Our American Flag

Years ago in Anza California as a young lad I remember going to school and giving the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the United States of America. Funny, I still remember the goosebumps and the pride that swelled in me when I heard the national anthem and saw that beautiful flag waving. I […]

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 […]

Rabbit on the run

Years ago in Anza, California, I bought a .22 caliber six shooter. Now this little gun was a single action, that is to say you had to pull back the hammer and cock it each time you wanted to shoot it. That is the same way pistols were in the western days. I had a […]

Queens Honey

Years ago in Anza, California, I had an occasion to work in the hills south of Hemet. It was a job that would only last two weeks but as it turned out time would mean nothing. On the first day I and a friend of mine started out to the job. As we traveled up […]

Anza Days Parade Disney Style

Anza Days Parade Disney Style

Jack Sparrow, Peter Pan, Tiger Lily, Captain Hook and even Mickey and Minnie Mouse on horseback was how the townspeople of Anza Celebrated Anza Days Saturday. July 2 when, for a brief 35 minutes, Anza’s main Highway became the “Wonderful World of Disney.” Young and old lined the parade route, which for a moment was […]

The case of the snake

Years ago in Anza, California, I had an occasion to be sitting with a friend on a couple of chairs at the back of my home enjoying the afternoon. This elderly friend of mine and I were conversing as usual about nearly everything from cloud patterns to the United States state of affairs. As we […]

Cunning coyotes teach lessons on hunting

Years ago in Anza, California, I had several occasions to observe the antics of our local coyotes. I remember as a youth (about 12 years old), I was out hunting rabbits with my 410 shotgun. I was in a field next to the road (now Hwy. 371) in those days there was nothing but open […]


Years ago in Anza California as a child I was warned about snakes. My father taught me about them and to this day I think he was wise in his teachings. He told me that not all snakes are bad. He said around here son, we have all kinds of snakes. Gopher snakes, black racers […]

A ‘Watcha Call It’

Long ago in Anza California, I as a kid saw what I thought was a beautiful tree. Was it a tree or a tall bush? I said it was a tree because it sometimes grew to 15 or so foot tall. I really liked the look of the tree. It had a long curvy trunk […]

Dogs, Cats and Grandkids

As we go through life it sometimes becomes apparent that things change. When I was a kid and I wanted to have a drink of milk I opened the refrigerator took out the milk carton, smelled the milk and if it smelled all right, then went ahead and drank it although, sometimes as I was […]