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Free Therapy Friday # 41: Adrift in the Sea of Life; Man Overboard

When I was about four years old, I got lost. The year was 1960 and the place was Disneyland. I was filled with so much fear I thought it would choke me.

Just Two More Things – One of Which is This Column’s End

From the day I could walk, I’ve been on the go. My poor mother spent most of her time chasing me down, trying to make me stand still. She fought a losing battle. No sooner would she corner me, than I’d wiggle out of her grasp, and race off again. Exhausted, Mom would put me [...]

Fire at Alleged Transient Camp Scorches Area Below Hemsted Road

Columns of black-and-gray smoke belched from a fire along the east side of the Sacramento River below Hemsted Road in Redding Wednesday night. Cullen Kreider, battalion chief for the Redding Fire Department, said the fire was relatively small, about 1/8 of an acre, fueled mainly by brush and trash. He said the fire was called in [...]

Postcards From Paris: German Pig Museum is Big Fun

Stuttgart, Germany! Headquarters of Mercedes-Benz, city of the Porsche Museum, chilled Rieslings, vineyards terraced on steep hills, world-class shopping, jazz festivals and proud supporter of the winning team in the World Cup. So what shall your European correspondent offer you in this installment? Pigs. (Full disclosure and shameless act of self-promotion: I like pigs, serveral [...]

A Mother’s Plea: Our Community’s in Crisis; Addicts Need Help, Not Prisons

The past five years of my family’s life has been a harrowing experience. The youngest of  my three children struggled with feelings of low self-worth, social anxiety, and depression beginning in elementary school. Like many others with similar feelings, he began self-medicating with prescription drugs as a late teen, namely OxyContin he found in friend’s medicine cabinets and [...]

Argument Leads to Multiple Assaults in South Redding

On Sunday, July 20th, 2014 at approximately 12:49 A.M., Redding Police Officers received a call for service regarding two people who had possibly been struck by a vehicle. All Redding Police Department resources were committed to a critical incident investigation (see press release 14-51631), which resulted in officers from the California Highway Patrol initially responding [...]

80-Year-Old Assaulted in Front Yard; Suspect in Custody

On July 18, 2014 at 8:25 p.m. Redding Police officers responded to the 1400 block of Greenback Lane. Victim Wyvon Ritchie, age 80 of Redding, was doing yard work in front of his residence, when a subject unknown to him walked up to him and for reasons unknown punched Mr. Ritchie on his face. The [...]

Need a Laugh? Dive Into ‘The Dixie Swim Club’

It’s hot. There’s too much smoke in the air. You, or someone you know, just got ripped off last week. Your kid needs braces. The list goes on, but the overriding thing is: you need to laugh. Fortunately, Riverfront Playhouse has come to the rescue with “The Dixie Swim Club” and the pool is definitely [...]

Mistress of the Mix: The Smile Experiment

I’m conducting a scientific experiment. It’s really not that scientific. I’m not clad in a white smock, there’s no laboratory filled with bubbling beakers, and there’s no control group. But I’ve got a hypothesis, and I’m testing it out. And I think you should join me. There’s been so much talk in these parts lately [...]


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