Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Fourth of July


            The wars were long over, and most of the war-weary boys were home from the lengthy years of hardships, in the trenches, and on the seas, in the conflicts of the Pacific and Europe. The citizens of the United States showed their appreciation to these young heroes by celebrating the Fourth of July with the biggest and best parades they could muster. In our neighborhood the patriotic parades took place on Compton Avenue, just north of Florence Avenue. Because the parade was so close to our house, we could walk the one block and sit on the curb to watch the show. The light poles on the parade route were draped with the red, white, and blue of Old Glory as far as the eye could see.

            The beginning of the parade included the grand marshal and congressional dignitaries riding in antique cars, followed by the military color guards, and the United States Marine Band playing my favorite _'The Marines Hymn.' For me that piece of music defined the meaning of pride, and even at that young age, I felt that pride coursing through my veins when the marines came marching by. Old soldiers in the crowd stood at attention and saluted with tears flowing down their cheeks. The sights and sounds of these young marines returning home brought back memories of their comrades who had died in World War One. The crowd was awed by the accuracy of the crack rifle teams that were twirling their rifles in perfect precision to the beat of the music. Then came the navy marching band playing “Anchors Aweigh,” a song that kept the entire crowd’s heads and shoulders dancing to this magnificent piece of music, followed by the army band, marching smartly as the crowd joined in the singing of the “Caisson Song,” or the army theme song.

          After the parade we walked to the parking lot of the Sailor’s Market on the   corner of Compton and Florence. Behind the market was where the large circus tents were erected and all the animal cages were displayed. The circus was so exciting and new to me. It was the first time I had ever seen people swinging on a trapeze. Ho dogs, popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy, and candied apples were the culinary treats of the day. In the middle was a beautiful carousel with wooden horses moving up and down to the tune of organ music. “Hit the bottles and win a prize,” a man was yelling from behin the counter on the runway. “Step right up—only twenty-five cents, and take home a panda bear.” Everywhere I looked, there was something amazing to see. “Drop the ball into the fish bowl, and win the fish.” I was a sucker for the Ping-Pong ball in the fish bowl trick. People were paying a dime for three chances to heave the ball, hoping it would land in one of the hundred or so little fish bowls.


            There were many soldiers and sailors with their sweethearts, walking and talking arm in arm. My brothers found a booth with .22-caliber rifles, and as always, they were trying to outdo each other shooting at moving targets. After dark the atmosphere seemed to change, with two searchlights streaking across the sky trying to attract new customers to the event. We ended the day with a short walk to the ice-cream parlor where my father treated us all to a cone. And that, my friends, was one of the best Fourth of Julys that I remember. I only hope our children can live to enjoy such a day.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

on July 24, 2016
Poignancy as well as humor. This reminded me of the book PENROD. It took me back 
to my own childhood and path to adulthood. You'll love this family and be entertained by 
the reminisces of this talented writer. What a funny and sweet story he tells of growing up 
in a wonderful time and place. It's a memoir you'll long remember and want to read again. 
Simply a beautiful and beautifully written slice of nostalgia.

Amazon's synopsis of PENROD:  Booth Tarkington was one of the greatest American 
writers of the early 20th century.  The classic novels Alice Adams and The Magnificent 
Ambersons earned Tarkington  The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and he is one of only three 
writers to ever win the award more than once. Tarkington's works are also notable for 
their Midwestern regionalism as many of his books are set in his native state of Indiana. 
Penrod, published in 1914, is a classic novel that details the adventures of a young boy 
growing up in the Midwest before World War I. Tarkington wrote two sequel novels to 
Penrod and all of them were made into films.

Monday, July 18, 2016

For those of you who have yet to see my art there are a three sites I would like to invite you to visit.
1. The Artworks from Author and Artist Gil Garcia
2. A Walk Back Homehttp://awalkbackhome.weebly.com/home.html#/
3. The Art of Gil Garcia http://theartofgilgarcia.blogspot.com/
I do hope you enjoy the many different styles and subject matter that I've learned from my family. A family of five artist who shared their thoughts, their techniques, and their imagination.  Enjoy!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

I have a special favor to ask all the visitors to this site.  I would truly appreciate your help; I'm asking those of you who visit your local library to order my book 'A Walk Back Home.'  I've have found copies in my local libraries, but I know that because the book was originally printed with the wrong ISBN number, it missed being placed on the list that libraries use to order from. There are roughly 122,000 public libraries in the US, not counting schools and universities.  So you can imagine what a wonderful thing it would be to be placed on that list that the my publisher missed.

