The Oscars

 The 92nd Oscars® will be held tonight (February 9th) at 5 p.m. and aired on ABC.  Why does it...

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.

- William Blake

Behind the Locked Door
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Persimmons and Mezcal

Persimmons and Mezcal

 The cold, the winter, the holidays—lazy.  What better time to honor others in the blogosphere than when you are too lazy to write your own blog.  This blog was inspired by an Instagram post from my friends at Mezcalistas, Baking with Mezcal.  Today’s experiment in...

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Bacalao, Christmas, Zhuatanejo and Behind the Locked Door

Bacalao, Christmas, Zhuatanejo and Behind the Locked Door

 In the acknowledgements to my novel Behind the Locked Door I write:  This book had a long gestation period. The idea first occurred to me in 1972, and I began to research in earnest in December of 2010. I first put pen to paper in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, in January...

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Behind The Locked Door – 3 – Quotes and Details

Behind The Locked Door – 3 – Quotes and Details

 Previously:Behind the Locked Door - 1Behind the Locked Door - 2 - Book Notes As we wait for the final steps in the publication of Behind The Locked Door, we offer these quotations from the book.  There are no pictures in the book but we have paired the quotations...

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Behind the Locked Door – 2 – Book Notes

Behind the Locked Door – 2 – Book Notes

 Comment:The book is about my older brother (Errol) who died of colon cancer at 33. I know, it sounds gruesome, and it is, but it’s also beautiful. I’ve poured my heart and head into every chapter, every word. The competent Cypress House staff informs me that I should...

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Behind The Locked Door – 1

Behind The Locked Door – 1

 Keep your eye on this space.  We are hoping our novel will be out by year end.  As we wait, we will be posting excerpts, thoughts and pictures.  There are no pictures in the book.  These blogs will provide some additional historical perspective to hopefully induce...

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The Art of the Deal

The Art of the Deal

 It was in December of 1972 that I closed the deal to buy the Sea Gull restaurant in Mendocino from Martin and Marlene Hall.  That was 47 years ago.  Martin has left us but I’m still close to Marlene.  Many of my friends are from those wonderful years still fresh in...

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Sea Gull Recipe Series – Sticky Buns

Sea Gull Recipe Series – Sticky Buns

 One year ago we posted the recipe for our much loved Sea Gull Sour Cream Coffee Cake.  This year we post a recipe for another holiday (everyday) favorite, the Sea Gull Sticky Buns.  Many thanks to our baker, Jeannie Sullivan, who graciously supplied these recipes...

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“Doveryai no Proveryai” — Trust, but Verify

“Doveryai no Proveryai” — Trust, but Verify

 Trust but verify.  How do you trust when nothing but falsehoods come out of a man’s mouth? I’d like to know.  How do you verify when malfeasance abounds in such colossal terms that it boggles the mind? The era of “big data” is also the era of “leaks”. Where...

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Arguing With Myself

Arguing With Myself

 The spiritual view is that man is divine in origin with an immortal soul. The materialist view is that man is an evanescent accident with no moral nature except that created in him by his experience and culture. As mortal human beings, we have no way o’ knowing which...

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Ignorance, Apathy and More

Ignorance, Apathy and More

 As the joke goes:              Q:  What is the difference between ignorance and apathy?             A:  I don’t know and I don’t care. What are we to make of this in today’s political environment?  The First Lady wears a jacket that conspicuously says:  “I don’t...

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Pandora Box Complex

Pandora Box Complex

 I have been called a Luddite. I welcome it. Do you know what a Luddite is? A person who hates newfangled contraptions…  Electronic communities build nothing. You wind up with nothing. We are dancing animals. How beautiful it is to get up and go out and do something....

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One Big Happy Family

One Big Happy Family

 All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.   Tolstoy, Anna Karenina You can choose your friends but you sho' can't choose your family, an' they're still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge 'em or not, and it makes you look...

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