Redwood Summer Chapter 17

The parties, family gatherings, career change, leaving of school, ordeals, dispersal of friends to their separate lives, and all the other life events of the past year ran through Jason's mind as he continued to look out the passenger side window from a work truck. He gazed at the southern mountain range in the distance … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 17

Redwood Summer Chapter 16

Jason drove along a Central Valley freeway through vast expanses of farmland and pastures. In the distance he saw the prison, a desolate cluster of rectangular, institutional buildings imposing upon the surrounding open space. He exited off the freeway as he approached and drove to the visitor lot. He parked, got out of his car, … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 16

Redwood Summer Chapter 15

Jason was looking over the newspaper classified want ads as he sat at the kitchen table. David was across from him doing his homework. “Anything promising?” father asked from the living room. “Not much,” Jason answered. “A lot of the same old stuff.” “Budget cuts because of the Cold War ending would be my guess.” … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 15

Redwood Summer Chapter 14

Jason took a long drink from a bottle of tomato juice and waited for it to replenish his fatigued body. He leaned back against a three story rack of heavy steel shelves half filled with inventory and relaxed for a bit as he continued to recover from too much alcohol over the weekend. He felt … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 14

Redwood Summer Part III Chapter 12

Jason hurried through downtown along Santa Clara Street. The glaring, late summer sun heated him from above and he was stifled by the unfamiliar tightness of his necktie. He loosened its knot, unbuttoned his collar, and let the heat out as he kept moving. He turned south onto Market Street, went a little further, then … Continue reading Redwood Summer Part III Chapter 12

Redwood Summer Part II Chapter 6

  Jason put 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. Jason's mother was sitting at the kitchen … Continue reading Redwood Summer Part II Chapter 6

Redwood Summer Chapter 2

Jason was humming a tune he had been listening to on his car stereo during his ride home from work as he strode through the front door and headed to the kitchen. His younger brother was sitting at the kitchen table talking on the telephone while his father was over in the sunken family room. … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 2

Almaden

SANTA CLARA VALLEY - 1964 John struck a match, lit a cigarette, and looked out across maintained rows of green leaved plum and apricot trees under the midday sun as he tossed the burnt match to the ground. Past the trees he saw a construction crew in the distance on a recently cleared lot. He … Continue reading Almaden

The Hill

          Jason was enjoying a warm, summer day at the beach with his girlfriend and all their friends, then a pulsing buzz suddenly dissolved the image and pulled him out of sleep. His arm reached out and shut off his alarm clock. He groggily opened his eyes. The red digital numbers of the clock glowed … Continue reading The Hill