good, […]

September 20, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Help is only a text message away

If you’re a teenager and you’re upset or in trouble, what do you do? You pick up your cell phone and text. If you need help, the number is simple: 741741 — the numbers up the left side of they keypad. It’s the number for the Crisis Text Line, available to any teen (or adult, for […]

September 17, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Memorize, memorize, memorize, and Never Forget … just in case

(Columnist’s note: I wrote this column on Sept. 11, 2011, the 10-year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. My feelings haven’t changed since I wrote it. I still stare … memorize … manage to exhale. All four of us are still here, just a little older. I must Never Forget my own words. Every moment matters. […]

September 13, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Phase III of Putah Creek Nature Park will go to regional public hearing

Several folks have emailed me recently, commenting that all the fuss over the “wild patch” along Putah Creek must have turned out fine because I’ve been quiet about it. Sadly, I replied to them all, that’s not the case. The situation is in limbo. (I realize it’s early in the column to sidetrack, but I […]

September 06, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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