Debra DeAngelo

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 ,

A message to homicidal religious fanatics — try using Giraffe Power

In the aftermath of the slaughter at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris this week, it’s impossible to think of much else. As I sit and write this, the two remaining radical Islamic assassins, as well as their comrade, were just shot and killed by French police. Vive la France! Sadly, three innocent hostages died […]

January 11, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

My inner Rotarian, my inner Queen, and the place where they intersect

In 2015, I’m going to become a Rotarian. Not an actual Rotarian, mind you, because they have lots of meetings and committees, and I’m not sure which I loathe more. It’s like choosing between cat poop and dog poop. They each have their own special stink. Besides, Rotary lunches cost money every week and there […]

January 04, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Rudolph? Charlie Brown? Here’s my favorite Christmas story of all

I know this will sound weird, kids, but once upon a time we had to wait to watch TV shows. There was no cable TV, DVRs or even VHS recorders. We had to actually plan to watch a TV show or else miss it completely. We had this wonderful little magazine called TV Guide, which […]

December 28, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Terrorism is terrorism, whether it’s Sony Pictures or the Twin Towers

“12-17″ isn’t nearly as catchy as “9-11″ but it’s just as horrific. Before you blast me for minimizing the death and destruction of 9-11, consider the parallels. They’re as potentially devastating to our way of life as the hijacking and crashing of two jetliners into the World Trade Center, and all the death and woe […]

December 21, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Let’s get it straight — that was me who wanted to slap Martha Stewart

This isn’t a column rerun. It’s a reclaiming — of my own work. It may seem familiar if you’ve been reading my column since 1997, and God bless you if you have. More likely, you received it as a joke email circa 1999 or read it on a humor website. You might’ve chuckled and thought, […]

December 14, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Closing the final chapter on the ugliest story in Winters history

Sitting in Judge Stephen Mock’s courtroom last Monday, after William Gardner was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Leslie Pinkston, I was a bit surprised by my lack of emotional response. Aside from an initial flash of satisfaction, I didn’t feel much of anything, really. Just empty. The words of […]

December 07, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Because I Say So: It’s all about gluttony, whether it’s stuff or stuffing

It was a packed day at the physical therapist’s office on Wednesday, everyone getting their treatments in before the Thanksgiving holiday. My therapist had trouble finding an empty table where she could work on my pesky tendinitis, and it was such close quarters, you couldn’t help but hear all the conversations nearby. On the table […]

November 30, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

It really is ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

That’s the ticket What: Winters Theatre Company production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 7 Where: Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. Tickets: $12 general, $6 for seniors and children 12 and under; www.winterstheatre.org or 530-795-4614 Can you die of cute overload? Well, if […]

November 26, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

The power of ‘no’ will help patch up my personal boundaries

Several people have said they don’t understand why Leslie Pinkston’s murder affected me so much, given that although we worked under the same roof, we weren’t close by any means. We were mostly each other’s ambient noise at work. Her more than me. When Leslie was in the building, you knew she was in the building. […]

November 23, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Enough ‘bug’ nonsense; let’s be the windshield for a change

I’ve got it, I’ve got it, I’ve got it! We all should re-register Republican. Now, hear me out before you bolt from the room like your hair’s on fire. I’m not saying you have to agree with every Republican value. I’m merely suggesting that if we join their ranks, we could steer the party toward […]

November 16, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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