Essays, opinions and rants

Q & A

Why is your blog called Moonlight Mile? 

Surely you know the Stones song Moonlight Mile? You young people…. Go listen to it now. Aside from that, Moonlight Mile conjures an unknown journey, traveling a path with whatever light is available, finding your way and taking in darkness, beauty, mystery and surprise. 


So where are you actually from? 

The Chicken Pie Shop, Fresno
The Chicken Pie Shop, Fresno

Fresno, California, in the San Joaquin Valley. It runs through California’s belly and contains bounty and challenges in equal supply. To be from there, for me, is to know crime and violence, economic struggle, brutal weather, incredible food and a deep, gorgeous vein of creativity, openness, inclusiveness and compassion in the people.

Fresno outskirts
Fresno outskirts

Since leaving, I’ve lived as far as 9,000 miles away, but the valley remains an inescapable component of the lens through which I view the world.  

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Storyland at Roeding Park
Van Ness Ave., two blocks from where I grew up
Van Ness Ave., near where I grew up

Exactly what is the point of this? 

The power of storytelling, to connect us to each other and illustrate our shared humanity and to improve individual lives and the whole damn world, is my religion. I’m trying to do my part. Blogging is also a) an attempt to figure out the point of things (if there is a point), b) a publishing ‘platform’ (look it up, it’s not very artistic) and c) a cyber-soapbox.

Shouldn’t you be working on your next book?

Yes.

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