tom’s maternal grandfather, Roger Crater

An important person in Tom’s life was his maternal grandfather (my father-in-law), Roger Crater. Tom learned a lot from Roger, and I know Tom saw his grandfather as an important role model, one of the most important in his life. Roger was an engineer with a first-rate intellect, but he was also a down-to-earth practical […]

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 […]