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  1. VALERIE SCHULTZ: Supporting each other in our suffering

    By VALERIE SCHULTZ, For The Californian
    Friday, Oct 24 2014 11:14 AM

    As the blues musician David Bromberg sings, "You've got to suffer if you wanna sing the blues." But really, you've got to suffer if you are a human being. Even the most seemingly charmed life endures its times of suffering, be they great or trifling, spiritual or physical, brief or extended, temporary or final.

    Let's face it: We avoid suffering. Who wants to suffer? We'd rather not. We want life to be pretty and rosy. We shy away from pain or disappointment or disillusionment. We seek escape in alcohol or drugs, material gain or food. We chase the elusive concept of personal happiness, which we are certain is just over the next rise.

    We also avoid other people who are suffering. We keep them at a distance, as though they are contagious, which they usually are not. We would like a hand sanitizer for real life. When someone is grieving, we say things like, "I never know what to say." And so we say nothing to that someone who could probably really use a sympathetic listener or an accommodating shoulder on which to cry. We cross the street or go down a different aisle at the grocery store to miss the encounter. We dread the face of suffering.

  2. PETE TITTL: Too many are leaving this Stone unturned

    BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
    Friday, Oct 24 2014 09:45 AM
  3. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Bautista looks to defend title in Kern Amateur

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Thursday, Oct 23 2014 11:16 PM
  4. BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics & people

    By Richard Beene
    Thursday, Oct 23 2014 05:43 PM
  5. STEVE MERLO: Waterfowl hunters will have option at site off Highway 46

    By STEVE MERLO, For The Californian
    Thursday, Oct 23 2014 05:25 PM
  6. SOUND OFF: Try to criticize Democrats and Republicans equally

    By Robert Price
    Thursday, Oct 23 2014 01:10 PM
  7. CAMILLE GAVIN: Turning 50? Let's put on a show!

    By CAMILLE GAVIN, For The Californian
    Wednesday, Oct 22 2014 09:48 AM
  8. BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics & people

    By RICHARD BEENE, Californian president and CEO
    Tuesday, Oct 21 2014 05:57 PM
  9. LOIS HENRY: A comparison to Bakersfield? Ah, the kiss of death

    By Lois Henry
    Tuesday, Oct 21 2014 05:44 PM
  10. OLIVIA GARCIA: CSUB preps for ‘Wrath’ academic conference

    By OLIVIA GARCIA, The Bakersfield Californian
    Monday, Oct 20 2014 08:45 AM
  11. BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    By RICHARD BEENE, Californian president and CEO
    Monday, Oct 20 2014 08:31 AM
  12. LOIS HENRY: More intrigue in the (say what?) assessor's race

    By Lois Henry
    Saturday, Oct 18 2014 10:21 PM
  13. HERB BENHAM: Urban adventure a heavy burden for uninitiated

    By HERB BENHAM, Californian columnist
    Saturday, Oct 18 2014 09:00 AM
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