Sharon Doubiago

Sharon Doubiago is novelist and essayist who grew up in Ramona and wrote about it for the Reader.

Articles by Sharon Doubiago

Ramona – a lot of stories

Helen Hunt Jackson, Mesa Grande Indians, San Diego Country Estates, Mt. Woodson, Ramona grasslands, Cedar Fire

Was Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona real? During late winter and early spring of every year, a bit of confusion reigns up north in the town of Ramona. The folks at the chamber of commerce there ...

Best Reader stories from 1994

Santee creation museum, Swami's, flamenco, David Baze, San Diego bridges, hunting as it was, Spanish Village murder, Nixon-Copley, Ramona biography, Baja Chinese, Cambodians

A little bit east of Eden When I was living in Los Angeles years ago, a door-to-door solicitor pitching San Diego vacations and tours showed me a brochure of local attractions. Included on the list ...

When Elvis came to San Diego

Mothers and sons and rock and roll.

Tuesday, August 16, 1977, Escondido, California “The King is dead.” Danny and I are in a men’s store in Escondido, a store I used to browse when I first loved Elvis and Danny’s father. Don’t ...

Ramona Then, Ramona Now, part 5

North County native brings Helen Hunt Jackson to her hometown

Saturday, November 14, 1992. Mi hija Shawn’s 29th birthday. [Ramon] traces for me the course of the underground river. It flows directly under your house he says. How can you tell? He becomes fierce like ...

Ramona Then, Ramona Now, part 4

North County native brings Helen Hunt Jackson to her hometown

Thursday, November 12, 1992 The Ramona Sentinel comes out on Thursdays. Larry Littlefield’s sports page is impressive, both in the quality of writing and the depth of the coverage, but I wonder, how can he ...

Ramona Then, Ramona Now, part 3

North County native brings Helen Hunt Jackson to her hometown

Monday, November 9, 1992 “San Diego Estates,” Mama says on the phone, “was zoned for 'second housing.’ They couldn’t zone it for regular housing because of no water — it was the only way they ...

Ramona Then, Ramona Now, part 2

North County native brings Helen Hunt Jackson to her hometown

Friday, November 6, 1992 They Pulling the shades to see the blue mountains. That they escaped there, into them. That I didn’t know this before. That the core Mesa Grande Indians are the original Ramona ...

Ramona Then, Ramona Now, part one

North County native brings Helen Hunt Jackson to her hometown

Monday, November 2, 1992. La Noche de las Velas. Can You Go Home Again? I flew from Asheville, North Carolina, the town made famous by Thomas Wolfe's book You Can't Go Home Again and ancestral ...