These will make great placement settings or look good on the tree. They are a craft that can be done using basic supplies you either have around the house or can be purchased at a local discount store. It is a fun and easy activity that can be done by all ages.
A Chimichanga is not too much different from a burrito. In many ways. However, there are some variations that make it a little more special. Think of a chimichanga as a burrito on steroids, a little step above, a little more refined. There are some differences in taste and price among them.....
These placemats are fairly easy to make and make a great gift idea. They can be designed using favorite photographs, drawings, cutouts or poems. Use your creativity, it's up to you.
Spicy chicken sandwiches have become something of a fad of late. A fried or grilled chicken breast put between two slices of bread. Very simple and very delicious. The seasonings add a new dimension to an American classic. There are many to choose from. Here are some options.
This is a fun and easy craft that anyone can do. You can use this for holidays, party decorations, or just to add atmosphere to a room. It's fast, it's fun, it's easy. Great for kids or kids at heart. Can be done at home or in school.
We live in an age when there are three to 15 coffee shops on every block. Why these places became so popular is probably debatable. The markup on water and steamed milk is incredible. Sometimes you are better off making your own at home. While not as fashionable,it may taste better and is cheaper.
Originally appearing in the New Yorker, November 8, 1947 and published in his collection, The Golden Apples of the Sun, Brabury's "I See You Never" is distinct from much of his other science fiction and fantasy work. He was much ahead of his time, commenting on immigration and race issues...
You may not have heard about neurofibromatosis (NF). Perhaps you've been told it is Elephant Man's disease which it is not. It affects approximately 1 in 3,000 people - which is still pretty rare. Even medical professionals don't fully understand it. Here are some voices from those of us who live it
A poem about an encounter I had with a transient in Oildale, CA.
A poem about a scene I witnessed in Oildale, California
A poem written about a scene on the yard. In some prisons, inmates have access to pets and in the mornings they take their dogs for walks.
A poem based on a story told to me by an inmate and a conversation he overheard.
A quick and easy food to prepare are frozen burritos. A little different from hot dogs and frozen dinners. They make a great appetizer or a quick snack. They can suffice for a light meal too. They vary in price and quality and there are different ways to prepare them. Bake, microwave or deep fry..
Hotels mean time away, a vacation for some of us. But for many, hotels are where they live. Families or single people in transition. Between houses or just out of rehab or even prison. Many of these establishes are flophouses and should be condemned. But for some they are home.
Breakfast burritos are pretty neat. You get everything - the egg, the meat, the potato, some cheese and veggies if you choose - all in a nice compact breading. It's easier to carry than a sandwich and is self-contained. Things are less likely to spill out. And best of all it is pretty tasty.
These little lamps make nice decorations or party décor. You can be creative and design your own piece of art. Simple for any age group and a lot of fun. These add atmosphere to a room and pizazz to a table. Using simple objects, you can put together a batch for under ten dollars.
This is a fun and spooky craft that anyone can do. It's not just for kids! You get some great decorations out of it, and you don't have to do it just for Halloween.
A lot of attention has been given to the Amber Guyger case, especially as race is concerned. However, there are elements of gender at play that have been unexamined. What if the roles had been reveresed and a man- of color - had gone into a woman's apartment and shot her? What would the outcome be?
The caption on the cover reads "Battered chicken breast with a sweet chili sauce, broccoli and red bell peppers. Sounds appetizing, for sure, but how is it? Do the promises made on the cover match the contents. Are the images accurate? I am sure you know the answers to these questions already...
Most everyone enjoys a hot dog now and then. This is certainly a food that taste better - whether you purchase it in a theatre, ball game, or from a street vendor - than if you were to prepare it from home. Eating out can get expensive I, hope to help you make that choice when you get that craving.
I found these in the grocery store and thought I would give them a review. There were three flavors I noticed: Chicken Cordon Blue; Chicken Kiev and Broccoli and Cheese. I think I have had either their brand or another of the Cordon Blue. But I saw these and though they looked convenient.
