Redwood Summer – A Novel (Homepage)

Below is the link to the home page for Redwood Summer. Though it's a novel that takes place in 1990, it has themes that are relevant to today, and it takes a deeper look at a pivotal time in history that set us on the course that took us to where we are today. Historical … Continue reading Redwood Summer – A Novel (Homepage)

Redwood Summer Chapter 17

All the important life events of the previous six months finished running through Jason’s mind as he continued staring out the passenger door window of a work truck, and the parties, family gatherings, career change, leaving of school, ordeals, dispersal of friends, and other separate happenings combined together and took their place in his past … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 17

Redwood Summer Chapter 16

Jason drove along a San Joaquin Valley freeway through vast expanses of monocultural farmland and enclosed pastures. In the distance he saw the prison, a desolate cluster of rectangular, institutional buildings imposing upon the surrounding open space. He arrived at the compound and exited off the freeway. He stopped at a gate, was checked in … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 16

Redwood Summer Chapter 15

Jason was looking over the newspaper classified employment ads as he sat at the kitchen table. David was across from him doing homework. “Anything promising?” father asked from the living room. “Not much,” Jason answered as he stared at the grid of small rectangles and abbreviated text. “A lot of the same old stuff.” “Budget … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 15

Redwood Summer Part III Chapter 12

...you don't want to be caught on the wrong side... Jason hurried through downtown San Jose and dodged around other pedestrians along East Santa Clara Street. The glaring, late summer sun heated him from above and the unfamiliar tightness of his necktie stifled him. He loosened its knot and unbuttoned his collar as he moved … Continue reading Redwood Summer Part III Chapter 12

Redwood Summer Chapter 10

Jason stood under the hood of his car as he leaned over the front grill. He peered down at the narrow space between the radiator and motor and tried to figure out the best way to install the new radiator hose. He carefully slid the hose downward into the narrow space and around the fan … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 10

Redwood Summer Part II Chapter 6

...San Jose used to be a small town... Jason slid on a T-shirt and combed his hair in front of his bedroom mirror. He then grabbed his keys, wallet, and change and left his room for the kitchen. The morning sun shone through the windows and the remains of breakfast were on the kitchen counter. … Continue reading Redwood Summer Part II Chapter 6

Redwood Summer Chapter 3

Jason filled up his coffee cup, put the pot back on its burner, and returned to the circle of coworkers at the break room table. “As mush as I’d like to see a rematch there’s no way we’re having another Bay Bridge Series this year,” Kevin added to the train of conversation. “Possibly the A’s, … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 3