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  • Dating After 60!

    So the first thing that you should know is that sometimes others assert that I have poor filters and am a little too honest. This is one context when that quality might…

  • 2016: how does it feel?

    I was sitting at the bar in Oswald’s, one of Santa Cruz’s nicer restaurants, chatting and flirting. This was during the year’s gap between girlfriends, sometime during the summer. First a woman…

  • A Hike in the High Sierra

    I did reach the top of Mount Tallac, the craggy mountain that dominates the Southwest shore of Lake Tahoe. But only just. The last few hundred vertical feet had been very hard,…

  • Nick’s 30th Birthday

    Nick came home for his 30th birthday. At least, I feel like it’s his home here in California, although his mother makes her home in Paris, and he spent half his childhood…

  • 2015: ch- ch- ch- changes!

    It’s Christmas Day, an incredibly beautiful day here in Santa Cruz after the wind and rain of the last few days. As we drove home, the air was clearer and brighter than…

  • 2013: me and the boys

    Happy Holidays, everyone!! It’s been a solitary year here. I don’t say lonely, because with the possible exception of holidays built around families, I’m having a fine time – so many little…

  • Happy Birthday NextSpace!

    Santa Cruz Mayor Ryan Coonerty is a chocoholic, as am I. We both work at NextSpace Santa Cruz, Ryan for PredPol, an interesting start-up that uses technology to help police forces do…

  • When bankruptcy doesn’t work.

    On Monday morning, August 1, 2011, Nick (my oldest) arrived at work to be told that he was being laid off immediately and would not be paid the last month’s salary of…

  • Living with Nick, again!

    When I told Alex that I was going to post about what it’s like living with Nick now, he replied instantaneously, “there’s a Kern’s can in the shower!” That’s what it’s always…

  • 2011 in review: damage control

    It’s the time of year when we look back on all that we’re grateful for, an easy job here. We’re especially grateful for teenagers and twenty-somethings! I was quietly watching the Beatles’…

  • Disney Weekend

    They may be getting older, but Disneyland still works for my next generation. And for me! So much for small talk. Nick called me a few weeks after I first uploaded this…

  • Steam Trains in Scotland

    My summer vacation, taken early this year, focused on trains. I fitted in a few friends and family, of course, but this vacation was all about trains. Most of them were real,…

  • Patriot Guard Riders

    You don’t expect much from the airport shuttle, not from any airport shuttle. A timely arrival at the airport is all that is promised and all that you need. So when you…