Robert, age 19

“American Risotto” vignettes continue tonight with the second installment: The Indian on Old Cub: A story of Joseph Pike.

These tales recount the lives of several family members who made their mark on my life. They include a Sabbath-keeping Gold Rush prospector, a fierce-sounding cattle rancher and an 18-year-old girl brought to the U.S. in an arranged marriage.

Those who want to learn a little more about the main characters can go to the “America Risotto” web page.

Their stories have become part of my story.