Welcome To My California Journal

What would you do if everything taught as a child it's suddenly put to the test? Would you run the first chance you get or challenge life at all costs?

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My journey began with a questionable bang while picking up speed on the runway. We went from full speed to a stop and turnback

After five hours of flight we make it to Miami

Back in 1986, the United States was known as the place of freedom. An America everyone wanted to become part of, The land of the free. The flight was two hours long, but it was a different type of experience.

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San Francisco International Airport

If I remember right, we landed around 7:00 PM on September 21, 1986. The View from the sky was beautiful. During the two-hour drive to our destination, I started to learn about The U.S.

Welcome to Modesto, California.

It was a two-hour car drive to Modesto from the San Francisco airport. I remember the air quality began to change with each city we passed. It was a Friday, and I was getting the drill for Monday. School, school, school, it's all I heard. (in a good way)

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Understanding A Fathers Journal

It is not easy to build this website. It deals with youth, morals, laws, and personal experiences throughout my life.

A Short Introduction To My Website.

It’s taken me many websites, over three years of struggle, and many things gone wrong.
One thing I know is that what doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger. In my case, every day that passes does just that.

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“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17).
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My name is Nelson Lara. I am a father, a brother, and to some, still a friend. I have a history that can be considered a little scary. Not because of who I am or what I've done. I "simply" let go of God and found myself in different places. What I've learned over the past two years showed me His plans to be back at the foot of the cross.
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My Cali Journal
Imagine you are 16 years old and inside an empty 747 Eastern airlines plane. You are excited about going to the U.S.A. At full speed on the runway, the plane turns around for inspection. Before takeoff, they announce the possibility of a bomb. Imagine five hours of flight inside of a 747.
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The 747 had approx 50 passengers that I can remember. Three rows wide and the option to sit anywhere I wanted. I sat next to my sister and baby niece. I was asking, where would she run to if the plane exploded?
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Looking from the sky view, San Francisco is a beautiful city. Full of lights and tall buildings. Similar to the lights from Barranquilla at night. So I thought the change would not be that much of a difference. That's until we began to drive away from the airport.
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After about one hour of driving, the roads began to get dark, and the smell was not a city smell. I remember my mom laughing and telling me it was cow manure. I no longer see tall buildings in a city that tried to take my life.
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