Like most people, I've been called many things in my life. Some I could list, others I can't, many I can't remember but all of which fall in the common lot of shortcomings so none would surprise.

Cop Tales are true stories as told by law enforcement officers from all over the country. The stories are told in the first person. The actual officer’s initials follow each story.

I've decided to practice yoga again. "My practice," which is how devotees refer to yoga, is in its infancy. This means I bought a purple mat, put it in the closet and forgot about it. I felt virtuous and as if I was doing yoga, because I had a mat.

All a man needs is love. That was the message from Novak Dojokovic when he bowed his head and shed tears two games before losing to Daniil Medvedev in the finals of the U.S. Open Sunday.

South High School sophomore Kevin Esparza plans to go to Bakersfield College and then Harvard University after graduating. But he has more pressing matters at the moment. He first wants to buy his disabled mom a house and a vehicle that will accommodate her wheelchair so she can make her doc…

The appointment finally made, my husband and I felt quite mature as we entered our lawyer's office to write our will. Right away, I was surprised when our lawyer said, "Well, you're writing two wills." We had talked for so long about writing a will that, in my mind, it was a singular documen…

Cop Tales are true stories as told by law enforcement officers from all over the country. The stories are told in the first person. The actual officer’s initials follow each story.

Cop Tales are true stories as told by law enforcement officers from all over the country. The stories are told in the first person. The actual officer’s initials follow each story.

If you were like me, when there was a piece about Medicare, you'd turn the page and put as much reading distance between it and you. Medicare was a foreign country you hadn't been to and had no intention of visiting. Medicare was for the older and less-agile set.

On Saturday, I worked outside in the yard from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. I thought I was somebody, I thought I was tough, I thought I could work through anything but when I finished, I thought I might be done for the rest of the weekend.

Cop Tales are true stories as told by law enforcement officers from all over the country. The stories are told in the first person. The actual officer’s initials follow each story.

Recently I watched a television show that I normally don’t. It was quite an eye opener. The words graphic, explicit and foul come to mind. It was only a half-hour show, which means about 21 minutes of content. By the time I really focused on what it contained, most of the advertisements were…

As any person of faith can confirm, a loving relationship with God requires a healthy slice of time and effort. I admit up front that I am not great at this relationship: I do not spend enough time on God. I get busy. I get distracted. I forget. Prayer is often far down on my to-do list.

"How do you solve a problem like Maria?" You don't and when Maria is Julie Andrews you thank God every time she opens her mouth and sings in her classically trained soprano. If Maria is a problem, she's a problem worth listening to.

Cop Tales are true stories as told by law enforcement officers from all over the country. The stories are told in the first person. The actual officer’s initials follow each story.

What do you do with leftovers from vacation? This includes three eggs, half of a half-and-half, four Squirts (hecho in Mexico), enough medium hot salsa to cover an omelet, a bowl of buttery pasta (leftover from leftovers), two soggy Milano cookies and a bag of trail mix sure to clump togethe…

My adult daughter Nikki recently went for a check-up at her doctor’s office. She was experiencing a slight cough, headaches and fatigue. We had several medical procedures in the family in the next coming weeks and Nikki just wanted to make sure she and her sister Brenna were OK to nurse us b…

Reader: I am glad the deputy involved in the Wasco family tragedy has been laid to eternal rest. May he RIP. That sincerely said, The Californian has given entirely too much print (text and numerable photographs) to him since the tragedy. I understand this is a local paper reporting local ne…

Cop Tales are true stories as told by law enforcement officers from all over the country. The stories are told in the first person. The actual officer’s initials follow each story.

My cousin's son Paul is in his 30s and has been single for a while. He shouldn't be necessarily (he's perfectly delightful on a number of fronts) but he has been and heretofore seems unfazed by the prospect of being unattached. There are other things to do and he has done them happily.

I went to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale recently. We were taking Lillian, our 4-year-old granddaughter, to a tea at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego and Sue suggested I might want to dress appropriately.

Cop Tales are true stories as told by law enforcement officers from all over the country. The stories are told in the first person. The actual officer’s initials follow each story.