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So far PD has created 271 blog entries.

Straight Talk: College tales of alcohol’s toll

My daughter is heading off to college. She has a history of drinking, and I’m worried.

By | August 24th, 2013|0 Comments

Teen Face: Ricky Young, 17, St. Vincent de Paul

With persuasion befitting his stature as one of the nation’s top high school debaters, the 17-year-old St. Vincent de Paul senior makes a strong case that he and his fellow orators are intellectual rabble-rousers, their studious approach to life no doubt “cool.”

By | August 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Straight Talk: Sisters want out of visitation with Dad and new beau

We’re not that surprised to find out Dad is gay and we can accept that. However, we’re uncomfortable staying in a one-bedroom apartment along with his partner when we don’t even know what the sleeping arrangements will be.

By | August 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Teen Face: Nathan Barnett, 16, Clearlake High

It may be summer break, but Lakeport teen Nathan Barnett is working as hard as ever, pedaling as fast as he can toward his goal of racing bicycles professionally.

By | August 11th, 2013|0 Comments

Straight Talk: Draining friend takes aim at pocketbook

I work full time and live on my own while attending community college. A close friend is constantly leaning on me for emotional support around guys, school, body image, etc. I like her, but she is often depressed and can be exhausting. She’s collecting unemployment, which isn’t much, and now she wants to borrow money.

By | August 11th, 2013|0 Comments

Teen Face: Ellie Petty, 15, Maria Carrillo

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Petty is the youth member of the Rwanda School Project board of directors, which helps raise funds for and operates a school for children in the poor east African country.

By | August 3rd, 2013|0 Comments

Straight Talk: Are girl, friend becoming too close?

I’ve been searching for insight regarding our 13-year-old daughter. Public affection with her best friend “Ashley” has increased and it seems they are intimate behind an always-closed door.

By | August 3rd, 2013|0 Comments

Teen Face: Yessica Moran, 17, Piner High School

For Yessica Moran, a recent graduate of Piner High School who is headed off to Dominican University next month, the hands-on experience she learned in a job shadow program at Vista Family Health Center in Santa Rosa was a thrill.

By | July 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Straight Talk: Should teen call authorities about beatings?

I have an incredibly bad relationship with my parents. Many tell me to call CPS, or Child Protective Services...

By | July 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Don’t be afraid to approach someone you like

The Stone-Age societal rule that the guy is supposed to be the instigator is complete bologna sandwich.

By | May 5th, 2013|0 Comments