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Kofu Japan: “We Made It Again!”


by Tatsumi Akita LODI360 Contributing Reporter in Kofu, Japan Kofu First High School (Kofu Dai-ichi Koukou in Japanese) held the Annual Exhausting Hike called “Kyoukou Ensoku” on October 3rd and 4th. 365 boy students started at the school in Kofu, Yamanashi, at 2:00 p.m. on October 3rd and headed to Komoro City, Nagano.  They are … Continue reading

2015 Lodi-Tokay Athetlic Portraits


This was a good year to attend local high school athletic events. We were able to capture action images of many football, wrestling, basketball, soccer, baseball, and softball home games played at a variety of Lodi venues.  In addition, we were happy to contribute dozens of images used in this year’s Lodi Flames Yearbook.  If … Continue reading

Fashion Show at Millswood Middle


Mrs. Radotic, a teacher at Millswood Middle School, produced, promoted and hosted a fashion show last Tuesday evening featuring her students in an array of outfits, formal wear and costumes.  Hundreds of proud parents watched and snapped runway pictures of their children strutting their very best. Mrs. Radotic explained during introductory comments that while “fashion” … Continue reading

LODI365 is Looking For “A Few Good Men”


“A Few Good Men” Movie enthusiasts will associate the phrase with a courtroom scene depicting one man that will stop at nothing to keep his honor and another that will stop at nothing to find the truth. Running the risk of stretching a metaphor, LODI365.com is looking for local writers of all ages willing to … Continue reading

A Father’s Gift


Mountain View, CA … circa 1959. My younger brother Ken and I left through the back door of our father’s hamburger restaurant on El Camino Real to go hunting. Little more than a mile from where Google Headquarters sits today, we set out on one of our weekly adventures outfitted with a 200 shot Red … Continue reading

Woodbridge – A Family of Community


If you were at the Neighborhood Watch Spring Fling in the Park in Woodbridge you would have said, “this is great”.  Children playing old fashion musical chairs, bean bag tossing, hop sack racing, adults relaxing, people eating hot dogs, an antique Schwinn Bicycle collection, the Ham Radio Operators with antenna made from fishing poles, people … Continue reading

Faces of Lawrence Park


Each week, during the good-weather months, various Lodi organizations kindly provide a meal for the homeless (and near homeless) at Lawrence Park.  Last night’s event, enjoyed by over 100 guests, marked the final meal of the season. As an observer, it is difficult to piece together all parts of the experience. Words like “drugs”, “alcohol” … Continue reading

Faces of Lodi


Photographs by Keith Colgan Tel:  209-329-4158 .

Pregnant In Beijing – Part Two


by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist In my last post, I forgot a vital piece of information that I should share. Before I even had an inkling I was pregnant and had just returned from Africa, I went for my usual reflexology massage in my favorite area of Beijing. I always made a point … Continue reading

Pregnant in Beijing: Part One


by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist Before I start with the telling of my true story about being pregnant in Beijing, I will remind you of our life circumstances when we first arrived to Beijing in 2008. We had quit our jobs, sold our home and made off to China with two suitcases and … Continue reading

Lodi Volunteers Feed Homeless in Stockton


by Doug Cheney – Citizen Reporter Here are a few photos from our group that also feeds, ministers, mentors and provides resources for the homeless and those in need in Stockton. Under the leadership of Grace and Mercy Foundation and Pastor Frank from Wayside church we handle around 500 clients per week. It’s a very … Continue reading

The Morgue and the Insane Asylum


In 2001 my brother and I escorted our mother of 83 years from her home in Lodi to an assisted living facility that would accept people with Alzheimer’s.  She moved reluctantly that day, encouraged by half truths and lies of omission from those that loved her. In the 1950’s, writer Henry Miller recorded the following … Continue reading

Homeless Outreach Forum


. On November 8th, 2011, Joseph Wood (Neighborhood Services Manager) presided over a public forum dedicated to homeless outreach efforts in Lodi at a meeting of the Lodi Improvement Committee chaired by Mr. Bob Takeuchi. Over a 90 minute period, presentations by several local benefit organizations, government agencies and concerned individuals threw light on the … Continue reading

The Great Wall and the Axe Lady


by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist As we ran across the dam and onto to the trail leading up to the Wall, our friend was yelling, “They have guns! Oh no! They have guns!” I almost peed my pants, mostly because I was laughing so hard and was trying to hold it, so I … Continue reading

Final Church-in-the-Park of Season


Tuesday, October 11, 2011 – Appreciative homeless enjoy season’s last BBQ in Lawrence Park ..

