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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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A Tale of Nena the Fairy 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 a Mexican neighborhood. The people here were descendants of the … Continue reading

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Making the Grade by Carlos Najera

This year, 1917, my classroom at Haydock School was downstairs in the basement. Most of my classmates were also Spanish-speaking. I was lucky that way because the Mexican children that lived and worked out in the farms and ranches could … Continue reading

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The Fields of Tulare by Joseph Najera

Dear Reader:   I started thinking about Pearl Harbour Day, that date is now upon us, and I remembered this story. I wrote it down in free verse.   Thank you.                                          Courtesy of the Oxnard Public Library   That night Luna glowed as … Continue reading

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The Power of Yes by Carlos Najera

Recess! I could run around and say hello to my sisters. I could play with my friend Ernest and his brother Hugo.  Thanks to them I was able to learn more than the teachers ever taught me. Ernest and his … Continue reading

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The Blood of Kings by Carlos and Joseph Najera

  My mother married again in 1915. She married a Pochi. His name was  Juan María Olivas. He descended from one of the original Spanish-speaking families of California.  His name was Don Raimundo Olivas and in 1841 he received a land grant … Continue reading

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Extra! Extra! by Carlos Najera

 At the grocery store, pork chops cost $.21 a pound;  bacon cost $.32 a pound; a quart of milk cost $.10; a pound of butter cost $.42; eggs were $.23 a dozen; flour cost $.03 a pound; sugar was $.05 … Continue reading

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