Debra DeAngelo

Writing conference a necessary and enlightening indulgence     

Last weekend, I did something I’ve never done before: I went to a creative writing conference. It’s true — I’ve been writing for 24 years, and never allowed myself the indulgence of attending a writer’s conference. I could hear my Depression-survivor mother whispering in my ear, “It’s too much money — you don’t really need that,” […]

June 07, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

I can fight like my ancestors on Twitter without getting so bloody

“So, why do you like Twitter so much?” a friend asked me recently, after I’d been both chuckling and concerned over the amount of time I’d spent that morning verbally dicing up some random numbskulls who deeply had it coming. I pondered that for a moment. What does Twitter have goin’ on that Facebook doesn’t? […]

May 31, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Sometimes the deepest wounds are the ones you can’t see

On Memorial Day, we (hopefully) pause to honor those who’ve served our country, in particular, those whose lives were cut short in a visible way. Like returning home in a body bag. Or not at all. Thankfully, most returned home in relatively better shape, scarred or missing limbs, and we honor them, too. But what […]

May 24, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The message in these bottles: Don’t buy them

America, we have a drinking problem. And I don’t mean the kind that lands you in 12 Step meetings. It’s water. Specifically bottled water. If you don’t have the time or patience to get through this whole column, here’s the short version: Bottled water — don’t buy it. Beyond the insanity of pumping millions of gallons […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Show some appreciation for the everyone’s mother

It’s Mother’s Day. Let’s take a moment to love and appreciate the ultimate mother of us all: Mother Earth. Just imagine what you’d do without her. That may seem preposterous, but humanity operates as if we can just hop over to a new planet after we use this one up. People. Earth is it. There’s […]

May 10, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 ,

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