Category Archives: Personal history

Apple Valley History

Apple Valley was not quite so obscure a place as I may have implied. Even as a child, I was aware of a couple exceptional circumstances. First, it was the home of then famous (if by now likely forgotten) singing … Continue reading

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About to Re-watch Star Trek

So a few words about my history with Star Trek, ending with my reflection that while I was obsessed by the show in my teens, I haven’t seen but a handful of episodes, at all, in 40 years. (I’m talking … Continue reading

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The Stars Have Names

Here’s an interesting article from the December 6th, 2016 New York Times, Twinkle, Twinkle Little [Insert Name Here], by Dennis Overbye (the print title was “Twinkle, Twinkle, Who?”), about how the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has finally sat down to … Continue reading

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15 Ways of Buying a Book, Part 1

A few weeks ago I reminisced about Growing Up with Books, the books in my childhood house provided by my parents for us children, or that they had kept from their own childhood. (My parents were not readers themselves, as … Continue reading

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Family & Personal History, 2016/1

After a couple year’s gap — the interval being occupied by the move from SoCal to Oakland, among many other things — I’m resuming my family history project of scanning old photos taken by myself, or more importantly scanning photos … Continue reading

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Growing Up with Books

My parents weren’t readers themselves, but they were conscientious enough in raising their four children to stock our modest home with sets of encyclopedia and other resources. Many of these were adult resources, not the children’s books that fill large … Continue reading

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Personal History: The Radio at Sunset

I am spending time again exploring my early family history, and my early personal history, as I started about two years ago, before my partner and I began the lengthy process of packing up in SoCal, moving to a new … Continue reading

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On Trying to Read 100 Books a Year

Here’s some advice from The Observer [a British weekly newspaper] about How to Read 100 Books a Year. Long ago on this blog, or its precursor, I mentioned something about how I would describe the kinds of lists and statistics … Continue reading

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On Seeing The Nutcracker ballet

As I mentioned on Facebook yesterday, we saw a production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet at the San Francisco Ballet (click link for a 1-minute video sample), on Saturday 12/19, and had the good luck to snag first row seats, with … Continue reading

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The Bay Area and the California Dream

It’s been especially lovely here in the Bay Area all this past week, with mild temperatures around 68 or 70 F (though a bit warmer in the Oakland Hills where we are), and sunny warm skies decorated with big fluffy … Continue reading

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