What is Great to Visit and Great to Leave?

Yesterday it was time for another trip to “The Rock” the term for Alcatraz Island that the children who grew up there abhor to this day. (See Chapter 18 of my book Chronicles of Old San Francisco to learn more about the juveniles who roamed the island during its famous penitentiary phase. The exhibit of…

One Good Book leads to Another: Aleta George’s new biography Ina Coolbrith – The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate

In Chapter 17 of Chronicles of Old San Francisco I set down the highlights and main story of Ina Coolbrith. As the editing of the book dragged on, this chapter was an add-on a year after I sent in the manuscript. I had a short time to research and write the book and was anxious…

A Walk in the Park: Kew the Conservatory

The Conservatory of Flowers, which resembles a huge wood and glass bird cage, was modeled after the greenhouse at London’s Key Gardens. Located in Golden Gate Park and opened in 1879, it’s the oldest glass-and-wood Victorian greenhouse in the Western Hemisphere. Dracula plant (Named for its “fangs.”) The Conservatory is a living museum comprised of…