Dear Debbie,

I realized within the past couple of days that we do not need to be Facebook friends in order for me to say, “Thank you.” In fact, what I am about to thank you for took place 53 years ago. In the grand scheme of things, I suspect you don’t even remember me. We met […]

My Neighborhood

My neighborhood was tough. It wasn’t tough for my older brother, Paul. It was not as tough for Peter, my younger brother. Why was that? Highway 99 was a line of demarcation. On our side of the highway the population was mainly white. On the other side of the highway was a Black and Latin/x […]

6+ Year Old Mystic

I’ve been gone for several weeks. I had the notion that I would post all the way to Iowa and back but got too tired each day to break out the computer and write. The drive there and back was remarkable in many ways. Sometimes really funny. I’ll get into those stories in posts yet […]

2 Year Old Mystic

I may have been 3 years old. What I do remember is being young enough to stand on the cushions of our chesterfield and being able to place my head on the back of it without bending over. Most important for this post is that I recall looking into the sky and thinking that there […]

Marriage

This coming Saturday, June 29, my daughter is getting married. It is a traditional wedding. A man and a woman. Under an arch. In the groom’s family’s backyard. The words at the service, as far as I can tell, will be the traditional words. I am very happy for the couple. I am very happy […]

I Can’t Believe I’m About To Write About This

There is a political wave washing over the country right now, at least in Red states. It’s the prohibition against abortion once the fetal heartbeat is detected at anywhere from 6 – 12 weeks of pregnancy, some with no exemptions for instances of rape or incest. A couple of the bills do exempt in the […]

Mister, My Mom Fainted

In May 1966 in the middle of beautiful weather and in a beautiful Sacramento neighborhood, I walked up to the ambulance guy and said, “Mister, my mom fainted.” I had just gotten home from school. Getting home was always a dangerous affair. There were various gangs vying for turf in our neighborhood. This was before […]