Michael Ackley

Profile Updated: December 24, 2021
Residing In: Sonora, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Nancy Anne (married in 1966)
Homepage: The Best Poetry and Comment Site
Occupation: poet/retired
Children: Laura Anne, born 1968, historian, writer. Laura's 2015 book, "Jewel City: San Francisco's Pan Pacific More…International Esposition of 1915" was the gold medal winner, among other honors, in the Commonwealth Club's annual awards for California's best new books. It is a beautiful work, beautifully written.

Jonathan M., born 1969, was a Walt Disney Imagineer for 20 years, and currently working for a high-tech start-up. His attraction at Disney World, the interactive "Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom" is legendary in the computer/interactive world, as is his magnum opus for Lucas Games, "The Curse of Monkey Island."

Two beautiful, bright, talented granddaughters, simultaneously in college in Boston.
Yes! Attending Reunion

Performed and enjoyed just about everything in journalism, reporting, editing etc. Finally was daily columnist in Sacramento for seven years, then two years as editor of a small daily. Taught six years and advised for the school newspaper at Cal State Hayward.
Meanwhile, my wife of going on 55 years, Nancy Anne, did most of the kid-raising, taught for several years, worked for a congressman, edited copy on a large daily newspaper, wrote a couple of books for the National School Safety Center, and concluded her career at Cal State Hayward as a writer/editor for the university and its alumni association. We retired together in 2004.
As columnist, I had time to get back in shape, ranking nationally in the pentathlon, winning the Western States 1500-meter championship. Great fun, but wore out both hips. Having two new ones, I figure that the implants on average this have lowered my age.
I'm no longer writing a column but confining myself mostly to creative writing and to fuming over the decadent state of contemporary poetry.
After enjoying our life in the mountains east of Sonora for 13 years we decided it was time to stop sweating out the wildfire season (from about April to November) and to recognize that shoveling snow was no longer recreational. Thus, we have moved back to Sacramento County (Fair Oaks) where we lived for about 18 years and where our children did most of their growing up.

School Story:

A wise friend, the late Ron Schrap, once told me the best thing we could say about our high school years is "I'm sorry." I can only add that I hope to have matured miles from those days -- starting when I was about 35.
Best to all.
In light of Ron's wise thoughts, I add below a poem I wrote in this wise:

Surely by Now They All Have Passed Away

Surely by now they all have passed away
Who should have heard the words you did not say.
Surely by now all the aggrieved are dead,
Who sadly heard what you should not have said.

There is within each soul a room
Where time does not hold sway
And cannot bitter words consume,
So they remain still fresh today.

And if the ranks of injured are deceased,
Why are you not from penalty released?
But by the rank transgressions of your tongue
Are you forever freshly stung.

March 14, 2021

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Happy safe, vaccinated, boostered birthday.

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Feb 03, 2022 at 8:41 AM

Felicitations, Karen!

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Posted on: Jan 30, 2022 at 8:41 AM

Happy day! And thanks for your Covid views that help us all keep safe and healthy.

Dec 24, 2021 at 11:24 AM
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Sep 16, 2021 at 5:25 PM

Belated felicitations on the anniversary of your natal day.

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Sep 07, 2021 at 12:13 PM

[Giffy] was blooming still, had made the best
Of time, and time return'd the compliment.
Lord Byron

Many happy returns.
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Jun 07, 2021 at 9:37 AM

"D Day" for a "B day." No way your family can forget, until they are as old as we. Many more happy returns.

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Apr 03, 2021 at 8:50 AM

Ancient Horace is quoted in the interrogative, "Do you count your birthdays thankfully?"
I think this ill punctuated, for it should be the imperative, "Do count your birthdays thankfully!"
Hope yours is most happy.

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Posted on: Mar 17, 2021 at 4:26 PM

Call him not old whose visionary brain
Holds o'er the past its undivided reign.
For him in vain the envious seasons roll
Who bears eternal summer in his soul.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Many happy returns, Russel.

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Feb 07, 2021 at 11:16 AM

Well, first off, thank you for your service. I hadn't read your profile all these years since the OHS '62 50-year reunion. So, happy birthday. Keep having 'em.
One memory of you comes to mind is that you would run around with James Porter, and though perhaps half his size, you could eat twice as much as he. How did you do it?
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Jan 30, 2021 at 9:49 AM

Hope your birthday is joyful, and that all is well with Doctor Nackley.

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Posted on: Oct 08, 2020 at 11:59 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAZEL! Hope you and Jeffrey are well and staying safe.

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Oct 05, 2020 at 9:08 AM

The 50-year reunion was indeed an excellent event. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make it a success.

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Sep 01, 2020 at 9:59 AM

Happy birthday (soon). Perhaps you could celebrate with smoke turkey, smoked ribs or smoked tri-tip. Just stay out of the smoke yourself.

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Aug 26, 2020 at 4:15 PM

What! Another one? Aren't you getting tired of these yearly reminders of our getting older? Well, anyway HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I hope it was a wonderful day for you.

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Jul 12, 2020 at 4:05 PM

Posted on: Jul 01, 2020 at 3:04 PM

I keep trying to send you good wishes, and though this works for other OHS adressees, this system keeps kicking yours back to me. If your of a mind, drop me a line with your personal email address.
Thanks, Michael A.

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Apr 03, 2020 at 12:34 PM

Posted on: Apr 03, 2020 at 11:09 AM

Who well lives, long lives; for this age of ours
Should not be numbered by years, days, and hours. -- so wrote some dude known as Seigneur Du Bartas in the 16th century.

Keep living well for many happy returns.

Michael A.

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Mar 24, 2020 at 9:18 AM

Happy birthday Russel. Older and no doubt among the wisest.

Michael A.

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:22 PM
A serious moment at Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure. I WAS hungry.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Skin cancer surgery (the wages of a healthy life style) brought out the artist in me.