Potatoes are a great way to start your day! With so many varieties out there, it is hard to make a decision. Country style, diced, patty or O'Brien, what do you do? Well, I will try and help you.
Sexual violence is usually defined in terms of a male perpetrator and a female victim. Women who violate are ignored by the legal system, media and society. When a woman, a teacher for example, pursues one of her students, the act is viewed as sexual misconduct. I argue that it be called rape.
A little anecdote from one of my social work experiences where I was told off by a client. This is meant to be a bit amusing and if you are not familiar with social work, probably would seem a little confusing. If you do read it, I hope you can get a chuckle or two.
Alaska Wild Wings breaded pollock is a product I noticed on the shelf. I like fish and I like buffalo style breading, I wasn't too sure about the combination of both. I thought I would give these a try honestly I was mildly impressed. Buffalo style breaded fish nuggets....
Beef Jerky is a healthy and delicious snack. With very little carbs, fats, and sugars and chuck full of protein, you can't go wrong. I enjoy jerky and was invited to try some of the brand, Tong. Classic, Honey Pepper, Siracha Bar-B-Que and Original Salt and Pepper are sampled.
I looked at some basic pizza's previously and enjoyed the samples. I have come across some more modern variations on the pie: sweet potato crust and new combinatiions for example. Here are some new pizza flavors you might want to sample.
Beef jerky is more than a snack. Sometimes it could suffice for a meal. In this article I will review Tibbs Beef Jerky. I've sampled their flavors and will try and tell you a little bit about them.
Sandwiches make a good, healthy lunch when you are looking for something to eat in a hurry. These sandwiches are known by many names, including submarines, grinders, hoagies, and heros. Here is a review of a few popular shops: Jersey Mikes, Subway, Togo's, Firehouse, Charley's, and 7-Eleven.
The United States is considered by most of its citizens—and perhaps many in the world—to be at the forefront when it comes to progress in science and medicine. Although scientists working in the United States have made many advances, there have been some ethical concerns along the way.
Beef jerky is not only a delicious snack but it is healthy as well. Low in fat and sugars, it's a sure way to obtain your daily protein requirements. If your days are busy and you don't like to wash dishes, you may want to try this. It's convenient, and it tastes good, too.
In this article, I review Country Archer Beef Sticks. I think they taste pretty good, and I like the fact that they're so convenient. They're friendly to keto and paleo diets, too.
Growing up in the 1980s, cellular telephones were very rare. Some people had car phones and the few portable phones you saw didn't come around until the end of the decade. They were bulky and large and could not fit into a pocket. Very few people had them. They were actually quite wonderful.
You may have found yourself dropping a glass jar or bumping into an open cabinet and then thought to yourself that you need to focus more. You became distracted by something that you were thinking about - something that didn't matter. Mindfulness can be achieved many different ways....
Mill Creek Park is sometimes known as Central Park and is located in downtown Bakersfield. Red-bricked walkways, fountains, and ponds filled with ducks compose this area. However, there is a sinister element present.
This is the story of a boy I knew when I grew up in the outskirts of Washington, D.C.
As we move through our days, our brains are constantly picking up information and feeding us thoughts. Many of our impulses are inspired by the subconscious part of our minds. There are thoughts that occur seemingly without our being aware of them.
As a social worker you will have the opportunity to work with a variety of populations. In addition to becoming familiar with constructing a culture gram or genogram, you may have to do assessments. Here are some ones you might encounter in the profession.
You may not know it by its name, but you certainly have practiced it. CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is way to make yourself right. It's the mind-body-spirit connection. It can work wonders and you are in control. I'll try and define CBT and tell you how it can work for you.
Well heck, which carnivore out there doesn't enjoy a good cheesesteak sandwich? Beef and cheese, covered with onions, peppers, and mushrooms, grilled on a roll. Delicious.