Please ask the Librarian that you would like to order A Walk Back Home  ISBN 9781495456039

With much appreciation,

Gil Garcia

Thursday, May 12, 2016

In the book I write about my parents and their love of the Ocean.  My father passed away in 1985, and my mother will turn nighty-nine years of age on May 19th, 2016.  Her greatest wish is be with him again.  So I hurried to finish this painting I titled "Together Again."  

                                                         So Mom Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I've added a video of my art set to the music of Mozart.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Gil’s book is a memoir of his early childhood.  A humorous story. The Tom Sawyer of South Central 1940s Los Angeles is the best way to describe this little guy who manages to find himself in impossible one of a kind situations that will leave you smiling as he visualizes for you, and so descriptively beautiful, a neighborhood's panorama of life as seen through eyes of a child.
Gil's parents, his warring brothers, two sisters, a Dutch priest, and a English Sheepdog make up the cast of characters in this entertaining collection.  It's Gil's parents' love for one another that shields this family through tragedy and the hardest of times.  Memories fade, then blend into the next, and a delightful narrative begins to emerge that reminds the audience of the exuberance of youth.

Be prepared to fall in love with this boy, for these forty-four charming short stories will warm your heart and leave you laughing out loud.

This book now exist because of Gil’s beliefs that the histories of families have been shamelessly lost to their children and their grandchildren who will never know of their ancestors’ sacrifices, struggles, their loves and heartaches. Gil believes that you must jot down all your memories no matter how crude to allow your descendants to piece together who they are and where they came from. Tomorrow is always changing, and yesterday is always fading. Unless you begin to put these memories to paper now, your history and that of your family will be lost forever.  It’s never too late to start, and he begs you to try. 


Bob Hope once said, “When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things – not the great occasions – that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.”

Monday, January 11, 2016

To all my friends, family and loved ones. To all the people who stop by to read my page, let me say thank you. I give to you all, a gift, that you should listen to every morning before you start your day.  I ask you from the bottom of my heart to pay this message forward to all the people you know, to all the people on your mailing list. It's a wonderful message given to us so many years ago by talented singers of days long gone. The song is "We Are The World."

https://youtu.be/Zi0RpNSELas


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Visitors and fans of Artist/Author/Poet 
Gil Garcia must visit his new blog that marries 
his award winning art and his writing so beautifully it is a joy to see at: http://awalkbackhome.weebly.com/home.html#/

Sunday, July 5, 2015

I authored the little book that COULD, titled A Walk Back Home.  The book is about a little child. It follows him thru his early life during the 1940s and early 50s as he grows up in his south central Los Angeles Neighborhood.  This is the little book that will make you laugh out loud chapter after chapter. Read the review at Readers Favorite:  https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/a-walk-back-home and the readers reviews at  Amazonbooks.com.

Let me take you back in time with a good read that when you finish the last page you will have that feeling of satisfaction. And please tell a friend about your experience with this little boy that made you laugh out loud.

Thank you and best wishes to you and your family.

gil

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Excerpts of A Walk Back Home


The Neighborhood


            On other nights, you might find a neighbor kid in our front yard leaning his head and forearm against the tree, counting with his eyes tightly closed as the children dispersed in all directions.
            “Twenty-four, twenty-five,” he would count. The giggles and laughter of the hiding children would subside to whispers as the neighbor boy neared the end of his count, and then…absolute silence. He would then quicken the count: “Twenty-six, twenty-seven, twenty-eight, twenty-nine, thirty; here I come!”
            Under the dim streetlight, he quickly turned to begin his search while listening for any clues as to where the children of Parmalee Avenue were hiding. It’s a scene that has been played out for many generations, in every suburb of every city throughout the United States, children sharing the hours before bedtime. For these children the reality of war was a thing of the past or a newsreel at the Saturday matinee. For these children there was only the present, moments of innocence, moments to make memories that would last a lifetime. As the evenings grew colder, the last holdouts of the streets retreated indoors to join their families for quality time around the radio to be bonded in mystery and laughter.
         

