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Whale Ho!

I saw it on the CBS Evening News so it had to be true. But all kidding aside, it was, in early November, the feeding frenzy on Monterey Bay: whales…

North By Northwest

North By Northwest

I’m going, finally, to Seattle. That’s about all everyone around here in Sacramento refers to when the inevitable I should, could be living somewhere other than here comes up.…

Detroit (Part 2)

Today we go to a ballgame at old Tiger Stadium, in Detroit. Life is good, real, real good. And, MOTOWN, baby, Barry Gordy’s home — Hitsville, USA.…

Detroit (Part 1)

I’m going to meet my friend Tim in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s there on business. It’s as close as he may ever get to Detroit again. We can do geography and…

‘Go East Old Friend, Go East…’

The battle of Gettysburg. Only 150 years ago, humans still in chains, Lee took his army of Northern Virginia into the north, the Union, Pennsylvannia. I have to go. Maybe…

High On Lodi

I’ve got a friend Chris who’s a skydiver. A legitimate one. He goes skydiving every Sunday in Lodi/Acampo at the Parachute Center. I’ve got a little experience in the sky.…

Brian Wilson

Our friend, our boyhood chum has come back to us, an adult. Youth and maturity meld together. …

James Dean Lives!

Marfa, Texas, of all places. Three hours southwest out of El Paso, Texas, of all places. Los Angeles, Paso Robles, Cholame, CA, Fairmount, IN, Manhattan, NY. Some of the James…

Alpha One On Patrol

The morning oozed in gray and wet. The monsoon sky at high tide. Clouds so wet, so low that you can feel them cold on your neck. Push off your…

My Beautiful America, Part 2

The Battlefield Park at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, claims to be the most intact battlefield of the Civil War. Maybe so, maybe so, bare of monuments except for a few that…

My Beautiful America

Itinerary: America, more of my America: Sacramento to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Scottsdale, Arizona for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen West, Bentonville, Arkansas for Pea Ridge battlefield (Civil War) and Crystal…

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