Category Archives: Columns and Blogs

Janey Way Memories #158 Snow Trips

The lush white snow that blankets the Sierra’s this month provides a pleasant respite from the bare brown dirt we saw the last couple of years.  It also brings back memories of the snow trips of my youth. When I

Door to Door: Brand You

By Pat Lynch Everybody knows that cattle are branded. Some cowboy presses a sizzling hot poker into the cow’s hide, singes it with a logo that marks it as the property of the ranch. This cannot be a good experience

Bad Irish Santa

“He has charm, that Dad of yours,” a nice, smiling old lady told me one day after Mass. We stood on the steps of Sacred Heart Church and my father, at six feet, four inches, towered above a group of

Janey Way Memories: Remembering My Grandmother

When I was growing up on Janey Way in the 1950s and ’60s, I spent a lot of time at my grandmother’s house on 52nd Street and 14th Avenue.  We were there for all the big holidays:  Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve

Janey Way Memories #154 Thursday Mornings at La Bou

I retired from service with the State of California in 2002 after nearly 31 years on the job.  I was just 55 years old. I hadn’t planned on retiring that early, but after having cardiac bypass surgery in September of

Movie Review: SPECTRE

The MPAA has rated this PG-13 Sony, via the union of Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer give us “Spectre”. This is the 24th movie in the James Bond franchise of films, or 26th if you include “Casino Royale” and “Never Say

Door to Door

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There’s a lot of talk locally about Airbnb (Air Bed and Breakfast), the website for renting temporary lodging. A friend got recently and weirdly involved in this. Joan’s a schoolteacher, divorced, the kids have fluttered from the nest, and she

Janey Way Memories – Sacramento State College

Sacramento State College played a very important role in my life. When I was young, growing up on Janey Way, I often walked across Elvas Avenue, over the levee and onto its sprawling campus. There, I did things like playing

Janey Way Memories #152

The Old Armory

Last Thursday, as I returned home from my weekly visit to Fancy Feet Dance Academy with granddaughter Gabrielle, I drove by the old National Guard Armory on Elvas Avenue and J Street. Something seemed different about the old facility, and

Over the Fence: Charles Phoenix brings his retro slide show to the California Auto Museum

Charles Phoenix has been called the Ambassador of Americana, The King Of Kitsch, The Ringmaster of Retro. Who is Charles Phoenix? He’s all that and more. Phoenix is best known for his comedic retro slide shows which showcase his collection