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 […]

tom’s children

This picture of Tom’s children was taken in late 2016. In the months since the picture was taken, Sadie turned 15, and Garrett recently  turned 19. Needless to say, Tom was blessed with great children. He loved them a lot and I know he would be proud and delighted with them now that they are entering adulthood. […]

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 […]

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 […]

tom’s early years in santa barbara

Soon after graduating from college in the early 1990s, Tom moved to San Luis Obispo, where he started a mobile bicycle repair business. Even with a sound business plan and his strong mechanical skills, though, he found it a very hard business to break into. He eventually moved to Santa Barbara, where he had an […]