Smudge Pots

Smudge Pots

Probably since the 1890’s citrus crops in California were protected during freezes by smudge pots, little black pots with wicks that had to be individually lit in the groves. The smoke would keep the citrus trees warm, keep the crop from freezing.   On cold...
Bravo and Encore!

Bravo and Encore!

Bravo and Encore! Last night’s launch for the Red Wheelbarrow Writers anthology MEMORY INTO MEMOIR was the most festive occasion in my recent memory. The people, the presentation, the warmth and sheer energy pulsating around Village Books’ readers’ gallery created one...

Honolulu, 1981: Memoir

When my Armenian grandparents emigrated in 1923 with their two little daughters, among their effects listed in the Kalpakians’ Declaration of Household Goods were a set of enameled tin dishes, blue on the bottom, white on the top. Somehow these came to me and I took...