geographer, and naturalist Tom Core was scheduled to be at
the Big Bear
Discovery Center for a book signing, and we drove to the other
side of the lake to meet him. He is my favorite author on the
mountain, and every week, I look forward to reading his engaging
column in the local paper.
Here's a bio on Mr.
"Thomas H. Core: Tom Core retired some thirty years ago to live in Big Bear, California, which he had known since he was eight years
old. He became interested in the area's fantastic history and began writing about it. Over 1,000 of his stories have been
published in Big Bear's weekly newspapers, the Big
Bear Grizzly, and Big Bear Life, and in the Lake Arrowhead On the Mountain magazine. He
also worked with DTQ historical advisor John Robinson on the Big Bear part of his popular book, The San Bernardinos.
Tom has been closely associated with the Big Bear Valley Historical Society and their local historical museum for many years. He held
the position of president for ten years and served as an officer for another dozen."
A google.com search
reveals a sampling of Mr.Core's work:
Core Big Bear
Born in 1915, he is 86
years old (young!). Belying his age, he is a testament to clean
mountain living. I was honored to meet the fine gentleman in
"If you're a singer, you lose your voice.
A baseball player loses his arm.
A writer gets more knowledge,
and if he's good, the older he gets,
the better he writes."
~ Mickey Spillane
He welcomed my questions
about the area, in particular The Eye of the God, one of my favorite
places on Earth, full of peaceful, sacred energy. He remembers it as
a young boy, when it was a huge, smooth and polished white quartz
dome that could be seen from great distances. Miners, looking for
gold, defaced this gem of the mountains by blasting it with
The profound sacredness
of the area was untouched, attracting me like a moth to flame.
I purchased Mr. Core's
book, "Big Bear Panorama," and he graciously signed it and
posed for a picture:
Author Unknown & Tom Core, Author
Well-Known in these parts
"I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor.
Do you know your next door neighbor?"
~ Mother Teresa
On the way back, we
stopped by to see our future neighbors, Bob and Sharon.
Their spanking new log cabin is almost done with only the driveway
left to be paved.
Sharon and Bob in their new cabin
They invited us in to
proudly show us their beautiful new home, their dream come true and
the culmination of ten years of planning and patience. Designed to
maximize the hilltop, sweeping, 180 degree lake view, the primary
rooms -- the kitchen, dining room, living and master bedroom --
overlook this spectacular view.
Their happiness was
brimming over, so very beautiful to see.
"The trouble with eating Italian food
is that 5 or 6 days later you're hungry again."
~George Miller, British writer
We had a dinner date at Pizza
Mia Ristorante (40949 Big Bear Bl, soon to be moving to the
village, BBL 866-8777), a first-rate Italian eatery, recommended by
our neighbors, Jeff and Claudia. With candlelight, low but not
dark lighting, shiny glassware, a large mirror on the near wall and
a soft-toned mural on the far wall, the ambiance was old-fashioned
Immediately, we were
pleased with the attentive and efficient service from our server,
Tammy, originally from Long Beach, who temptingly described the
specials and menu items.
I love cioppino, and
that's what I ordered, while DH, ordered the seafood risotto.
We appreciated the
freshness of the green salad (fresh greens, we have found, is not to
be taken for granted in the mountains). Topped with thinly
sliced tomato and red onion and drizzled with tangy bleu cheese,
this was a great first course.
a steamy tomato-y Italian-style bouillabaise, was a bounty of
seafood with a huge Dungeness crab claw, huge scallops, mussels,
clams, fish, and shrimp in a flavorful broth. Robert Mondavi's
merlot complemented my dish perfectly.
I have had cioppino in dozens of places, and this is the dish I measure the others by.
Mama Mia's is every bit as superb as my favorite cioppino at Alioto's
at San Francisco's Fisherman's Whart.
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well,
if one has not dined well."
~ Virginia Woolf
If you've had cioppino,
you know that it is a lot of food. It was. Tomorrow, we
will have an enviable supper for two, and we get to eat well, think
well, love well, and sleep well two days in a row.
"There is no love sincerer than the love of
~ George Bernard Shaw.
I'm getting the food
thing down pat, just by wishing.
In the last month, my
fondest food wishes have come true. First, I was wistfuly
wishing for a good Italian restaurant in the mountains.
Tonight, we got Mama Mia's.
Second, I was pining for
down the hill. On Thursday, we learned that L&
L Drive-In, a restaurant featuring a menu
of Hawaiian plate lunches and Hawaiian local-style foods, including
saimin.....chicken katsu... lemon
chicken...teriyaki BBQ chicken... will be opening in the new
plaza right across the street from our office. We intend to be
among their first customers.
Be careful what you wish
"Life is a Gift."
P.S. If you would
like to share a portion of yourself with words, in response to
this journal entry, you may do it here.
only gift is a portion of thyself..."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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