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A Last Look

Here’s our last selection of photos from Patterson/South School, with a few in color. For those interested, the book this website supports, Vista Del Mar, a memoir of the ordinary, written by me and published

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“Sound It Out” – Patterson Pictures Part Two

Here’s a second of three batches of photos from the South/Patterson School site scheduled for demolition this month. Next and final post in a couple of days. Hope they bring back a memory or

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A Last Look – South/Patterson School

By the time this is posted, the buildings in these photos will likely be gone. The school is scheduled to be demolished sometime in October to make way for senior housing. It’s hard to

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No Longer Seen

  Heading south next weekend to see the old elementary school before it’s demolished. It seems fitting to post a collection of images of places that, like the school will soon be, are razed, “no

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“the sea of time”

  TWO BOOK LAUNCH PARTIES!! IN CHICO, AT 1078 GALLERY, THURSDAY JUNE 2, 7PM IN REDONDO BEACH, AT COFFEE CARTEL, SUNDAY JUNE 19, Time TBA (late afternoon) So pleased to announce a second book get-together, this one in

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The Benefits of Liver Soup

Hunger Pangs, Part 1: sweet solitude

Thanks to Sarah Pape and the folks at 1078 Gallery in Chico for inviting me to participate in their summer reading series last week. It was great fun and a real pleasure to hear

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the secret hearts of the houses

Gravy Train

My working life began in places like half-addresses, gardening, clipping, pulling dead jacaranda leaves from a kidney shaped planter box edged in brick along a stuccoed garage wall under a cooling gray while my

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Straight Wire with Gain

Tuesday nights in Redondo Mother goes out to eat at the Brewery, a nice two-story bar-bistro in the Riviera Village, only a block from our old apartment – in fact, from the second floor,

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Half Address

I’ve always believed Uncle Bob grew up at a half-address, although I can’t prove this is so. The one time I visited his childhood home, when I was 8 and he was 41, the

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Winter Wheat

In my mid-twenties, still living in Redondo, I met my wife and imagine my odd pleasure as I visit her home for the first time to find that she lives in an apartment in

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