“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.” -Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture.
Whither the Silent Voice
What is this thing, rising up to dark skies above the thirsty fields near Delano, its matrix of strange antennas, tubes, and wires, now silent of the whines and whirrs of their past?
The boy dug more furiously here at the end than he had at the beginning, when he buried the things. Back then, he wielded the shovel in panic and greed. Now he worked quickly under a moonless winter sky, lit by the hope that the great mistake he had made might be reversed.
A tale of two coasts, seven decades, and one dream. So this dream walks into a muffler shop…
When Colonel Thomas Baker’s bones were laid to rest in 1872, they were placed in a very specific location. That’s because Baker, himself, selected the site for his eternal resting place.
“Union Cemetery is very much a part of the story of Kern County and Bakersfield. The cemetery doesn’t just contain the souls of those long-departed founders and influencers, it is physical history.” —Dave Hepburn
Cops, Crooks, Sheriffs, and Two Events that Shaped Bakersfield’s Early History.
Laws are for the lawless and the lawless are richly represented in the race. And just as written laws, in theory, circumscribe the appetites and evil inclinations of most, so law enforcement shoulders the task of controlling those in the real world who need more coaxing.