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An unlikely career choice. Why writing means so much to me

If you were to ask me what I thought I wanted to do for a living back in my early high school days, I can guarantee you that being a journalist would not have been on the shortlist. It might ...

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Fresno State football’s biggest blunder, ever?

Mel Kiper Jr., creator of ESPN’s NFL Draft rankings and contributor since 1984, recently released his 2018 first-round draft projections and many Bulldog fans are wondering what could’ve been. Forty-five miles separate Fresno State and the potential No. 1 pick ...

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An ode to the hometowns that shape us, for better or worse

I seem to remember my hometown most when it rains. The historic downtown streets collecting puddles, colorful awnings dripping onto passing umbrellas and the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans from my favorite local cafe. I never thought I would ...

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Book Talk: ‘I Almost Forgot About You’

My latest trip to Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago involved some quick thinking. I wanted to get in and out as fast as possible for two reasons: I wanted to get back home and out of the cold, ...

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Is it weird to reject random acts of kindness?

The other day a very friendly woman started talking to me while in line for lunch. She then went on to offer to pay for my meal as a random act of kindness. I declined. At first my initial thought ...

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Leave the women of Star Wars alone

The Star Wars franchise and the word “divisive” have grown more fond of each other since Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012. Disney has placed ethnic and gender diversity at the forefront of each new release. In “Star Wars: The Force ...

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My favorite items from Trader Joe’s

I love grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s so much that I might as well consider it a hobby instead of an errand. After all of my visits to the store, I feel qualified to write a list of my favorite ...

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Can Fresno FC Be Successful?

Soccer fever finally hit Fresno last year with the arrival of the new professional soccer club Fresno FC, but can this team be successful in a city that has already seen The Fresno Falcons hockey team go bankrupt and another ...

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Celebrate the small victories

As the spring 2018 semester begins and the wondrous pause of winter break gives way to new classes, new challenges and the familiar bottleneck of traffic pouring into campus parking lots, I find myself reflecting on my personal journey to ...

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The Cheesecake Factory dinner fiasco

I want to go to their corporate office and ask how this tragedy ever happened. Most people who know me know how much I love the Cheesecake Factory. If you know me well, you know that I’m really only in ...

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I come from a ‘shithole’

Do I come from a “shithole?” I sure don’t believe I do, but I guess the President of the United States does. El Salvador, Haiti and a pair of African countries all felt the wrath of President Donald Trump’s war ...

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Why I love going to the movie theater alone

The first time I went to the movie theater alone was about two years ago. I really wanted to see ‘The Big Short,’ but couldn’t find someone to go with me. From then on, I realized that solo theater trips ...

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After terrible 2017, Giants will return to winning ways in 2018

If you follow Major League Baseball closely, you probably are thinking to yourself the following: “What is this dude smoking? The Giants will be good this season? No way, Jack!.” But hear me out first. Yes, the Giants finished 64-98, ...

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What BTS’ American Music Awards performance means to a K-pop fan

Korean pop boy group BTS left me as a proud Army as they finally held their American TV debut performance at the American Music Awards on Sunday. Seeing the seven-member group transition from walking out of a school bus in ...

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What a psychic told me about my future

Ever wanted to know about your future? I did. That’s why I went to see a psychic. I came across a booth at The Big Fresno Fair where a psychic was offering palm and tarot card readings. So there I ...

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Our pride Pulses on

I’ve never been the type to write blogs. In fact, that is the part of this job that puts me farthest outside of my comfort zone. But I couldn’t let today pass by like any other. 365 days ago, we ...

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Why I write: the discovery of my truth

Between the ages of 2 and 8 I spent quite a bit of time at my grandparents’ home in Farmersville. That little yellow house was my favorite place in the world. When I wasn’t outside in the yard helping Grandpa ...

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My Summer Playlist

The spring semester has ended and that means one thing: summer vacation. Music playlists are essential to my life and I create one for nearly every occasion. Here are the songs I will be jammin to this summer whether I’m ...

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