Myths live amongst everyday life

Dispatches from the Typhoon Coast

Ballad of the Crossroad 11

Ballad of the Crossroad

“Country music has never been as open to experimenting as it is now. But Nashville songwriters still operate on a series of codes and traditions not found in other genres.” —- Unknown author, Rolling Stone Magazine, June 2014 My crossroad…

Corporal Kevin Mooney: End of watch August 21st, 2021 12

Corporal Kevin Mooney: End of watch August 21st, 2021

August 29th will be a “Morning of Remembrance” to honor Moraga Police Corporal Kevin Mooney, who died of COVID-19 on August 21st, 2021. On Aug. 29th members of our community will gather at SiSi Caffe where Kevin was a familiar…

So Many Great Talks Happen at the Breakfast Table 13

So Many Great Talks Happen at the Breakfast Table

Anthony McShane slid his black socks up to where his baby blue robe began. He sprung up, then plucked two burnt slices of white bread from the toaster. “Here you go, son.” Anthony scooted his chair as close to Trent…

August 31st: A National Day of Remembrance 14

August 31st: A National Day of Remembrance

America, your veterans would like to make a proposal: Make August 31st a “National Day of Remembrance” for those who served in Afghanistan Why should America unfurl Old Glory on August 31st? Well, travel through time with me. I was…

The Fuck It Bucket

The Fuck-It Bucket: Eddy vs. The Volcano

Eddy and I slip away to San Juliana on a tassel-strewn, shiny red jeepney to meet my girl and her friends. The platoon calls Eddy Torres “E.T.” Eddy prefers just “E” – he doesn’t share movie E.T.’s desire to go…

In the Outside Land: Sons of the Desert Edition 15

In the Outside Land: Sons of the Desert Edition

Like I did, Trent spends much of his childhood racing around on his bike from one fascinating place to another. I also wondered if, like me, he was lulled to sleep by the roar of lions at the zoo, pounding…