I don’t remember the day my mother left my father and siblings and the sea-green stucco house on Sigman Street. I don’t remember the fight that drove her to leave. There were so many fights every day, all day long. I don’t remember arriving at my grandparents’ trailer in Downey, a city in Southeast […]
The Elliotts, 1968 I hope life, treats you kind And I hope that you have all That you ever dreamed of… (Dolly Parton, I Will Always Love You, 1973) The experiences that form my early childhood memories are like a collection of 35mm slides stored in the carousel of my mind. Through the whirring of […]
Jennifer Sey, Goodwill Games, 1984 The elite and highly-decorated American gymnast, Jennifer Sey, was born in 1969. She won the 1986 National Gymnastics Championship and was considered the U.S. hopeful for gold in the 1988 Olympics, Seoul. Despite talent and years of training, she retired before those games even began. Later, she wrote a controversial […]
“We need a place just for us. It would be so secret that we would never tell anyone in the whole world about it.” –From the Bridge to Terabithia, 1977. My cousins are posing with their bicycles in this photo from 1980. The original, which was taken by my father in East Texas, is out […]
I loved going to Huntington Beach as a child. Surprisingly, someone captured our visit on film in 1971. I’m the little one in the front with the ponytails. That’s my brother Billy to my left and my sister Becky to my right. Over Becky’s left shoulder is my cousin Kathy who died a few years […]
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