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Stockton ranks above Sacramento and L.A. on happiness report

Stockton ranks above Sacramento and L.A. on happiness report

People in Stockton are happier than those in Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento but not as happy as those in San Francisco, San Diego or San Jose, according to a report put together by Men’s Health magazine.

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The Yellow Road

The Yellow Road




I heard her turn her head to look back at me.

We had been driving alongside the road for hours now, stopping only to throw the newspapers at the empty solemn houses that stood on abandoned driveways.

My fingers trembled, weary from the numerous newspapers that had been rolled and tied with sharp blue plastic bands that had cut into the surface of my skin. The bands were strewn about the dusty car and I could hear my daughter rubbing two of the grainy-textured things together.

"Stop the car I said."

"Dear, I..."

"Stop it. Now." I said more fiercely.

The dry humid air of the car was suffocating my throat and my ears were now ringing from the whizzing of air that escaped through the cracks of the dingy window.

It had seemed the car would not stop; it just kept going and going.

Tips for Fast Wedding Planning

Tips for Fast Wedding Planning


Faѕt weddіng рlаnnіng rеquіrеs оrganіzation, сoоrdіnаtіоn аnd coореrаtiоn, not onlу оn thе pаrt of thе brіdе and groom, but from аѕ mаnу fаmіlу mеmbеrs and frіendѕ аѕ thе сouрlе cаn cоax intо helpіng wіth wеdding tаѕkѕ.

Tryіng tо ѕqueezе аll the deciѕіоnѕ, taskѕ аnd rеѕроnѕibilіtіеs of planning a wedding іnto а соuрlе оf weеkѕ or mоnths is сhаllenging. Yоu wіll nееd tо ѕtау оrgаnіzеd and уоu will nееd plеnty of helр. Aѕ a rulе, the lеѕs tіmе you have tо рlаn yоur wеddіng thе morе asѕіѕtаnce уоu wіll neеd frоm frіеndѕ and fаmilу.

Fаѕt Wеdding Plаnnіng Cheсklіѕt

A сhecklist cаn mаke аll thе dіfferencе betwееn a wеdding thаt lоoks thrown togеthеr and onе that рrоvidеs а memоrablе experіеncе fоr еvеrуоnе іnvоlvеd. Faѕt weddіng рlаnning bесоmеѕ exроnentіallу easіer when a сhесkliѕt is рart of the еquаtіon.

Striving For a Better Future by Jazmin Valdez

Striving For a Better Future by Jazmin Valdez

    Like the great singer/songwriter Whodini says, “Friends how many of us have them?” Well, I don’t know about the rest of these kiddies at Lodi High, but I have many for I do not discriminate. From the well behaved, straight “A” white tape around the bridge of their glasses wearing friends, to the truant,  bad attitude, pregnant, don’t care what anybody thinks, clothes don’t match,  friends--yes, these are the people I deal with, and I interact with them on a daily basis. I love to hang around my “good” friends because I like to know about their successes. That way, I can learn how they do it to be a winner in any academics and incorporate this into my life style. Also, I find it interesting hanging around my delinquent friends, but not too much. Just enough to know what’s going on in their lives. Why they do what they do. And above all, how to avoid their mistakes so it will never happen to little ole me.

CasaAVID ‘12 by Samantha Marti

CasaAVID ‘12 by Samantha Marti

I stepped onto campus, avoiding all of the construction and made my way to my safe haven. Passing by the usual high school cliques, I kept my head down to ensure I didn't give someone the wrong look. I was avoiding confrontation and continued on.

I turned the corner, made the last twenty-five steps toward the deep blue door. I was there. B3 painted in white block letters on the door. I walked in and glanced around the room, allowing in the fresh paint smell of the teal and brown walls irritate my nose. I think back to day one in this class, sophomore year, a new comer in AVID. I never thought I was going to be able to bond with everyone else; now I can't imagine what will happen after June, when we’re all leaving our nest and beginning our lives in the "real world."



Getting hired for a job is not just about who is “most qualified” anymore. “Most qualified” might get you into that final stack of resumes and applications that a hiring manager will review, but how do you grab that hiring manager’s attention and make them want to learn more about you and ultimately hire you? Break out your secret weapon . . . the “X factor”.

What is the X factor?

Noun: 1. Special talent or quality; 2. A variable in a situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome;

Your personal X factor could be a special talent or quality that you possess. Employers are looking for people with that certain variable (talent or quality) about them which could have a significant impact on their department’s/company’s success. Another name for your X factor is your Personal Brand. It is what makes you uniquely desirable as a potential employee.

Discovering Your Personal X factor