Debra DeAngelo

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 ,

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 ,

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