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Debra DeAngelo

Downspiraling through the nine circles of big city bureaucracy

I have, sitting in front of me, a reporter’s notepad covered in phone numbers. The sight of it irks me. I’m no fun when I’m irked. The phone numbers were scrawled there during my search for the arrest information of a drunken driver who injured a Winters boy after a day of fishing with his […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

It takes love and time to heal a comfortably numb motherwound

Well, I’m certainly not alone in harboring an old motherwound, based on the number of “me too” emails I received. One in particular really rang true: When your relationship with your mother is troubled, and she dies, you grieve not only her loss, but also the loss of hope that things will change. That hope […]

May 20, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

None of the Mother’s Day cards seemed right for my mother

So, who are these schmaltzy, saccharine Mother’s Day cards for? Not my mom, that’s for sure. Picking out a Mother’s Day card for my mom was challenging … “For all the times you were there for me.” Nope. “Your love is warm as sunshine.” Hardly. “I’ll never forget your encouragement, wisdom and guidance.” I wish. […]

May 13, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What can I say – I just love Pearls

When your own mechanic, the guy who profits from your car repairs, says it’s time to get a new car … it’s time to get a new car. That was Bob’s verdict, down at Pisani’s Auto Repair, when I brought my beloved Impala in with a new and improved problem: a bad catalytic converter, and […]

May 06, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

If only those little Sulemans were still fetuses, someone would care

What I want to know is, why aren’t pro-lifers rushing to rescue poor Nadya Suleman, aka Octomom? Suleman resurfaced in the news recently, explaining why she’s posing nude for a European magazine for $10,000: Her house is in foreclosure, she and her 14 kids need a place to live, pronto, and she felt she was […]

April 29, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pain is not always weakness leaving the body

If there’s one thing I truly miss at this point in life, it’s running. When I see people jogging down the street, I’m so envious. I used to run every day, sometimes twice. Now, I run only in my dreams. Following many years of running-related injuries, the collapse of the arch bones in my left […]

April 22, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Don’t go ‘Sideways’ or over the hill — just stay home

My favorite son and I have a new Easter weekend tradition — wine tasting in the Central Coast region. The first year we visited Paso Robles, last year it was Avila Beach, and this year Edna Valley. Jimmy is still learning about wine, but me and wine — we’re old pals. I’m most familiar with […]

April 15, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Opposing belief systems find common ground in Easter

* Editor’s note: Debra is on vacation. This column ran originally in 2010. “Mom, did Jesus get a chocolate bunny in his Easter basket too?” Ermmm…. Uhhh…. There were no Easter baskets back then, sweetie. “Then how come I get an Easter basket when we go to church on Easter?” Ermmm…. Uhhh… Hey, let’s go […]

April 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Women need to declare war on the war on women

First it was the attack on Girl Scouts. Indiana lawmaker Bob Morris declared the Girl Scouts to be a “radical group that promotes abortions and homosexuality” and a “tactical arm” of Planned Parenthood (as if that was a bad thing). Then along came Rush Limbaugh, publicly shredding college student Sandra Fluke after her Congressional testimony […]

March 30, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

I’m not cranky, it’s the CPAP that’s annoying me

CPAP shmeepap. I want a show of hands: Who’s had a sleep study and not been sentenced to a lifetime of sleeping with a breathing machine? Anyone? After my first sleep study, I thought I’d defied the odds, but that was because I didn’t actually fall asleep. Who could sleep while being strangled by an […]

March 25, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Whatever you do, don’t go down the website rabbit hole

“Wow, did you see the comments on your column on the Enterprise website?” Nope. Why would I go and read those, when I could just shove an ice pick through my temple? I haven’t visited that website in months. It’s infested with trolls, and arguing with trolls is just an exercise in aggravation as well […]

March 18, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Limbaugh, Monsanto, the Occupy movement, and the line connecting them

Well, poo. All the really great eviscerations of Rush Limbaugh have been written. Maureen Dowd did it best (New York Times, March 3) and Jon Stewart did it funniest (The Daily Show, March 5), so commenting now would just be gratuitous piling on. Nonetheless, I feel gypped, so I must pile a little. I was […]

March 11, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Did you see what he sawed?

Multi-faceted doesn’t even begin to cover it. When you finally corner the ironically rather shy Robert Amstrong to discuss his musical background, it’s not just the number of instruments he plays, but the type. Guitar, steel guitar, banjo, ukulele, accordion, mandolin — sure, not so unusual. But add to that commodion, kazoo, jug and musical […]

March 09, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,
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