moon over los angeles

Author Michael Connelly, who has great affection for Los Angeles, speaks for me when he writes in his novel The Black Ice: He loved the city most at night. The night hid many of the sorrows. It silenced the city yet brought deep undercurrents to the surface. It was in this dark slipstream that he […]

Tommy’s graduation from CSUN in 1991

Tommy graduated from Cal State Northridge (CSUN) in 1991 with a degree in Real Estate. Today is the 23rd anniversary of his graduation. The graduation ceremony was on a Wednesday morning, so in order to make it to his ceremony, I headed south right after work on Tuesday. I drove 600 miles Tuesday evening and stayed in […]

tommy in tulelake, ca, 1983

My wife, Maureen, recently found the photo shown below, which was taken in the living room of Maureen’s parents, Maurice and Lois Ott, in 1983. Maurice and Lois are my wife, Maureen’s, parents. At the time this picture was taken, they were living on a farm south of Tulelake, a community in northern California near […]

merry christmas

Merry Christmas to all — I hope everybody who reads this is having a wonderful night! Best wishes especially to my grandchildren Garrett and Sadie; my nephew Phillip; and my nieces Patience, Maureen, and Jennifer. Best wishes also to all the seamen who read this throughout the world, at sea or in port — I […]

thoughts and wishes for my grandchildren

The picture of a tow truck shown above is one of my prized possessions. My grandson Garrett made it for me when he was a small child. The “GPM” pattern in the background stands for Grandpa Marton. Tom was blessed with two wonderful children, my grandchildren, Garrett and Sadie. Garrett inherited his father’s fine intelligence and […]