Sunday, May 30, 2010


Honoring Donald Seaman - Memorial Day 2010

Donald J. Seaman
June 26, 1950 - December 15, 1969
Interred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

Donald was in my Sunday School class for years at the Blossom Lane Meeting House. He was always very quiet and unassuming. This is his sophomore Mil Memorias yearbook picture. He was not listed in the yearbook his junior year. He was listed in the index his senior year, but there was no photograph.

I heard second-hand that Donald had died in Vietnam. I do not know the details of his service, nor how his life was taken. Thank you, Donald, for your character and your commitment.


Honoring Vinny Ursillo - Memorial Day 2010

April 11, 1946 - September 26, 1968
Interred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery October 1, 1968

Vinny lived on Roy Street, through the block from us. He was a friend of Kathleen's, and a member of the famous Class of '65. This is his senior picture form the school yearbook. He and Bobby Marshall, who lived across the street from us, were the neighborhood heroes. Together, they dominated our street football games, and later played four years on the Mount Miguel High School football teams.

To him, I was just somebody's kid brother, but I surely looked up to Vinny. Today I want to remember him, and ask you to think of him along with those you know who forfeited their own futures to preserve ours.

The monument shown here stands in front of the La Mesa American Legion Hall. Its bronze plaques list the names of some East County residents who lost their lives in the Vietnam Conflict. Thank you, Vinny.

LCPL Vincent James "Vinny" Ursillo

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Old Town With Tía Silvia

The Johnson House is a shop, not a restaurant. We actually ate at the Guadalajara.

And SOHO does not mean South Houston. It means "Save Our Heritage Organisation". This group targets old structures for preservation; in this case, the Whaley House.

Monday, May 10, 2010


Mothers Day, a Day Late

Sunday, May 09, 2010


Mothers of the Year 2010

We are so proud of the women in our family! Sasha and Jodi, thank you for your sacrifices.

Saturday, May 08, 2010


Mothers Day, a Day Early

Presidio Park, San Diego. The Díaz women are honored and celebrated.

Of course, the mothers ended up serving the menfolk. We are so pathetic!

Friday, May 07, 2010



Conley Berendt Hill at birth.

Simon Lee Hill at birth.

The dynasty continues!

Saturday, May 01, 2010


Alex Turns Five

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