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Bruce Gallaudet

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 ,

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 ,
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