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Debra DeAngelo

Be warned (or not) – this is what ‘crazy’ feels like

* Editor’s note: This column first ran on March 15, 2007. “I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind … There was something so pleasant about that place… Even your emotions had an echo in so much space … And when you’re out there, without care, yeah, I was out of […]

September 30, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

You call me shameless like it’s a bad thing

Shame. What is it — that’s what I want to know. Shame is all the buzz at the moment, with the Sept. 18 release of “Dancing at the Shame Prom,” a collection of the works from writers who’ve overcome the shame of talking about their shame. I’ve been following this book’s evolution for months on […]

September 23, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Can you show just a little more love?

Yes, I realize it’s been only two weeks since I appealed to all the lovely people who visit me here to please, please, please match my $20 donation to help support Cathy Speck, in the Walk to Defeat ALS. Many responded, and thank you for reaffirming that humanity is not as suckful as I suspected. […]

September 16, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Time to stop admiring my fingernails and act like an American citizen

So, I fully intended to lean back against the wall, and just admire my fingernails in cool disinterest as this election rolled past, since I’m no longer participating in Red Team vs. Blue Team charade. I’m a hardcore unaffiliated voter — allied with neither party and no longer gulping the party Kool-Aid. Don’t get me […]

September 09, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Would you take a little walk with Cathy and me?

Wanna take a walk with me? Well, virtually, anyway. The Walk to Defeat ALS is on Saturday, Oct. 6, in West Sacramento. As is the case every year, I’ll be away to celebrate my son’s birthday and will miss the event. But not virtually. I’ve joined Cathy Speck’s walking team, the Specktaculars, by donating online, […]

September 02, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Boo hiss on bounce houses in neighborhood back yards

Bounce houses. Boo hiss. Yeah, I’m a mean old Mrs. Grinch. Whatever. You would be, too, if you had to put up with them in your own back yard, against your will. Over and over and over. Sure, those big, bright inflatable things with children bouncing and flailing around inside are fine at carnivals and […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Earthquake Street Festival will shake up downtown Winters

Summer is just about over when Winters’ Main Street fills up at the end of August, and the community gathers to enjoy plenty of food, friends and free entertainment. It’s the Earthquake Street Festival, one of the biggest events of the year, and this year’s street party will have more to offer than ever. It […]

August 21, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Everything you need to know about American politics is on your cell phone

Every four years, we’re captivated and consumed by this magnificent competition, spattered with color and dripping with drama. We align ourselves with our champions, identify with them, glorify them, cheer them on to victory and agonize over their defeats. It’s all we can think, eat, speak or dream about: Who will win! Oh, yeah, and […]

August 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The worst of the best is still far better than most of us

So, by the time you read this, that weird flaming Olympic torch-blossom has surely been extinguished, and the athletes have headed home to their jobs at McDonald’s and Holiday Inn, or whatever the equivalent of those are where they live, and I’m probably feeling a bit sad and empty. Yes, I admit it. I got […]

August 12, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Hometown musicians form band for festival

Details What: Bonanza King, performing at the Winters Earthquake Street Festival When: 6:45-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 (festival runs from 5 to 11 p.m.) Where: Main Street, downtown Winters Admission: Free, but food and crafts will be available for purchase Info: Winters Chamber of Commerce, (530) 795-2329 What do you get when several well-known local […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Earthquake Street Festival takes over downtown Winters Aug. 24

Summer is just about over when downtown Main Street fills up at the end of August, and the community gathers to enjoy plenty of food, friends and free entertainment. It’s the Earthquake Street Festival, one of the biggest events of the year, and this year’s street party will have more to offer than ever. It […]

August 08, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Keeping calm just got a little easier, and closer, too

Keep Calm and Carry On. The phrase on that British World War II poster is enjoying a comeback of late, and if you’re on Facebook, you’ve seen about a thousand variations: “Keep Calm and Go Shopping,” Keep Calm and Love Dogs,” “Keep Calm and Put Bacon On It,” and my personal favorite, “I can’t Keep […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

We need to learn to identify, and help, Third Stage failures

Nothing like a massacre to remind us that we have a gun issue in this country. Sadly, Radical Right and Liberal Left fundamentalists latch right on to that, and rational discussion is drowned out in the fray. Gotta love NPR. They keep trying anyway. Their website has a story by Amy Sullivan, who reports that […]

July 29, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Because I Said So 7/22 ‘Dear Barack: Please save the corn farmers, just for me’

And you thought gas prices were bad. Oh wait, you just wait, until the repercussions of the Corn Belt drought hit supermarket shelves. If you think that means merely paying more for corn on the cob, think again. It’s not just fresh corn that’ll become scarce, it’s that the price of everything containing corn and […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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