tom’s maternal grandfather, Roger Crater

An important person in Tom’s life was his maternal grandfather (my father-in-law), Roger Crater. Tom learned a lot from Roger, and I know Tom saw his grandfather as an important role model, one of the most important in his life. Roger was an engineer with a first-rate intellect, but he was also a down-to-earth practical […]

Two Birthdays

There are two important birthdays this month. My granddaughter Sadie, Tom’s daughter, recently turned 17; also, Tom’s 50th birthday is coming up later this month. Sadie has grown up to be a gifted singer — I wish her dad could hear her sing. I still miss Tom a lot, converse often with him in my […]

Tommy at Aunt Gertrude’s, 1975

  In a previous post I wrote about my aunt Gertrude, Tommy’s great aunt, who was my dad’s older sister. I recently came across the photo posted above, which was taken on a visit that Tommy and I made to her house in 1975. My aunt Gertrude lived most of her adult life in Riverside, […]

tommy in point richmond

  I found some pictures of my son Tommy in an old cigar box recently, and I’m posting a few of them here. The cigar box actually belonged to my Aunt Vivian years ago and dates back to her childhood in Los Angeles in the 1930s. Vivian’s father (my step-grandfather), Ernie Voigt, was a California […]

tom’s children

This picture of Tom’s children was taken in late 2016. In the months since the picture was taken, Sadie turned 15, and Garrett recently  turned 19. Needless to say, Tom was blessed with great children. He loved them a lot and I know he would be proud and delighted with them now that they are entering adulthood. […]

mileposts and transitions

Some recent mileposts and transitions: first, this week my granddaughter, Sadie, will be celebrating her 14th birthday. Also, her brother Garrett will turn 18 in June. Both Sadie and Garrett are in my thoughts, every day, and I send them my love and best wishes. I wish Tommy could be here to see his children […]