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Jim Webster

Profile Updated: September 21, 2023
Residing In:
Berkeley, CA USA
Spouse/Partner:
Denise Hingle
Occupation:
graphic artist
Children:
Octavio, born 1994
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I have now put fiction writing on hold and have dedicated myself to doing artwork. My art uses Turing Patterns (look it up!), a generative digital artform that I then combine with drawing, painting, and paper/wood cutouts. While I still get ideas for my stories, I simply don't have the time to dive into the process of rewriting them and submitting them for critique. I'm still saving the writeup below though it's out of date (my mom died 8 years ago, and we no longer have a home daycare business) as a kind of time capsule.

My artwork can be found at jswebster.com.
Peace out, Jim


Wandered everywhere, but never got lost. Still chasing down a novel, no matter what the cost. Dreamed of the rain, but settled for the sun. Looked death in the eye, but death hasn't won. Has another day ended, and another just begun? Tough to see him go, but Dad Sam's gone; meanwhile Mom Kim's still hanging on. Working with kids puts a tickle in my bone. Working on a story means I gotta work alone. When I dive deep gotta still come up for air. When I see friends I remember why I care. Try to remember that I gotta be real. Screens are never gonna let me know how to feel.

Breathe stretch climb sigh run instead of buy. Try before you die, try before you die. Think smart, act brave, love through the pain. Look 'em in the eye and then tell it to 'em plain. Sitting on a pile, gotta give some back. Keep on shoveling, there's still light upon that track. Leap like a leopard, then spring like steel. Screens are never gonna let me know how to feel.

Screens are never gonna let me know how to feel.

School Story:

I remember when my girlfriend at the time, Laurie Rolin, took me out to the parking lot and gave me a big ol' honkin' Valentine she'd made out of wood with groovy painted paisleys and everything on it. I just stared at it, 'cause I had nothing in my experience to tell me how to react to this thing. But would it have killed me to say "Wow, that's beautiful?" My lack of response pretty much chapped her hide. Learned my lesson that day: even if you don't appreciate another's effort to please, sell yourself on it and try again. Don't cost anything, even if it is faking it.

Do you want to NEVER hear from a Paly Reunion again?

No

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Happy Birthday Greetings from rain-drenched Berkeley!

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Hey Jon, it's been good to connect with you in our post-Palyverse. I hope you had a fun time on your birthday! Keep those days rollin'...

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I'm quite touched by y'alls rememberences of Steve, one of my favorite friends from high school. We were both on the tennis team, and along with Greg Florant formed a formidable Class of '69 trio in the SPAL. Steve and I had a spirited ongoing jostling to see who could climb higher on the ladder; he eventually overtook me during our senior year*. He had a more consistent game than I did, but I found that if he made a few unforced errors he'd start browbeating himself, and the psychological edge I gained by that would enable me to beat him. He'd always say, "I'll get you next time, Webster," but never with any malice, and we were always on good terms on and off the court. I also knew his dad Ned, also a tennis player; we even played as doubles partners a few times in tournaments. My dad (also a tennis player) was good friends with Ned, as well as with Steve's mom Joanne. Everyone in his family was always nice to me, with a total lack of pretension. Just a good bunch.

At one point in our senior year, Steve came to stay with me and my family for a while; the reason, I think, is that his mom and dad moved out of the Bay Area and Steve wanted to finish up at Paly. Our house on the corner of Bryant and KIngsley had a third floor where guests could spend the night, so he moved in up there. Unbeknownst to us, though, he was somewhat of a somnambulist, and one morning he woke up to discover that he had climbed out a window and lay down back to sleep on our house's pitched roof! He felt a bit sheepish about it, but we were just glad he didn't fall off.

We always connected at reunions, but it's been a while since I've seen or heard from him, so finding out about his getting ALS and dying from this dreadful disease made me feel sad. (One of my wife's sisters had ALS, so I know what a toll it takes.) Ted's description of how he'd tape a tennis racket to his hand because he couldn't hold it well enough--well that just speaks volumes about him, doesn't it?

So here's to ya, Steve.

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* Our tennis "coach" at the time, who threw me off the team for no good reason, had something to do with it.

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Happy birthday Lauri??

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I never realized Paula was a fellow Addison 6th grader because she was in Mr. Thompson's class, not mine (Mr. Marion). This is the first time I've seen a picture of her class, and I also recognize a few other classmates, notably Paul Pearson, who lived across the street from me. Paul is also deceased.

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