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 […]

tom, g, and the jesusita trail

The last hike Tom and I took together was on the Jesusita Trail above Goleta. G went with us also, and the memory of that hike is especially meaningful to me. Tom had already been diagnosed with lymphoma at that point, although he hadn’t started his really difficult treatment yet. He loved the mountains and trails […]

tom’s voyages on merchant ships

During most of Tommy’s childhood I was working as a ship’s officer in the merchant marine. I sailed on oil tankers, freighters, containerships, passenger ships, and even one ship that carried bulk sugar from Hawaii to California. Going to sea was an important part of my life, and the memory of it still is, but […]