Let's celebrate the upcoming publication of Harper Lee's novel Go Set a Watchman by reading (or re-reading) her only other published novel, the incomparable To Kill a Mockingbird. I'm hosting a discussion group right here on my website! For details click on the Mockingbird link above. It will take you to a special page devoted … Continue reading Join the Discussion!
Last week I took my 2002 Honda into the dealership because there was a recall due to unsafe airbags. They told me it would take a couple hours so I asked if I could test-drive a 2015 Civic. I’ve been on the fence wondering if this will be the year for a new car and … Continue reading Unsafe Airbags
On December 7th, 1941, my mother was at her friend Louise’s house. They were picking the first oranges of the season when Louise’s mother came out to the yard to tell them the news that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. Every year after, my mother commemorated the date by picking, and then eating, … Continue reading My Mother’s Orange Tree
The parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the most beloved stories from the New Testament—not just among Christians, but throughout our western culture. In a nutshell: a man traveling on a public road is attacked by robbers. His belongings are stolen, he is beaten and left for dead. Members of his own ethnicity … Continue reading A Prayer for These Times
Years ago, when Sacramento native Dusty Baker was manager of the San Francisco Giants he used to dress up his 3-year-old son Darren in a miniature Giants uniform and let him hang out with the team in the dug-out during the games. The announcers would fall all over themselves blabbing about how cute the kid … Continue reading Let’s Do Away With Schools
A few days ago I was in a well-known fast food restaurant chain with my friend Craig. I won’t say which chain it was in order to protect the confidentiality of the young man working there. I’ll call him Ryan. Craig and his friend Lee come to this particular restaurant at least once a week … Continue reading A Spiritual Master and a Scribe Walk into a Fast Food Restaurant
Marketers would have us believe that summer is the time for books that are light and frothy, suitable for beach or poolside reading. But since I generally didn’t work for eight to ten weeks every summer I often used that time to tackle some massive classic. Last summer I pushed myself through Doris Lessings’ The … Continue reading Good Summer Reads
My favorite color is green. Specifically blue green, shades of turquoise and aqua. It’s not that I don’t like all the other colors, but I tend to favor green. I wanted to make it official, you know, just get it out there in the open. You see, I suspect Big Brother has been watching me … Continue reading My Favorite Color
After a week where the temperature topped 105 degrees each day with little cooling at night, we are all so grateful to welcome back the Delta Breeze, the delightful wind that courses up from San Francisco Bay along the Sacramento River to grace our valley with a natural air conditioner on blessed summer evenings. I … Continue reading Delta Breeze
I pledge allegiance to this sand and gravel road that runs between the river and my house, clumps of California poppies rangy stalks of fragrant fennel and burgeoning fig trees that grow wild on the river bank. I pledge allegiance to the rhythm of the spoken word to cheap pens and notebooks that welcome … Continue reading Happy Birthday USA!