Inspect What You Expect

bellstreetpress.com Autobiography, Contribution 4 Comments

  I was twelve, maybe close to thirteen.  I was in the Boy Scouts with my friend Clarke, and it was probably the only sane thing going on in my life at the time.  I was charged with making a flag.  In any other household it would have become an event numerous members would want to help with.  At my …

Can We Get You A Wheelchair SIR?

bellstreetpress.com Autobiography, Contribution, Sharing 14 Comments

Today I had to drive 90 miles to Stanford Hospital to get some blood work tests done for my visit with the oncology doctor next Wednesday. I called to verify that the lab would be open on Saturday and was assured that it would be. When I got to the hospital it was drizzling rain and I was dismayed to …

Reach Out, You Might Find Out

bellstreetpress.com Autobiography, Bell Street Press, Contribution, Sharing 12 Comments

Do you often wonder what happened to that person that was so important in your life when you were 8, or 11, or 13, or 17? I do. I was disturbed a few weeks ago. I had been somewhat looking for an old friend I had gone from Cub Scouts to college with and had lost contact with him. I …

My First Music Compositions. If And When and Ghost In A Red Cadillac.

bellstreetpress.com Autobiography, Bell Street Press, Contribution, Music 11 Comments

A while ago I reconnected with an old friend who is writing a novel. Within the novel she has written lyrics to some songs. In my infinite “whatever” I volunteered to attempt to write some music for those lyrics. Having never formally composed music in my life, this was a bold step for me, but why not? As it turns …

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

bellstreetpress.com Autobiography, Bell Street Press, Contribution 23 Comments

I have lived with suicide aftermath for 61 of my 65 years of life. My grandfather, who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease, took his own life in 1954. When I was 13 years old, my father committed suicide the evening of May 13, 1963. We found out the next morning, my mother’s birthday, when a police officer came to the door. …

Big Blue Live – Monterey Bay

bellstreetpress.com Career, Contribution, Sharing, Travel 2 Comments

My wife is the Director of Education for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She asked me to share this with you; Big Blue Live, (http://www.pbs.org/about/news/archive/2015/big-blue-live/), is here! (Aug. 31-Sept 2) In case you haven’t heard, Big Blue Live is a three-night, live television and online broadcast extravaganza brought to you by PBS and the BBC premiering Monday, August 31 at 8pm …