The Stockton Sandwich

I just spent a few days in Stockton, California visiting old family friends. They’re a recently retired Lutheran pastor and his wife who relocated from Southern California and returned to their hometown. Being lifelong members of the church has many benefits, but making lots of money isn’t one of them. They run a lean operation … Continue reading The Stockton Sandwich

The Olde Country

My great grandparents arrived in America over a century ago from Sicily. They were dirt poor, uneducated, swarthy, and considered undesirable by the ruling Protestant standard of the day. Sicilians weren’t much liked by other Italians to the north back home either. They wandered the country from Alabama to Chicago and eventually settled in Boerum … Continue reading The Olde Country

Summer of Love + 50

My first blog post of 2018 is going to take a look back – not so much at the past year, but at the last half century. History unfolds in long slow pendulum swings and it’s important to step back and see a bigger picture every so often. 2017 marked the 50th Anniversary of the … Continue reading Summer of Love + 50