Stockton, California, 1948: Anita F. Bautista

I was 15 years old when I got married to a handsome manong, a farm labor contractor who was also a musician. Every night during the asparagus season, he played the saxophone with the band at the Rizal Social Club. We had one son and our marriage lasted 20 years.

    — Anita F. (Navalta) Bautista is the vice president of the Stockton chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society. She writes about her personal experiences for their newsletter. The above quote is from her personal essay, “Love in the Time of Taxi Dancers,” in the October 2007 issue of Filipinas Magazine.

Can You Get Your Money Back for a Wedding Cake?

That is the question that is uppermost in self’s mind this evening.

It was a very lazy day, dear blog readers. All self did, other than worry about son’s whereabouts, was respond to an e-mail from the journal she sent a story to yesterday: Since your story was not in an acceptable format, we were unable to open it and therefore it has been declined. Boy, that was quick! Read the rest of this entry »

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