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“Dear Abby” For The Internet Age

The Dear Abby of Sacramento has handled some touchy questions: marital infidelity, addiction and depression. “I’m pretty careful about everything I write,” she says. “I haven’t missed the boat yet.”Crowdsourcing isn’t just a fast...

Gearing Up For The Taxman

“I don’t want all your receipts for meals,” says Tom Balarsky, a Carmichael CPA. “But if you want to keep important documents like 1099s and W2s in a shoebox, that’s fine.”We asked Balarsky, who’s...

Getting Started

 Kerrie Kelly INTERIOR DESIGNER Kerrie Kelly was raised in a custom-built Sacramento suburban home with plenty of love and not much excitement. Even the decor colors chosen by her parents were bland. “The house was neutral,”...

To The Moonbeam And Back

Linda Ronstadt is missing. She was supposed to be hanging from two nails pounded into the wall of Jerry Brown’s old apartment at 14th and N streets. She was there a few days ago,...

Catching up with Tom Sullivan

He’s not the first Sacramento broadcast talent to go national—think Rush Limbaugh, Don Imus, and Dave Walker and Lois Hart (who launched CNN)—but Tom Sullivan took his time. Twenty-seven years after entering a studio...

Lord of the Land

Some people want to be landlords. I’m a landlord by curse of death. The last home my parents owned fell into my hands when my father died. Rather than sell the place, I rented...

Graswich Unleashed: The Cat

The family cat died after 20 years of doing really nothing besides working her way inside the family’s heart. She seemed fine Friday and was gone Monday. I had to flee the room before...

Graswich Unleashed

Gray skies and foggy winter mornings last forever around Sacramento. As do endlessly hot summer afternoons. Truth is, weather is loved and hated by Northern Californians. We were born to complain about gray skies...

Graswich Unleashed: New Citizen in Sacramento

At The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento, splendor lives in the details. Lamp shades display renditions of the California Constitution. Drawer handles depict political fists voting up or down. Nothing about The Citizen is transferable....

Graswich Unleashed: Transitions

Railroad boxcars push onto a siding. Doors slide open. Rolls of newsprint—each the size of a small car—are lifted into a newspaper factory. Behold the ritual unchanged for 50 years at the corner of...

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