DEAR CAROLYN: When my son’s eldest started to talk, I encouraged her to call me “G-ma” because I didn’t care for “Grandma.” She never could learn G-ma, but instead called me Mamaji. I thought this was adorable and very special since it was her own idea. I became Mamaji. It is my email, user ID, I even had a T-shirt made! Not a word was said against it.

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Last April, Thomas’ bakery introduced limited-edition offerings of maple french toast-flavored bagels and cinnamon-vanilla English muffins, which were available until earlier this month. They were especially tasty when toasted, of course, filling the kitchen with the scents of maple and vanilla.
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Sure, there’s plenty of good pizza in restaurants around town, but lovers of Italian cuisine can go beyond that staple and into more interesting fare at Festa Italiana. Heap your plates with Italian sausage and meatballs, pasta, chicken Parmesan, calamari, cannoli, gelato and much more.
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Laina Rose stands just over 5 feet tall and carries a 30-pound backpack. Since starting her journey April 1, she has bushwhacked, post-holed and climbed more than 1,200 miles.
Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
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Laina Rose, a 17-year-old young woman from Redding, has hiked - alone - a good portion of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail and says she wants to complete the trek. It’s a big challenge even for people with more experience and hikers who set out with companions, let alone a person not yet in college. What do you think, is such an adventure a good idea?
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Maybe enlisting the help of a friend’s mother will help boyfriend situation.

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As lovely as Sacramento and environs may be, brimming with boundless leisure-time pursuits, sometimes you've just got to get away. Check out these short trips from Sacramento:

Less obvious spots worth visiting in Bay Area
Head to Tahoe for high-elevation hiking
Gold Country offers history, views, wine
North Coast: Get really mellow or adventuresome
In Marin and Sonoma, quaint towns, unique spots
Napa Valley: Wine, music, ghosts and a castle
Weird, wild, wonderful Southern California

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Last April, Thomas’ bakery introduced limited-edition offerings of maple french toast-flavored bagels and cinnamon-vanilla English muffins, which were available until earlier this month. They were especially tasty when toasted, of course, filling the kitchen with the scents of maple and vanilla.

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For 53 years, Ruben Rincon cut hair at his barbershop. To relax after his job, he took out a different set of clippers and went to work on his bonsai.

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In a town full of burgeoning breweries, Sacramento’s Hoppy Brewing Co. is celebrating its 20-year anniversary.

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A group of young patients at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is part of a nationwide study that examines the effects of animal-assisted therapy on patients, their families and therapy dogs.

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A Sacramento man has donated 13,000 books to the Friends of the Arden-Dimick Library, the largest donation the organization has ever received and one that includes works spanning topics from the Civil War to women’s studies.

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What to do with all those tomatoes? Can, freeze, roast, pickle, dry – and enjoy.

DEAR CAROLYN: When my son’s eldest started to talk, I encouraged her to call me “G-ma” because I didn’t care for “Grandma.” She never could learn G-ma, but instead called me Mamaji. I thought this was adorable and very special since it was her own idea. I became Mamaji. It is my email, user ID, I even had a T-shirt made! Not a word was said against it.

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A new chapter for the running, biking and kayaking contest that bills itself as the world’s oldest triathlon.

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