The other day I caught up with Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin and we had an interesting talk as we walked around Jefferson Park. He's been on the talk circuit lately focusing on speaking to Latino students at various high schools around Bakersfield. Addressing a group of Latino student…

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The last time we went camping, I grabbed a sleeping bag without checking to see what kind it was, and it turned out to be a Little Mermaid special, one of those thin cotton bags that are perfect for an 8-year-old’s slumber party.

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You might think the story of Roger Logan and his recently liberated abdominal cavity was one of desperation, peril and resolve. And it was: Mississippi man rides 2,000 miles in the back of a cargo van to Bakersfield for surgery to remove a 140-pound tumor from his hideously distended belly, …

I drove through the Kern Canyon to Lake Isabella earlier this week. The river was fat and brown. This was no time to drive off the road, I thought, because if you do, you will die and your car won’t be of much use to anybody in your family.

The dust has settled on the Women’s March, which took place around the country and around the world on the Saturday after the presidential inauguration. It has been praised and maligned in the weeks since, called everything from an important, unprecedented movement to a hissy fit, a hormonal…

I almost feel sorry for anti-Trumpers. Especially the young millennials who are used to a president who didn’t start his work day until 10 a.m. EST. President Trump is up and at work while they sleep. Before the paint dries on their protest posters, he’s already signed a new executive order …

Jay Smith emailed to say that Bakersfield’s Frank Bidart has a poem in the Jan. 23 edition of The New Yorker. He added that “Mourning What We Thought We Were,” might not be terribly complimentary toward his hometown but if the poem is good and is true, who cares.

Just days into his presidency, Donald Trump wasted no time in signing two executive orders to reshape immigration policies. Combined with other actions, it was akin to taking a wrecking ball to the Statue of Liberty.

When we learn to pray as children, we usually memorize the proper, traditional, well-thought-out prayers of our particular faith. We say our piece, we make the motions, blessing ourselves or folding our arms or kneeling down or prostrating ourselves, and then we are done. We aren’t necessari…

A few weeks ago, my brother sent me the 2017 Penthouse wall calendar with the bonus refrigerator magnet. I opened it early in the morning and when I realized what it was, I looked over my shoulder to make sure somebody wasn’t sneaking up on me.

A couple of years ago, I saw Ralph Krafve in Glenwood Gardens. Krafve, the legendary basketball coach at East High and BC, had moved to the retirement facility with his wife. He was sitting in a wheelchair eating lunch and, when he saw me, fixed me with those bright piercing eyes and then li…

A hundred-dollar gift certificate is something. When it’s to H. Walker's, something special. One that includes a gracious greeting at the door, hard candies on the counter, exquisite service and clothes, something to look forward to.