Tomyamaguchi’s Weblog

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I am a Quaker living in West Berkeley, CA, a member of Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting, College Park Quarterly Meeting, and Pacific Yearly Meeting. I came out as a gay man at age 40. I am currently divorced and have two adult children. Many people are curious how a white guy like me got a Japanese last name. For the whole story go to

I am a dedicated bicyclist and have not owned a car for over a couple of decades.


  1. Thanks for hosting that fine memorial to Bob Berry. I was able to share some of the experience with readers of the Berkeley Daily Planet.

    Climbing a Bikeway to Heaven: Bob Berry Remembered 
Robert Stephen Berry
March 18, 1949 – May 19, 2011
    By Gar Smith
    Wednesday June 15, 2011

    It’s not everyday you find a Quaker church service crammed with CalTrans employees — especially when more than half of them are decked out in tie-dyed shirts. But it’s not everyday that our community says goodbye to a unique Berkeley treasure like Bob Berry — a songwriting, pro-biking activist who became so disenchanted with traditional political parties that, in the Bicentennial Year of 1976, he dedicated himself to reviving the Whig Party. The invitation to Berry’s June 10 memorial service included a unique request: “The family hopes that people attending the memorial service would arrive in tie-dyed T-shirts to honor Bob’s free spirit.”
    -more at-

    Comment by Gar Smith | June 17, 2011 | Reply

  2. Always glad to hear your voice. A voice of reason in a background of wackos.

    Comment by Dianae Weeks | September 29, 2016 | Reply

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