Debra DeAngelo

Butterflies, birds ‘moved on’ — otters and beaver are next

Recently, I wrote about otters living in the stretch of Putah Creek bordering the south side of Winters; in particular, one little pocket of undisturbed natural habitat that’s scheduled for imminent destruction. It seems that the Winters City Council has given one individual carte blanche to do whatever he likes along Putah Creek, as part […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

After a month of no TV news, I’m feeling much better

A month in to my self-imposed detox from televised news, and I’m reporting back. The short version of TV news detox is: Yes. Do it. Shut off the TV. It may seem impossible and even a bit frightening, but I stand as living testament that you can free yourself from the bilge that’s pumped into […]

March 29, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ makes for madcap evening

Classic comedy What: ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave., Winters Tickets: $12 general; $6 for seniors and kids under 12. Visit www.winters theatre.org or call 795-4014 Two sweeter murderesses never existed. Aunties Abby and Martha Brewster just want to peacefully […]

March 26, 2015 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

The new affliction for today’s youth

I learned a new term recently: “Nature Deficit Disorder.” It comes from the book “Last Child in the Woods,” by Richard Louv, which is a national bestseller, so I’m really late to Rick’s party. Better late than never, right? Thank goodness this party never ends. It just gets bigger, and everyone is welcome. Although Louv’s […]

March 22, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

How about leaving one little strip of nature in our ‘nature park’

An amazing thing happened one recent sunny morning while walking at the Putah Creek Nature Park: I saw an otter. A mother-freakin’ otter. In Putah Creek! In Winters! It was that proverbial “could not believe my eyes” moment. My eyes squealed, “That’s an otter!” My brain replied, “No way, no how — it’s a cat or a […]

March 15, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis woman is No. 3 at California ag department

The new deputy secretary for the California Department of Food and Agriculture didn’t just learn about farming in the classroom, she lived it. Jenny Moffitt, the daughter of Kathy and Russ Lester, grew up in Winters and now lives in Davis with her family. She was appointed to the position on Jan. 26 by Gov. […]

March 12, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Daylight Savings is better for kids, cows and me

This time-change thing — is it the dumbest thing we do or what? (Politics notwithstanding). As of Sunday, we’re back on Daylight Savings. Whew! Morning coffee tastes better in the dark, and evening sunshine mean I can relax in my back yard after work. Daylight Savings is the “Life is Good” portion of the year. More […]

March 08, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Coming face to face with addiction, and making a different choice

So, there I was, one recent random morning, watching the morning news and drinking coffee, psychologically preparing myself to function in the grown-up world, and I realize I’m overwhelmed with gloom. I want to just go back to bed, flip the day into the garbage like a burned roast and call out for pizza. It […]

March 01, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Your secret weapon, introverts: tips from a Party Goddess      

I attended a huge conference recently that features multiple parties and, as always, I had a blast. I have a particular party that’s my favorite, but I like to cruise the other suites and check out the vibe. If I like it, I stay. If it’s as stale and boring as Grandma’s knee socks, I’ll […]

February 22, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Your little valentine could help make ‘Better Days’ a reality

Some of you may recall that a couple weeks back, I made my emcee debut at a fundraiser titled “Better Days with Cathy Speck — an ALS Documentary Benefit,” held at the Davis Community Church on Jan. 31. All in all, I didn’t suck nearly as bad as I imagined. Cathy, of course, was her […]

February 15, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

When self-delusion turns deadly for everyone

The right wing has its climate change deniers and the left has its anti-vaxers. Regardless of which end of the Red-Blue spectrum they’re on, they have this in common: They don’t believe in science. But there’s a big difference: Climate change deniers are mostly just an embarrassment. Anti-vaxers are harming others. For me, that’s the […]

February 08, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Super Bowl Sunday: The best day to do anything except watch the Super Bowl

I am a bad American. While the entire country is fixated on the Super Bowl, I’ll be gloriously out of step. What will I be doing instead that’s more fun? Oh, I don’t know… laundry? What is the appeal. And not just football. Baseball, basketball … all professional sports. I could maybe — maybe! — grasp the […]

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

It’s time for some ‘Better Days’ for ALS patients

That Cathy Speck is a scamp. Aren’t sure if you know her? Then you don’t know her. Once you’ve met her, you’ll never forget her — she’s a one-woman circus on a walker, with all the bells and whistles. Seriously. There are bells and whistles. Also horns and stuffed animals. Carousels are more subtle. Which is […]

January 25, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Could we learn to think of Muhammad cartoons as the new N-word?

Do we run the cartoon or not? This was the debate the Express publisher and I had last week, when he announced we’d be running the new cover of Charlie Hebdo on our opinion page rather than the simple, basic black “Je suis Charlie” I’d picked out. Charley’s position was that we cannot tolerate any […]

January 18, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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