Tag: At Home with Vivian

At Home With Vivian: On the road again

At Home With Vivian: On the road again

| June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

My mother and father often said they were going to buy a little camper and travel across the country after my two older sisters grew up and left home. My parents dreamed of driving clear across the our homeland some day and then right back again, taking the nation’s highways and byways. Dad said he […]

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At Home With Vivian: Taste of Peru

At Home With Vivian: Taste of Peru

| June 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

I did my first research report way back in elementary school. I don’t remember why we were given the assignment but I’m fairly sure the purpose was to make us more aware of the world around us. My report was on the country of Peru. I learned that the Incas were a great society, that […]

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At Home With Jeff: Doughnuts

At Home With Jeff: Doughnuts

| May 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist After church services at Saint Catherine’s last week, we had “hospitality hour” or, as I refer to it, Doughnut Sunday. It was the highlight of my weekend. There is something about doughnuts that brings out the best in people. I never see anyone sad on Doughnut Sunday. On the […]

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At Home With Jeff: Stories from backstage

At Home With Jeff: Stories from backstage

| May 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Last weekend, Vivian and I went to the Campbell Theater to see Agatha Christie’s “A Murder Is Announced.” It was a wonderful production. We were impressed with the lighting, sound, costumes, sets, direction, and acting. I highly recommend that you go see it for yourself. It runs through May […]

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At Home With Jeff: Sounds good to me

At Home With Jeff: Sounds good to me

| May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist My wife and I bought a new car a couple months ago. The vehicle is a marvel of electronic gadgetry. We are still discovering features that are delightful and sometimes a bit mysterious. “How does that work?” we wonder when the car does something unexpected. Some of the thingamajigs […]

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At Home With Vivian: A snake story

At Home With Vivian: A snake story

| May 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Can you believe it? I’ve been writing this column for more than eight years. Seems like just yesterday I sent in my first story as an assignment for a memoir writing class I took at the Martinez Adult Education Center. Thank you all for hanging in there! One of the questions I get when people […]

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At Home With Vivian: A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll

At Home With Vivian: A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll

| May 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

“How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E! I’m jest so proud to be here!” Can you guess where I was last weekend? Yup. I was at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Minnie Pearl was in evidence everywhere! Our mini vacation was a whirlwind of new and old, and filled with heaps of pride and nostalgia. My husband Jeff, son […]

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At Home With Jeff: Rainbow Bag

At Home With Jeff: Rainbow Bag

| April 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Vivian and I are long-time members of the Martinez Senior Center. Our April newsletter, announced that there would be a presentation on Friday, April 26th at 10:00 am. Travel experts from Premier World Discovery will discuss upcoming 2019-2020 trips to locations around the world. This brought back memories of […]

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At Home With Jeff: Electoral  college

At Home With Jeff: Electoral college

| April 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Government has always interested me. I worked as a public servant for forty years at the local and federal levels so have a good understanding of the nuts and bolts that go into providing various services but had never seriously thought about the Electoral College. As I was listening […]

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At Home With Vivian: Al Dente

At Home With Vivian: Al Dente

| April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

I went to the dentist last week for a checkup and got to talking to the young dental assistant about the good old days. “Back in the day,” I began, and then cracked up. It seems like everything now is ‘back in the day’ for me! Dental insurance is a fairly recent phenomenon, unlike medical […]

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