Category Archives: autobiography

The Boy Scout by Carlos Najera de Madrid

   While I was still in high school at Oxnard High, Class of 1927, I was a Boy Scout. Scouting was still a new thing at that time. It started in England and it took a few years to spread … Continue reading

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Doña Margarita

   Here’s a “Kodak moment” with me and my grandma back in 1948. Her name was Margarita Ledesma. All my life she looked the same. She never changed. I have a picture of her when she was a young lady, … Continue reading

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El Centro

   Here I am. In the background I can see the front of our house in El Centro, California, in the Imperial Valley. It is just a couple of miles from the Mexico/U.S. border.  It was a small town back … Continue reading

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The Game

 “Joe! Come and eat!”    The tile floor in the bathroom felt cold against his bare feet.    “I am coming!” He shouted back angrily. He was drying himself quickly in the steamy bathroom. Everything, even the towel was damp … Continue reading

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Uncle Joe Takes a Hike

I have been stuck at home ever since this madness began. I am a senior citizen now, and a type II diabetic. I broke a toe in January, and I was just starting to get over it when the pandemic … Continue reading

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At the Blue Onion

   Everyone was gone, just Cousin Boy and I were in the house.  He was baby sitting me again, although I was starting to think I was getting too old now to need a baby sitter.  I was eight years … Continue reading

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Sunset

Did you know? Did you really know? That the last time That you saw me was the last time you saw me?   Did you know that The last thing I saw was your tail lights glowing red through the … Continue reading

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Thinking About Judy

Judy was a match made in heaven. She was thirteen years old and I was twenty. I got a job in the summer of 1968 as a camp counselor for the City of San Jose. It was the first year … Continue reading

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The Songbirds (a Fourth Grade Adventure)

“Time for SongBirds.” Miss Kelly said. “Oh no!” Joe looked up at her bright red hair and freckled face. He quickly lowered his eyes hoping she would take no notice of him. He hated singing. The last time she called … Continue reading

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Entreat Me Not

                                                           March 22, 1975 We were both students at San Jose State … Continue reading

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