I don’t remember which lame excuse I used to get my adult daughter Nikki to ride with me last Sunday morning. I think the pretense was to grab her favorite extra hot sugar-free Annihilator coffee from Dutch Bros.

I always thought the red Santa Express mailbox in our entryway was only one of many Christmas decorations that filled our home. To my joy this mailbox would serve to be like a family time capsule that would offer a unique peek into the growing personalities of my children and grandchildren.

For one night at the Hollywood Bowl, they were the self-proclaimed “Fabulous Four” who were the backup singers and dancers for Janet Jackson. At least that’s how Janet made them, and all 1,200 fans, feel at her June 10 sold-out concert. According to my daughters Brenna and Nikki, my daughter…

To those who knew Vernon Espinoza, it is easy to explain and believe this story of eternal love for Aurelia, his bride of 62 years. Vernon and Aurelia have five children, 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

I saw a great post for the start of our new year. It read: “I’m opening a new gym called ‘Resolutions.’ It will have exercise equipment for the first two weeks in January and then I will turn the gym into a wine and beer bar for the rest of the year.”

For most young adults, turning 16 is a very important milestone. Schoolwork, stress, body image and getting your driver's license are common sources of worry for young adults. For 16-year-old Samantha Parrilla who attends Cesar Chavez High School in Delano add "mediastinal b-cell non-Hodgkin…

Many came via the GET bus. Some were dropped off by family or a friend. Chaperons and caretakers brought others. And there were a few who drove themselves. And even fewer walked. For many in attendance, barring any health issue, nothing was going to stop them from coming. That’s how importan…

His long face and sad eyes told me my 10-year-old grandson, Ry Ry, was having a difficult day. I sat next to him on the picnic bench to find out what was wrong. He was feeling jinxed because of his multiple mishaps on our recent camping trip to Morro Strand Beach.

My birthday was Wednesday, June 1. At my age, and even though he comes knocking every morning, I won’t let the old man in. And as my friends remind me, I am now playing the back nine of an 18-hole golf course.

People were cleaning up from the reception, moving tables and chairs and preparing for the dance soon to follow. It was late afternoon, and the Salon Juarez Hall in ý was full of wedding party guests.

In the spirit of the holidays, I submit my “5 Days Before Christmas” wish list. This is my feeble attempt at revising the traditional “12 Days of Christmas,” a famous holiday song about receiving gifts from your “true love.”

It was unusual to see social media explode with so many messages of sorrow, bereavement and sadness. A multitude of accolades usually reserved for popular politicians, people who held positions on civic boards, or a high-profile community activist were instead homages for Tony “Congas” Herna…

It was 1961. I was in sixth grade and our student body elections were announced. I decided to run for safety chief of the Casa Loma Elementary School Council. I don’t believe you can find student safety chief on any current school councils at most elementary schools. You can find a plethora …

In a completely calming yet menacing tone, Rod Sterling, host, and creator of "The Twilight Zone" TV series, welcomed you each week with, "There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground be…

My adult daughter Nikki recently went for a check-up at her doctor’s office. She was experiencing a slight cough, headaches and fatigue. We had several medical procedures in the family in the next coming weeks and Nikki just wanted to make sure she and her sister Brenna were OK to nurse us b…