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My Cadillac

Many readers can empathize with Kacie Cooper’s desire for a car when she was in high school and also working.  When her dad drove her to Wilmington to […]


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Coming Home: Hector Gomez

DOWNEY – A strong desire to serve is an accurate description of United States Marine Corps veteran Hector Gomez. Hector is a Downey native and graduate of Warren […]


ESSAY: Valentine’s Day in China

DOWNEY – A Chinese member of the Downey Toastmasters Club recently gave a speech describing Chinese Valentine’s Day. The speech is reprinted with permission: Does anyone know which […]


The Bloom of Hope

Asha Ramnaney was born in India with serious facial deformities that prevented her from speaking and attending elementary school. Today she is a doctor, a wife, and a […]


The Ink and I

In this essay, Gloria Hannigan’s dry humor shines a spotlight on what used to be a rite of passage in third grade – learning penmanship and the use […]


My Brother Bert

Kay Okino was born and raised on the idyllic island of Hawai’i. In this story she shares a personal account of the tragedy wrought by one of the […]


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Coming Home: Nick Velez

DOWNEY –  “The Iraq War began in 2003 and that motivated me” states Nick Velez about his reason to join the United States Marine Corps. Nick’s military interest […]


Setting boundaries in property line disputes

When facing a property line dispute, take a deep breath before jumping to conclusions. Remember that you still have to live next to your neighbors, but don’t let […]


Author Helen Hampton (right) at a boarding school in Maine where she spent three years in order to catch up on her studies after a year-long illness.
Boarding School

As a single, working parent in rural Maine, Helen Hampton’s mother made the courageous decision to put Helen in a boarding school so that Helen could catch up […]


Don’t let a neighbor’s barking dog drive you crazy

The most common complaint about dogs is their barking and other noises that they may make. Every city has law(s) against noise nuisances caused by a dog(s). Most […]


My Good Shepherd

Dulce Ruelos was born in a rural town in the Philippines, where her father traveled to work each week on horseback. When Dulce’s mother died unexpectedly at the […]


Keeping a skunk as a pet

Q: I live in Alameda and want to know if it is legal for me to keep a pet skunk? We will, of course, have the stink glands […]


Learning to Fly

Frank Novak grew up in a semi-rural area of New England. With no family television, he and his brother fished and hiked, and built their own toys. Not […]


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Coming Home: Calvin Spencer

DOWNEY – Calvin Spencer knew he wanted to join the military since his freshman year of high school. Specifically, he wanted to join the Marines and be in […]


Coincidence? Or a sinister stranger?

It’s obvious from this story that Marie Garcia is a friendly person who has “never met a stranger.” But this particular encounter left her son worried, and he […]


Free advice: read contracts carefully before signing

If you always stop to read the fine print before signing anything, congratulations – your parents trained you well. If you don’t, beware: Your signature could commit you […]


Online dating? Signs she’s too good to be true

Not only have online dating sites opened up a whole new dynamic for singles looking for company – attitudes about the viability of these sites have become more […]


SEAACA is in need of a home for “Griffin,” a 3-year-old pug/corgi mix that weighs over 45 lbs.
Fat pets a growing problem in animal shelters

  DOWNEY – Although you think that sharing your cheeseburger with your pet is a wonderful treat, beware that you can be contributing to a future of complex […]


A Bride’s Journey to America

Asha Ramnaney was born in India and had only known her American-born husband a very short while when they married. A New Year’s Eve blizzard complicated the journey […]


Are you smarter than a smartphone?

Gloria Hannigan is a great-grandmother who embraces the present and sees the humor in everyday life. Shared Stories is a weekly column featuring articles by participants in a […]