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  • New face of revolutionary

    Changing the world may not be a viable option for you, but you can certainly change the life of an individual or a community. It only requires a passion to make a difference. Tania Torres, the youngest of three children born to Mexican immigrants, co-founded...
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  • Streets are paved with history

      After I completed my interview with Phil Sexton of Capital District State Museums & Historic Parks for this week’s podcast about Old Sacramento (California), he walked me to my car and pointed out the spot where a toothbrush once hung from a chained post...
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  • A community’s super heroes

    Granges have supported farmers since the late 1860s, and subsequently expanded their support to other areas of the community. Ironically, the head of the National Grange, which allegedly supports the state charters, has become greedy with power, intimidating state charter heads and sometimes forcing them...
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  • Veterans helping veterans

      Would you like to hear from a veteran who’s been working his back side off for six years helping his fellow veterans? In this week’s podcast, I sit down with no-nonsense Wind Walker, CEO of Forgotten Warrior, a Sacramento organization created out of a...
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  • Roach Coach-B-Gone

    Food trucks comprise the trifecta of fast food – unique, mobile and culturally diverse. Granted, there isn’t a drive-thru, but walking 15 yards from your vehicle isn’t physically taxing. There is also the appeal of social interactions with other customers/fans. Although the food truck movement...
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  • Master Commander moments

      You’re on watch, intently watching the fog for a sign of a sister ship to gauge its location and avoid a collision. Suddenly, the fog breaks and the ship dramatically appears for a few moments – long enough to shout its location – and...
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  • An actual ‘Zelig’

      As a pilot, he knew Jackie Cochran, Jimmy Doolittle, Claire Chennault, Dwight Eisenhower, Chinese warlord Young Marshall, Nationalist dictator Chiang Kai-shek; was fired from three major airlines for whistleblowing; survived flying the Hump (Himalaya) for China National Aviation Corporation and introduced celestial navigation. But,...
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  • Rhyme nor reason

      Sitting around a campfire at Camp Minaluta (a Camp Fire Girl camp), a counselor announced we were going to play a game. We would tell a story, with each girl contributing a sentence as we went around the circle. I don’t remember the sentence...
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  • Time travel, Civil War style

    I worked for the “oldest law firm west of the Mississippi,” whose letterhead was on blue paper. I was curious about this as it’s very unusual for a law firm’s letterhead to appear on anything but white paper. The senior partner of the firm explained...
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