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    Armen Bacon: Let's keep childhood simple

    The clock read 3:37 a.m. at the inception of this story. My 3-year-old twin grandkids, Dennis and Sosi, were doing a sleepover. That should explain everything from here on out, but spelling out the details, especially now when Mr. Sandman refuses to lower my lids, will help salvage the night. The...

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    Armen Bacon: There's just no escape from human dramas

    It all began with a runaway weekend, the kind planned for rest, relaxation, change of weather and scenery. We had no real agenda – only a yearning for quiet, unstructured husband-and-wife time. But at every juncture, something jolting and unexpected occurred. I began writing and recounting ...

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    Armen Bacon: Oh, to again have time with Dad

    When Jerome Rothfeld's daughter called telling me her father had passed at the venerable age of 88, we spent countless hours, as close friends often do, talking through the rigors of holding on and letting go, our late-night conversations an effort to soothe her deepening sorrow.

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    Armen Bacon: The call — and a calling to do more

    About a month or so ago, my phone rang. It was a longtime friend, Bill Grabe, one of the nicest guys you could ever know.

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    Armen Bacon: My mother's kitchen – a feast for the soul

    "The kitchen. La cucina, the true mother country, this warm cave of the good witch deep in the desolate land of loneliness, with pots of sweet potions bubbling over the fire, a cavern of magic herbs, rosemary and thyme and sage and oregano, balm of lotus that brought sanity to lunatics, peace to...

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    Armen Bacon: A gift from Horacio, paying life forward

    Horacio Lugo walked through my front door with little knowledge about what he was getting himself into. He mostly just knew I needed a contractor and a bid for a remodel job. He arrived early evening wearing jeans and a freshly ironed shirt, his piercing green eyes and warm smile immediately granting...

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    Armen Bacon: Coppola and the Lone Star kids

    Throughout my career in education, I constantly bragged I had one of the best jobs on the planet — showcasing student excellence. From Academic Decathlon to Science Fair, Mock Trial to Young Authors Faire, student success thrived in all corners of Fresno County.

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    Armen Bacon: It's always and only about people

    I am sitting in my usual position, the bottom half of me planted on a battered swivel chair whose flimsy arms have propped me up and survived a full range of mood swings since 2004 when I began writing. Many of you have traveled the decade with me, reading my rants and raves, the good, bad and ugly...

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    Armen Bacon: Friendship ties our strong suit

    A diva's 90th birthday. The celebration of a granddaughter's first lost tooth. Chinese takeout with my mother. The wedding of my sister's daughter. Dinner with a niece leaving for culinary school. My grandson's first piano recital. A glass of chardonnay with a dear friend. A husband's milestone ...

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    Armen Bacon: Mehas moved mountains for kids

    It seems like just yesterday, but in reality, it was 2006, when after four consecutive terms as superintendent of schools, he entered his conference room and announced to a small group of us that he was retiring. As his public relations person, I had known for some time the day was coming, but nevertheless...

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