'07-'15 BOO! in the Valley
HALLOWEEN 2014! This whole set is from Halloween in the San Fernando Valley highlighting Heidi's annual Massive Monster Mash that I looove to attend, mostly to get this picture. More pictures coming! but maybe not until I get back from Sequoia at the...
'14 October
There was a sequence with super heroes, another with characters from video games, another with people who had died this year, another with scenes from horror movies, more, more, but my favorite was a gigantic display of all The Kardashians, all of them inc...
'14 October
October 7 I've been spending a lot of time with Lona and Hartley when I can and I don't usually even mention it but today I must because today was probably my last chance to see Winny who is leaving L&H for a permanent career-tracked job. We will all...
'14 October
October 6 I drove up to Oxnard for lunch with Nancy and enjoyed this view on the drive back..in the rented car..because the car the was running perfectly fine got a service..and Then broke down. I will say that the guys at the shop near my house who ...
Getty Center '14 October
October 4 This is my first visit to the Getty Center since January. I can hardly believe it. Sharon and Nancy and I popped up here on this hot, dry, Santa Ana day and it was h.o.t. And all the water features are drained in solidarity with everyone ...
'14 October
October 3 I had to take my car to the shop for brakes and to figure out why the check engine light was on. Stuck at home in a heat wave... Then I got an unexpected call from Steve and Celina who had some chores to do out here and it worked out that ...
'14 October
Then we went down to CSUN where they were having an exhibit of Valley artists who contributed Valley-centric work to the wider art world.
'14 September
Oh brave, devoted singers who really put on a show, a big gospel/spiritual program with the chorale in top form (they sang as one - very impressive) and excellent soloists and instrumentalists, and toward the end a collage group joined in. And no one fain...
'14 September
My Monday Night Potluck ladies celebrating 3 birthdays. A couple of the ladies brought 2 cards for each Birthday Girl making a total of 33 cards with no duplicates. Wow, Impressive! Marija, Maryanne, Maxine, Ann (Happy Birthday!), Alicia (thank you fo...
'14 September
...Elvis Costello who was not it seemed in top form but we were glad to be there anyway.
'14 September
September 4 The Shutman family from 2007 including Steve's mom Gloria. Gloria passed recently and I went to her funeral today. Here's the first poem the rabbi read and it reminds me of my own mother. The rabbi didn't know the source and it seems an a...
'14 September
September 2 My really adorable Proust readers from Sunday. Actually...I dropped in on the folks who are going through with the third group whereas I started with the second group. I wanted to join the first group but it was too late, they were alr...
Doctor Who '14 August
August 30 I missed most of Matt Smith because I never much took to him probably because of the torch I (and all the girls really) carry for David Tennant. This guy is great though! Peter Capaldi. I'm very glad.
'14 August
August 27 It's the First Day of School! Kaitlin is in the third grade and Lilly is starting in transitional kindergarten the public schools are offering now for kids who are close, but not yet 5 by September 1st. ak.
'14 August
August 25 Me and my armrest Buddy, Lill and Tony's rescue dog who sits in the window above this couch to announce to all who pass: 'Don't even think about coming in here.' lg.
'14 May: the Cyclades
How the whole trip happened: A) the Cyclades including Naxos and Santorini with short visits to Delos and Mykonos. B) the Dodecanese including Rhodes and Symi. C) the Peloponnese including Nafplio, Mystras/Sparta (+Mycenae and Epidavros), and An...
'14 August
Sharon's irresistible snack trays. Thank you! On another day we met up with cousin Nancy for lunch and a show which was a lovely. Like ladies who lunch.
'14 July
Lunch at Figtree, our favorite beach walk turn-around spot. The singers who get this location in the entertainer's lottery (I think that's how it works?) are usually surprisingly good.
'14 July
July 8 I had dinner with Steve and Celina tonight who recently had dinner with Wolfgang Puck and Nancy Silverton. We had a good time too... ??
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
This is where Jason and Medea lived, and where Saint Paul lived and preached for two years. I'm standing on the podium where Saint Paul is said to have been interrogated (by whom I don't remember now) but like the Romans not collecting taxes in December, ...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
18) "Sonke" The tour bus dropped me off closest to the National Archaeological Museum as their route would bring them and I walked the rest of the way. I remember from the Street Art tour that the artist who puts up these black and white girls does ...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
4) WD The artist who goes by WD is very prolific in the neighborhoods we visited. Also notice that 6 at the beginning of the lettering.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
8) "Same 84 correct" I found a reference to Blaqk: Greg Papagrigoriou & Simek attached to this image. I think there are two guys involved, one who does the lettering and one who does the geometrics.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
I ate lunch here and it was lovely, the menu and setting perfect for Ladies Who Lunch.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Delphi is about 2,000 feet above sea level with beautiful views to the valleys and mountains. Who will live to see our conversion to the Oh So Sensible metric system? Not me. My kids? Their kids?
