Guest writer

My friend Peggy Schimmelman was gracious to feature a short piece of mine on her site. It’s set in Belize.

Peggy has many writing credits and publications so it was my pleasure and honor to share the 2015 Las Positas anthology awards for poetry and prose with her.

Photos are at:


Short videos of me accepting and reading from my memoir piece are in this playlist:

Thank you Peggy.

Beer Club

We started at Tap 25 and then walked over to the Korean barbecue restaurant.

Dan Moore and I stopped to check out the new Town Centre store.

On the way back we noticed that Pennyweight Craft Brewing door was open so we went in and checked out the in-progress construction. Beautiful! It’s going to be a wonderful venue.


Nice turnout, but not full complement
I had the Drakes Foraging Raccoon IPA
Pennywhistle coming soon
Upper level
From Pennyweight email update

Cars, just for fun…

The past few days I’ve just been struck some cars in Livermore.

I’d never seen a McLaren

I asked this guy if it was his.

“No, you’d have to lather me up with butter to get me into it.”

“Can I quote you on that?”


Then, this evening I just had to pull over in my ‘94 Miata to photograph these cuties.

Painted by JR Romero’s team at Tri-Valley Auto Body
Mini pickup
Modern mini
Classic Minis, set up for racing

As I was taking photos, I saw the owner in his garage, so I walked over and told him how cool I thought they were. We talked a while.

He explained the ones on the trailer were for racing. They’d just come back from a race, which is why they were in front of his place.

Later I found a neat story about their racing and family background.

I asked if Mini Mokes were in the same family. I told him we used them when I was in Belize in the 70s.

Mini Moke

He assured me they were and that his wife had learned to drive in one. Also, that the blue Mini pickup had been hers when she was 16. Then she came out and we chatted a little longer, before I left.