Memory Monday, Week 10

Each week, I’ve been trying to group the images together in ways that make sense, but the current slide carousel is completely mixed up, chronologically speaking — I’m not sure if there was a reason.  So I’ve decided to finish up the current wheel (and the 1950s) by sorting the remaining slides into two categories: Places (this week) and People (next week). […]

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Now we are free

High in the heavens a bird circled slowly, as if looking for the perfect landing spot. The wind carried him gently, as his wings moved in a steady rhythm, then stilled as he glided. He circled once, then twice, always moving slowly, steadily, gracefully. Below him lay civilization: streets, buildings, and man. As the bird circled once more, a small […]

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Memory Monday, Week 9

Sitting just north of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach is the famous Cliff House Restaurant.  It has a complicated and fascinating history and is currently on its fifth incarnation.  The first Cliff House was built in 1853 by one of California’s more colorful Gold Rush characters, Sam Brannan.  In the 1956 photo below, you can just see the top and rear of […]

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He was a Fishing Dog

While going through some old photos looking for images from Calaveras Big Trees State Park, I discovered this shot of Buster, out on Folsom Lake in the old Champion bass boat with the Big Guy.  That alert focus on the largemouth bass tells you everything you need to know about Buster, and it comforts me to remember he truly had a […]

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Memory Monday, Week 8

Back in 1956, the Harbor Queen was a familiar site on San Francisco Bay and a very hot tourist attraction.  The Red and White Fleet had its origins all the way back in 1892 — travelers and commuters relied on the ferry boats prior to construction of the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge.  The company later expanded to […]

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Childhood dream house

For many years I’ve had a vague memory of a small toy I once played with at a neighbor’s house; I seemed to recall long plastic handles with magnets on the end with which you could manipulate small people/figures inside a house.  I had no idea what this toy was called or where it came from — and there were plenty […]

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