Historical / Personal Musings

  • Back in the Summer of ‘69
    I didn’t get my first real six-string.  And Enumclaw’s five-and-dime was the last place this teenager wanted to be.  The allure of candy cigarettes and cheap toys had long since passed.  They may have been the best days of Bryan Adams’ life, but for me the Summer of ’69 was a middling byway on a […]
  • Come Saturday Morning
    One’s 15th year of life is particularly fraught with change.  Childhood dreams give way to adult realities.  Adolescent collections such as baseball cards, coins, and comics sadly fall out of style – better left to tweens and those still trapped by out-of-fashion obsessions.  Jobs and college take center stage.  College prep means growing loads of […]
  • Epistle for Mr. McGreen
    Have you ever wished you’d said “thank you” but never did?  For me, it wasn’t too late.  This essay was adapted from a letter* sent to my favorite teacher.  I just learned Mr. Wally McGreen passed away on March 19, 2022 at age 83, so share this essay as my parting tribute.  Dear Mr. McGreen:  […]
  • ‘The Greatest Game Ever Played’
    Some say it was ‘The Greatest Game Ever Played.’  I was there but have no memory of its magnitude. All I can remember is a box of Cracker Jack and a burning desire to own a bobblehead. Allow me to explain. On July 2, 1963, San Francisco’s Juan Marichal faced down Warren Spahn’s Milwaukee Braves […]
  • My Week in Ireland with a Welsh Rugby Team
    This essay came from a letter written to my parents from Middle Mille, Wales.  It was completed from memories of what I left out.  Back then, I was too embarrassed to tell Mom and Dad the rest of the story.  April 24, 1978 Dear Mom & Dad: Well, it’s been some time since I last […]