Saturday, March 21, 2015

5.0 out of 5 starsTina: From a bookworm!, March 19, 2015
By Tina
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: 
A Walk Back Home: A Humorous Family Saga (Paperback)
A lovely and refreshing look at a family's history written through
the eyes of a child. Gil Garcia's "first book"
is a joyful experience for any reader! LOVED it!

Thursday, March 19, 2015



Excerpt from a story titled:
Sleep Learning

(A story based on a First Grade stage play)

In the first-grade play, I was to be a pint-sized pirate like the rest of my class.  We had newspapers folded on the tops of our heads like Napoleon hats.  I was to wear black pants, a loose white shirt, and some kind of red scarf around my skinny waist, which was where my sword would be stuffed.  My father made the sword out of wood and painted the blade silver just for the play.  When the day finally came, I was so terrified as we walked out onto the stage.  When we reached the center of the stage, the prerecorded music to a play called H.M.S. Pinafore began to play.  We were to turn and face the audience and hold onto our waists with our left hands while rocking our bodies back and forth, shifting from one foot to the other while mouthing the words to the music and clenching our right fists as we swung them back and forth to the beat.  Well I did no such thing; instead I searched and searched the auditorium looking for my parents. All the other kids were rocking back and forth while I stood there like a rock in a windy field of tall grass, and when I spotted my parents, I brought the auditorium into a bout of roaring laughter as I raised both my hands and yelled, "Hi, Mom!"



Sunday, March 8, 2015

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brenda gutierrez on February 22, 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book made me vividly relive the 1940's, so it's on my top five books ever read. It described the upside of a 
family, and even a generation, of having less, so creating more. There are some hilarious situations that are one 
of a kind.
The wise, good-natured parents you can enjoy vicariously or remember your own.
I'll never forget little sensitive Gil and his warring brothers.
This is a book club's dream for discussing values and how they have evolved .
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By Jenny on March 3, 2015
Format: Paperback
I spent this indulgent morning reading my copy, laughing & smiling the whole way through; I even christened it with
joyful tears. Thank you Gil for sharing your beautiful memories of your whimsical childhood with the world! 
This is such a treasure families everywhere can share always.

Saturday, February 28, 2015


A panorama of an entire generation is found in Gil humorist memoir A Walk Back Home. Award winning artist Gil Garcia set his paintbrush aside five years ago to write of his childhood.  He paints a humorous picture of life as it was growing up in the 1940s and early 50s in south central Los Angeles.

With Gil's artistic imagination he paints in masterful descriptive detail the ups and downs of life in a neighborhood made up of immigrants.  So descriptively beautiful are his words__if put to canvas they would rival a Norman Rockwell painting.  

Meet the family who, over the course of forty-four charming short stories, will warm you heart, and leave you laughing out loud! Through these delightful vignettes, the author reminisces about his eccentric childhood. He has created a priceless homage to his parents and, for the rest of us, a wonderful story that we will not soon forget!  

The book A Walk Back Home can be ordered at the following links:

EUROPE:
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/149545603X
Amazon DE/DP: http://www.amazon.de/dp/149545603X
Amazon ES/DP: http://www.amazon.es/dp/149545603X
Amazon France: http://www.amazon.fr/dp/149545603X
Amazon Italy: http://www.amazon.it/dp/149545603X


Amazon UShttp://www.amazon.com/dp/149545603X
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-walk-back-home-gil-garcia/1120824600?ean=9781495456039

E-books 
Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Walk-Back-Home-Humorous-Family-ebook/dp/B00S51YW2I/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425136572&sr=1-1&keywords=a+walk+back+home 

When ordering A Walk Back Home at your local library use the following ISBN numbers:
ISBN-10: 149545603X
ISBN-13: 9781495456039