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June 8, 2017

The end-of-year holidays are near, a good time for pie. High in the Sierra Nevada, however, summers are short and hot while winters are long and freezing. Not much time for vegetables and fruit to ripen. Fortunately the train goes through the town of Truckee at the tur...

June 7, 2017


“Evocative” is the word of choice on the back cover of a novel or in a book review. The reader senses mystery, depth of feeling, swell of remembrance, conflicts that raise emotion.  A good word for the novel I wrote, but famous writers have seen that word used about t...

June 1, 2017

October 1985, Friday Evening, Colfax

The black oak tree clung to the slope that plunged to a narrow creek behind Alta’s little house near Colfax. Dusty leaves dropped to the ground. I leaned on the porch railing and looked up, studying the Sierra foothills, scraggly Dig...

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