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Karen Burrell is from New York, but lived for over 20 years in Mexico, working and raising a family. Separating from her husband prompted a life-changing move back […]

Party Invitations from 2014

In this essay, Cynthia Vanasse looks at last year’s events through a humorous lens. Shared Stories is a weekly column featuring articles by participants in a writing class […]

New Year’s resolutions

The Downey Patriot asked readers on Facebook for their New Year’s resolutions. Below are some of their answers: Michael Chirco: Stop drinking alcohol. Trisha Saulenas: Forgive those who […]

Yours, mine and ours: planning step family finances

The Pew Research Center reports ( that four in 10 American adults have at least one steprelative, defined as a stepparent, a step-or-half sibling or a stepchild, in […]


Elaine Held grew up in South Dakota at a time before the farms in the area had water for indoor plumbing, and using an outhouse in winter was […]

A Mitzvah on Christmas Eve

Dora Silvers is a longtime Norwalk resident who grew up in New Jersey. In this piece, Dora recalls one year when Hannukkah and Christmas Eve coincided, and her […]

Lost in Los Angeles

Noemi Rabina looks back with humor on what became an exhausting ordeal as she and her husband  tried to drive home after paying their property tax in person. […]

Is it legal to eat roadkill?

Q: A friend recently hit a deer, causing about $1,200 damage to the vehicle. He picked up the deer and put it in his truck to take home […]

Remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor

The road to war between Japan and the United States began in the 1930s when differences over China drove the two nations apart. In 1931 Japan conquered Manchuria, […]

Lead singer Phillip Sparks
A Tourist in the Land of Music

Even before her son Phillip was a year old, Barbara Sparks knew he had a talent for music. Phillip plays with several bands and has performed at the […]

Seven ways to cut back on expenses this holiday season

When it comes to holiday spending, waiting in store lines all night and jostling for discounts will mean very little if you don’t have a budget that shapes […]

On death, dying and loss

DOWNEY – No matter how bad or good they have it, in some cases people welcome death, not knowing what it actually means to end up dead. And […]

The Kennedy Assassination

Karen Borrell grew up in a very rural town in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. At the time of the Kennedy assassination, she and her husband were […]

One Last Visit

Evelyn Watson has a special gift – she is a hospice volunteer, providing companionship in the final time of life for people who have no nearby family or […]

Custody battles: how to keep them economical

Custody battles are frustrating and hard to win. Parents who are looking to win sole custody during a child custody proceeding should prepare themselves for what may be […]

Duffel Stew

Owen Heninger is a retired psychiatrist who served during the Korean War when his unit was called up. Today, he and his wife have different views about what […]

Showbiz (in the blood?)

Years ago Kacie Cooper discovered that she loves performing. She still does stand-up, and wonders if her desire for “showbiz” is something she inherited from her grandmother who […]

Uncle Jerry

Some would say Elaine Held’s Uncle Jerry led a charmed life.  He was the kind of character that movies are made about. He survived a difficult childhood to […]

Remembering my old school days

In the 1940s, students were part of an education system known as the 6-4-4 Plan.

Japan - 1965

In 1965 Charlene Farnsworth and her parents embarked on an adventure that is not uncommon today, but rather unique at that time – a world tour, including the […]