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Monday, January 12, 2009 - 12:04pm

Five years ago, my brother-in-law suffered a brain aneurysm. His wife and his sister (my wife) married grief with hope. And three still-strangers benefited from donation of Ralph's liver and kidneys. 

A few weeks ago, at a Christmas party celebrating the birth of a grandson, I met a quiet, thoughtful young man who had sentences from Jack London's "Call of the Wild" tattooed on the inside of an arm.

Daniel Canal, a graduate of CSU Stanislaus, received a new liver, pancreas, stomach and intestine -- three times. Here's a story he authored in 2001:

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Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 7:35pm

Two things today. I learned one of my favorite journalistic bro's has  died. He was the only ONLY editor I've ever known who apologized to me for turning aside my advice and for the result that occurred -- with respect to Louis Farrakhan's visit to Fresno about a decade ago.

I miss and honor Terry Jackson, then a Fresno Bee editor, and my then-young (now Fresno PD son) recalls Terry taking him in a ride in a tricked-out Mustang. Terry was a polio survivor, an encourager and dismisser of handicaps of any sort.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 11:45am

I bumped into an old bumper sticker on my book shelf this week as I zigged and zagged to inaugural events for new Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearingen.

The "Feelin' Good About Fresno" bumper sticker slogan goes back to the Mayor Dan Whitehurst era when he was on national TV talking up the quiet virtues of a little-noticed California city.

There certainly was a lot of good feeling among the 500 or so who gathered on a drizzling, chilly Monday night at the "New" Exhibit Hall, and the 50 or so who had lunch with the mayor Tuesday at the Downtown Club.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 8:54am

When Dollar Tree-type stores and discounters (no sales tax, free shipping, etc.) like Amazon rule the world, as it seems now, politicians and would-be fiscal wisemen start wondering when everyone's feet will touch bottom.

During the recent holidays, the University of the Pacific Business Forecasting Center released its California forecast. Here are some takeaways, keeping in mind numerous unknowns like what's in the next federal economic stimulus plan or how California's multi-billion-dollar, multi-year budget cuts might unfold:

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Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 4:13pm

Well, that's what they're doing in Japan anyway! The "blood-type" social group...what?!?

I guess it's the latest trend among those that arrange social events to meet new people. One of the organizers indicated he had over 100 participants for the gathering. He's been doing the "party planning" thing for about 13 years and indicates that getting folks to come is no effort at all, it's actually the greatest response he's received for any one event. He says the blood-type group draws the biggest crowd compared to all other events.