Opinion

Goodbye, 2018, and welcome, 2019

Around this time of year, residents traditionally make lists of what they will do better and/or change in the coming months. Universal resolutions for the new year can include any ...

Snickering and ranting in the new year

I have a great way to make you roll your eyes and snicker at me. It never fails. You know Thomas Kinkade, that late artist who called himself “the painter of light”? I ...

New member to Newcastle’s Sourdough Sad Sacks

Time Traveler: The Portuguese Pirate may or may not contribute to this week’s column. He’s off on one of his little adventures. As I understand it he’s taking hi ...

When Sinatra turned spotlight on Placer

The Auburn Journal archives this week yields one of a trove of celebrity photos from Lake Tahoe and Reno casinos that were mailed on a regular basis around 1980 to the newspaper, p ...

Don’t pass judgement on homeless

I work for The Gathering Inn in the whole care interim care program. It is very rewarding work. It is sad that in our society we judge. One must look within and not pass judgeme ...

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 ...

Merry Christmas and keep spreading that holiday spirit

Many of us experience a lighter, more relaxed mood throughout December. As soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over, many families and business owners decorate their places with festiv ...

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 ...

Be calm, find pulse of Auburn

Dear world, Would everybody please just calm down? After retiring from 30 years teaching in elementary education it’s amusing (not) to hear national news stories that smack ...

Outdoor education important for modern youth

We are fortunate to have two effective institutions in our community: the Placer Nature Center and the California Conservation Corps’ Placer Center (CCC). Both organizations ...

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 ...