tommy’s bright path

Twenty-five years ago today — on a spring morning in 1991 — I sat in the audience in front of the Oviatt Library at California State University in Northridge and watched Tommy receive his Bachelor’s degree. I think of that day often, with gratitude that I could be there to see that ceremony. Tom’s mom was also there, along […]

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 […]

dreams, hikes, and conversations with tom

In the early months after Tommy’s death, I rarely dreamed about him, but lately he appears in my dreams very often. Like most dreams, these recent dreams about Tommy are a juxtaposition of fantasy and reality, of “wish fulfillment” and the ever-present memory of the boy and the man we all knew and loved so […]

more about tom and computers

Tom was in the first generation that essentially grew up with computers. He took a class in computers in junior high school; I seem to remember him learning on a Commodore 64 (which had 64K of RAM) and somewhere along the line he almost certainly used an Apple II in school. When the early IBM […]