Danay Gonzalez and I sat alone in the conference room of the prestigious Rodriguez & Associates law offices where she is an attorney. During our 15-minute conversation she was very professional and lawyerly. She was cordial, always friendly and to the point.

鈥淚 was just trying to be me. Wherever 鈥榤e鈥 took me to, that鈥檚 where I wanted to be,鈥 stated Lloyd McCoy. That was his response when I asked him about being the first black quarterback for the Bakersfield High School Drillers football team. McCoy attended BHS from 1954 to 1958.

My daughter Brenna and I recently attended Magda Menendez鈥檚 retirement party. After 43 years, Menendez retired as the administrator of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation. According to its website, 鈥淢AOF provides social services for infants through seniors and is one of the largest n…

It started as a normal non-football Sunday morning at my home. I had just returned from church. My daughter Nikki, her husband, Carlos, and Brenna were in the living room relaxing and playing movie roulette on the television. Movie roulette is where you spend as much time looking for and dec…

I don鈥檛 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 鈥淔abulous Four鈥 who were the backup singers and dancers for Janet Jackson. At least that鈥檚 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: 鈥淚鈥檓 opening a new gym called 鈥楻esolutions.鈥 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.鈥

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鈥檚 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鈥檛 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 Bakersfield was full of wedding party guests.

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

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 鈥淐ongas鈥 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鈥檛 believe you can find student safety chief on any current school councils at most elementary schools. You can find a plethora …