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At Home With Jeff: Hair today

At Home With Jeff: Hair today

| March 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist I had a haircut yesterday. The sounds and smells in a beauty shop took me back in time. I spent much of my childhood in beauty shops either helping my parents or just killing time. Both my parents were hairdressers. Dad grew up on a farm in Nebraska. The […]

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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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World Book

World Book

| January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Last summer, we sailed on a Mediterranean cruise to celebrate our 40th anniversary. It was a glorious three week vacation spent visiting exotic ports from Barcelona in the west to Athens in the east. Our favorite city on the cruise was Florence, Italy.  Vivian and I had visited once […]

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Party like it’s 1999

| December 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist “But when I woke up this mornin’, could’ve sworn it was judgment day. The sky was all purple, there were people runnin’ everywhere. Tryin’ to run from the destruction.” From the Prince song titled “1999.” I remember Y2K very well. It’s hard to believe that was 19 years ago. […]

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At Home With Jeff: Good bugs & bad bugs

| December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL I have always loved bugs. As a child, I would watch them and play with them for hours. My mother believed that children should be indoors only as long as they were occupied doing something useful, otherwise they should be outside. My brothers and I spent a lot of time outdoors, much […]

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At Home With Jeff: Black Friday

At Home With Jeff: Black Friday

| November 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Like most other American families, the Roubals spend Thanksgiving Day cooking, cleaning, and preparing for the holiday – which we celebrate on the Friday after Thanksgiving. As it turns out, Friday is the best day for our family to gather. Our children, nieces and nephews have grown into adults. […]

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At Home With Jeff: “Pockets”

At Home With Jeff: “Pockets”

| October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist One of my favorite games to play when our kids were little was “What is in your pockets?” We played this while waiting somewhere or killing time. We would sit on a curb and everyone would empty his or her pockets. Next, we would see what we could make […]

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At Home With Jeff: Soup’s on

At Home With Jeff: Soup’s on

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist While Vivian and I were camping in Kings Canyon a couple weeks ago, we made beef stew for dinner. It was the most delicious stew that I’ve had in a long time. (I suspect part of the secret seasoning may have been kerosene fumes from the camp stove.) As […]

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At Home With Jeff: Things You Never Expect

At Home With Jeff: Things You Never Expect

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Things sometimes turn out as you never expected — usually to the better!  In 1983, Vivian and I were living in Hayward. We were a young couple, married five years with three children all under the age of four. We rented a small, three-bedroom house on Sunset Boulevard. Sunset was a main […]

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At Home With Vivian: We’re so lucky

At Home With Vivian: We’re so lucky

| June 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ola! Cheerio! Bonjour! Ciao! Yassou! Salve! Hello! Jeff and I just returned from a Mediterranean cruise. Wow. Totally awesome. Wow. What else do you say after actually seeing and doing things you only dreamed about? As my husband likes to say “We’re so lucky!” Cruising has changed dramatically during my lifetime. I remember going with […]

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