Pro Bar Claims to provide some of the best tasting and healthy plant based snacks. Is this true? Are foods produced in the mountains of Utah what they claim to be? Let's find out.
The concept of a chicken sandwich is a pretty neat idea. There are so many to choose from. I hope to help you make your selection by sampling some of the better fast food chicken sandwiches out there.
Fish and chips is a delightful English staple that is enjoyed by many people around the world. This dish can be found at many familiar fast food restaurants. In this article, I will review some of these restaurants.
Beef jerky is a delicious and healthy snack that comes in many varieties. I've enjoyed sampling a few and would like to share my reviews here.
You may see them in sleeping at bus stops, tucked into parking lots near abandoned businesses, under freeway overpasses. Homeless in Bakersfield are a growing population even though the economy seems to be doing well. Here are some scenes from their landscape; some stories in their own voice.
Considered to be comfort food, soup is often served as an appetizer although it can also be enjoyed on its own. Most of us don't have the time to cook soup from scratch, and that's where store-bought brands come in. Below I will review some of the more popular brands.
Crazy Cruizine frozen foods are a quick and convenient way to enjoy a tasty snack or a satisfying meal. Comfort food from your microwave with all the quality you expect from a restaurant.
Are you looking for a meal that is not only delicious but also fast and easy on the budget? Crazy Cuizine's Orange Chicken Bowl just might fit the bill.
On January 29, 1979, a teenage girl named Brenda began shooting at an elementary school with a rifle given to her by her father. A songwriter named Bob Geldof heard this news and wrote the song "I Don't Like Mondays" and the song would become an iconic hit for his band, The Boomtown Rats.
Many of us have enjoyed fast food restaurants, at least on occasion. Among the many available options are hamburgers, deli sandwiches, pizza, Mexican, Asian food... and of course, fried chicken. Of the many chicken establishments out there, none is more popular than KFC.
We are all familiar with some of the traditional holiday recipes that include roast turkey and ham and all the fixings. Have you considered adding a little flair to your meal? Here are some quick ideas which will appeal to many audiences and will satisfy your budget as well.
Bunny lives in a hotel in California's Central Valley. Her story is one of abuse and turmoil. A young woman devastated by drugs who survivals doing what she must. The lives of childhood victims are not pleasant ones. She became a foster child and then entered the correctional system...
For some people, bacon is a staple when it comes to the breakfast meal. However, there are many questions when it comes to preparing it. Do you fry it, bake it, or cook it in the microwave? Then there's the issues of its greasiness. However, fully cooked bacon can eliminate some of these problems.
A lot of people are unfamiliar with corned beef hash. While sometimes visually unappealing, it can make a tasty and filling breakfast that can be prepared quickly and eaten alone, or with a side of eggs and toast.
The third article in my series of Crazy Cuizine Reviews. This time it is General Tso's Chicken.
Hyacinth has lived in the Bakersfield suburb of Oildale since the late 1990's. Upon her arrival, she managed to find an office job. After relapsing, her life took a turn and she found herself in turmoil. She shares her true story and some of the underworld elements of this California Community.
Thought I would try my best to compose two poems in Spanish. I don't speak the language at all, but know a few phrases.
With cuisines that once were foreign becoming mainstream, orange chicken can be found everywhere. Restaurants are expensive, and frozen food is becoming a desirable option. Crazy Cuizine offers Asian-style foods that can be prepared at home for a fraction of the price you would pay dining out.
just a little something to try and alleviate my insomnia
Crazy Cuizine offers a variety of products that promise restaurant-quality main dishes that you can prepare at home. How good are they really? Well, I will sample a few of their products: Teriyaki Chicken, Orange Chicken, and Pot Stickers.
Just a little story... It doesn't reflect my way of thinking nor is it about anyone in particular. I just thought I would have a little fun making up a story about someone I encounter on a daily basis but do not know and how the absence of that person's presence inspires a little blip in my routine
This article will try to summarize some aspects of the Stanford Prison Experiment as they relate to social and psychological aspects of power. I won't go into too much detail about the Stanford experiment myself but rather will try and relate what I took out of it.
