(photo of Kevin Starr from the LA Times)
My mom's cousin, author and California Historian, Kevin Starr is in the LA Times today in the Patt Morrison Asks piece. He very candidly talks a little about his childhood, our Irish family and his beloved grandma (my mom's grandma and my great-grandma). It's a very fun, interesting piece. I love his constant adoration for our state: California. And his rightful outrage for how it's now being run. I truly admire his clear, non-political, unapologetic opinions. No wonder, I can't stand political hacks - it's in my blood not to.
Last I saw Kevin and his beautiful wife Sheila was at UCLA. I invited them over for dinner. While we dined on spaghetti, salad and garlic bread, I selfishly picked Kevin's brain about writing, publishing, our family history. Why didn't I ask him more about himself? And when I published my first big piece in the LA Daily News: "Valley State of Mind," Kevin was the first to congratulate me on being a published California writer.