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From the Publisher's Desk: Family: the journey and the destination

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My Uncle Nick and Aunt Winnie Maricich at her 85th birthday party at Ante’s Croatian restaurant earlier this month. The couple will celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary in December. The Daily Triplicate/Michele Thomas
It was more a pilgrimage than a vacation. I’d received the invitation to my aunt’s 85th birthday party on a particularly foggy day when the work on my desk was piled high and I asked myself, “why not?”

 I surrendered to the tug at my heart to “go home” and see family and friends and be a part of my aunt’s celebration. 

 I boarded Amtrak’s Coast Starlight to Los Angeles in Salem, Ore., after spending a few days with my granddaughter. Most people I tell about my trip shake their heads at the thought of such a long train ride. But the back country of Oregon and California is scenery that soothes my soul. From golden haystacks in Albany to endless strawberry fields outside Salinas, I was entertained and awed by what happens behind the scenes, beyond the highways, blurred from the portholes of planes.


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