Frozen food is convenient, and sometimes deliciously satisfying. For people who like chicken, there are many varieties to choose from.
a flash fiction piece. i'm still trying to get back into my writing.
Those of you who enjoy hamburgers understand that they come in a large variety. You also have a wide selection of eateries to choose from. In fact, your opinions are nearly infinite. This article celebrates some of the more popular and tasty varieties available.
The Hotel San Joaquin in Fresno is located just of Shaw Avenue in the North Central part of the city. Conveniently located to nearby shopping and dining, the Hotel San Joaquin is a quiet place to get away in the city. Easy access to the freeways make it a gateway to Yosemite or a great stopover.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day—or so we're told. And in today's day and age, sandwiches are not just for lunch. Listed below are some examples of available breakfast sandwiches you might find at a local restaurant.
I really enjoy chicken tenders, nuggets, strips, etc. I review some examples here, and my rate my opinions on some fast-food chicken options. Do you agree? I'll try and keep this page updated. The stores I've sampled are in California. Depending upon your location, availability may be limited.
Colonel Allensworth was a soldier who retired from the United States military shortly after the Civil War. As an African American, he had dreams of creating a community where blacks could appreciate freedom and realize the ideals of self-reliance and sufficiency.
Although I've never been there, I have heard many things about the Denver International Airport. Conveniently located in the Rocky Mountains, this location is a strategic place geographically and for military purposes. Some people believe that this is an example of the soon to be New World Order.
A phobia is defined as "an irrational dread of, and compelling desire to avoid, a specific object, situation or activity. Many of us are familiar with some of the well known phobias, agoraphobia for example, the fear of spiders, but here is a list of some you may not have heard of.
This article is designed for those who may have some questions about what it is to work in a correctional facility. This is designed for people who are not familiar with this type of environment...
This product seems relatively new because I had not seen it before. It's possible that it's been on the market for awhile or available in other locations. I am reviewing the teriyaki flavor they have, and I did see a Lemon Pepper version in the store as well.
Cookies are delicious and chocolate chip are the best. With so many choices out there...what is a cookie eater to do? Well, here are some breakdowns that might assist in helping make your snacking decisions.
Built by one man in the early 20th century, these underground passageways represent an engineering feat. Located in California's Central Valley, the tunnels were dug by hand by Baldasare Forestiere from 1906 through 1946.
Orchid has been in and out of the life since she was a young woman. Of her many experiences, she has finally found some satisfaction and some peace. The following is a true account and her story.
Although grief is most often associated with death and mourning, there are other forms of loss which require acceptance. This article will summarize and compare two perspectives: the Kubler-Ross model and the Westberg Model
A few observations concerning the death penalty. Some mention of California practices. Some famous people like Tookie Williams, Gary Gilmore etc. Some facts and trivia. Keep in mind, this is partially a satirical piece and not meant to be taken as an accurate account of capital punishment.
Cognitive Dissonance is a personal bias that we may experience in our own lives or see in others. Being aware of it may help you develop a keener focus on your goals and achieve a greater level of comfort.
While there are good things coming out of the Me Too movement, it has gotten out of control and become a witch hunt. In addition, it fails to acknowledge male victims of discrimination and harassment.
Ft. Tejon was an active military outpost that was located in the region between Stockton and Los Angeles. During the decade between 1854 and 1864 it served as one of the major Western military posts.
LeRoy says there's something you should know Not everybody has a place to go And home is just a place to hang your head And dream of things to do in Denver when you're dead - Warren Zevon
Just a short story
If you ever find yourself in Southern California and want to step back in time for a few moments, you might want to stop by Old Town San Diego. With magnificent charm, rustling fountains, good food..
Just some stories about some things I've seen in Oildlale.
