My mother knows of my obsession with William Saroyan, and as I begin this essay, she is quick to remind me he ate dinner once at our home in the late ’50s. Neither of us can fill in the narrative of how or why he showed up at our doorstep. Not knowing, of course, creates mystery and intrigue, a sheer heyday for my imagination, although such vague recollection disappoints the yearning to discern details or anything that might bring him back to life.
Roughly 500 family members and friends attended a candle vigil to honor Edison High-Fresno graduate Deondre Howard. Howard played baseball and football for Edison and was playing both sports at Fresno City College. Howard was shot and killed Aug. 29, 2015.