Monthly Archives: May 2016

Joaquin and Leonie

Originally posted on Rosamond Press:
Joaquin Miller had a poets colony in the Oakland. Japanese Poets came to live here. One of them was  Yonejiro Noguchi. I just discovered a movie was made about the mother of Yone’s son, who…

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Creation Dawn

My semi-autobiographical novel ‘The Gideon Computer’ begins at the Golden West Saloon in downtown Oakland where Bill gets drunk and passes out. He comes to standing mid-span on the Golden Gate bridge looking at the setting sun. There is a … Continue reading

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The Japanese Sword & Love Exchange

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? “They became “Honorary Aryans,” apart from other Asians and now western in many ways.  The World’s Fair in Philadelphia, in 1876, heralded this distinction: the Chinese were declared a dying race; Japan was praised.”…

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Victor Hugo of the Barbary Coast

My brother, Mark Presco, described Melba as a ‘Control Freak’. Coming from a master control freak, this is quite an honor. Mark stopped seeing our grandmother, because she put him to work every time he did. That was my experience. … Continue reading

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Laurel District

Laurel Street may have been developed by William Stuttmeister. Rosemary told me they gave the names of trees to the new streets of Fruit Vale. I found the streetcar line that Melba took with her infant son sitting on Joaquin … Continue reading

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The Accusation & The Confession

Originally posted on Rosamond Press:
As a artist, who received some serious recognition at a very young age, I was allowed to ask “Who am I?” from a different perspective than others. This was always a problem, because I was…

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Dismantling the Shame Machine

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“On Monday, the president commuted the sentences of 46 federal inmates, most of whom were serving lengthy terms for drug offenses.” My science fiction novel ‘The Gideon Computer’ has come true. The Last Hippie of…

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Betraying The Beautiful House of Bohemian Art

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I made the mistake of telling my daughter, Heather Hanson, and her mother, Patrice Hanson, about the very wealthy man who gave me a menacing look at Christine’s funeral. I was standing next to my…

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Berlin Way on Peralta Creek

It looks like the Stuttmeister home and orchard was on Peralta Creek that has it’s source near Joaquin Miller’s house in the Hights. Rosemary said Maple St. was one of the streets William Stuttmeister and his kin, William Beyer, built … Continue reading

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“DISPOSED OF”

My niece, Shannon Rosamond, used the word “DISPOSED” to describe what my family did to me. She avoided the word “SACRIFICED” because I was sacrificed to make it all work for everyone, starting with Vic, who claimed I was not … Continue reading

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