Pauline Nevins

Learning more than initially thought in senior driving class

I was 27 years old before I learned to drive in my husband’s beloved 1966 Chevrolet Super Sport. “If you learn on a four-speed,” he’d said. “You&rsquo ...

Moved by local artist’s sculptures

I thought Jim was testing his truck brakes when he came to a sudden stop on New Airport Road. He wasn’t. He had been distracted by the wild mustangs in the field by the Ridge ...

Yes, my mother came from Ireland

“Did Your Mother Come from Ireland?” goes the first line in the song by Jimmy Kennedy — inspired by a question overheard on a train to Dublin. Like millions of I ...

Demeaning displays from heart-wrenching history

One of the last places I expected to see knick-knacks from the Jim Crow era was in a store set back on a winding two-lane road outside of Auburn. Those items peered at me from insi ...

The love affair with automobiles

My husband, Jim, said farewell recently to something he valued almost as much as he does me; his 1966 candy-apple red Chevy Super Sport he purchased new when he was 18 years old. T ...

Colfax Winterfest reaps new friendships and a wish for Santa

For 15 years Santa has set up his Christmas village in the Colfax town center — mostly in Roy Tom’s Plaza opposite the string of shops that make up this small city&rsqu ...

The Talent Show

 This event occurred a few years ago before Goyo and Anastazia Aranaga became The Colfax Theater owners. “Gramma, I’m too tired to go,” was my adu ...

It takes a Santa’s Village

  “Neither snow nor rain nor …” begins the motto. Not once had the Friends of the Colfax Library cancelled their annual Santa’s Village. Even that y ...

First California Christmas

  Mother had taken the train – something she rarely did.  Her kids visited her, not the other way around. We sat in my upstairs flat by the bay window – Moth ...