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 […]

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 […]

lonesome moonlight waltz

Another of my favorite tunes that Tom played on his fiddle was “Lonesome Moonlight Waltz”, written by Bill Monroe.  This was one of the tunes that Tom taped for his wedding in 1993, and which was played in the church as the guests arrived. Here’s a link to Tom’s version of this tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV4dmOkObZ8 When […]

thoughts on father’s day

This evening I took my usual twilight walk up the hill. These walks often evoke memories of my hikes with Tommy in the Santa Monica Mountains years ago; tonight I swore I could hear the distant echo Tommy’s familiar call of “Dad!” as he waved to me on the trail ahead. Father’s Day for me […]

remembering a great and happy day in 1998

My grandson Garrett’s birthday is coming up soon — he will be 15. He is affectionately known as G or G-man, both of which are diminutives of his name. I vividly remember when G was born in 1998, a great and happy day. Below is a picture of me and G taken on the beach in Goleta in […]

reading richard scarry books with tommy

I have a film clip that Tom sent me back when G-man was a toddler. It was filmed at their home in Goleta, and it shows G running from the living room, into and through the kitchen to the hallway, then back into the living room, then back into the kitchen, around and around. I […]