Julia Park Tracey

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your two-sentence local news review. Here’s what happened in Alameda this week.

An earthquake centered near American Canyon rattled the Bay Area a little before 3:30 a.m. Sunday. While the 6.0 temblor caused damage and knocked out power for many near the epicenter, Alamedans only lost sleep. Here's what happened and what Island residents shaken awake by the quake had to say.

The city has selected a new poet laureate. The City Council is set to appoint Julia Park Tracey to the volunteer post on September 16.

Photo by Kristen Hanlon.

Julia Park Tracey is a longtime fixture on Alameda’s literary arts scene. A founding editor of the Alameda Sun, she is the author of a novel (Tongues of Angels) and a collection of poems (Amaryllis), and her freelance writing has appeared in many venues. She also maintains a blog, Modern Muse, at http://www.modernmuse.blogspot.com/. Her most recent project is I've Got Some Lovin' to Do: The Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (1925-1926), the first in a series publishing the diaries of her great-aunt, Doris Bailey Murphy (1910-2011).

Excerpt from "I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do: The Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen" reprinted with permission from Julia Park Tracey and the Bailey family.

Doris Takes the Wheel…

Monday, May 31, 1926
Bob, Eveline, Van and myself sat in the back seat. Van put his arm around me and we were whizzing along when all of a sudden the car stopped short. There was a crash of breaking glass, a scream and I bumped my head. We had hit a street car and were perched right on top of the cow catcher.