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When ICE Comes

By Trudy Wischemann  There is a beautiful, tall row of corn growing in the back yard of the house next door to mine where once there was a dense hedge of pyracantha, commonly known as the Firethorn bush. Although the cedar waxwings undoubtedly miss the red berries in winter on both sides of their north-south […]

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Notes from Home: Westlands’ Fake Tears

By Trudy Wischemann  When I travel north, I normally take Highway 99. It keeps me in touch with our neighbors: the smaller communities like ours based in nuts, tree fruit, vines and field crops rather than the Mediterranean orchards of citrus and olives. Of course, it also exposes me to the latest developments around our […]

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We Need to Talk

By Trudy Wischemann  The phrase “We need to talk” can sound menacing when it comes from a boss or a mate, implying the need for some change the hearer may not want. And it might sound menacing to you when I say it regarding immigration issues. These issues are so longstanding here in the Valley […]

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Notes from Home: Being Green

By Trudy Wischemann  It’s so beautiful here right now, these few precious weeks each year when our hills are green, burnished mustard yellow in places. Shining and soft in outline, blending with the green fields and groves, the hills seem friendlier to me, more inviting. It’s the time of year when I imagine normalcy prevailing, […]

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