El Centro, the “post-elementary years”

When last we talked about my growing-up days in El Centro, I was enjoying 6th Grade with Mr. Blake at Margaret Hedrick Elementary. One memory I have is of the Duncan Yo-Yo Tournament that year. We all practiced and practiced our “Sleepers,” “Over The Falls,” and...

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A Family Project – Interview with Kristy

Just in case you may have missed it, the following is a reprint of an interview that my daughter and writing coach extraordinaire, Kristy (sexygrammar.com), conducted with me after my novel, Journey to Marseilles, was published. A FAMILY PROJECT: INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR...

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“The Edge of Darkness” – Conclusion

Damon watched, fascinated, as the two forward lines glided toward each other. There was no sound until leathery claw met sharp horn and silver lance glanced off dull blackness of armor. The battle seemed strange to Damon, all the fighting taking place at the center of...

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The Edge of Darkness – Pt. 3

Damon felt as if his heart were about to leap from his chest, and he brought his right hand up to still its throbbing. To his surprise, he found a normal heartbeat. He thought it must be Mark’s heartbeat he felt, and he glanced at his brother. The expression on Mark’s...

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The Edge of Darkness – Part 2

Damon paid scant attention to the cemetery shadows as they raced past the graveyard. The friendly confines of Reding’s Mill welcomed the boys, and they slowed to a walk when they hit the first sidewalk. They looked at each other in that “twin way,” the brave smiles a...

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The Edge of Darkness – Pt. 1

Here's a little change of pace this week from my usual type of blog post. Let me know if you'd like to see more of this short story I've been working on for a while. THE EDGE OF DARKNESS “A graveyard wind,” Damon called the sudden breeze. “Cold and damp as a...

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1956 — 6th Grade and a New Baby Sister

In the fall of 1956, I began the 6th Grade at Margaret Hedrick Elementary. There were two 6th Grade classes, and Mr. Robert Blake taught the class I attended. His wife taught the other. Front Row, L to R: Carol Anderson, Judy Gunning, (??), Jimmy Doull, Jim Herberich,...

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A New Year and a New School

The new school year was 1955. Gasoline was 23 cents a gallon, the Mickey Mouse Club had just started on TV, the first McDonalds had opened (NOT in El Centro), and Disneyland opened its doors! A new elementary school had just opened in El Centro – Margaret Hedrick...

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Our Families Move to New Houses – 1954

In the fall of 1954, I began 3rd Grade at Harding Elementary School. I don’t remember the reason exactly, but it wasn’t long before the “powers that be,” namely, my parents and my teacher, Mrs. Shepard, decided I was ill-suited for 3rd Grade studies and decided I...

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My Nano’s Birthday is April 9

On April 9, 1891, my Nano (Luigi Billuni) was born in San Biagio Platani, a small village in the province of Agrigento, Sicily, where our last name was spelled Bellone, but it got changed somewhere along the line. Luigi came to the United States in 1912 and worked in...

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