Featured Stories

Before the Wall

From my house on Cambridge Street in North Long Beach, my family and I could hear the cars and trucks zooming down the 710. The vibrations made it feel like an earthquake! A dozen times or so while lying in my bed at night, I could hear an accident on the freeway. As I always [...]

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War Stories

Growing up, I remember hearing Mother tell stories about an artillery shell exploding on Long Beach Boulevard as a result of a supposed air raid during World War II. While doing genealogical research in a local newspaper, I found a published report of the incident. According to the Long Beach Argus, the anti-aircraft batteries were [...]

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Birds

Tommy ran into the house, and the backyard was quiet again. The gun felt cold in my hand. I dropped it on the ground. I paused for several seconds, awaiting a cue of some sort, but one didn’t come. I walked over to the corner where the bird had fallen. One eye was still open, [...]

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Maw-Maw

I used to think my grandmother was crazy. She’d sit in our backyard for hours talking to the trees. I remember her telling me once that “trees are our people because they’re the offspring of the Earth’s undying spirit and our noble blood, which has been spilled all across this land.” Her favorite tree was [...]

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