Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Sorry guys, I've been writing books
and not so much my blog.
It's a LOT of work!

All 3 of my books are now up on Amazon/Kindle and Smashwords
(a wholesaler who sells ebooks in 32 countries)
and available for download to any digital ebook reader including computer.

"Emergency Medical Spanish for Travelers"
(English/Spanish language guide for medical emergencies)

"Things That Make You Go Hmmmm"
(a humorous 'only in Mexico' pictorial)

 "Take Next Boat.  Get Married.  Not Coming Back.  Love Larry." 
(a memoir of my parents love story in Hawaii - 1936 
with pictures of them and their life in old Hawaii, and
featuring letters my mother wrote home to CA)


All books are on sale for $.99 US except "Take Next Boat"
will be a free download from Smashwords for the following 48 hours. . .
then it will go up to the princely sum of $.99 also.  
Download it for free at - type 'Take Next Boat'
in the search box and it will come up for you to download.
If you download the other 2 books please buy them from
Amazon/Kindle rather than Smashwords.  


Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Rainy Season June 2012



Crashing thunder and all-night heavenly light shows 
followed by torrential downpours alternating with episodes of light rain.
The raging river to the lake that surges just a little toooooo close to my house 
has this morning reverted back to being a street again. 

Green is everywhere! 
Broccoli covered mountains that turn lavender in the evening with the sunsets,
crisp cool air, big tufts of iridescent green grass between the cobblestones,
and free pasture banquets for the cows and horses line the streets
and highways. 

The aroma of a savory pot of split-pea soup simmering
on the stove and homemade gluten-free corn bread
baking in the oven.

No snowbirds, no sunbirds, no tourists, no crowds, no traffic - 
just us tough old stalwarts and the Mexicans
reuniting and enjoying each others company once again. 

I so love it here! 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hike The PCT With Joe Telles June 2012

Hey!  Joe!
We're hiking along with you!

One of my former co-workers,
retired San Bruno firefighter Joe Telles,
embarked on his # 1 bucket list dream
this spring:
He is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from
Mexico to Canada - 2650 miles, btw.
Well, at least that's the plan!
Follow along and see if he makes it.

I think he'll make it,
what do you think???

Joe is now in Vermillion Valley,
about 900 miles into it,
and you can follow along with him
as he candidly documents his struggles and
his joys in this trail journal:

I've got blisters on me feets from just reading it!


Monday, June 11, 2012

Food - One of My Greatest Passions - Part 2 June 2012

OK, since you guys liked Penny so much,
I have another treat for you.

This is Karen Shinto
a Bay Area food stylist!

Food artist!  
Simply amazing.

I was going to add her
to the last post
but decided it might steal
a little of Penny's well-deserved
Karen deserves a post all her own.


Photo courtesy of Occupy Monsanto

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Food - One of My Greatest Passions June 2012

Meet my hands-down favorite food
and foodista:

Penny de los Santos

Here she is on Ted Talk reporting
on photographing a meal at the end of Ramadan in 
war-torn Lebanon with eight Iraqi refugees.
She was on assignment.

And here is her website,
click on her portfolio for
unbelievably clever
photos of unbelievably
beautiful food!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

¡Ya Basta! No More Violence!


It's a bad day today.
It's Mother's Day - in Mexico -
and we should be happy. Celebrating!
We are not.

Maria and Mario Paz Garcia
in their restaurant Mario's.
Great food, great service, and really
nice people.

This morning the church bells pealed the
death knell and this couple received notice
that their son - and only child - was among
the 14 or more bodies found stuffed into two vehicles
along the highway connecting Guadalajara
and Lake Chapala.

He and 2 of his friends were playing basketball
on the Ajijic malecón about a week ago when they were
snatched at gunpoint.
No demand was ever uttered.

Abel Paz Encisco was the director of the
Balet Folklorio San Antonio Tlayacapan
and engaged to be married.

Descanse en Paz, Abel.

What a friggin' waste.