Chinese Culture Jolt


by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist Living in a new country is not only educational, but entertaining. Each time we had visitors from the United States, I was reminded what it felt like to be in China for the first time … namely the assault of newness and the cultural jolt of everything feeling … Continue reading

Cops and Robbers Chinese Style


by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist It was 9:00 pm on a Monday in Beijing and I was completely worn out.  My wallet was stolen,  I chased the robber, a gang of old women helped me,  I rode in a police car and got to see the inside of a Chinese police station. So … Continue reading

September 11 – Ten Years Later


By Lt. Chris Piombo – Lodi Police Department I was sleeping when my wife walked into the room and touched me on the shoulder. I’d worked swing shift the night before so I was out like a light. She whispered, “Two planes crashed into the World Trade Center.” I was in that half-awake, half-asleep fog. … Continue reading

Count Your Blessings


A group of seniors were sitting around talking about all their ailments “My arms have gotten so weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee,” said one. “Yes, I know,” said another. “My cataracts are so bad; I can’t even see my coffee.” “I couldn’t even mark an “X” at election time, my hands … Continue reading

A Woman of Patience


by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist Get comfy – this anecdote is five hours long. One day in September we were sent a package from the U.S. It was packaged with care and sent to us at our correct Beijing address … International Priority, no less. One week after it was originally sent I … Continue reading

Chinese Food: the Good, the Bad, the Gelatinous


by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist Have you ever felt like you were destined for something?  Not that there’s some grand master plan laid out for you, but that a bunch of small events in your life were preparation for something greater? It sounds strange to say it, but I feel that way about … Continue reading

Learning Chinese by Osmosis


by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist Before I moved to China, I dabbled a bit in Chinese. Because I never really dove in and got my feet wet, I could barely count and knew some words here and there. Later, a few months before we left the U.S., I kicked it up a notch … Continue reading

China and the Creeping Crud


by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist Before I regale you with tales of sickness and woe, I must first describe to you our Chinese apartment so you can have a picture of what I’m talking about. When my husband and I went to China we were told we would have a furnished apartment ready … Continue reading

“Organic” … Chinese Style


by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist Coming back from vacation means traveling to the store to stock up on essentials that have languished in the fridge while I was gone or replacing items I hadn’t the forethought to chuck before leaving. We came home to a fridge full of old yogurt, which I didn’t … Continue reading

Biker Buddies to the Rescue


“John” Fernandes Pitta, a well known and loved Lodi resident, rides tall today because good friends and a local business came to his aid. Born with cerebral palsy, John’s primary form of transportation has been stolen 6 times in the past 25 years.  In spite of a strong chain and lock, bike thieves struck once … Continue reading

Middle Kingdom Education


by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist Upon arriving in Beijing, I was part of a massive mental reeducation program and I learned a lot. Culture Shock makes one learn fast. For the first few months in a new location, it really is all about day to day survival as you navigate through a confusing … Continue reading

Independence Day?


Independence Day, July 4th, 2011.  A day characterized in Lodi by family gatherings, barbecued hotdogs, water balloon fights and fireworks; a celebration of freedom and hope. However, in day-to-day life, “independence” and its associated freedoms come in different forms and mean different things to different people at different times.  For example, to a teenage girl … Continue reading

The Calculated Adventurist – Introduction


by Myra Brien – the Calculated Adventurist I’ve always been a calculated adventurist. Since I was small  I have assessed the risk to benefit ratio of whatever I did. For example, at four years old I remember looking at a very large and intimidating slide. This slide is so large its built into a hill … Continue reading

Low-Tech Love


by Jerome R. Kinderman – Lodi, CA At the conclusion of a recent electronic conversation with a childhood friend of mine, he stated, “I do not know about you, but I don’t know how we survived pre email and Internet.” Although I realized that while in many respects he may be correct, in one very … Continue reading

Teenage Depression


This is a personal story. I publish it anonymously because it’s still too personal. But, in fact, it’s a very public story repeatedly told through the lives of families with a depressed child. Today, our son is a healthy, extremely bright, hard-working adult in his mid-thirties. Eighteen years ago he was unconscious, living on a … Continue reading

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