What Community Thanksgiving Dinner Prep Can Do for You

“All of California is burning,” she said. As I write this, we are on the second “red flag warning,” the second roll of PG&E blackouts that in this area in October affect us but little. There is an impeachment inquiry. New revelations every day. Far away, confusing, conflicting and alarming

Our Halloween Plan this Season

Previously published in the weekly column, “Here’s to the Good Life” in the Hughson Chronicle & Denair Dispatch The autumnal festivities are quickly approaching Hughson’s Truck-or-Treat event at Lebright Fields on Halloween night, the Trunk-or-Treat generally held at the Assemblies of God Church, the Harvest Festival at the Church of

Saints and Heroes – A review of Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty

Is Dorothy Day a saint? “Dorothy Day: The World Will be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of my Grandmother” is the story of an influential woman told by her granddaughter. Kate Hennessey explores not only the biographical details but considers the controversy over how Day is presented historically to the

The Rigors of Rigoletto (and other arts)

Previously published as part of “Here’s to the Good Life!” a weekly column in the Hughson Chronicle & Denair Dispatch. On October 25 and 27, Opera Modesto will present the Guiseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto to enthusiastic Gallo Center audiences. Like many classic operas, the tragic story centers around a licentious

The Column Continues

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle & Denair Dispatch …as such, this piece refers specifically to my time reporting for the newspaper and my column, Here’s to the Good Life! The day begins at 6:00 a.m. with my toddler singing “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer.” Some mornings I hide my

The Casey Family’s Love of Fall Traditions

I spend a good deal of time discussing the importance of savoring the moment, the season. There no greater time than Autumn for this in my family. We create environment, educational activities, food favorites, family festivities, and add our own Catholic spin by accessing the old traditions. Environment Full of

Let Autumn Pull You Outdoors

The Pull of Autumn It is difficult to resist the pull of Autumn. I am susceptible to advertising and September marks the month when I acknowledge, after a few shopping trips, that to save my wallet I had better avoid stores until January. I still strive to experience each season

What I Learned This Summer

Each season Emily P. Freeman, author of A Million Little Ways, Simply Tuesdays, and The Next Right Thing, invites her readers to take a moment to reflect on what they learned that season. This time, at first, I passed over the proposition, my mind too preoccupied. Early Tuesday morning as

Stories of a Good Boss

A good boss. One might miss not notice it when you have one but without one, the difference is keenly felt. With the exception of one, I think I have been uncommonly lucky. The Stories Being in and out of the workforce raising my children I, perhaps, have had fewer

Take on the possibilities

When good possibilities seem endless, how do we discern what choices to make? How can we approach these periods of joy and hustle? I sat on the patio looking out over my year. Instead of the dead grass and growing weeds, my eyes focused on the three folding tables covered

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