Category Archives: Celebrations

July 5, 2016


I know it may seem a bit unfair that Sam is getting a lot of coverage on the blog but it’s not everyday one graduates from college. I’ve also been a bit guilty of being delinquent in regular postings here too. I promise I’ll be more diligent in the future. This photo was taken on the morning of Sam’s graduation. Debbie and my mom and a couple of the boys went to get good seats and I went with Simon to take some pre graduation photos of Sam. Actually, we had to wake him up first.

After I shot a few more formal shots I caught this one of him coming down the stairs.



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January 12, 2016

Another year of keeping some sort of magic alive. Some may say we’ve bitten off more then we can chew…maybe. But Christmas came and went and I had the whole family here and surfed some windy close out waves in the afternoon and the sun was out.

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November 4, 2015



Debbie called from the car and said there was a rainbow. Theo and I went up on the roof to see for ourselves. We’ve been in a drought for the past year so we haven’t seem many of these.

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October 5, 2015


And so it finally happened. Summer released it’s strangle hold on southern California. Saturday morning Ollie and I were surfing in swim trunks, under a sunny bright cloudless sky, but I noticed an unclarity- a color shift- with the water, announcing fall needs to be let in.


Empty handed, the book I was looking for not on the shelf at Barnes & Noble, I step off the escalator onto the ground floor. Confronted by a strategically placed table display of small pumkins and spiced potpourri I became faced with a certain fear and loss. A loss of summer and other things perhaps on this the last day of the baseball season where I try to reconcile loss with gains and consider a winning season.


Sometimes reconciling loss with gains will make you go crazy.

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August 31, 2015



When they grow up you take them to Musso & Franks for a cocktail. Happy belated 21st birthday Sam!

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I don’t really remember graduating middle school but I’m sure I didn’t wear a black leather bow tie. Big proud mom & dad shout out of congratulations to Theo who will leaves Lincoln Midddle School and starts high school in the fall!

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In the car this morning I heard Back on the Chain Gang on the radio. I love the way Chrissie Hynde sings those lines, “I found a picture of you…oh oh oh oh. Those were the happiest days of my life.” I’ve got boxes of pictures of Debbie mostly polaroids, mostly pregnant, some standing in to test the background, light and exposure. The Pretenders song is about getting back on your feet after a loss- loved one, of freedom who knows- maybe it’s a song about Sam Cook. Yeah, this year has been a struggle with lots of things but Debbie has held me together and without her I don’t know where we would be.




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December 28, 2014










December 26- Boxing Day- We got to sleep in till 8:15 after being up till 3:00 am on Christmas eve and woken up at 5:45 Christmas morning. Apparently, Ollie was up at 4:30 but kindly waited till the sun came up till go downstairs. Today, a bit groggy from cocktails, Korean hot- wings, crab, peach cobbler, surfing and sparking wines from Europe and South America, Debbie asks if anyone objects if she starts taking down the decorations on the tree. “It’s a fire hazard!” and she’s also trying to make room for one of Sams’ college friends who might be staying with us for a few days. As I’m unwinding the labyrinth of lights I gently hint that it might be a good idea to get our holiday cards mailed before we dispose of the tree. I leave our tree flanked by Saint Monica’s Church and an avid homeless encampment in a city park. There’s one other tree there before ours which a woman is asking me to help her place IN the trunk of her Jaguar. She explains to me something about the Greek Orthodox but I just help her with the tree and wish her a Merry Christmas.



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December 24, 2014

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It’s getting harder and harder to believe these days. But, we push on!

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December 3, 2014

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and what would Thanksgiving be without the traditional Saturday Leftover Party?

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