I was in early grade school when the NBC Nightly News splashed videos and images of the Vietnam War across the television screen. My parents were typically busy upstairs while I watched in our basement’s family room.
What intrigued me was how journalists could cover fights in the jungle and even American POWs being marched through the streets of Hanoi. A desire to help struck me along with marveling over this unusual role of relaying information.
My mother showed me another way of being in the action as a reporter. She wrote for our town’s newspaper and we were eating…
A roof is usually an unsung hero among home decorating needs, and yet it’s the first line of defense against the sun beating down over Pasadena, Arcadia, and the cities throughout the San Gabriel Valley.
And, if you were a detective searching for clues about how life changed from one decade to another then you’d study the area’s roofs.
Steep roofs on small homes mark Janz Village in Altadena while low-slope roofs mark neighborhoods with mid-century modern homes.
Roofs come in so many styles to fit homes like smaller stucco that are great for Spanish tile in Alhambra; keeping authentic…
M y wife and I first about 11-month old Kevin through her sister, an occupational therapist. Kevin was living in a foster care group home several miles away.
The woman who had the license to care for him was also caring for five other children and she was in her 70s. Her son worked with her and the children had good care, but she would soon retire. Once she gave up her license, then the boys and girls would scatter into different foster homes and go deeper into “the system.”
We met him, played with him at the group home…
A “pebble in the shoe” irritates, so be constructive.
I’m convinced that it’s not the big things that derail relationships, but it’s mostly the little things — the irritants that have built up in a family or a business partnership — and how they create a rift.
Just the other day my oldest daughter had set aside a purple onion to use on a sandwich. She woke up with the thought of how good the sandwich was going to taste with that onion.
So she went to the refrigerator and — the onion was gone.
Our younger daughter had gone…
The shutdown during COVID-19 changed how my wife and I went to sleep and now it’s a habit I want to continue. During 2020, from March through July, we watched almost all seasons of the Andy Griffith Show on Netflix until CBS pulled the comedy. That was about 150 episodes each night while skipping through seasons seven and eight since we heard the show was time limited.
Now, we’ve been watching the original Bob Newhart sitcom and loving the characters and storylines.
Friends and others have told me for the last decade that I should write a story about my family. It sounds compelling since my wife and I adopted our kids out of foster care and became guardians to two boys who moved in with us as teens.
But the reason it sounded compelling was partly because of the intense drama that we experienced during key times:
But there were also families who liked our “why” — opening our home…
I write wide and find Medium useful for my ever-expanding imagination
I write on a variety of subjects:
I’ve always written wide to fit my interests and I always will write wide. I think like a magazine. My first job was in radio news at a small station in State College, PA near the Penn State campus. I reported on all kinds of subjects.
For me to write in a specific niche is like forcing a mountain lion who likes to roam into a cage. Now, I can have areas of primary focus…
Crime novel excerpt from Tom Stone: A Nitty Gritty Christmas, Chapter 10
Stone and Jake close in on their suspected drug dealer, Anthony Angelino, while a man who shot at Stone in the previous chapter five excerpt, dies after losing control of his car in the East Los Angeles section of Boyle Heights.
Links to previous excerpts are below.
Scattered debris looked a grenade had been detonated.
The car was a late model BMW that slammed into a light pole, a tall reinforced steel kind. …
A high school friend was working on a research project east of Brussels, Belgium at Catholic University in Leuven and invited us to visit him, his wife, and their daughter. Our family made the trip and they had given us freedom each day to pick and choose where we wanted to travel.
I was impressed at how precise the trains traveled in the country and I was also impressed with coffee being quite expensive.
They had a day trip planned for us to Paris as our big outing together. So on a morning in July before the sun rose, we…