Of Making Many Books

IT STARTED: It was early 1978. In a few short weeks everything fell apart. Someone I thought I was building a home with wanted “freedom.” To satisfy that we moved 2,000 miles. She took the kids and began the legal process that would ultimately take everything apart. I had only despair. My livelihood was gone. […]

An Old Man’s Rumination

I want to walk in the Redwoods. One more time. Down that trail, behind the locked gate to the valley little known and little visted with those stout tall trees. The valley the rangers told us about. So green, so alive. I want to see again the rocky southern coast of Oregon, the creatures that […]

Me and Dad

DACA and Me

DACA and Me:   I may seem like a white bread Yankee American white man….but am I really? No matter where you stand on the issues of immigration, we all came sometime from somewhere.   I got to remembering a few nights ago those now gone but real people that I know now live in […]

Soap is Slippery

I didn’t drop the soap this morning. That might seem trivial to you, but it’s a big deal for me. Soap bars are slippery. For a few years I’ve found independence in using a sponge and squeezing out a little liquid soap. Easier to hold onto. It wasn’t that long ago my unsteadiness meant I […]

The Lego Possibility

After Supper we stopped into Barnes & Noble. She wanted some special note/appointment book. I browsed for a magazine. Intrigued by the current Atlantic I took it over to Raj at the checkout. Ahead of me were an older woman and man, a teen age girl and boy. He was a big guy, taller than […]

Were We Poor?

At the age of 66, Mom went in the hospital at the end of January, 1992, expecting a rather routine gall bladder surgery.  It turned out to be cancerous. She had treatment but was gone by August the following year. After she passed, Dad gave this back to me. I share it now to simply […]

Angels on the Mountain

Angels on the Mountain

There is a mountain behind my house. In these 30 years I’ve walked up there many times. It was a get away and think place for my kids. It’s granite boulders provide a place to sit and be anchored to the ground while you look off to distant real mountains beyond the faint rooftops. So […]


6:40 am, February 25, 2017: The sun is very very bright, yet looking over at the mountains, 35, 40 miles away, they appear indistinct, hazy. The sky is not pure blue, it is whiter. And the haze takes away the sharpness of things in the valley. Friends have visited here from various parts of the […]

Over the Mountains

Wrapped in clouds today I know that Mt. San Jacinto is still over there. We’ve seen all these mountains from our front room for 30 years. Yesterday, in the middle of the storm the Obama family plane landed here in Riverside and drove on to the other side of San Jac to a rainy, windy […]

Women’s March

Women’s March: Of course we know that ‘Rump cannot be reached. You can’t break through. BUT… others are watching. Congressmen, Senators, state legislators, governors; literally thousands of elected officials around this nation are sitting up and taking notice when millions of citizens take streets against hate, THEY are the key. There will be those who […]