If you like biscuits and gravy, you may wish to try this easy country gravy recipe. You can make your own biscuits if you wish or buy the dough from the store. Add your favorite sides, and you're set.
An exquisite mansion with a tumultuous history, the Whaley House in San Diego is one of the state's historical landmarks and is rumored to be haunted. If you are in the area, it is worth a look.
We all like to get a quick cup of coffee for the road in the morning before work. Who has the best coffee though? I share my thoughts and opinions on the matter with you. Prices listed have probably changed quite a bit since I first wrote this. I know some McDonald's no longer have dollar coffee.
Well, frozen food is not always healthy, but it certainly is convenient. Pizza is no exception. I've collected a sample of some of the more popular brands and rated them below.
I will share my experiences with four online sites where people sell their previously owned items: Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Let Go, and Offer Up. These sites are like an online yard sale.
Gambling certainly is not a new fad - it's probably one of humanity's oldest vices. And Bakersfield isn't the first place that comes to mind when gambling is mentioned. However, the internet has ...
A great recipe for summer or any season for that matter. Make your own ice cream from simple ingredients - make sure you have an open space - and don't mind getting a little wet.
I hope to show you how to make an easy origami heart. Great for beginners. You can tuck a note inside the pocket or some candy when you are done. This is pretty simple and a lot of fun.
Bias is a natural response that is within us all. Understanding one's perception as well as those of others might better help us understand conflicts when they arise.
There are many brands of frozen shrimp on the market. Sea Pak's is probably the one closest to "restaurant quality". The shrimp make a good snack, a complimentary side dish or a meal by itself.
A fun craft that lets you be creative and design figures and scenery. Great for kids, teens, adults or the famly.
You may have heard about prison library careers. I wrote this as an introduction to the profession and to help answer any questions and dispel any myths.
Whether you are looking for a quick snack, easy dinner or something simple for the holidays, frozen turkey dinners are a good bet. This article reviews some popular frozen TV dinners (please feel free to add any that I might have missed that you think are good).
Many people are unaware that prisons actually have libraries. I wrote another essay similar to this one, but hope to take a slightly different angle here. Prisons are required to have libraries...
television was called the idiot box when it first became popular in the 1950s and for a good reason. I believe our country would be better off, if everyone gave up television.
perhaps a bit trite, but I thought I would try my hand at an Ode and a little bit of metaphor
A brief review and a few words. The BBQ bacon was my favorite. But then again, the BBQ cheeseburger from any restaurant is preferable.
A prose poem with some images included. I hope you like it.
I'll look at a few restaurants that offer mashed potatoes as a side dish and give you my opinions about them. Many will be chicken restaurants. I'll expand on this as I discover new cuisines.
just a little poem i wrote
searching for the best pizza
Merle Haggard's got his start in Bakersfield. You can see his boxcar converted house at the Kern County Museum on Chester Avenue in Bakersfield, California. Barbara Mandrell country legend
I wrote this in college and it was published in the school literary journal.
This is a page I am using to write about some of my favorite quotes. It may appear brief and short right now, but as time goes on, I'll add to and expand it. Feel free to add yours below.
Oildale was once a vibrant community, supported by the petroleum industry, the wells seemed never ending. Now the area seems to be split between the working class and a group struggling with poverty.
In 1968, as a response to the Martin Luther King assassination, Jane Elliot did an experiment with her third grade class. In an all white, Christian school in Iowa, she would divide her students by..
a poem about fire and a puppet man, a penis puppet man who plays with fire and flying sewing machines
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). Mentioned by O. J. Simpson during his parole hearing. Everyone should take it. The best prison program.
One weekend, I decided to go on a road trip to the location where James Dean met his untimely death at a young age. Disappointed with the final destination, I think I learned a few interesting things
Race has become such an integral issue in our society. The focus on current affairs often has its roots in historical context. While many injustices are clearly visible, many bigotries go unnoticed.
