Tag: At Home with Vivian

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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At Home With Vivian: Library time

At Home With Vivian: Library time

| April 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Next week is National Library Week. I love the library. We Americans are so lucky to have them in nearly every town across our nation. This morning I posed the question to my Facebook friends “What are your favorite memories of going to the library?” Alice remembered reading “Harold and the Purple Crayon”. Tracey and […]

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At Home With Vivian: Cousins

At Home With Vivian: Cousins

| March 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Ain’t nobody crazier than your cousins on your Mama’s side!” My cousin Alice posted this on Facebook today. “Yep. That’s me!” I replied. My kid sister Johnette posted beneath me, “Me too!” I guess it is true. We are some crazy cousins. I was very lucky to grow up with cousins. Lots of cousins. Between […]

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At Home With Jeff: Legion

At Home With Jeff: Legion

| March 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist The American Legion turned 100 years old this week. It started March 15-17, 1919, when 463 war-weary members of the American Expeditionary Forces gathered in Paris for a conference to debate their future and ours. As they wrote, “We, the members of the military and naval services of the […]

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At Home With Vivian: Chicken scratch

At Home With Vivian: Chicken scratch

| March 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Woo hoo! I have once again returned from the “Sewing & Stitchery Expo” where men and women gaze in awe, squeal with delight, and happily jostle their way through crowded aisles of the exhibition halls. Set in the beautiful Great Northwest, this four-day event is an annual dream vacation for needle artists. Sewing, knitting, embroidery, […]

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At Home With Jeff: What is the word?

At Home With Jeff: What is the word?

| February 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Vivian and I were hiking on Mt Diablo last Saturday with family visiting from out of town. The weather was perfect. Wildflowers were in bloom. As we hiked along, the kids and I started playing the game Word Family. “Words that start with the letters pt,” my daughter challenged. […]

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At Home With Vivian: The right tool

At Home With Vivian: The right tool

| February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

After my father passed away, my mother kept his hammer, a pair of pliers and two screwdrivers – a flat and a Philips- in the kitchen junk drawer. We could fix anything with those tools. Growing up with a single mother, I learned to make do with what I had. I think it made me […]

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At Home With Vivian: Lots of love

At Home With Vivian: Lots of love

| February 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day! “I love you a bushel and a peck, a kiss on the cheek and a hug around the neck” was written by Frank Loesser and sung by Doris Day. That song was sung loudly and off key by my mother to wake my kid sister and I up in the mornings. She […]

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At Home With Vivian: Sawasdee!

At Home With Vivian: Sawasdee!

| February 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sawasdee! (Hello in Thai). It’s good to be home in cool and rainy Martinez. Jeff and I have returned from a cruise to Southeast Asia where the flowers were in full bloom, trees and grasses were lush and green, and the humidity was high. Ever get out of a hot shower and the room is […]

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