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    HERB BENHAM: I went vegan and didn't miss the meat

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Monday, Sep 01 2014 09:00 AM

    I was not optimistic when I opened the cold case at Nature's Food Market & Juice Bar and looked at the selection that included an eggless egg-salad sandwich the turkey sandwich made with vegan turkey and the chicken- salad sandwich made with vegan chicken.

    Can a man get a piece of meat around here? "All the sandwiches are meatless," Glenn said. That's OK for you because you haven't eaten meat in nearly 40 years and you are inclined to burst into song when a menu includes more than one vegetarian option. But I'd had a rib-eye over the weekend and I wanted to back it up with half a farm-raised chicken.

    We were at Nature's Food Market (on H Street across from the Fox, where Henley's used to be) for lunch. The market was light,...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    ACCIDENT: The madness of reckless and drunken driving continues, with the latest incident claiming two lives on Rosedale Highway and Verdugo Lane. In that case, early Saturday morning, police said 29-year-old Dontrell Collins was speeding...

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    HERB BENHAM: Sometimes the best medicine is your own bed

    A few days ago, Dad called. He had news. Dad calls are occasions, making me feel as if I have been promoted to favorite-son status and have leapfrogged my siblings on the depth chart. "You can stop looking for a place to rent in...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: God gives each of us loaves and fishes

    The biblical story of the loaves and fishes appears in all four of the New Testament Gospels. Jesus, having captivated the imagination of thousands of followers with his teachings and healing powers, realizes that his listeners must be...

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    HERB BENHAM: Outer Rosedale to inner peace

    When I told a friend I was planning to walk home from Rosedale Automotive after dropping the truck off, he looked at me as if I were crazy. "Don't you have any friends that will give you a ride?" I have friends and when you propose...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Life imitates art in musical

    Two famous paintings -- the "Mona Lisa" and "The Scream" come to life in a startling way in Adam Matthew Fernandez's original one-act musical this weekend at The Empty Space. Titled "The Art Gallery," it's about a young couple, Arthur...

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    HERB BENHAM: Bono the boss in Ireland -- just ask Bruce

    Al Palitz, the pride of East Bakersfield High School and a recently retired Kaiser doctor, told me this story about a friend of his youngest daughter, Cordelia: "She's a darling 24-year-old red haired Irish lass named Aoife (ee-pha) who...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    SCAM: Here is yet another scam that leverages our obsession with social media. A friend's nephew is vacationing in Mexico, and the lad mentions it on Facebook. Someone sees this, and calls the nephew's grandmother (how he got the number, I...

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    HERB BENHAM: You’re never too old to take on a pup this cute

    Two missed calls in a row from my father-in-law, John, can be cause for alarm. When I looked at my phone a week ago Thursday, I punched the first of two voice mails. “It’s Thursday afternoon and we’re on our way to Springville to look at...

  10. HERB BENHAM: It's a small - and less complicated - world on this ride

    It's a small world and sometimes we like it that way. It's a Small World celebrated its 50th anniversary at Disneyland recently and the news warmed my heart in the same way that writing a to-do list with a No. 2 pencil on a yellow legal...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Artist maps out imagination

    In terms of the subjects for his artwork, Greg Hauss is eclectic, but his new exhibit at the Access Center has a single focus -- maps. On the surface, that may sound rather hum-drum but in Hauss' hands, cartography inspires detailed...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    SHOOTING: The shooting of an unarmed man in Ferguson, Mo., and the unrest and rioting that followed has triggered a lot of soul searching about behavior by both the police and regular citizens. I found this advice about "how to avoid being...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: When did ripped jeans become high fashion?

    Let me go on record as thanking God that my daughters outgrew their teenage desire to shop for new clothes at a certain pretentious mall chain store. You know the one I mean: When you walk by the store, the music is at the exact decibel...

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