They are better than us. They are braver than us. Every single military person in this country is above and beyond anything that you or I could ever achieve. I don’t care how educated you are, how many degrees you’ve accumulated or how many promotions you’ve been awarded, the best among us a…

Since I’ve been writing for The Bakersfield Californian, I have received incalculable feedback. Either in person, through social media or by way of my newly established TBC email address, people have had no problem sharing their support or disdain for my points of view. En masse.

The idea came from my swimming pool mate, Sylvia. We see each other often in the pool at 24 Hour Fitness for our morning workouts. She is very thoughtful and frequently asks how I am doing with the loss of my wife, Susie. I lost my bride of 40 years to cancer three years ago.

Friends gave us a box of See’s Chocolates during the holidays. The box, wrapped in red paper, was hidden in the bottom of a burlap bag filled with a delightful array of chips from Frito-Lay. Health food all, if the health of your psyche counts and it does.

The image of birth is a powerful one, whether physical birth or a metaphysical rebirth. Birth, the force of new life, transcends culture and geography and time. While giving birth may be a more visceral concept for women than for men, some Christians refer to their spirituality as “born agai…

I think it's time to move on from 2016, which delivered some sad news on the passings front (everyone from Carrie Fisher and mother Debbie Reynolds to John Glenn and local icons like Ray Dezember) to a presidential election that left the country divided. Here are some random thoughts as we h…

As we prepare for the incoming New Year's Eve weekend, we also need to prepare for the inescapable DUI/driver's license checkpoints that will be strategically placed throughout Kern County.

I believe that mentoring is the missing ingredient for our children. In our collective efforts to bring underperforming students up to speed, I believe that a transformative mentoring component would enhance all facets of the educational experience. Especially for young African-American male…

Hallelujah. That might be some people’s reaction to Christmas being over but it is also the name of the song by Leonard Cohen that has been covered by about everybody including the woman behind the counter at the UPS store.

Thomas and I played the National Father & Son Hard Court Championships recently at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. There are victories and there are moral victories. We excelled in at least one of those categories.

Neighborhoods generally have saints, the spiritual glue that makes its residents better than they have a right to be. A few days ago, ours — Veronica White — knocked on the door and asked if we wanted to take part in the cookie exchange on Saturday.

Things couldn’t be better with the two grandchildren — Nora, 5 months old, more fetching by the day, warming to her grandfather like they all do, and Andrew, the little soldier marching around laying claim to territory and hearts alike.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve gotten a chance to get to know Jim Scott with KGET-TV 17. The dude is my kindred spirit. Love the guy. Charismatic. Humble. Cares about the community. I believe his face would command the pole position on a Media Mount Rushmore if Kern County ever constructed on…

Statistics show that, at the end of every year, 40 percent of American adults make promises to themselves for the purpose of personal motivation. Curbing an addiction to smoking cigarettes. Ridding yourself of a deteriorating relationship. Losing unwanted pounds.