A friend has given me a homely gift. Because he's a poet he likes to tinker, sometimes with words, but he also fools with cast off things. My gift is "The Versinator" -- a glass instrument, formerly a piece of lab equipment.
For many years, Ramona Otto was an elementary school teacher. Full disclosure: She was my elementary school teacher. She'd often ask her students to bring in certain items for projects she was working on. Rulers, pencils and pins were often on her "treasure list."
My recent return to the Towers was 30-plus years after my first visit. I was thrilled to see that it remains a dominant presence in this Watts neighborhood. It's now secured by a tall metal white fence, and open for a small admission fee with limited hours, to the public.