We live at a time of growing choices regarding food substitutes. But how good are these new products when compared with the old staples? Think of margarine versus butter. Or more recently plant-based meats versus the real McCoy. Was William Shakespeare right when he wrote, “A substitute shin…

I’m not sure we’ve ever needed chicken soup more, given that it can soothe the soul and satisfy a deep hunger for the basic and the familiar. The winter of our discontent and our inclination to give in to a winter state of mind set the stage for the chicken soup Sue graced me with recently f…

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 remember the morning I received the phone call from my old pal and hunting partner, Steve Merlo. It was about 35 years ago, and we were planning a Canada goose hunt the next morning on the Tulare Lake Water District ponds located above the Kern Refuge.

Friend John Hale gives great advice in regards to dessert inventory: Always be three-deep in your fridge or pantry. If you only have one sweet, you’re living on the edge. What happens if somebody mows through your last two chocolate chip cookies without telling you or something goes stale or melts?

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 thought they were just widening 24th Street, I didn't know the project had an international flair and the city was erecting a massive wall rivaling the great one in China as well as building pyramids on either end.

It’s fair to say, these are shaky times! In keeping with the rocky ride of 2020, have you noticed your hands shaking lately? Are you having trouble tying your shoes, signing your name, or embarrassed that the glass your holding is shaking? You think of those suffering from Parkinson’s diseas…

In 1970 there were hearings in the U.S. Senate regarding the nutritional value in breakfast cereals. Reputedly, an expert witness brought a box of cereal to the witness table, poured the entire contents into a large bowl, and set the empty box on the table. He proceeded to tell the senators …

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 like olives. I like eating olives, drizzling olive oil on top of a green salad and dipping toasted bread in it. I like looking at olive trees, especially the leaves — a silvery, slender, oblong-shaped delight — and olive branches, pruned and seasoned, burn hot and slow in a winter fireplace.

Can we be friends again now? No, I suppose not. Certainly not this week, and probably not anytime soon. Those more sophisticated than I — and that’s a serious chunk of the population — will insist it can never happen. Not when more than 70 million Americans somehow voted for that guy despite…

Readers of this column know, the Gifford-Jones natural health philosophy is built on the premise that the medical establishment should not be your first stop for staying healthy. Doctors are best as a last resort. Tragic bad luck aside, your first defense should be Mother Nature in combinati…

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.

Reader: Good evening, Robert (Price), I want to congratulate you and thank you for your Bakersfield Californian column ("Robert Price: In the debate about police reform, some voices apparently matter more than others," Oct. 25) making the case for the Board of Supervisors' ill-timed, poorly-…

Note to children: When the last of us dies — my money would be on your mother since her grandmother lived to 103 — hold an estate sale. You’ll have walking-around-money as long as you are walking around.

There’s an old adage that “when white folks catch a cold, Black folks get pneumonia.” The COVID-19 epidemic has made it deadly clear. Throughout North America, wherever data is tracked, people of African heritage have higher coronavirus infection rates, higher death rates of COVID-19 and are…

Monday morning, while walking on Truxtun toward the pool, I felt something land on my shoulder. “Bird,” I thought, although bird normally appears when the sun is out and you are congratulating yourself on a job well done or you are so self-absorbed that birds do not exist and neither does an…

Nika was close to her dad. Close in the way that father and daughters often are. Close at the beginning and the end, and through the mysteries that sometimes unfold after that.

Back when I was a religious volunteer at a state prison, I sometimes had to correct people. “That’s not a necklace,” I remember telling an inmate, when I noticed he wore around his neck one of the simple rosaries that had been donated to the Catholic chapel on the yard. I had to explain that…

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I’d like to say the World Series is something we can agree on but if you’re not a Rays or a Dodgers fan, and hold one or both in low regard, this may not be true and we’re back to eyeballing one another across the aisle.

The late Victor Borgé was a great comic who practiced his trade with a tux and a grand piano. A skilled musician and a man of great wit, he had insights into society that we should continue to hear. He never needed to stoop to vulgar language or sex to make people laugh. As a teenager, I was…