Category Archives: Oxnard

Mi Tía

It was one of our family gatherings.   “Visiting” is not quite the right word since we spent so much of our time there anyways. It was probably a funeral, since that is what usually brought the family together. I was … Continue reading

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Dust of the Moon

“My name is Carlos Leonardo Nájera de Madrid.” This is how my father begins his life story. I am not sure when he started writing. It might’ve been in the 1960s or 70s. But I remember seeing him many nights … Continue reading

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The Lady in the Bed

    “Who’s that?” I asked. The year was 1950. I was barely three years old, but I still remember. My memory is a bit fuzzy about exactly where we were. We were probably at the Maryknoll hospital in Monrovia, California. … Continue reading

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Frank and Henry by Carlos Najera

  Back in 1953 my brothers Frank and Henry Olivas were at a local beer joint here in Oxnard. They met a woman there who was visiting from out of town. She drove a brand-new Cadillac convertible. The rest of … Continue reading

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Don Adolfo

October 29, 1864 – December 10, 1958)     Don Adolfo Camarillo was a successful rancher, farmer, horse breeder, business man, philanthropist. I wrote about his famous white horses a while ago. He was among the first in the Valley to … Continue reading

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Day One

  Is this how it begins? My story?  Seven pounds, thirteen ounces, two feet, ten toes, on Thanksgiving Day in 1947? On that day I became the second son and fourth child of Carlos and Christina Nájera when my soul … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Bucks

Here is a close up of a dollar bill. I downloaded this photo off the Internet. You will notice that it has the word Hawaii printed on. It is there for a reason. Here is a close-up of a dollar … Continue reading

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