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
Wiki: "At the end of the 14th century, the Byzantine Empire's 800-year reign over northern Greece was being increasingly threatened by Turkish raiders who wanted control over the fertile plain of Thessaly. The hermit monks, seeking a retreat from the expan...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
...whooa, plenty of tchotchkes, the most trinket filled town yet.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
June 8 Good Morning, out my window. The host in my guest house is a lovely young woman, Elena, from Russia. A real character in the life of the guest house is her 4'10" tall 80 year old mother-in-law who burst into my room a few times (I left the ...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
Here's that little castle in the bay and the whole old town and the Bay of Argolid from the top of the Palamidi fortress. There are stairs. You can walk up! You can, I can't, I took a taxi up and walked down.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
My dinner host (stuffed eggplant with moussaka flavoring and lovely baked chicken, both very good) who told me about all his cousins in California one of whom owns the restaurant at the Cliff House in San Francisco. You would not believe how many people h...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
June 3 I'm not sure how this day got away from me...maybe I spent the hours of the morning dozing like this cat who never did rouse herself despite my here kitty kitty efforts. I did wash my clothes in a real washing machine thanks to the Mama at my ...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
...this. A fevered display of religious iconography. The walls are covered in amazing painting too. Everyone was in line to take their turn kissing the glass that protects the image of Saint George. "You have to watch out for Saint George" a local wo...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
It's very exotic inside there for sure. First they were going to have a christening and the whole place was decked out in blue Smurf World including a picture of the honoree photoshopped into a poster of a Smurf Village. And when you go through that ...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
Back in Rhodes, it's about a 20 minute walk from my place to the commercial pier, and I'm here now in the lower part of Old Town. TravelGuideToRhodes: "This church has served three different faiths in its lifetime – Greek Orthodox, Catholic and Muslim. ...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
I had made a plan with an Airbnb host to meet someone 'at the clock' who would show me the accommodation. I didn't want to make a non-refundable four-nights reservation for a place that had no reviews but the description was right up my alley...in the O...
'14 May: the Cyclades
Like a huge shiny glistening egg yolk as it drops behind what I think is still part of the caldera. I'm going to HAVE to call a halt to these crazy meals or come home the Goodyear Blimp. Around 11:30 I was overcome by the smell of a wood fire heating...
'14 May: the Cyclades
"In the 5th century BC .. the entire island was purged of all dead bodies. It was then ordered that no one should be allowed to either die or give birth on the island due to its sacred importance and to preserve its neutrality in commerce." The result o...
'14 May: the Cyclades
When I hear 'Mykonos' I think 'kids getting drunk'. I can see this, but there are also cruise ship types stopping in for a daytrip and that's who's out and about now. It seemed quite lively both here and in Naxos with all the shops open, restaurants bu...
'14 May: the Cyclades
Guys cleaning fish and the sea gulls who love them.
'14 May: the Cyclades
There was a potter who demonstrated the traditional methods and why yes you could even buy one if you wanted.
'14 May: the Cyclades
Begun in 530 BC, by 506 BC the ruler Lygdamis who ordered the construction was overthrown and the temple was never finished. What we see now has mostly been rebuilt, maybe even from some of the original stones.
'14 May: the Cyclades
The map calls this the Temple of Apollo, which it seems from the internet is not certainly what it was. This place used to be a hill connected to the mainland but with rising seas you now reach it by a causeway, the island named Palatia and the monument...
'14 May: the Cyclades
My first Greek meal in Greece at Meze-2 and if the rest of what I eat nears this standard I will be eating like a QUEEN. I've been going on about this exact meal for a month - whole grilled little fishies with a big squeeze of lemon and an icy-cold ouzo...
'14 May: the Cyclades
I was only slightly less lucky with the Montreal-Athens flight because both I and the guy in the center kept our arms basically off the armrest resulting in no territory creep at all. So A-OK on the flight, very soon forgotten. I stepped outside the te...
