A Fire in Their Heart: 100 Years in the Life of the Harris and Cunningham Families

On April 26, 2015, Ruby Cunningham Harris Monroe turns 96 years old. In her honor, dozens of family members will join together in just the latest of a long line of family reunions. In recent years, Ruby’s generation of family has one-by-one dwindled in size. Ruby is the last survivor among her siblings. Thanks to … More A Fire in Their Heart: 100 Years in the Life of the Harris and Cunningham Families

It’s All About Friends and Family…That’s Why I Call This Place Home

Published in the May 2015 edition of Bakersfield Life Magazine. They call me the dot connector in my office. I enjoy connecting the who, why, how and the with whom of today and yesterday. In my business (economic development), that can come in pretty handy. The best part for me, personally, is the vibrant tapestry … More It’s All About Friends and Family…That’s Why I Call This Place Home

Disappointment Has Revealed the True Desires of My Heart

My past few years have been full of beautiful times and blessings…and also the hardest challenges I’ve ever faced. During that time I’ve learned something quite interesting: I now believe trials and disappointment just might be the fastest (albeit bumpiest) path to clarifying what matters most to me. Hard times have proven to be the … More Disappointment Has Revealed the True Desires of My Heart

Little House on the Prairie Had Nothin’ on These Kids

I have spent the past week hauling freshly-drawn milk in buckets hanging from a belt around my waist. I’ve been picking poke salad and gathering pecans. I’ve been walking to school, barefoot, bruising my feet and losing toenails along the way. And in the past seven days, I spent nine days in the back of … More Little House on the Prairie Had Nothin’ on These Kids