Beauty Abounds in Kern County

Published in the August 2015 Issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine The first time I heard someone brag on the beauty of Kern County’s landscape, I was a 15-year-old high school sophomore. I listened politely to the stranger from out of town, but I didn’t quite share his appreciation. Not yet anyway. The year was 1982 … More Beauty Abounds in Kern County

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