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The Magic of Ordinary Days

Karen Borrell grew up in a small New York town in the Adirondacks, having no idea that life’s twists and turns would eventually lead her, as a wife […]


Carrying the Dead

Owen Heninger was a young teenager during World War II. With so many men serving their country, Owen was sometimes called upon to do a man’s job at […]


No Longer Invisible

Gail Earl finished high school under the most trying of circumstances – she was a new student in Santa Monica for her senior year. Anxious and shy, she […]


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The life and death of Constable Jack Pilcher

Over his fifteen year career in law enforcement, Constable John S. (Jack) Pilcher was one of the most respected lawmen in Los Angeles County.  He began his service […]


My Father

Kay Okino grew up in Hawaii before World War II. Her revered father was born in Japan before the turn of the last century, and her tribute only […]


An Upgraded Phone

Charlotte Boquist grew up in a small town in Wyoming. Even though she was a young bride in 1950, she shares something in common with young people who […]


Conflicts involving trees and neighbors

Trees are essential to life. Their benefits include oxygen production, erosion control, storm water diversion, carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, beauty, shade, privacy, proportion, increased property value, seasonal transition, […]


My family of veterans

Dora Silvers grew up in New Jersey, not far from New York City. After World War II, she and her husband settled in Norwalk where they raised five […]


5 Questions: Alicia Edquist

“5 Questions” is an occasional feature in which we ask five questions of Downey business and community leaders. This week’s participant is Alicia Edquist, an adjunct journalism professor […]


Gracie and the Circus

Kacie Cooper has been trying to fill in the gaps of what she has learned about her grandmother’s life with the circus. Working from memories of her grandmother’s […]


Elizabeth M. Walsh, R.N.  (second from the right, upper row), at her graduation in Augusta, Maine, in 1913 as a nurse.
A Dedicated Nurse

Helen Hampton’s mother, Elizabeth, began her career as a nurse in Maine at a time when she had to travel by buckboard to visit patients. A plaque on […]


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5 Questions: Dan Fox

“5 Questions” is an occasional feature in which we ask five questions of Downey business and community leaders. This week’s participant is chiropractor and community leader Dr. Dan […]


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5 Questions: Art Hernandez

“5 Questions” is an occasional feature in which we ask five questions of Downey business and community leaders. This week’s participant is Art Hernandez, a real estate agent […]


Ghosts

Elaine Held grew up in South Dakota before her family moved to California when she was sixteen years old. The disappearance of family farms and small towns has […]


Leaving Manchuria

In 1931 the Japanese invaded and occupied Manchuria. Nobuyo Avery spent her childhood there where her father was a Japanese businessman. The family had to stay in Manchuria […]


Diane’s new life

Helen Hampton has lived in southern California most of her life. In this piece she describes a situation in her family that might have remained hidden in an […]


The escalating costs of prom

If you’ve got teenagers, you already know how expensive high school can be. Besides food, clothing and school supplies, a whole host of extracurricular activities are competing for […]


Cruising the streets

Katie Troy was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis ten years ago, and she strives for optimum health and independence with a well-planned diet and a positive outlook. Katie is […]


Riding the buddy seat

Lois Tannehill was the typical wife and mother who raised a family, kept house, and sang in the Bellflower Choir. But when her husband bought a motorcycle, she […]


The accordion, the attorney, and my passion

DOWNEY – As a kid, a salesman knocked on our door one day and after a few hours successfully talked my father into purchasing an expensive accordion and […]