A Winter’s Tale


A man was moving out of his English cottage, and I was walking by, and he invited me in, to see it before he left for good, on a Toluca Lake street (where I’ve set my next short story), into a home, emptied of content, yet still full of emotion; an ideal cottage in the…

15126 Kittridge St.


July 4th weekend was hot. All day long the sun beat down and broiled the city, blinding and exhausting it.  You were either at the beach or in your house, air-conditioned.  Napping was involuntary. They were lighting off explosives all weekend here in Van Nuys, late into the night. I imagined a city all around…

Closed to the Public.


Closed to the Public., originally uploaded by here in van nuys. This is a well proportioned, older home on Hamlin St. in Van Nuys. Serving as a rental, it has seen the last of the old tenants move out, and seems to be unoccupied. Or perhaps it is serving as someone's home. I don't know.…

Near the Beach: Venice, CA.


Near the Beach: Venice, CA., originally uploaded by Here in Van Nuys. There is just something simple and direct about this old house that I find appealing. It probably is close to 100 years old. Just steps away from the beach, it has seen a lot of changes in this neighborhood through the years. There…