a poem from “out of africa”

In 1985, when Tommy was 16 years old, a movie titled Out of Africa was released. It was based on an autobiographical book by Karen Blixen (who wrote under the pen name Isak Dinesen), which tells the story of her life on her farm in Kenya in the early 1900s. Tommy and I went to a lot […]

one brief shining moment

The birth of my grandson Garrett was, for me, a “shining moment” (to borrow a phrase from the musical Camelot). It was a happy day, and I know my son Tommy especially felt that way about G’s arrival. G’s sixteenth birthday is coming up soon. The anniversary of his birth is a cheerful reminder of his appearance on the scene in […]

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 […]

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 […]

thoughts on tom’s birthday

Today is Tom’s birthday — he would have been 45 today. The picture above typifies Tom so well: it shows him hiking in Yosemite, one of his favorite places. The photo was taken, if I’m not mistaken, by my grandson Garrett. It has been 2 1/2 years since Tom passed away, and what shouldn’t surprise […]

the santa monica mountains, part 2

I recently was going through my desk and found an old parking stub dated March 26, 1985… Tom’s 16th birthday. If my memory serves me correctly (a big “if” these days) it’s a parking ticket from Will Rogers State Park, which is located just north of Sunset Boulevard in the foothills of the Santa Monica […]

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 […]