Twice as big

In Anza, there are many varieties of animals. This variety extends to even some of the same species. For example, there are two different types of quail in different parts of what I will call Anza. There are the valley quail, which are most prevalent and then there are the mountain quail. Recently I had […]

A Christmas stolen

Years ago, in Anza, California, my wife and I had a small business. In those days having a small business in Anza was a tough proposition, It was hard to get and build an inventory as everything had to come from “off the Hill” undoubtedly the worst time was in the winter. Trade slowed down, […]

Winter morning

I awoke this morning to the definite feel of winter. I know it was colder than normal because my little dog tried to bite me three times (not wanting to leave the warmth of the bed). That’s OK she got over it. In Anza, you can depend on several things when it comes to winter. […]


Many years ago in Anza I used to hunt dove. If you are hunting dove like a sportsman should in my opinion hunt them on the fly, it gives the bird a pretty good chance. Dove can fly at speeds of 70 mph so if you are hunting them in full flight you had better […]

From out of the canyon

Years ago in Anza people used to go down Coyote Canyon. Many would go down the canyon on horseback, (This of course was before the government decided that riding a horse through there was far too disruptive to the animals that lived there. However, this story is not about the intrusive land grabbing, money grabbing […]


Years ago, in Anza, California, windmills for pumping water were pretty widely used. They were considered by some to be a way of obtaining “free” water. That is to say that you didn’t need electricity and the accompanying electric bill in order to have water. Of course, there was the fact that the windmill really […]

The Anza Yeti

Years ago, in Anza, California, there began some strange occurrences. Right at first these strange happenings were so unrelated that no one really took notice. I think it began in October of 56. At that time, there were several farmers in Anza that had lost a number of pumpkins from their fields. It was felt […]

The notion of Terwilliger

The notion of Terwilliger

Years ago in Anza, California, there lived a family known as the Terwilliger’s. I have to confess that I don’t know too much about them (before my time) but they are probably related to a good portion of the old-timer population as is the usual case in any small town. I know that they lived […]


Years ago, in Anza, there used to be a whiskey bar. Now I will call it a whiskey bar because that is what it really was. The main drinks served in that bar were whiskey and beer, I know because I had the dubious honor of being employed at said establishment for a time. The […]

Dog whispering

Years ago in Anza, I had an occasion to get into a conversation with a very old friend of mine on the subject of the canine species. We told each other a number of tales concerning the care treatment and training of said species. Most people back in those days referred to their dogs as […]