'14 some April some May
Then Windy dropped by for a nice Welcome Home and all I had to offer her was a glass of water and a flower hair clip. A Glass Of Water. I'd better toddle myself over to my pantry at Whole Foods for some whole foods.
'14 Apr: Kauai
A last lunch and we decided to have it at our favorite, Brick Oven Pizza, with leftovers for breakfast to make it double good. Pepperoni pizza, whole wheat thin crust, and the crust gets brushed with butter and garlic. YUM!
'14 Apr: Kauai
Our tasty lunch stop, Wrangler's Steakhouse, with a small collection of Paniolo memorabilia Paniolo being the Hawaiian cowboys. The Hawaiians got some cows from Captain George Vancouver in the early 19th century. King Kamehameha put a kapu on the cows ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
This scene is exactly next to the one above. Copied from thegardenisland.com: "Four 16-foot kii, representing the four corners of Honua, the pillars in ancient Hawaiian astrology, were placed on Saturday at Ke Kahua O Kaneiolouma. "The four kii — so...
'14 Apr: Kauai
April 24 More Very Aloha. I just finished reading Michener's Hawaii and I want to share this story, The Meaning Of the Rainbow from hawaiianlife.com: "The rainbow is the celestial path that the Hawaiian Gods use to come down to earth from the cl...
'14 Apr: Kauai
...the whole place just sits here and rots away.
'14 Apr: Kauai
April 16 The whole truth and nothing but.
'14 Apr: Kauai
I couldn't find who these guys were but from Idaho Sharon: "They are Chestnut Mannikin. They travel in large flocks, "like a cloud of bees"." Thank you Sharon!
'14 Apr: Kauai
Fun! We heard the first slack key player who came on after the taiko but we weren't so taken. Slack key players were going to be on all afternoon so they were probably saving the best for later in the day.
'14 Apr: Kauai
Ah yes, a Splendid Red Junglefowl, who crossed the road.
'14 March
March 9 OMG today would have sent me to my bed were it not for help from my sisters. Windy stayed with me through the whole open house and did ALL the tours for the potential tenants who came one after the other after the other after the other leavin...
'14 March
Today is International Women's Day and I met Kathleen (on the left) and some of her friends (some missing from this picture) at the Annenburg Space for Photography where they were having a panel with successful women photographers. They also had very go...
LA/SF/LA (2014-
There were several of these sculptures - I saw two others but there are apparently five total. Copied from sfgate.com: "The five Slinkies, each about 15 feet tall and weighing 1,500 pounds, arrived by trailer, one by one, and were installed by crane in ...
The Griffith Observatory
It's so lovely here. A WikiFact: 'Griffith's legacy was marred by his notorious shooting of his wife in 1903 ((she didn't die)), a crime for which he served two years in prison.' I didn't know that until today! This Griffith J Griffith is the same G...
The Griffith Observatory
The Astronomer's Monument honoring Newton, Copernicus, Galileo and other astronomers whose names I forgot to check for and can't find online.
'14 January
January 23 More 'like a crazy person' movie marathon. I think I'm done (since I'm not going to watch 12 Years a Slave until I can fast forward on my computer) and these are my top three: Nebraska, Dallas Buyers Club, and Frances Ha. I'm happy, it was ...
'14 January
January 18 Darryl took this picture in my backyard a few weeks ago when we were all making oj with the oranges from my tree. I took Muriel to her chemo treatment and read her Proust until she begged for mercy and shortly thereafter she fell asleep so...
'14 January
January 13 Muriel (who is doing very well and has only two more chemo treatments to go) put this up in honor of her guru. I must get his details!
'14 January
January 12 After a good go at the Pepperdine track Sharon and I went to a place along PCH that isn't formally open yet but they had a little sign pasted over the sign of the previous restaurant, so we went in, and it was really swell on top of which the...
'14 January
I hadn't got to see this run yet so that was a big treat - Metropolis II by Chris Burden (check out that reflect-o near the bottom left), the very man who brought us...
'03 September
Sandy's art show! Everybody who was Anybody was there. Darryl and Angela came, and Nancy, and Roger of course who did ALL the heavy lifting and without whom it wouldn't have happened. Roger went and got Sandy's parents so they could come. Some friends ...
'14 January
From one of the plaques: "Tongva Park is named for the rich culture and traditions of the indigenous Tongva people who have lived in the Los Angeles area for thousands of years, deeply connected to the original arroyos, native landscape, springs, and t...
