Category Archives: autobiography

Halloween by Carlos Najera

   The first Halloween Day that I experienced was very confusing to me. The people of the town gathered around the Plaza. Everyone there was having a fun time.    Bobby took me there to see what was going on. … Continue reading

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The Story of Nena by Carlos Najera

I was five years old.  El Paso del Norte was by now a distant memory. The Imperial Valley was such a long way from here. We now lived in Oxnard in a Mexican neighborhood. The people here were descendants of … Continue reading

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The VCR by Carlos Najera

We had two railroads running through our County. The Southern Pacific passed through our town coming from Los Angeles on its way to San Francisco and back. It had a whistle and a Bell and a cow catcher in front. … Continue reading

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The First Families by Carlos Najera

It wasn’t the same as before, living so close to the Pacific Ocean. It never got hot here. Even warm summer days were never as hot as Ciudad Juarez or the Imperial Valley. Those warm summer days led to completely … Continue reading

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Forget it, Jake. It’s . . . by Joseph Najera

   There was a block of Chinatown in Oxnard.  It was an alley was known as China Alley.     I would slip away undetected by my folks and wander into China Alley. A Chinese man would be seated at a … Continue reading

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The Wages of Sin by Carlos Najera

We had been living in Oxnard for the past few years.  For a time we moved back to Calexico.  My mama didn’t tell us why. It was 1920, I was twelve years old. Most of the time the work was … Continue reading

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Teamwork by Carlos Najera

Wagons were used to transport goods and supplies. Trains were around, just not here. Horses were often used to pull the wagons. Mules were better. A lot of the old timers would say they were smarter that horses. When traders … Continue reading

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