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Linda Underhill a resident of Camas Valley for 30 years, doesn’t trust doctors all that much and doesn’t visit them often. She prefers spending her time quilting, baking, with friends, family and grandchildren, or as a teacher’s aide at Camas Valley Charter School.

There is simply no time like fall and winter for soups. This should be a real comfort to us all since soup is typically a healthier option for meals.

If you’re wanting an update on the circus that is American politics recently, I suggest you get your news somewhere else this week. The last presidential debate before the election was on Wednesday and all I have to say about that is good riddance.

Camp Millennium Pumpkin Patch at Wildlife Safari — Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October. Free admission. Rides and games take 1-2 tickets .Tickets are 12 for $10. 1790 Safari Road, Winston.

Over the past two years, I’ve had the pleasure of teaching nutrition lessons to Kindergarten through fifth grades at the three elementary schools in the South Umpqua School District.

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More than ever there is a rise of autoimmune problems. As we dive into health options, we are continually pointed to proven and simple steps to help our bodies heal and recover.

I am clearly over this election cycle and intend on voting for the duo I know and love. #chipsandsalsa2016

In May of 1992, I celebrated my first Mother’s Day. It was not a happy day. I attended a church service, sitting in the back of the sanctuary, trying to listen to a Mother’s Day sermon. I don’t remember much about it, other than the fact that the well-meaning pastor mentioned the word “barren,” at one point, and I lost it.

The joy of seeing two pink lines on a pregnancy test is something that many of us women have had the privilege and joy to experience. The excitement of knowing that a tiny little person is growing inside of us is pretty amazing and humbling.

The first time I tried this dish, I was with my husband at a local Mexican restaurant. This was my version of thinking outside of the box. I usually order the mundane burrito or taco plate, but that day, I was feeling frisky.

Hurricane Matthew

A sea of navy blue, tan and white uniforms are found throughout the Vine Street Baptist Church Monday through Friday. The Geneva Academy, a private kindergarten through 12th grade school whose students wear those uniforms, leases the space for its distinctive classical Christian learning.

This recipe is a quick fix meal without any of the guilt. Aside from the baking time, it only takes 10 minutes to throw in your baking dish. Quick and still homemade meals are so helpful on a busy week night or as an early casual Sunday dinner.

I was looking back at my entries and I think the last time I wrote was April 18, 2016. That was my last official blog as a Douglas County Mom.

Editor’s Note: The following, written by Jemelene Wilson, a Douglas County Moms blogger, was originally posted online on Oct. 2, 2015. It drew worldwide readership. It is being reprinted here.

Saturday marks the first anniversary of a day many will never forget. I’m sure for years to come, I will spend a part of this day remembering where I was when I heard what was happening at Umpqua Community College.

Fall is finally here! It is my favorite time of the year. The air is clear and crisp, the mornings cool, the afternoons warm. Leaves are changing colors, all the reds, oranges, greens and browns. The sights, the smells, the significance of it all enamors me.

I wanted to discuss a topic that I’m sure has come up with your kiddos. I am a Bible believing Christian and wanted to share some information with ya’ll.

There was a lot that happened this week, so let’s get to some of the biggest stories:

I am not a police officer nor am I not a black man. There are less than 400 black people in our entire county of over 100,000 so I don’t even see a black person most days—but if you think that the police shootings involving African Americans is not my problem, you are wrong.