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…

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: Feb. 29, 2012 When Jill Lewis learned on Sunday that her late husband’s worn leather wallet packed with mementos — and lost since 1953 — had been found earlier this month at Camp Roberts, she said she knew it was a gift from above.   Her family has been struggling with the loss of Wendell Lewis Jr., who died two months ago at age 79. Ever since, one of his two daughters, Stephanie Winter, had been asking him for a sign,…