John Sammon

John Sammon is a freelance writer and newspaper reporter, novelist and historical fiction writer, non-fiction book writer, political pundit and column writer, comedy and humor writer, screenplay writer, film narrator and a member of the Screen Actors Guild. He lives with his wife near Pebble Beach.

Updated March 2018

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Bay Area Man Combines Wisdom and Buddhist Thought to Ease Hardships for People

Kenji Oshima coaches people who are suffering with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and he also teaches Buddhism (Dharma). Both methods of helping others involve similar skills.

For example, you don’t dictate to someone how to live their life. You talk about options; you let a person discover their own best path.

“You learn to shut up and not give advice,” Oshima said. “That’s a major skill. You ask questions and get interesting answers. You present options to people and let them evolve.”

ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder that often starts in childhood. Four of its main symptoms are inattention and lack …

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Lancaster Man Memorializes Love for His Wife with New Book

The love Lou Moore had for his wife Nellie lasted beyond 74 years and overcame as true love will, obstacles including imprisonment in a concentration camp, war and the opposition of family members because of Nellie Moore’s Japanese heritage.

That love has continued unabated even with Nellie’s passing in October of 2020. His love for his wife led Lou Moore to write a book on their experiences together titled, Eternal Love: The True Love Story of Nellie and Lou Moore, available for purchase on

Released on Nov. 30, 2020, the book has already received excellent reviews. It’s theme …

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Sacramento Area Man Goes from Concentration Camp to Role in Monument Preserving History

Tom Okubo has had a long and successful life.

The 95 year old Sacramento man exhibits little bitterness from his experience as a former inmate of a concentration camp that imprisoned him for no reason other than his ancestry. He went on to assist in the establishment of a State Historic Monument at the site helping to preserve history.

So hopefully it will not be forgotten.

Okubo thought back to the time when as a teenager during World War II he was imprisoned at the Tule Lake War Relocation Authority Camp in Siskiyou County in a remote part of Northeastern …

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Sacramento Area Attorney Wants the Word “Internment” Corrected in Usage

Yoshinori H.T. Himel, called “Toso” for his middle name by his many friends, would like to see the word “internment” stricken from common usage. He said it distorts history.

“I’d like to see it (internment) used correctly,” Himel said. “It’s been used as a euphemism for a race-based incarceration of Japanese Americans.” 

On Oct. 29 Himel was honored by the Sacramento Bar Association as “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year,” an attorney who takes cases without a fee for reasons of idealism and the pursuit of justice. 

Internment, the word for the imprisonment of mostly American citizens of Japanese descent …

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San Jose Area Man’s Life Shaped by Sports and Athletes

Blake Sasaki has been involved in sports almost his entire life, and if you ask him what has been the biggest joy, he will tell you watching athletes develop.

“It (sports) has been my life,” Sasaki said. “It’s my career, my family. If I wasn’t working in sports I don’t know what I would do. The end result is the game, but my greatest joy is seeing a freshman student athlete come into our program still a bit like a child, and then see them graduate as an adult. It’s like watching your own kids grow up.”

San Jose State …

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