Debra DeAngelo

Introducing the term ‘belly shame‘ and destroying it all at once

I googled “belly shame” recently, and what popped up? A verse from Philippians and stories pork bellies. No one has coined the term “belly shame” yet? How can this be, given that nearly every American female has it? Maybe we’re so ashamed of our bellies, we can’t even say the words out loud? Just ask […]

May 03, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

You can lead folks to the newspaper, but you can’t make them read it

How ironic. On the eve of Earth Day, concerned citizens pleaded with the Winters City Council on April 21 to change its plans to bulldoze the last wild patch of land along the Putah Creek Nature Park trail and the council essentially said “thank you (not so much) for sharing that with us.” If you […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Please let the drought end because I look really dumb in a wool cap

Usually, you need a TARDIS to travel through time and space, but I did it on a plain old Boeing 737 recently. Technically, it was Pennsylvania, but it felt like the other side of The Wall. I wondered if I should don an animal skin and prepare for battle with the White Walkers. And yes, […]

April 19, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

This bright idea turned out to be the baddest of the bad

* Editor’s note: Debra is on vacation. This column originally ran in April 2002 You have your bad ideas and then you have your bad ideas. Of all the bad ideas I’ve had in my life, this one was surely one of the top-10 baddest of all time. Blame it on that stage in life fondly referred […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 ,

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