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L.A. Train by Carlos Najera

It was time to leave. There was nothing keeping us here anymore. My mother knew some people near Los Angeles so she decided to take us there to live. There was a factory there that processed sugar beets. There was … Continue reading

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Non Omnis Moriar (1919)

I was now eleven years old. Things happen. Everything changes. It is not the same anymore. There was no way to undo it. I first noticed the whispering, the private conversations Of my parents. I noticed a change in my … Continue reading

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The Flicks by Carlos Najera

In downtown Calexico there was a movie theater. I know it sounds  strange. We were living in the desert wilderness but we had a theater. It was on Second Street across from our new house. It was an open air … Continue reading

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The Night the Wind Shook the Pillars of Heaven by Carlos Leonardo Najera

           Sometimes, especially starting in late October, the coolness of the night bathes the town in refreshing sweetness. The night air is drenched with the scents of things growing. The sweet aromas of alfalfa and even manure from the feedlots … Continue reading

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Calexico 1912 by Carlos Najera

This is downtown Calexico. The official border crossing is four blocks down the street and a turn to the left. The US/Mexico border line is directly behind the buildings on the left. There is an alley behind the buildings, and … Continue reading

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The Two Were One by Carlos Leonardo Najera de Madrid

It took a while to decide on the names of these two border towns. With little imagination, the town on the American side was named Calexico and the town on the Mexican side became Mexicali. They were both small at … Continue reading

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Water by Carlos Leonardo Najera de Madrid

There was a ditch in front of our home, water ran down the ditch along the block. It was very muddy water that came from the canal system. The water was the color of chocolate and this was our only … Continue reading

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Las Mañanitas

This is what we saw as our wagon train got near the town. This was our first glimpse of the Imperial Valley. It was once the bottom of an ancient lake. It was also at one time a part of … Continue reading

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Lemon Aid Men

                                                                                                         A good portion of the Imperial Valley is below sea level. Above is a picture of the flag pole in the nearby town of Calipatria. That flagpole is a hundred and eighty-four feet tall. The top of the pole is … Continue reading

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