February 6, 2022

The Joy of Learning a Foreign Language

At about 10 am each morning, when my sugar level begins to dip and my spirits flag, the scent of vanilla from the adjoining cookie factory wafts through the office space and everything is once again OK.  I thank the good Lord each and every day my international company had the foresight to build their plant next to the Gamesa cookie […]
January 25, 2022

You’ll Never Guess Who Kissed Me

Barely a week ago I was standing in line, in no particular hurry to check out a book from the town’s ultra-modern and expansive library–an 8400 square foot building which bore little resemblance to my 1960s library in Brooklyn, New York. A young family pressed up against the glass of the exotic saltwater aquarium while the father rattled off the […]
January 22, 2022


I’m not sure why I thought about Sparky.  Perhaps it had something to do with a grainy photo I discovered in a box of photos.   Before too much time passes, I wanted to memorialize our unexpected meeting that day–a ‘blessing’ now that I’ve had the chance to properly reflect. One spring day in 2009, I found myself at Cal Lutheran […]
January 1, 2022

They Rule the Night

With daylight receding and my wife in the City of Angels, I found myself debating where to exercise. Trudge up neighboring Tarantula Hill for a scenic view of the Conejo Valley? Head off for a staid elliptical workout at the nearby gym? Or the last resort of a not so challenging jog around the block? Some unspoken force within me […]
November 21, 2021

Coming of Age: Me and Peter Frampton

Dear All, It was a week ago Friday.  We decided to stay home and, instead of watching TV, we dialed into YouTube and selected some of our favorite artists. Peter Frampton–now there’s a name for you! We bounced around with music from the 70s and came upon Peter Frampton.  Wow!  Frampton.  Now there’s a name for you–the British kid with […]
October 23, 2021

Touching Base with America’s Pastime

A daughter rekindles her father’s love for baseball. We were so close to the players, you could almost touch them.  It had been at least a dozen years since my last baseball game.  The setting sun was bright and splashed the upper decks of San Diego’s Petco Park as the stadium lights were turned on.  We found ourselves betwixt and between both natural and […]
October 5, 2021

Searching for Annie McCarrick

“A Missing Person is not the same as a death. It cannot be grieved over and dealt with in the same way. Instead it becomes something lived with day by day.” (Ann Mulrooney, sculptor of the ‘Monument to Missing Persons’) A pair of familiar ladies on horseback greeted me as I struggled to find a suitable jogging pace on the […]
September 14, 2021

Bittersweet Milestone

9/11 It had been steadily building to a crescendo for weeks. The media was saturated with 9/11 Documentaries and Specials narrating the stories of the few who had survived “Ground Zero” and the ill-fated who has perished in New York City’s Twin Towers, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. All the pain, the sorrow, the helplessness dredged up yet […]
August 27, 2021

Back from Another Camino. Now what?

It’s been almost a month since the shuttle at LAX whisked us away after twelve plus hours in the air and three hours perspiring in a serpentine queue winding its way through Customs at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Aurora and I have decided to give up travel…at least for the next few months. Although this second Camino, the Portuguese Coastal, […]
July 24, 2021

The Final Push to Santiago (Day 6)

Eighteen miles on foot is a long way, especially in Galicia where the summer weather can be fickle. This would be the first time during our pilgrimage where it rained. Halfway through the final leg of the journey ‘Mother Nature’ reminded us of who was in charge. While the rainstorm was brief, our shoes and socks were now soaking wet […]