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Debra DeAngelo

Our tender young minds were protected from sex and religion

In our house, the stacks of Playboys were hidden in a secret room in the basement. Right next to the family Bible. That’s where they kept all the stuff that might scar tender young minds, like the collected works of Hugh Hefner and King James. That said, that room was the worst kept secret on […]

March 04, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

From the divine feminine to Girl Scout cookies, it’s the same continuum

Every time you eat a Girl Scout cookie, a fetus dies. Or so Indiana lawmaker Bob Morris would like you to believe. According to the Associated Press, Morris labeled the Girl Scouts “a radical group that promotes abortions and homosexuality” and that “people should not accept the 100-year-old scouting organization as a benevolent group.” Morris […]

February 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Congratulations, gay couples, just try to stay out of the footlocker

* Editor’s note: Debra is taking some time off and, in honor of the recent ruling of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declaring California’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, has updated and refreshed a column that originally ran on June 12, 2008. Let me say, right off the bat, that I don’t care […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

And now, we turn our attention to the Stupor Bowl

And so, we segue from one Super Bowl to the next — another overblown, overhyped, contrived melodrama of hubris and vitriol. No, not Super Bowl 2013 — Election Day 2012. It’s a good time to invest in a DVR so you don’t have to endure the onslaught of soul-sucking political ads, and stock your car […]

February 12, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

They might as well be wearing deerskins and carrying clubs

I’m a traitor, I am. A regular Benedict Arnold. Why? Because it’s Super Bowl Sunday, and I just don’t care. How much do I not care? I’d have to be in a coma to care less. This Sunday, while all patriotic Americans gorge on buffalo wings and gulp can after can of corn swill being […]

February 05, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Caring for dead parents is easy — it’s the living ones that are difficult

Let me say right up front that I love our county libraries. I even have a mini Yolo County Library card on my key chain because I regularly visit our Winters branch. However, with all due respect and affection, the county library, with a little help from the Friends of the Davis Public Library, really […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Change and renewal, without the cat urine flavor

Last year’s “what if” experiment involved politics: What if I just stopped following and writing about our whole stupid, sad, tired political charade — what would that feel like? Following a year’s worth of political detox, all in all, I feel considerably more serene and less spiritually contaminated than when I used to hang on […]

January 22, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Politics or no politics, I’m always doing my job

I’m proud to announce that I kept my 2011 resolution: no more politics. Not just writing about politics, but following it like a bad soap opera. It’s tricky trying to keep up with current events and remain detached from the political melodrama, as they frequently cross-contaminate, but it is possible. What it wasn’t — astounding […]

January 15, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Humor and metaphor often lost in communication

Every so often, you get a piece of hate mail that’s so gloriously awful, it must be shared. Such was the case this week, as I began the new year with the following communication: “Dear Ms. DeAngelo, “I have tolerated your articles in spite of their poor English, superlatives and comparisons. Sorry to say that […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

How will you spend these last precious moments?

What if those wacky Mayans were right. What if, at precisely the stroke of midnight on Dec. 21, 2012 (12-21-2112, if numerology’s your thing) — poof. Or… boom!!! Or nothing but salt and pepper static where the Earth used to be, like what we saw on TV back in the day, when programs actually ended […]

January 01, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Next year’s tree will be cat-friendly

* Editor’s note: This column originally ran in December 2000, Angelo and Milo’s second Christmas, and runs in memory of Milo, who passed over this year and is especially missed at Christmas. When that last ornament was delicately placed on the Christmas tree, I took a moment to admire the finished product. My little angels came […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Coming to you live, from the NBC Coliseum …

So help me God, had I not seen this with my own eyes (albeit nearly squeezed shut in horror), I wouldn’t have believed that anyone could be this desperate. This devoid of integrity. This pathetic. First, let me ask you: What is the price of your integrity? What line(s) would you never cross for money? […]

December 18, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

They gave their lives, and they deserved better

I want to know how this can happen in our country. More than that, I want to know who is responsible, and I want him or her put behind bars. According to an Associated Press story on Dec. 7 (how disgustingly ironic — on the 60th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor), the cremated […]

December 11, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The Island of Misfit Toys comes to life this year

“We’re on the Island of Misfit Toys, Here we don’t want to stay. We want to travel with Santa Claus in his magic sleigh…. A pack full of toys means a sack full of joys for millions of girls and for millions of boys, when Christmas Day is here… The most wonderful day of the […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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