Brooke Mayo recently reconnected with the biological daughter she gave up for adoption decades ago.

Published on Sept., 7, 2013  Brooke Mayo, 89, sat at a small kitchen table in her Paso Robles home on a recent afternoon as she carefully adjusted her eyeglasses and began telling a story of the daughter she gave up for adoption in the summer of 1942. She reunited with that daughter for the first time this summer — a remarkable 71 years later. “In 1941, near Christmas, a young girl got pregnant,” she began in a somber tone. “She…

Glass negative of Shared Histories: R.J. Arnold’s Photographs of the Central Coast in San Luis Obispo County California.

Published March 16, 2013 (Published here) The distinct crinkling sound of aged paper filled the hushed basement of the Paso Robles Carnegie Library on a recent morning as several people worked to reveal turn-of-the-20th-century photography from envelopes long forgotten. “Is it exciting every time you open (one)?” volunteer Helen Luther asked with interest. “Every one is sure a treasure.” Beside her, with careful hands, volunteer Bruce Van Dyke lifted a glass-plate negative shrouded in dirt and water damage to the…

Published Aug. 4, 2014 A mythical grave that inspired endless hours of childhood make-believe, a filled-in goldfish pond from the 1940s, and a quaint spot for lovebirds of years past to sit hand-in-hand. The 100 or so stones placed in the shape of a heart around a tree in Paso Robles’ Downtown City Park brought many a tale last week after local dad Matt Browne posted a photo about it on Facebook following a play date with his son. “I…

Judith Baron of Paso Robles says it’s never too late to try something new. The sentiment follows a series of impromptu life choices Baron has made over the last seven decades based on listening to herself, following her instincts and making changes even when she was met with the unknown

Original article here. Published Oct. 23, 2015 Sixteen years ago, when Judith Baron was 57 years old, she saw a magazine ad about horses for sale in Paso Robles, prompting her to move there on a whim after devoting three decades to an architectural and interior design career in San Francisco. Now at age 73, Baron has taken up violin, piano and cello lessons and immersed herself in a whole new community — symphony and music. Looking back, she says…

Published Nov. 26, 2014  This Thanksgiving, the Skelton family of Arroyo Grande is weighing the profound worry of losing their 5-month-old daughter, Charlie, with the absolute gratitude of having her in their lives. On July 1, Charlie was born with half a heart. Her condition, called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, is a rare congenital birth defect where the heart’s left side never formed, or formed improperly. It’s estimated to occur in one in every 4,344 births, according to the Centers…

Published Oct. 4, 2014  With gentle hands, retired Master Sgt. Joe Martinez put on his decades-old apron — a wisp of thin, cream-colored cotton, the last physical reminder of a boyhood spent earning a few extra pennies for his rural San Miguel family during World War II.

Published: Jan. 30, 2013 Second Chance at Love Humane Society founder Cheri Lucas beamed on a recent morning as she trekked through her expansive Templeton property, a large group of rescue pups padding faithfully behind her. “All these guys have their own little story,” she said as she walked, motioning to her diverse entourage of four-legged friends. Among them was Sandor, a sleek blond greyhound-lab mix with a slender snout and soulful eyes. Lucas flew him home from Spain two years ago…