Tag Archives: coming of age

Going North

During spring break that year, my brother Denny drove down from UCSC to visit the family. He was off to vacation with his wife in Hawaii. Her father was a shipping magnate out of Honolulu and the family owned a big spread up on the North Shore. Denny planned to fly there and meet with his wife, fly back and drive up to Santa Cruz in two weeks. My mother was taking my brother up to the airport in the morning. Denny had driven down Read More +

The Stuff of Dreams

Robin Glen was a backwoods kind of place for those few, fleeting years. Educators were drawn there, executive types, blue collar folks and engineers, a disparate cast of eclectic characters who had found their way to that bucolic end of the world. Probably they shared one common denominator, a memory of pastoral surroundings as a child, or a longing for such origins—like an old farmhouse you came to driving down a country road—and were collectively drawn to Robin Glen as a way to hold onto Read More +

The Trip Into the Milky Way

If you are interested in novels about Americans in Mexican prisons, or crime fiction based in the sixties, look no further. I did time in a Mexican prison for smuggling back in the day and that experience is the center piece of my novel, The Trip Into Milky Way. Who could have imagined things turning out that way. When I smoked my first joint and stuck out my thumb and bummed my way up north through Big Sur and joined in the summer of love, Read More +