A Word to the Wise

Where have you gone, Folsom Jim? Some stories need to be told

I recently read that “Folsom Jim” Phillips passed away at the age of 99. He grew up near Folsom (what it was back then) and, according to the report I read, “his own life was ...

Summer is children’s season

As I sit down to write, summer is in full force. It is early in the morning and already the sun beats hot. There’s a forsaken spider web on the chair out back. Even the birds ...

Focusing on halfway point

This week’s paper comes out on a special date — the middle of the year. We have finished six months, and have exactly six months to go. July 1 is the birthday of director Sydn ...

Hey, get a job: Career coaching classes on the way

For several months I have been attending Career Coaching classes at Bayside Church in Roseville on Sunday nights. It is headed by a kind gentleman named Dan Lott and for me it has ...

Searching for the 'one thing'

In the movie “City Slickers” a character named Curly holds up his finger and says, “Do you know what the secret to life is? One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and t ...

Reading, writing, arithmetic and living

Back when it first played on the radio in 1972, Alice Cooper sang “school’s out for summer.” It felt like a powerful youth anthem at the time. It carried more punch then than ...

A bounty in the backyard?

So, do you think spring has finally arrived here in Folsom and El Dorado Hills? I do not mean officially on the calendar — since that happened two months ago — but rather in ...

A Word to the Wise

Bad news has a way of accelerating a life of its own. We have been reading about how bad things are financially and it’s beginning to look like some people believe it. Perhaps on ...

A word to the Wise

Have you ever thought about the behavior we use called “being defensive?” It’s “a coping style characterized by an orientation away from threatening information and a denia ...

A Word to the Wise

All this talk about people staying home for their vacation makes me feel like a pioneer. We’ve been doing that for years. Oh sure, we get out and away once in a long while. In th ...