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Madera, a city of miracles

Have you ever experienced something that caused wonder and astonishment in you — something that was extraordinary in itself and was amazing or inexplicable by normal standards? To say it another way, have you ever had a miracle in your life? If so, Tribune columnist Bill Coate would like to hear about it.

Coate is planning a new column for The Tribune entitled “Madera, a city of Miracles.” In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fear and unrest it is causing, Coate wants to share with his readers some of the miraculous events that have taken place in the lives of Maderans, which have lifted them above the negativity that sometimes infects everyday living.

A miracle is generally defined, according to the etymology of the word, comes from the Greek thaumasion and the Latin miraculum — as that which is characterized as any beneficial event that is statistically unlikely such as surviving a natural disaster or a non-natural phenomenon.

Readers who would be willing to share stories of miracles in their own lives or the lives of others are encouraged to contact Coate by phone (706-5297) or email (


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