'13 December
December 21 We had a big breakfast get-together at the Rose Café including me and Cynthia, Windy (Jeff was working), L&H (doesn't Lona look festive? said everyone who saw her), and DAK&L. Everyone enjoyed themselves entirely which was delightful. He...
'13 December
Cynthia brought gifts one being this kit of some modern material that melts down into a puddle after 30 minutes or so, and then you can make it into something else again. The kit comes with these snowman accoutrement and the whole melting snowman 'thing...
'13 December
December 8 Dance Dance Dance! Kaitlin and Lilly's dance studio had their winter recital. The studio folks and volunteers kept 100+ kids from age 3-18, without their parents at hand, all quiet and under control for more than Three Hours. Some of tho...
Lilly '13 December
The younger kids were in groups that ranged in size from maybe twelve at the most to as few as four. Lilly is third from the left. Every time the lights came on to reveal a stage full of the littlest ones the whole audience groaned with AWWWWs.
'13 December
December 6 Reopened in June 2013 after a two year 'Rehabilitation Project', it is pretty amazing I think for those of us who have followed Echo Park Lake through its nice-not so nice-bad-badder-baddest cycle to see how fine it is now. Not only is the...
Susie '13 November
We got tickets for the member's preview, first hour of the first day to see the new Alexander Calder retrospective. The black and white photo is Calder supervising the installation of LACMA's first commission (Three Quintains (Hello Girls)) an iconic work...
'13 November
Jazz Hands! Both Kaitlin and Lilly have dance performances on December 8th - the whole school is on the program so that should be good fun.
'13 November
November 17 It was another Pepperdine morning with Sharon. Eight laps around the track and lunch. This time we added a swing by the Weisman Museum on campus. I was taken by this work. It's a collage the size of a Garage Door, called Darkhorse by...
'13 November
November 9 Brigitte and Knut from their fabulous collection of (2-3 thousand) trip pictures. They traveled for three and half months by car from Portugal up to the farthest north reaches of Norway and back, sightseeing and visiting with family and frie...
'13 November
I was nuts for this series called Superheroes by Dulce Pinzon (born in 1974 in Mexico City now living in Brooklyn). You can go to her website to see the whole collection. Not all of them were on display but many more than these four were and they were ...
'13 October
October 29 Ah, a walk with Sharon along the Palisades Park, enjoying the seascape and a wander through the rose garden, and then lunch of course. And then dinner of course, a bon voyage to Les who is heading home tomorrow.
'13 October
October 25 Les is visiting from Boston and today we picked up his 90 year old cousin Phyllis, who is a totally charming and delightful woman, for lunch and an outing. Phyllis has been living in a top drawer assisted living place for the last year but...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
Can you even believe it...I can't...on the flight home I had the whole row to myself. The Whole Row.
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
Phyllis and Ken and their respective children and their children's children. From Phyllis: "I will go from left to right with the picture frames and the pictures. The first picture is Ken's daughter, Molly, and her daughter, Jean. I will skip this on...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
On the way home Kieran and I had our final Big Adventure. Rolling down the road at exactly 70 mph, ka-splat-splat-splat, blown tire, shredded. But what good luck! If you are going to shred a tire out in the middle of 'nowhere' it might as well be the ...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
I went to an optometrist today hoping to get some new magic-bullet advice but in the end this guy recommended the same type of glasses I already have, just new. B) is where we went for our holiday weekend and C) is where Mike's mom lives. I'm drivin...
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
A picture through the window of Robert trying to shoo the tarantula off the front door handle. Carl got the shot of the tarantula itself. I spotted the thing and pointed it out to someone, I don't remember who, who thought it was fake and blew on it. ...
'13 September
September 16 Allergy-Infection-Just Sick...WHAT?! I'm going to the doctor today. This ear thing is a new development in addition to my usual allergy symptoms. I'm going to review the whole 'I've got allergies' diagnosis! (But still, it's nothing lik...
'13 September
Between the two parties we got a quick lunch at a very good Thai place with the Elinoffs who had driven out from the valley to spend the day at birthday parties.
