The Breakfast Letter comes to you today from Siskiyou County, one of the most northern region of California. My travels take me to Oregon. Meet some of my author friends from Dunsmuir and Melbourne. and partake Nanjing flavors from my kitchen.
3/19 Sunny and warm today, 70-degrees. Drove to Gumboot Lake after Chinese buffet at LaiLai in Mt Shasta. No snow on the road all the way to the lake, patches in the shadows. We slaked our thirst on pure springs bursting from cracks in ancient rocks.
3/20 Swirling eddies of dry leaves rustle on dry pavement. The red reverse of fresh rose foliage flutters briefly in breeze passing over the topmost blooms on the yellow Yulan magnolia.
3/23 Cold thundershowers crackle and light the gloomy valley. Hail dumps in buckets. Looking toward the dark West, faint outline of trees against the shifting cloudscape. Chi dragons drift and coalesce.
4/18 One snow storm all year. Today it’s sunny and warm. I picked moss off the soil around the bonsai in training fothergilla alnifolia. The oldest miniature branches on the beat up crown display fluffy fragrant blossoms before the leaves emerge.
The Asian pear nestles in a foam mesh sock, preserving the smooth, golden tan, minutely speckled skin. Once sliced, the juicy, crystal white flesh invokes intense memories of Beijing white pears. Do you remember the scene in Beijing Abduction when Mai and Ron take a motorcycle ride to the Western Hills, buy pears and eat them in the hot sun? Click on the image of the blooming Satsuki azalea bonsai to go to March 24, 2015 Announcement with excerpt from the book of Ron and Mai eating pears.
Sha Li, author of an American in Beijing series of Chinese espionage thrillers, reads excerpts from her new book, Wounds of Attachment, available at Amazon.com. The occasion was a classy launch party at Westside Wines in Redding in April with music by Allison and Victor, delicious goodies by Café Maddalena.
Meet the Bad Guys who chase and threaten Mai Martin, the American woman, contracted agent for DHS 104 working with the PLA in Beijing.
Greetings from Cold Melbourne
I just came back from a nice round of golf. It was very cold early in the morning, but once the sun came up, it was great. Being Monday in Melbourne, Australia, everybody was at work and I had the place to myself. Kangaroos on the fairways watched me play, having a laugh when one of my shots went
astray. It was good to be out in fresh air, exercising the old muscles.
I was in China two years ago and found the place fascinating, nothing like
what I saw in TV documentaries. The pace of development is staggering, but when I was out in the countryside, the 'modern' China gave way to its true nature. I only saw a bit of the country and I wouldn't mind going back there for another visit. I know the lure of working overseas. In my past
professional life as an IT program/project manager, I spent two years in Abu Dhabi and one year in Doha, Qatar, working on their cellphone networks. I enjoyed it and it paid very well, but I am now happily settled Down Under.
Gold Bluff Deception by Maralee Wofford
GOLD! What other word has been the cause of more intrigue, mayhem, and downright mischief? The town of Gold Bluff seems to have all of those qualities and more. Unfortunately honesty is not one of them.
When EDEN McKENNA, history buff extraordinaire is hired to teach English and history in the tiny town of Gold Bluff, she is ecstatic. After reading about the town in a prestigious travel magazine, she has been thinking of little else than visiting the historic city,
SAM GORTON wears many hats in Gold Bluff---realtor, mayor, head of the school board and one of the town’s developers.
Gold Bluff is a relatively newly developed city, however very few residents are aware of that small fact. The developers never intended to pass the city off as a true historical site, It was only after a night of too much celebrating during which they created a history for their little faux gold rush city that things began to get messy.
If those two old codgers, Old Tom and Uncle Billy, hadn’t passed the story on to the national magazine’s writer as actual fact everything would be fine. No story---no history---just a sweet little mountain town, reminiscent of times gone by.
But sparks begin to fly, first between Eden and Sam, and then throughout the entire town. Will Gold Bluff survive its second rush?
Caldera Springs, Oregon
One of my Wilson High School chums I’ve tracked down is Don Larson. He was my walking partner at graduation and went on to Cal Berkeley. After working in tech in Portland for all those intervening years, he retired recently and moved with his wife to Sun River near Bend, Oregon. Besides being president of the Sun River Golf Club, he writes about birds at Caldera Springs.