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Notes from Home: Real Progress

By Trudy Wischemann “You can’t stop progress,” I’ve been warned my whole life as I worked against the predictable devastation I saw coming in progress’s wake. Maybe that’s true, but the news this past week suggests that progress can be redirected. Saturday’s front page article in the Fresno Bee showed fingerling Chinook salmon from the […]

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Notes from Home: The Hope of Action

By Trudy Wischemann “How many names will it take to stop this thing?” a woman asked me after last week’s Lindsay City Council meeting. She was referring to the proposed roundabout at Hermosa and Westwood and the signature-gathering effort she’d participated in a few weeks before, heroic by this community’s standards. I don’t remember my […]

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Notes form Home: On Residence

By Trudy Wischemann “No one wants to live here anymore,” said the same friend in the same conversation I wrote about last week. The explanation she gave for that purported trend, that many current residents now park their cars on their lawns (which is a violation of Lindsay’s municipal code, enforceable by law) was merely […]

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Notes from Home: Come On Home

By Trudy Wischemann “Do you have to fight about everything?” a friend asked in an unfriendly voice. We were talking about Lindsay’s proposed roundabout at Hermosa and Westwood, adjacent to Jefferson School and half a block from the entrances to the Olive Tree Plaza. “I wish I didn’t,” is what I wish I had answered […]

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Notes from Home: People Care

By Trudy Wischemann There was a meeting at Lindsay’s Wellness Center last Thursday about the proposed roundabout at Hermosa and Westwood. It was sponsored by the City of Lindsay and attended by 30-50 townspeople. Though not a city council meeting, the two newest council members attended: Laura Cortes and Brian Watson, supporting staff members Bill […]

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Notes from Home: Afterbirth

By Trudy Wischemann I woke up Christmas morning with thoughts of the manger. Mary and Joseph have made it through this tough night; mother and child are doing fine. The animals in attendance are probably hungry, waiting for their keeper to bring them breakfast. It’s a new day. For some reason, these images took my […]

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Notes from Home: O Little Town

By Trudy Wischemann The gingerbread woman reappeared when I opened some boxes of ornaments this weekend. I wanted to do a little lighthanded decorating, at least in my kitchen window, my hearth. I pulled back the tissue paper wrapped around her plump little body, saw who it was, and tenderly wrapped her back up, deciding […]

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