While the early years were spent in the South, the teenage years were spent growing up in California. Both parents had an Old World culture that clashed with a teenageras fun-in-the-sun Southern California environment. The social changes in California during the a60s and a70s were a strong influence. The music, the politics, and the culture values of that period influenced a young man unprepared for what lay ahead of him. Among the surf and flower children, a complex and deceitful vein of reality existed in an establishment both afraid of the changes and quick to manipulate it to the disadvantage of others. The seed of rebellion and contempt for ignorance grew out of the experiences and relationships that occurred. Each poem is a journal, a mini story in the travels of one man.