The Red Wagon

The Red Wagon

Quarry Park, Monterey, California   By neglect or overwork, whatever the cause, I rediscovered the childhood fracture in my back called a pars defect. A few doctor visits and another round of physical therapy reminded me of the whole ordeal. At the age of...
Whispers

Whispers

Lake Tahoe, California   We were the guests of Lynn Scott in the home founded by her grandparents at Lake Tahoe a hundred years ago. On the last day of our visit, Lynn invited us to spend time sitting at the lake’s edge. The sun drifted in and out of clouds,...
Massive Shades of Grey

Massive Shades of Grey

Asilomar State Beach, Pacific Grove, California   When I pulled up to the shore, a dozen photographers stood around with cameras hanging over their shoulders, tripods in hand. I knew no one, and it felt like the first day of a new school. In defiance of the...
Nature’s Cadence

Nature’s Cadence

Monterey, California   The garden truck pulled up at 8 a.m. sharp. The first sounds to reach my ears were the lilting syllables of Spanish and the easy rhythms of modern Ranchera folk music. Soon, the clipping of sheers and the purr of an electric leaf blower...
Sourdough Toast

Sourdough Toast

Monterey Cafe, Monterey, California   A big red neon sign glowing “Put Breakfast First” adorns the kitchen wall. “Take any table you want,” the busboy says. The smell of hot oil, potatoes, and coffee drifts in from the kitchen. “No, I don’t need a menu.” The room...