If, when I die, I end up in music heaven, my requested lineup will be the Grateful Dead (Jerry Garcia intact), Crosby Stills Nash (with Neil Young) and, as the opening act, the Cordovas. But luckily I don't have to wait until I punch my ticket to enjoy one of those acts, since the Nashville-…

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Very often on Saturday mornings (usually quite early — before the brunching set has wandered over to The Padre), groups of volunteers patrol the streets of downtown Bakersfield, scooping up and bagging litter, reporting graffiti through the city’s app, and generally trying to keep the area c…

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Bear with me, this piece could run awhile. Grandparents' Day, which is Sunday, is hard to keep to 500 words. Five hundred words is a warmup. Five hundred words is a throat clearer because any grandparent worth his or her salt could go biblical in length and Al Michael in superlatives.

Dear Tastries Bakery: I've always thought you were fantastic. The first time I experienced your tasty morsels of goodness was when I won one of your Spider-Man cookies at a business party. I took the cookie home to my 3-year old daughter and she devoured it on sight. She looked like the Kern…

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This place was built on big ideas. In the mid-1800s, when the County of Kern was organized, Col. Thomas Baker was county surveyor. He must have realized at the time that the new city would grow and laid out the streets with wide proportions, which accounts for the spacious thoroughfares that…

A couple days ago, I heard "Strong Enough" by Sheryl Crow. That song reminds me of Lois Henry because most of us are barely strong enough to be her friend. Strong enough to argue with her. Strong enough to answer her phone calls should she be dogging an issue that was important to her.

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