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Deb Segelitz, An American in Scotland: ‘With a Suitcase and Wedding Ring, No Less’

Our train rumbled northwards through ever-less-populated scenes.  Newly married, this was my first glimpse of my new home – the Scottish Highlands.  It was 2008, the most eventful year of my life. If you’d asked me in 2006, “Hey Deb, you wanna move to Scotland?” I would have laughed and thought you were a bit [...]

Film Review: ‘The Skeleton Twins’

A friend recently shared with me, intended as a gentle admonishment, I’m sure, the following bit of wisdom: “You only make a mistake once.  After that, the same mistake becomes a choice.” Such is the nature of the dilemma Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and her twin brother Milo (Bill Hader) face in Craig Johnson’s fine new [...]

Matt’s Chats with Deb Segelitz

Over the years I’ve built a number of friendships entirely on the internet.  Either by chance or coincidence, I’ve stumbled across some fascinating, funny, talented, amazing people and while the relationships are virtual, the friendships aren’t.  Every day I am amazed at how cool it is to get to know someone on the other side of [...]

Legacy: October & The North State Calendar of Gardening Events

As I compose this month’s calendar piece two things are foremost in my mind. The first is that it is raining. Really raining and the sound and smell and light of this much anticipated seasonal weather has a forceful and visceral effect on me and my outlook. While not a drought ending rain, it’s certainly [...]

Al Boren Resigns as Shasta Family YMCA’s CEO

REDDING, CA – Al Boren, CEO of the Shasta Family YMCA, has resigned from his position effective Sept. 23, 2014. Boren has been CEO for 6 years and during his tenure has been dedicated to the growth and financial stability of the YMCA. “On behalf of the Shasta Family YMCA board, I wish Al and [...]

Mistress of the Mix: And The Winner Is…

And the winner is. . . us! A few days ago the adorable and spunky Sue Lang rushed through my office door, excitedly waving a piece of paper. “We won! We won!” Sue was there to tell me that we had won the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award for 2014 for The Wright Time, a documentary [...]

Richard III; Differently Enabled

Some five centuries before Canadian shrink Robert Hare devised his famous psychometric assay of psychopathy, William Shakespeare had already delineated the syndrome with clinical precision in his portrayal of Richard III (1452-1485), England’s last Plantagenet king. “Glib charm, grandiosity, shameless lying and scheming, utter callousness, a short fuse and even shorter attention span, irresponsibility, promiscuity” [...]

Bosetti Hit High Notes in Final State of the City Address; Barrs Receive Philanthropic Award

Mayor Rick Bosetti delivered his third and final State of the City address Tuesday, liberally sprinkling in baseball references as he cited statistics and gave updates on city projects that lined up with his overriding theme of “Good Things are Happening.” The city of Redding is not without its challenges, including a slow climb out [...]

‘The Other Place’ Reminds Redding Director of a Sadly Familiar Place

Q: Donna Stobie, I attended the media night preview of the play you directed, “The Other Place.” I was totally moved by it.  So, first, congratulations on a terrific job. Second, can you tell me how you got involved in this project? Thank you, Doni. I’m glad you liked “The Other Place”. This is the article [...]

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