Frozen foods are convenient and a lot of people enjoy meatloaf. Who makes the best meatloaf though? I will evaluate: Boston Market,Hormel, Marie Callender's, Stouffers, Swanson and Walmart Meat Loafs.
This is an easy and fun craft that all ages may enjoy. Kids may find it especially appealing, but may need assistance in handling scissors.
A fun, simple and inexpensive craft that you can use to entertain your group, family and friends using everyday objects you have around the house. Great for holidays such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. Basically free. Fun for kids, teens, adults, grandparents.
Also known as Motel Drive, Golden State Served as the major highway between southern California and Sacramento. Now in preparation for the High Speed Rail, much of the area is being razed. These are some images of the old Highway 99
Libraries are an essential program in correctional facilities. Mandated by law, they offer inmates access to legal materials but also provide opportunities for independent learning and recreation.
having been born with neurofibromatosis (NF) as horrible as this condition may sound, I am happy the way I was made. I am glad to be alive. For some people this condition is debilitating both physically and psychologically - it's terrible. If you meet anyone with NF, please be kind and respectful.
This report will present an overview of the population figures of the city of Fresno. Many of the figures discuss the youth population (persons under 30 years) and focus on ethnicity.
I am considering a tiny house in my future. I am trying out a studio apartment. The transition was simple enough as far as the move was concerned, but how valuable is having your own space?
a poem about one day in the tower district Fresno, CA
poem written in restaurant under stars felonious exacta chocolate chip pool pacific ocean cigarettes glowed moon stars fresno
what does it take to be a librarian and why should you care?
The Chihuahua is a popular dog breed, having been enjoyed by people around the world for centuries
Originally published in the "Dust Devils" column, The Tucson Weekly
Originally Published in the "Dust Devils" column, The Tucson Weekly
A Survey of Library Systems: Card Holders with Respect to Population (Fresno County)
Oklahoma City. Brick Town. The Cowboy Museum. Oklahoma City Memmorial
I went up to the mountains In my ’69 Ford Mustang With one of the hose’s legs Twisted and mangled Part of it fallen off. The grille is partially dented From an accident that happened When my uncle ran a red light In Oklahoma...
little boy dressed in blue denim white shirt an grey high topped sneakers found down by the river next to the levee just past the wooden bridge. it's not really a bridge though -just a catwalk looked like it had been...
Driving along the highway, I pass this couple, embracing at the roadside. As they disappear in the mirror I wonder, who are they? How did they get there, this almost awkward looking man, this little lady, at the roadside standing...
A variation of another poem (I think)
They are cautious when the passing of a car slices beams of light above their heads, run over slick manhole covers, slip into the reverence of thick bushes. These slaughterer’s of birds collect about in night alleyways; the shivering...
Well there is only one you just one like the letter between T and V in the alphabet,
One day soon, it will happen to you. You will wake up in the middle of the night maybe, or wipe your eyes in the morning before the alarm has sounded. You will not be thinking of the shower, or the day ahead of you, the struggle as it is referred to...
Because you are flesh you will never completely give into the spirit. You will drive your fancy car - one that was bought for you - through the neighborhood, past the billboards and strip malls, down the freeway to that building that houses your...
Just a little creative piece full of some angst
Fresno is one of the world's largest producers of agriculture. This small area in California's Central Valley feeds the world and it is the hard work of fieldworkers that accomplishes this feat.
Library science may be a phrase that doesn't make sense. Libraries are important and librarians are needed. Everyone has appreciated the public library at some time in their lives. We still need them. Library Science and the MLS or MLIS are still important today.
Sharon Olds was the first real modern American poet I came across as an undergraduate student. This is how I came to know who she was and I believe she is one of the finest modern American poets.
Neurofibromatosis (or NF for short) is a genetic disorder that has three major forms: NF1, NF2, and Schwannamatosis. NF1 is a genetic disorder that affects 1 in 3,000 births.