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Debra DeAngelo

I am the 99 percent, and you probably are, too

Even the corporate-owned mass media can only willfully ignore things for so long (flag-draped coffins returning from Iraq and Afghanistan notwithstanding). Little by little, the “Occupy Wall Street” protests have forced their way into the news reports. Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, even our own Sacramento have been occupied this month, with people gathering together to […]

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It’s nothing that a good neutering job won’t fix

Cats, cats and more cats. Clearly we’ve got a problem with feral cats here in Winters. They’re everywhere. There’s a right way and a wrong way to address this problem. Let me tell you about the wrong way. It was the day of our Earthquake Street Festival, close to 5 p.m., just before everything begins. […]

Don’t bother me with your problems, it’s quittin’ time

Death and taxes. No one escapes. Here’s one more: colonoscopies. Once you hit 50, your doc will dog you like Columbo until you relent. Mine nagged me for two years, and I grumbled about the hassle, the ick, the fuss and bother, and griff graff gruff. Don’t wanna. At our last visit, she nodded and […]

Wondering how Winters’ shotgun wedding with Davis will turn out

I attended my very first “Day in the Country” event last Sunday at Park Winters, and wow doesn’t even begin to cover it. The event is the annual fundraiser for the Yolo Land Trust, which seeks to preserve ag land in the county by purchasing easements from farmers to keep their land for agricultural uses […]

Memorize, memorize, memorize, and never forget … just in case

My husband gets on airplanes the way the rest of us get on buses or into our cars — no biggie, just part of the daily routine, just another random business trip, just another random Tuesday morning. I kiss him goodbye when he heads out the door, and try not to worry while he’s in the […]

It’s a felony to record police back, back, back in the USSA

So, while the police are watching the public, who’s watching the police? Years ago, the answer to that was, “Good question.” But the invention of the camcorder changed all that. Now the answer is “The public.” The flashpoint was a 1991 bystander’s videotape that caught four Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney King after he […]

All the fun and revelry of the Middle Ages, minus the plague

Some people dream of white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and pink sunsets for their vacations, others of dancing and fine dining on a posh cruise ship. Me, I dream of slogging through sticky, stinky mud in layers of heavy, unwieldy and frequently uncomfortable clothing in the crushing summer Pennsylvania heat, the air so thick […]

When we returned, Mercury Retrograde was right where we left it

Being served column leftovers in August can mean only one thing: Vacation! Yes, I was off to the East Coast for a couple weeks, in a different time zone in more ways than one. The Cutest Man In The World and I made our annual trek to Pennsic — a medieval reenactment encampment with 12,000 […]

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So what do we call a bunch of troops?

* Editor’s note: Debra is on vacation. This column first ran in 2003. Some people get tweaked about environmental issues. Others get riled up over animal rights. My tights get in a twist over language. And if I hear the word “troops” misused one more time by the media, my tights will twist off at the […]

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Get ready to shake it up: Winters Earthquake Festival is Friday

Summer is just about over when Winters’ 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 in Winters, and this year’s street party starts shaking it up at […]

Dumber than a flock of seagulls

*Editor’s note: Debra is on vacation. This column first ran in 2004. So gay marriage has everyone wringing their hands these days. You’d think we’d have more important things to worry about, things that actually affect us. Like the economy, or soldiers dying in Iraq, or the environment, or the outsourcing of jobs, or the […]

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‘Garden goddesses’ share their knowledge at Winters talk

Spring Warren transformed her yard in a typical Davis neighborhood into her own micro-farm. Kami McBride learned to grow and harvest her own plants and herbs to keep her family healthy. What do they have in common? Both were dissatisfied with how things are and embarked on a path to find another option. And, both […]

Get ready for some fun times, thanks to planet Mercury

Oh, you can feel it heating up already. Summer, yes. But Mercury Retrograde, too. Now, I’m not an astrologer, but I have friends who are, and they swear by the stars. Me, I’m willing to consider that there’s something to it, that things fall into natural place without interference. It’s like walking on a sideways […]

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