Leading the horse to water …

Dear Annie: We have a 54-year-old friend we are desperately trying to help. “Timothy” is morbidly obese at nearly 300 pounds. He suffers from related health issues: sleep apnea, high blood pressure, joint pain and constant fatigue. He is probably diabetic, but refuses to seek medical care. He also has a terrible, self-defeating attitude. Timothy […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

How much for a turtle dove?

Dear Readers: A Merry Christmas to one and all. Here’s an interesting take on the following well-known song, figures courtesy of the PNC Christmas Price Index: ”The Twelve Days of Christmas” On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree (cost: $184.99, an increase of 14.2 […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

How does a crazy idea become a family tradition?

Charity appeals are relentless during the holidays, especially with the tax-year ending a week from now. Every nonprofit that has my email address is writing to me, usually more than once. Some send snail mail, too, often with appeals that are poignant and beautifully written. For my husband, communication to and from charities is more […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Next year’s tree will be cat-friendly

* Editor’s note: This column originally ran in December 2000, Angelo and Milo’s second Christmas, and runs in memory of Milo, who passed over this year and is especially missed at Christmas. When that last ornament was delicately placed on the Christmas tree, I took a moment to admire the finished product. My little angels came […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

It’s scary how little we know

The issue: Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s new leader, is a mystery to the world In 1953, newspaper critic A.J. Liebling wrote a celebrated essay on the coverage of a long-running Soviet dictator’s death. True to the maxim that “big news demands big stories,” American newspapers ran yards of copy, almost all of it speculative, because […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Really enjoying his work

Dear Annie: I’ve begun to develop strong feelings for one of my managers at work. She is beautiful both inside and out and fun to be around. When I am near her, I behave properly, but inside, my heart is going pitter-pat. I want to do the honorable thing and keep our relationship strictly professional, […]

December 24, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Healthy resolutions for the new year

As the holidays come to an end and we approach 2012, many of us are considering New Year’s resolutions. Some of us will commit to exercising more and losing weight while others will focus on building relationships and stopping bad habits. No matter what our specific commitments are, we are all likely to pursue health-related […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Sometimes only the cops can help

Dear Annie: My friend “Candi” regularly drinks and drives. She often drinks at a friend’s house and then drives herself home. Other times, she drinks at home and then goes out. There are even times when she takes her teenage daughter in the car after she’s been drinking. I’ve confronted Candi only to be told […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

2,000-plus hungry families got help this holiday season

By José Martinez This holiday season, we are proud to say that the Thanksgiving and Christmas Basket giveaways can now call the Food Bank of Yolo County “home.” After weeks of prepping, planning and organizing, both distributions successfully aided more than 2,050 families in our Yolo County community. For the Thanksgiving baskets, we limited those […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

The issue: New York Sun editor’s words resonate 115 holiday seasons later * Editor’s note: The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in The New York Sun in 1897 and remains appropriate for this holiday season 115 years later. IS THERE A SANTA CLAUS? We take pleasure in answering at once and […]

December 25, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Taking back power to tackle climate change

By Nick Buxton “You’ve been negotiating all my life,” a Maine student shouted out to a room packed full of climate experts and experienced diplomats at the United Nations climate conference earlier this month. “In that time, you’ve failed to meet pledges, you’ve missed targets, and you’ve broken promises.” At the U.N. climate negotiations I […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Dragon Ball and Blue Devils

By Jann Murray-Garcia Special to the Enterprise “But Mom, Mr. PoPo is like the smartest one on that show.” The character is from one of his favorite cartoons, the Japanese-style anime show, “Dragon Ball Z Kai.” My 11-year-old son was trying to convince me that I should not be offended. But I am offended. The […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Research, yes! But teaching?

Thank you, Jeff Sherman, for highlighting UC Davis’ research focus and peripheral interest in undergraduate education. It is great that UC Davis’ best and brightest researchers glean hundreds of millions of dollars of research funds. Unfortunately, those successful research grantees notoriously absent themselves from undergraduate education and deprive undergraduate students of their promised exposure to […]