Children’s tale rings true for author who loses his home to a fire in Bali – Orange County Register
Bob Priest with a Balinese family he knows as Papa and Mama Juni, who accepted him into their family at Pantai Bingin, “Bingin Beach.”
Bob Priest in front of the burned-out building at Bingin Beach, Bali, where he lived until an April 4 fire, with a postcard of the cover of his children’s book ‘The Voice of the Moon — Happiness.’
This is an April 4 fire that destroyed four buildings at Bingin Beach, Bali, including the home of 1980 San Clemente High School graduate Bob Priest.
This is the cover art for Bob Priest’s first children’s book, the proceeds from which he says he will help his Balinese neighbors rebuild from a disastrous April 4 fire that took his home, too.
This was the view from Bob Priest’s balcony in Bali prior to an April 4 fire. He managed to enter the burning building and retrieve his passport his computer and his favorite guitar.
Bob Priest, left, with iconic Roy Gonzalez, a fellow San Clemente High School graduate doing artwork for Priest’s “Voice of the Moon” children’s book.
Lit’l Bobby, the protagonist in Bob Priest’s children’s books, is a cartoonish image of himself.
Bob Priest, at upper left, struggles to climb onto his deck to rescue his computer, passport and favorite guitar during April 4 fire.
The theme of Bob Priest’s first children’s book is that happiness is not about material possessions.
Another image from Bob Priest’s first children’s book. See more at LitlBobby.com.
Bob Priest, with his saved guitar, in the aftermath of the April 4 fire that destroyed four buildings, including his home in Bali.
An aerial view shows fire raging April 4 at Bingin Beach, Bali.
Bobby Priest celebrates his 1980 graduation from San Clemente High School by uncorking a bottle of bubbly he had snuck into the graduation venue. Now 55, he lives in Bali writing music and children’s books. (Photo by Fred Swegles, Orange County Register/SCNG)
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