wish you a happy holiday and pray for peace on earth for all mankind.
We celebrated our 30th anniversary with a trip
to Europe in September. Dan and I traveled with friends in
Switzerland and Lake Como, and met up with more friends to share a villa in
Tuscany. We spent the last three nights at Lake Molveno in northern Italy The Italian
people, countryside, wine, and food are the best -- beautiful, simple
preparations with fresh ingredients, nearly all organic. The Italians do it
Dan's 75th birthday with all the kids and
grandkids was a special evening at a beautiful Mexican
restaurant in Carlsbad. Mariachis played music and we celebrated Dan for all
that he does to support our family, especially grandkids' sports at ballparks
and beaches around the County, for soccer, baseball and surfing. Dane (22) gave
the last toast, recalling special times with Popa Dan, for a heartfelt tribute.
The Bob Dylan Concert at the
Berkeley Greek Theater was an extra-added treat for the birthday boy. Dylan
turned 75 one month before Dan. What better way to take a stroll down memory
lane than with the voice of our generation? The raspy voice still delivers. The
twinkling lights of the venue created the perfect setting. We also visited my
high school friends in the Bay area and Dan's brother/sister-in-law in Portland.
A devoted bridge player, Dan
passed 1,000 points, which means he's been playing for a few years now and is
doing rather well. We just returned from our December trek to Palm Desert where
he played in the regional tournament and shot a couple of rounds of golf.
Tapping away on the keyboard, I'm close
to completing a second novel, this one for middle grade boys. When Riley and
Westin were 12 (now 19), I picked them up from school once a week at noon and
we spent the afternoon together. They did homework and I wrote. Every week I
read the latest chapter to them about three boys in Yellowstone. They offered comments.
It was a great collaboration. Only recently, I went back to finish the book. I can't wait for them to read the final story,
and for me to land an agent and publisher. A poem I wrote last year was published
in the 2015-16 San Diego Poetry Annual this year.
Grandkids are wonderful. Dane is a
junior at San Marcos State, Westin is a freshman at Portland City College, and
Riley is working for a couple of local restaurants. All four of the Beck and
Brown kids are active in sports. Noah (15), Beau (12), McKinley (12) and Taylor
(9) played on local soccer and baseball teams. Taylor wowed all of us with his
batting. Dad, Craig, coached McKinley's soccer team to a regional
championship!! Noah and Beau also played club ball, and Noah's soccer team went
busy with family and friends, movies, plays, concerts and lots of good books. I
enjoy my work on the board of a community clinic and volunteer for Feeding
America. The gym, walking, running, golfing and swimming keep us healthy. I'll
have knee replacement surgery in January, but plan for a much calmer recovery
than Dan's last year. We send our love and hope we'll hear from you soon.
Dan: firstname.lastname@example.orgLots of Love, Vicki and Dan