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Travel guide: exploring Alaska

Alaska is the 49th and largest state in the United States of America. Separated from the rest of the country, (the “lower 48”), by Canada, Alaska lies on […]

My Dad’s Hands

We are sad to report that a longtime member of the memoirs class, Owen Heninger, recently passed away. Owen was a talented man in so many ways: knowledgeable, […]

Cruisin’ the Boulevard

Sharon Benson Smith is a native Angelino – born in East Los Angeles, and a regular at cruisin’ Whittier Boulevard. Car clubs were so big in the 1950’s, […]

They Never Stopped Dancing

When World War II was over, young men and women were anxious to put the war behind them and start a family. Gail Earl’s father was a survivor […]

A Blessing in Disguise

Dulce Ruelos was a wife and mother with four children when martial law was declared in the Philippines. Fearing layoffs and the loss of her job, Dulce left […]

FAFSA primer: How to navigate through the college aid maze

If you’re worried about paying for your child’s college education, keep this statistic in mind: during the 2011-12 school year, the U.S. Department of Education reported that 85 […]

Daisy Warman passes away

DOWNEY – Daisy E. Warman, of Downey, passed away on Feb. 14. She was born July 17, 1959 of Don and Margarite Warman, in Lynwood. Daisy graduated from […]

The Necklace

Ginger Lane is a romantic who meets life with joy, year after year. Her story is a lesson for us all about celebrating the moment. Shared Stories is […]

COUNSEL’S CORNER: be careful when firing your contingency fee lawyer

We have all seen those commercials that promise big money to people that have been involved in an accident and have gotten injured. The one thing they all […]

Lessons from Georgia

Kay Halsey was born in Atlanta in 1920, the daughter of immigrants from England. Her father was a minister, and her summers at his church camp in rural […]

Who was Albert Ball?

DOWNEY – In an era when brave men and women of all ages ventured into an uncharted West seeking fame and fortune, Albert Louis Ball, a Pennsylvania native, […]

Employers should look past college degrees

Exorbitant student loans constitute just one reason why young people eager to experience the world may want to reconsider college, says Ed Basler, a veteran entrepreneur. There is […]

5 errors that can undermine your small business

The dream of launching a business runs deep in the American psyche, but more often than not those dreams go bust. Half of new U.S. companies fail in […]

Japanese New Year

Nobuyo Avery grew up in Manchuria before World War II, and she describes the importance of the New Year in Asian culture. It is a time of cleaning, […]

Remembering Huell Howser

Journalist’s folksy storytelling and knack for digging out hidden treasures is missed.

Boron High: From tragedy to triumph

After the death of a teammate, high school football team learns it can overcome.

The Crow

Janice Collins and her family enjoy animals. Many readers may have had an experience similar to hers if they have ever rescued a baby bird. Shared Stories is […]

Honeymoon in Paradise

Recounting a vacation to celebrate a wedding anniversary, Yolanda Adele shares her mixed feelings about the location and time of the year. Shared Stories is a weekly column […]

Weekend Wedding

Many people tie the knot in Las Vegas, but not all marriages last as long as that of Evelyn Watson. Las Vegas was a smaller town when Dwight […]

The ‘F’ Word

Now that the holidays are over, Kacie Cooper’s essay is a timely reflection on a topic that is a source of frustration for many of us Shared Stories […]