Columbia, California – a town touched by magic

On March 27th, 1950 Thaddeus Hildreth and his younger brother George, and a few other hungry seekers of gold, wound up in a stretch of land they considered to be “an unusually rich seam of gold” and pounded their stake into the earth, calling the area Hildreth’s Diggings.  On a daily basis the party managed to pull a minimum of 15 pounds of gold dust daily. In a couple of weeks, the area grew so rapidly that the Sonoma Herald […]

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Fallon Hotel – Chapter Seventeen

No one brings me flowers.  It finally occurred to Jeri, a small extent of the pain that poor Ezra was in and why he was so drawn to Andy and, in some small way, her, too.  She wondered, how long had he been interred at the cemetery with no marker, no relations and no one to remember him?  It had always seemed sad to Jeri that so many occupants of cemeteries were ultimately abandoned and forgotten due to families moving […]

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Fallon Hotel – Chapter Eight

It would soon be past the window of opportunity for Andy’s lunch time and Jeri was nervous about what might happen if she didn’t get some sustenance on a plate, onto a fork and into his gullet tout de suite, so they popped into the closest restaurant. It was enough for her to know how cranky she got when her own blood sugar was low and she was in no hurry to discover whether or not it was genetic. As […]

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Fallon Hotel – Chapter Four

Rounding the corner of Washington Street as it turned into Main Street, Jeri pointed to the right at a small wooden shack down the hill.  “See that Andy, it’s not open yet but when it is they rent pans so you can go down there and pan for gold, just like the forty-niners did back in the day!”  She tried her best to put some twang in her voice, hoping that it might be somewhat entertaining and would catch Andy’s […]

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