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 […]

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 […]