An Expanded & Refreshed Holiday Story :: Of Crashes and Christmas

Greetings all,
Today, I’m continuing a ritual of sharing one of my most popular stories. It’s my one Thanksgiving and Christmas memory from my ‘I Recall’ collection. I have lots of new readers who could not have seen it and for those of you who have – can I offer you a chance to read it again?  I’ve expanded it with new details and did a much better edit than I was capable of in previous years.
This is the story of my parents horrific car accident back in 1973 and how it brought me into a special friendship that amazes me to this day.
I hope you enjoy the story at least as much as I enjoyed writing and sharing it.

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An Expanded & Refreshed Adventure :: The Better Grade Incident

Greetings all,

This is an expansion and strong edit of a previous story shared from several years ago. It goes back to the mid 1970s and my first academic experience post high school.

I went to a technology trade school, but I learned so much more than I expected

I hope you enjoy reading and reflecting on this what this young adult went through and why I came out so thankful for an odd collection of men who helped me in ways they might never have seen coming..

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An Expanded & Refreshed Halloween Story :: The Storm Drain Adventure

Greetings all,

Things got a tad busy here and I did not complete the rewrite and edit of one of my favorite memories before Halloween as hoped, but it’s ready now. It’s a Halloween story like no other.
The title says pretty much all I want to give away about this story, but I think you’ll get a kick out of how two young boys used a storm drain to prank the neighborhood trick or treaters. These days, these guys would be arrested, but this took place circa 1967 when kids were made of tougher stuff – or so we thought.
I hope you enjoy the story at least as much as I enjoyed writing and sharing it.

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Expanded & Refreshed :: The Rock Quarry Adventure

Greetings all,

For the fans of my “Growing up in Petaluma” stories, I’m sharing out a refreshed and expanded account of one of my favorite memories. At the time, I was just starting at Petaluma Jr. High and was beginning to enjoy how much better life was post grammar school.
One day this idea occurred to me but — it didn’t unfold quite as planned. In fact it went a whole new unexpected direction. Anyway, this story is also one of the best arguments for why we have better parental oversight of our kids today.
Also, this story has been in my inventory for a few years now but I’m both a better writer and editor now and hope that even those of you who read it back then will give it another chance now that I know a bit more about what I’m doing.
I hope you enjoy the story at least as much as I enjoyed writing and sharing it.

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Expanded & Refreshed :: The Boomerang Adventure

Greetings all,

For the fans of my “Growing up in Petaluma” stories, I’m sharing out a refreshed and expanded account of an adventure that took place mostly at Grant School. This was when the elements of the universe came together and I discovered Boomerangs. It was circa 1966 and it time to see if boomerangs worked as depicted in cartoons.

This was the kind of 1960s fun that 2022 parents would never allow. You can read why via the link below and tell me if you agree.


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Refreshing :: A Dog and Her Boy

Greetings all,

Today, I’m sharing out a refreshed and expanded account of the one dog I grew up with.
Pam was a full-breed German Shorthair Pointer and was part of our family for many, but not enough, years.
Told through the eyes of her best friend and a very young boy, I hope you enjoy this reflection on what it was like growing up with this thoughtful pooch

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Refreshing :: A Shot Between Friends

Greetings all,

Today, I’m completing the first section of rewrites of my rowdy memoirs of growing up in Petaluma. The last story in this section is about my childhood friend, Rick Van Bebber, who sadly is no longer with us thanks to cancer.
There’s new details for previous readers and a clearer, better edited reading experience for all readers thanks to my handy ‘Read Aloud’ tool. Man!  I love this thing.

We were both students at Grant Elementary School and had many adventures together. I wanted to capture this story to give you a feel for what it was like growing up in that neighborhood in the 1960s when it was a very different world.

Told through the eyes a a very young boy, I hope you enjoy this rowdy ride. If you have a slingshot handy, pull it out and be ready to loose a round. You’ll know when.

Click here to read: A Shot Between Friends


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Refreshing :: The Eucalyptus Sprout Adventure

Today, I’m continuing my rewrite and refresh of my older “I Recall” stories.

I’m using newer editing tools and adding details to another story from growing up  in Petaluma, California in the mid 1960s.  This story is one I doubt any of you would have experienced – because we were geniuses and no one could have thought up this stunt except us.

This is the story of how a small band of 6 boys found the best adventure ever one afternoon in a field with a lot of eucalyptus tree sprouts. You might want to read this one sitting safely down.

Click here to read: The Eucalyptus Sprouts Adventure


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Refreshing :: A Pet From The Wild

Today, I’m continuing my rewrite and refresh of my older “I Recall” stories.

I’m using newer editing tools and adding details to another story from growing up  in Petaluma, California in the mid 1960s.  This story is one I doubt many of you would have experienced. Many places around the globe have similar creatures, but in all of them, it is customary to leave them free to roam and live their lives.

That’s not quite what happened here.

This is the story of how we brought some of nature’s cutest creatures home to live with us and how that all worked out.

Click here to read: A Pet From the Wild


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Reprising :: Scarfing and Smashing Coins

Today I refreshed and added details to one of my young boy memories of growing up  in Petaluma, California in the mid 1960s.  This place, or the memory of it, has become iconic for great fast food that few of us should have survived.

If you grew up there, you know you could not find ‘Scarf and Barf’ in the yellow pages. Remember when we all had those giant sources of near comprehensive ads for local businesses? I know that you can’t drive past that corner without recalling the times your parents drove through and you could barely wait for your greasy bags to land in your lap – and got in trouble for sneaking bites before getting home.

Anyway, all polished up with a full rewrite and adding several new smart remarks, this is my tribute to, okay, I’ll say it once – ‘The Snack Bar’, that we all knew and loved but called it only, ‘Scarf and Barf’, meaning  it only in the most affectionate way possible.

Click here to read: IDK, Scarfing and Smashing Coins


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