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The Quest by J E Najera

Many years ago on a family outing to visit the relatives in Oxnard, my family took us to the Ventura County Courthouse. My father led us downstairs to the Ventura County Museum. This was old news to my siblings but … Continue reading

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The Old Place by J. Edward Najera

  That picture was from my father’s high school yearbook. He was a senior in 1927. He had two names Carlos L. Nájera and Charles Olivas. Both names were legal and he was proud of both of them. After his father died, his … Continue reading

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Homage to The River Boat Queen by Carlos and Joseph Najera

In our modern times The Fiesta Queen had sailed out of Laughlin, Nevada. She provided tours along the Colorado River and she offered dinner cruises as well. She was a common sight on the river for several years up and down … Continue reading

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The Water by Joseph E. Najera

The 1952 polio epidemic was the worst outbreak our country has ever seen.  Nationwide, there were nearly 60,000 cases reported in that year.  Over 3,000 succumbed.  Over 20,000 individuals were disabled and limited in their ability to walk. Polio is … Continue reading

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Queen of the Night by Carlos and Joseph Najera

How excited you are! You have arrived at the age. You are a young lady now. It’s a magical age, Where everything is possible, And everything is beautiful, Where everything is joy and happiness, And tears are unknown, Where pain … Continue reading

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Ancestry 101 by Joseph Nájera

There is an old country song called “I’m my Own Grandpa.” It is silly and funny and easy to find on YouTube.  Look it up some time when you feel like a little nonsense. This is a picture of my … Continue reading

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The Last City by Joseph E Najera

I am back at the corner of Market Street and Santa Clara in downtown San Jose, my home town. My family moved here from Southern California in 1956.  We lived in Santa Clara a few miles away from this point. … Continue reading

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The City of Light by Joseph Najera

Good people of Paris know this: God has not abandoned you. He hears your weeping and your fears. Have faith. Amen.   It would probably take an entire lifetime to soak in everything the City of Light has to offer. Many … Continue reading

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Highway 111 by Joseph Najera

Here we are, my family. My mother must have been the one who took the photo. I look to be about six or seven so the year was 1953 or 1954. That is Chris on the left. She is 12 … Continue reading

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Menudo by Joseph Najera

Here is a picture of my mother’s oldest brother, Faustino Ledesma.     Faustino Ledesma 1904-1979 My mother often talked about him with a lump in her throat and a tear in her eye. My grandfather Odilon died when a wagon … Continue reading

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