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The Melody Shoppe

Helen Hampton grew up in rural Maine. She sang in the chorus and loved music. When she moved with her husband to Florida, he presented her with a […]

Counsel’s Corner: What’s wrong with ‘My Cousin Vinny’?

Every time I see the movie “My Cousin Vinny” on cable I cannot resist but to watch it, even though I have seen it many times over. Although […]

The Slot Car Race Track

Frank Novak grew up in an old farmhouse in a semi-rural area of New England. With limited Television, he and his brother made their own fun, built their […]

Travel guide: Mazatlan

Mazatlán is a city in Sinaloa state, Mexico, known for its fine beaches. It enjoys a tropical climate, with moderate humidity and year-round warmth. Mazatlán is a socially […]


Kay Okino grew up in Hawaii before World War II. Her mother was from a generation when the oldest daughters were often expected to stay home and help […]

A View of My Country

Because she was so much younger than her classmates, Cynthia Vanasse describes her public school years as being a challenge. But the strengths that she gained also culminated […]

Kacie Cooper and her Shetland pony, Cindy.
A Horse of Course

Kacie Cooper grew up in Norwalk where zoning regulations permitted horses. Interwoven among the humor, Kacie sheds light on some of the angst common to many adolescents, as […]

Travel Guide: Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a city and popular vacation resort on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Beautiful beaches, lush jungles and sparkling waterfalls offer many opportunities for the adventurous, […]

Travel Guide: Bismarck, North Dakota

Bismarck is the state capital of North Dakota, and is North Dakota’s second largest city. In a Cambridge University Study Bismarck was one of the safest cities in […]

Oops, it’s a girl

Barbara Sparks was an only child who was very much loved by her parents. Her father was the best father he could be, sharing all of his talents […]

Creative Confessions

Many of us are familiar with having to spend time with cousins who played tricks on us. Yolanda Adele’s visit with relatives when she was a little girl […]

Barbara Goodhue with her husband in front of the farmhouse where she was raised.
Shared Stories: "Of Course I Have Running Water

Barbara Goodhue grew up on a farm in the 1930’s and 40’s.  Her family life could have been a model for “Little House on the Prairie.”  After helping […]

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 […]