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Overcoming Homelessness with Interfaith

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

When Art came to Interfaith ten months ago, he was 62 years old and having a hard time finding work. A few years prior, he had been laid off from his job as an electrical engineer and after spending all of his savings, Art began sleeping on friend’s couches when he could no longer afford his […]

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Diligent and Dangerous Part I – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 11, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  5 Comments

Semper Femme Fatale Thomas Calabrese …Part I Catlin Forrest and Camille Reubens were relaxing at the San Onofre State beach not far from their San Mateo base housing quarters when their Marine Corps pilot husbands flew low over them in their Cobra helicopters on their way back to the Camp Pendleton airfield. The two women […]

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Almost There – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 25, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Close is not good enough this time… Thomas Calabrese…It was the evening of December 28, 2016 and Glenn Garrison was scrolling down his list of potential resolutions for the upcoming year as he sat in the kitchen of his sparsely furnished one bedroom apartment in the Rancho Del Oro area of Oceanside. In the past […]

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Allegiance of Blood – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 19, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

The True Bond of Loyalty Thomas Calabrese …. Pete Caldarelli’s paternal grandfather Salvatore migrated from Palermo, Sicily to San Diego California in 1946 after the end of World War II. His father Joseph was born in 1950 and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and after his discharge from the military, he became […]

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Candy and a Flower – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 11, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

(Who Saved Who?) Thomas Calabrese…Mike Hemmer was a homeless veteran, just one of thousands around the country and after his discharge from the Marine Corps, he returned to his hometown of Longmont, Colorado. He was in the fourth year of a six year enlistment and serving with a Force Reconnaissance unit when the helicopter he […]

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Five O’clock Follies – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 4, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

(Die Laughing or Just Die) Thomas Calabrese …… Third Battalion, Lima Company, Second Platoon was the bottom rung of the ladder for speed freaks, potheads, juicers and hellraising Marines with too much time in country and not enough functioning brain cells to quietly complete their combat tours or die patriotically in the line of duty. They […]

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Heaven Sent and Hell Bent – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 14, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

  Justice Comes Calling It was five am on June 15, 1930 and Frank McCall was driving from San Diego to his ranch in Valley Center. The Depression had been hard on him and his family, but it was hard on the entire country so Frank did not have any other choice except to roll […]

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Blue Monday In January?

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

There are two ways looking at January. For the ‘glass half-full’ people out there, it’s a time of fresh resolve, embarking on new endeavors and optimistic re-evaluation. For the rest of us, it’s just layer upon layer of misery. Our bodies feel the strain of December’s booze and chocolate diet , tumbleweeds blow through our bank accounts […]

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Smiling Christmas Viper – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 24, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Best Gift Ever Thomas Calabrese …. As I lie on my deathbed within days or hours of my final demise, I can’t help but look back and wonder how much of this tale is actual fact and how much has been distorted by the gradual destruction of my brain cells from too many years of bad […]

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Energy-Saving Tips and Quick Updates from San Diego Gas & Electric

By   /  December 21, 2016  /  North County  /  No Comments

The County currently partners with San Diego Gas & Electric through a Local Government Partnership to administer energy efficiency programs using Public Purpose Program Funds from the California Public Utilities Commission.  The following information includes some energy-saving tips and quick updates from San Diego Gas & Electric. The onset of winter is the perfect time […]

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J.E.F. Part II Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 17, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  5 Comments

Thomas Calabrese …The Joint Expeditionary Force had been in existence for over three years and had completed twenty four minor missions and seven major ones since its inception. A minor mission was designated as a rescue or assassination and a major mission was an attack on a large hostile force. Ben the Mossad Agent was […]

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The Transitioner – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 3, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  6 Comments

A different perspective Thomas Calabrese….Tyler Hutchins was twenty four years old and had joined the Marine Corps when he was eighteen, right out of high school and was coming up on his six years anniversary and discharge date. He had four deployments during his enlistment and each one was rougher than the previous. Tyler was […]

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Ice & Steel Part II – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 12, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  6 Comments

Thomas Calabrese ….Part II Three days later, Charlie and Jack were sitting in their vehicle across the street from Senorita Bonita, a restaurant in Mexicali. “I’ve always hated surveillance,” Jack grimaced as he squirmed in his seat. “That’s coming from a guy who would spend three days in the searing heat or freezing cold to […]

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Ice and Steel – Part I – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 5, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

  Heal or Kill – Thomas Calabrese –  Part I ……It was nine pm, Wednesday night and Deputy Ben Allison was working the four to midnight shift in the Douglas, Arizona area. He drove down Pan American Avenue and turned on Tenth Street and pulled into the parking lot of Brasas Grill for his dinner […]

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Zeke the Zombie – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 29, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

Born on Halloween Thomas Calabrese … Ezekiel “Zeke” Forrest was a former Marine and aspiring triathlete who lived in Vista, California. He was currently working as a security guard at the San Onofre nuclear power plant during the decommissioning process, three twelve hour shifts from seven pm to seven am, Friday through Sunday, and this was […]

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Keen Eyes – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 22, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  6 Comments

See almost everything … Thomas Calabrese ….  John Pacer served eight years in the Marine Corps as a scout sniper, military occupational specialty 0317. He was blessed with twenty/eight vision which means he could see at twenty feet what most people needed to be at eight feet to distinguish.  John not only had keen eyesight, […]

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Best Revenge – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 27, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

  Sometimes The Best Revenge Is Living Well Thomas Calabrese …  It was May 5, 1969 and my one year tour in Vietnam was slowly dragging to a conclusion. My two best buddies, Larry Farmer and Mike Cassidy had rotated out last month and I’ve stayed to myself since their departure, choosing not to make any […]

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The Candy Apple Woman and The Dandelion Man – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 21, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

  Thomas Calabrese …   It was the summer of 1955 in the small city of Lawndale, California located in southern Los Angeles County and bordered by Redondo Beach to the west, Hawthorne to the north and Torrance to the southeast. Little Richie Myers was only five years old and one of the highlights of his […]

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Brace For Impact – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 19, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

There is a place between heaven and hell, situated in the murky opaque region that borders harsh reality and dreamlike fantasy. A dimension where timelessness, infinity and the speed of light collide and merge into something that is indefinable by human intelligence. Where the foul stench of decaying flesh and the sweet scent of everlasting […]

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Did you know?

By   /  March 10, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Did you know? The Spanish name “Palomar” means “pigeon roost” in English and comes from the Spanish colonial era in Alta California when Palomar Mountain was known as the home of band-tailed pigeons. During the 1890s, the human population on Palomar Mountain was sufficient to support three public schools, and it was a popular summer […]

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