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When the S&P enters the dreaded ‘Death Cross’

Don’t look now but the dreaded “Death Cross” has occurred in the S&P 500 stock index. This ominous sounding indicator is considered by many technical market ...

For the love of tiny houses

There were lots of empty chairs at December's Board of Supervisors meeting. They were sturdy chairs, not the cheap kind that collapse on themselves when swung in brawl. I wonde ...

Caring for caregivers as Placer ages

It’s the season of giving, but I wanted to devote some time to focus on a very special form of giving: caregiving.   Placer County residents are aging – and aging ...

Chaplain swims upstream to find new church home in Auburn

This is the time of year when some of you, like salmon swimming upstream, will visit the birthplace of your faith. You will, for at least one Sunday this year, check into your home ...

Plastic bags, old radio, storytelling, books

Paying for groceries at Bel Air recently, I overheard the checker tell a customer where she could take her plastic bags — “over there in the corner,” she said. Wh ...

Cruising in my boss’ hot-rod in front of the cool kids

It was about 1954, I was 15 years old, and I had the greatest job in the world for a kid like me. I was working in a gas station right down the street from my home. I could walk to ...

Book suggestions to give to young readers

During this time of year, the main reader advisory question that I am asked is: “I have a grandchild/son/daughter this age and I want to get them a book, but I have no idea w ...

Trade tensions and your portfolio: What you need to know

A prominent economic story of the past year has been the growing tide of trade disputes across the globe. The U.S is at the center of it — most notably with China — whi ...

Shopping late means shopping local

So here it is, that final weekend before Christmas. If you are anything like me, this time probably marks the beginning of your holiday shopping escapades. I don’t know why I ...

Looking back over 30 years in Auburn

Please excuse a nostalgic reminiscence. It was 30 years ago this month that I walked into a bustling Auburn Journal newsroom as the new reporter and got to work ferreting out the ...

New NID Board should stop spending money on Centennial dam

I’ve watched for three years as NID doggedly pursues the Centennial Project despite the deluge of facts confirming Centennial is a completely BAD DEAL. Why does NID persist ...

Recounting a Christmas classic — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

We are living in an age when it seems that everything must be proven or disproven scientifically. We test, probe and investigate the world around us to replace the mysterious unkno ...

Jeffrey tries to go camping with friends

It was around 1980, maybe more, long before we moved to Auburn, and our son Jeff was out of high school and going to Otis Parsons Art Institute in downtown Los Angeles. He and his ...

Presenting your Christmas gifts

In 1994, I started a tradition of giving gifts to my readers in the last column before Christmas. So I get to do this again, even though it feels odd to hand them over on Dec. 16. ...

Weathering radical stock market movements

With the Dow falling hard over the last few weeks and the S&P 500 now below its 50-day moving average for the third time in seven years, investors find themselves wringing thei ...