Winter 2014

I needed a quick break. What I wanted to do meant getting up at 4:30 so I could be in place as the sun rose. Hard for a guy who normally sleeps from midnight to 8ish. What a conundrum! But I did it, and it was worth it: (more…)

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Fall 2012 Photo Tour

It took awhile between the decline of film (I put my old “good” camera away some years ago) and the “jump point” for digital. The jump point is the place on a graph where the line representing the quality of digital imaging keeps going up and up, and the line representing the ever-decreasing price for […]

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My Dad, Larry Cassingham, 1918-2007

John Lawrence “Larry” Cassingham died on December 23, 2007 — the day after his 89th birthday. These are the remarks in eulogy by his four children, made in birth order, and several of the photos that were shown at his memorial service, held on January 12, 2008. (more…)

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Clancy: a Writer’s Cat

I got Clancy in 1990. It was right about the time I divorced my first wife, and he was around a year old. He loved to be with me as I sat at my computer, writing. If it was too warm to be in my lap, he’d park himself on the back of my chair, […]

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My First Published Science Article

My writing specialty when I got started was explaining technical and scientific topics for lay audiences — which served me well when I applied for a “tech transfer” job at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This was written for a class in journalism school. I tried to sell it, but failed. Then there was a tsunami […]

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Blizzard of 19 March 2003

Hot Tub Tuesday evening, Randy clears off the hot tub — which is under a roof! Note how the snow is so sticky it’s building up on the vertical post and privacy screen. It built up that much again before the snow stopped. (more…)

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Jerry Olivieri

Jerry Olivieri 23 July 1962 – 23 October 1999Comments by Randy Cassingham at the 29 October 1999 memorial service for Jerry Morales Olivieri Jr. (more…)

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SFO’s Mini-Ambulance

California: The Mini-Ambulance by Randy Cassingham Every time we go to the airport these days it is jammed. Everyone is in a hurry to buy tickets, catch planes — everyone has a place to go, a person to see. Suddenly, someone drops. A crowd gathers for a quick look before they hurry to their planes. […]

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My First-Ever Published Article

Published under the title “Code-3 Tips to Avoid!” in Emergency magazine (a journal for street medics — now long-defunct), in December 1980. It was my first published piece. The roots of sarcasm — and truth, for that matter! — run deep. (more…)

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Early Photography

Photography: Just Another Communications Medium I’ve always enjoyed communications, not only as a writer, but also as a photographer, publisher, even talking on the radio (both broadcast, where I’ve been interviewed many times, and on “land mobile” radios — while working as a sheriff’s deputy, street medic, or just on my ham radio. More on those aspects, […]

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