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featured-healthIssue 10

As children, our generation was taught how to speak to others. We were taught to say please and thank you and, depending on our culture, whether or not we were to make direct eye contact when speaking with adults.  We were encouraged to say nice things about others and not

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featured-food-and-wineIssue 10

At La Mo Café in Turlock, food is a family affair – often quite literally. The three co-owners, Gloria Smallwood, Brityn Butrick and Hillary Smith are a mother-daughter team who began the venture two and a half years ago as a side project. At the time, Smallwood and Butrick were

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featured-contentmentIssue 10

I owe a lot to music. Many of my school experiences centered around my musical education. Throughout elementary, middle and high school, I participated heavily in my New York public school’s music educational programs. Whether it was orchestra, violin lessons, chorus, band or musical theater, I was constantly involved with

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cover-storyIssue 10

Here in Stanislaus County, our agricultural roots run deep. But what does this agricultural connection mean when the food we buy in stores and are served at local restaurants is shipped in from other places in the world?    The rise of the global food trade over the last century

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Issue 9Uncategorized

by Dana Koster Robyn Hewitt’s apartment is bigger than a gypsy caravan, but not by much. At less than 500 square feet and just two rooms—the space is divided into an upstairs and a downstairs, with no distinct rooms beyond that—Hewitt admits she sometimes has to get creative when it

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Contentment Health Mar/Apr cover
cover-storyIssue 9

by Justin Souza Beyond the secure door at Therapeutic Pathways office on 14th Street in Modesto, a stack of brochures topped with tiny smiling faces radiate with possibility. The front of the brochures bear the words “Motivated by caring. Supported by science.” For the parents of children with autism, there

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Contentment Health Mar/Apr cover
cover-storyIssue 9

by Kimberly Horg Even as a young girl, Cathy Calvin found peace and happiness in the company of horses.  Her love for the animals started at the age of three, when she would sneak out of her house to visit a horse named Stormy that her landlords owned and kept

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almonds
featured-food-and-winefood and wineIssue 9

by Dana Koster In spring, it seems you can’t drive ten miles in Stanislaus County without encountering an almond orchard in its pink-and-white blossomed glory. The sight of almond trees in bloom is part of what defines the region. But if you went to the Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market in

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camp jack hazard campers
contentfeatured-fitnessIssue 9

by Dana Koster If you grew up in Stanislaus County and you’re between the ages of 6 and 96, chances are you went to Camp Jack Hazard, or know someone who did. Surrounded by a dense forest of conifer pines and soaring granite cliff faces, deep in the heart of

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students at whiteboard
contentfeatured-contentmentIssue 9

by Dana Koster A year and a half ago, United Way of Stanislaus County decided to shake things up. In the past, the charitable organization had focused on funding as many deserving nonprofits as possible, but kept running up against the same questions: what kind of change does United Way

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