Last week I reconnected with a high school chum, Manny Kaplan. Manny remembers visiting me in Puerto Rico. That would have to be more than 35 years ago. His amazing mother is 102.
I also found a college pal, Bill Davidov. It would be 50 years ago since we last talked.
I am still looking for Mary Hutchinson, a college sweetie.
My friend, Faye Sibbring, has a birthday coming up on Dec 19th. She will be 100 years old. Can you help me do something special for her? I am asking everyone to send a birthday card to her. Please send yours to Faye Sibbring, c/o box 6183, Alameda, Ca. 94501.
I will be happy to do the same for you on your 100th birthday.
Among those who follow this blog are hundreds of people who enjoy a good read. Here is something I posted this to Goodreads today:
“A Page from a Tennessee Journal is Francine Howard’s debut novel. Set in 1913 rural Tennessee, where racial, class, and gender roles are fixed in the context of that time and place, The author has woven a solid story at the intersection of four people’s lives. Their expectations are entitlements or the absence of them, their hopes are few in a sea of hopelessness. The tragic turns are inevitable and this reader took satisfaction from the final spoonful of redemption. The characters are well-drawn; voices, authentic; pace, steady; and narrative arcs, undulant. I look forward to Howard’s next work.”
If you had a particularly good read lately that you’d like to give a Shout Out to, feel free to post it to the Comments below.
There are no ghost towns in Alameda County. If you live in the East Bay and want to see a ghost town, you can visit one of the three in Contra Costa or the one in Marin. Cf. Ghosttowns.com. (Since posting this, my friend, Jim Sibbring informs me of the Alameda County ghost town of Driftwood. It is near Fremont.
Many years ago I stumbled upon Oatman, AZ., listed officially as a ghost town. At the time it had a permanent population of nine burros. They are descendents of the burros that were abandoned when the mine closed. There is a daytime population of craftsmen who sell their wares in the town’s remainder buildings.
Watch this space for an update about the latest news from Oatman.
The Dec 2, 2010, Word of the Day at Dictionary. Com was tristful (sadness). It cant be too common since MS Word’s built-in dictionary “corrected” it to trustful. It is a tristful commentary on our times that our spell-check in untrustful.
A search on the word, Trystful, came up empty. 😦