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    STEVE FLORES: My favorite Christmas songs

    By Steve Flores
    Sunday, Dec 07 2014 01:00 PM

    I suspect some of you are like me. Christmas songs, decorations or advertisements anytime before Thanksgiving are annoying, at best, for me. But after Thanksgiving, I am ready for the spirit of Christmas in good deeds, joy and celebration of family and friends.

    Growing up in our small home in southeast Bakersfield, our Christmases were simple, centered on family and church. And although I did not recognize it at the time, music was an important part of our holiday season.

    As difficult it was for me, I narrowed down my top three Christmas songs. I selected the songs on the basis of instantaneous memories the song brings when I hear it. A few of the songs remind me of my 33-year-old young mother whom we lost to leukemia in 1962, my...

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    STEVE FLORES: I still cherish potty training memories

    My grandson Ariyon is now 2. If you ever had children, you know the age of 2 means many things to parents and grandparents. One is potty training. Watching Ariyon's mom, Yvonne, and his dad, my son Sean, start the "potty training process"...

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    STEVE FLORES: The 'happiest place' is with family

    The scene last Saturday reminded me of a late 1950s black-and-white film capturing Walt Disney casually strolling through Disneyland. Never annoyed or not smiling in any pictures I have seen, it appeared as though Mr. Disney almost...

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    STEVE FLORES: Dodger games are more than games

    "I wish you could see my heart," said my daughter Nikki as we took our field seats near first base at the Los Angeles Dodgers versus the Colorado Rockies game last Sunday. My 30-plus-year-old daughter was trying to explain to me how happy...

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    STEVE FLORES: Movie created family tradition

    "Just try and stay out of my way. I'll get you my pretty and your little dog, too!" If you recognize this quote, you probably already know this year is the 75th anniversary of the U.S. premier of MGM's remarkable "Wizard of Oz" movie. I...

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    STEVE FLORES: Dining out meant more than just food

    "Table for 10." That's what my dad, Larry, would say to the hostess whenever we walked into Bakersfield's Far East Cafe restaurant for dinner. It was in the mid 1960s and the ages of me and my seven siblings ranged from infant to teenager....

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    STEVE FLORES: 'Invisible Man' teaches a valuable lesson

    I don't know what set of circumstances brought him to Bakersfield or to his wheelchair. But the "Invisible Man" was certainly homeless, and like many in his situation, in need of hope, help and prayer. Although difficult to do so, you may...

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    STEVE FLORES: Young love in elderly couple inspires

    It was easy to tell how much they were in love. The only thing missing was her white wedding gown, his tuxedo and them walking through the doors of a church vestibule. As the doors opened, you could imagine the waiting throng of people...

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    STEVE FLORES: 'Faith' one of worthy causes behind Media Music Jam

    Faith turned 2 years old one week ago today. She is the daughter of Leo and Heidi Villanueva. And like most parents, their once normal life was filled with dreams and hope for their first-born child. Would Faith be their future president...

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    STEVE FLORES: My brothers and our swamp cooler adventures

    Coming home to a cool house after a hot August day picking grapes in the fields was a welcoming thought. It was the early 1960s and I remember record heat seemingly every day. The swamp cooler on our modest southeast Bakersfield home...

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    STEVE FLORES: Family enjoying return to watching baseball on radio

    I am mad at DIRECTV because my daughter Nikki is mad at DIRECTV. I don't understand all the Time Warner Cable, SportsNet LA, DIRECTV licensing mumbo jumbo. All I know is my 36-year-old daughter Nikki can't watch her beloved Los Angeles...

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    STEVE FLORES: Cousins are truly a blessing

    It was the mid-1960s and a hot August summer day in Bakersfield. My dad, Larry, was sitting in his well-worn lawn chair under the shade of the patio cover he, my brothers Willie, Andy, Ralph, Bobbie and I built. And although I am sure the...

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    STEVE FLORES: Campout to help patients, families battle cancer

    Psycological scotoma. These will be the two biggest words I will ever use in my column. Please stay with me. The general medical definition of "scotoma" is a blind spot or dark area in the center of your field of vision surrounded by...

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