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 in los angeles

Consider a mental image: I am riding in the passenger seat of Tommy’s pickup truck, driven by my teen-age son, on a Los Angeles night — a night like the boy himself, bright, full of expectation and promise. Los Angeles feels to me at that moment like a place where anything is possible, a city […]

video clip about the venice canals

My brother Fred recently sent me a video clip containing some great photos and his own audio comments about the Venice canals. There are some photos from the 1970s (and earlier) including pictures of Fred, my mom, my brother Billy, Tommy, and others. The clip includes photos of the canals and also the old Venice […]

additional photos

Recently I went through my family photos and found a few to add to this blog. The first is a photo that Tom took of me in the Marin headlands, one of Tom’s and my own very¬†favorite hiking places. I posted it under “hiking in marin: the batteries, the dipsea trail, and beyond.” Also, I […]

maps of san pedro visit

I’m posting a few maps here to illustrate some of the places I went with my brothers, Tommy’s uncles Fred and Billy, during our recent visit in Los Angeles. These streets and landmarks have special meaning to all of us (including Tommy) because we spent so much time as children in these places. The first […]

family reunion in los angeles

I just returned from a reunion with my two brothers, Tommy’s uncles, in Los Angeles. The three of us hadn’t seen each other in years, although we talk on the phone frequently. ¬†My older brother, Fred, flew out from Maryland for the visit, and I drove down from my home in Oregon. Billy lives in […]