'13 September
Here's Princess Belle who came to say Happy Birthday to Lilly! She stayed long enough for all the kids to ask her any questions they wanted. It was quite adorable. They wanted to know where she lived and if she had any pets. I didn't hear all the quest...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
...with guides to answer questions and do demonstrations. The kids were in thrall to the arms and armor and that adorable man who did a great job. He even gave us his attention to answer as many questions as we could find to ask about all his stuff.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
The burial site of William and Dinah (Myall) Hunt. Windy's favorite story: John said, about our grandfather Walter, "oh, he's famous around here. When he was a young rapscallion he stole a neighbor's plow and hauled it to the top of the church tower."...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
From the History of Macoupin County, Illinois, 1911. Please feel free to skip right by all this - I've just copied it in because neither I nor my little sister knew 1/100th of what's in here. We never met this grandfather since he died in 1942, well befo...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
In the village there is the pub and guest house from the first picture, the church with our great-grandparents, another chapel, and a little shop. That's pretty much Fontmell Magna. At the shop we saw our great-grandfather mentioned in a book(!) with a...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Our amazing guide Pat Shelley, a guy who really really knows a lot (or so it seemed to us who know nothing).
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
The guide said this one popped up two days ago. It's done by a well-known Australian (I think) artist (whose name I can't find) and it's about immigration. There's a Banksy piece under that plywood structure which they are protecting, to keep for the n...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
This is Shepard Fairey's work, the guy with the Andre the Giant OBEY series and the guy who did, to much acclaim and long-running law suits, the Obama Hope poster. One of the artists Claude had just been talking about walked by and they greeted each oth...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
I like this whole wall. Jimmy C did the head at the steps and doesn't she belong just there and nowhere else.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
And there Alo is again in the middle of this wall. The larger figure is made by the same guy, Jimmy C, who did the head in the stairs two slides up.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
One of the oldest of Stik's work around. The building is a repair shop owned by two brothers who rarely share the same opinion on 'things'. I love it!
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
St Fagan's is quite a way out of town so I had to come back in on the bus and took a different bus out to Cardiff Bay to see The Dr Who Experience. Cardiff is nuts for Dr Who since there's a big BBC production facility here and they do most of the Dr Wh...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Here we are, Dr Who. What happens: they gather a group, and you might have to wait, to all go in together and you walk together through rooms where you are put in scenes from Dr Who. One of the rooms has a 3D component, one of the rooms is a Dalek atta...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
The main character in The Experience was the 11th doctor, Matt Smith to whom I never entirely warmed since I am still carrying a torch for the 10th doctor, David Tennant. After walking through the rooms there's a large display area with models of all th...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
If you're a hard-core Dr Who fan and find yourself within 100 miles of Cardiff you'll definitely want to immerse yourself in all this Who-ville. If Dr Who never made it onto your radar then this place is not for you.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
August 28 and 29 It was a five hour train ride across Wales, and lovely the whole way, to get from Conwy to Cardiff where I only have two full days and it rained all morning so now if I'm going to hit the highlights I have to pack a lot into the availab...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
The Wales National Museum of Art. It has an excellent reputation and I wanted to stroll through, but sorry not for me as they were closing in five minutes. What I wanted to do in Cardiff: have a walking tour, see the National Museum, see the castle and...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright, is The Man around here. wiki: "Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist. He was a designer in the Arts and Crafts movement and also the main representative of Art Nouveau in ...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
It was all quirky and fun and that would have been good enough but then the group from New Zealand came on and raised the level of the entertainment to Great. The New Zealand Army Band played beautifully, their field show was a total delight, and the dr...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Along the Royal Mile, the main pedestrian stretch that leads up to the Edinburgh Castle, there are buskers who perform hoping you will give them money and there are the festival acts passing out flyers trying to get you to come to their show. The busker...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
August 21 Look Who's Here?! YES! Bill, Cheryl, Mindy, and Ken all on a Crystal Cruise stopping in Edinburgh, and hence my timing. Here it's our too fun lunch but I wanted to put this picture first.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Now maintained by the National Trust, this bridge was originally used by local fishermen who dropped nets from the bridge to catch passing salmon. Someone else crossing the bridge .. and check out that fab coastline.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
The first long view on the long walk to Giant's Causeway. I'm going to tell the mythology of Giant's Causeway because the main character is Finn MacCool and how can you not love a name like that. Italics copied from causewaycostalroute.com: Finn, ...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
This is a camel who came to stay with Finn MacCool. The Scottish giant retaliated with a rock back to Finn shouting that if he could get his hand on him, he would make sure that Finn would never fight again adding that unfortunately he could not swim th...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
You can see in the green hill in the far distance a shape that looks like organ pipes indicating that the whole area could erode into these fabulous shapes. Benandonner was shocked by this and thought to himself, if this is what the baby is capable of, ...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
And me too! The inset is when my phone 'went off' as the guy who was taking my picture handed it back. It is very far down there. We're crossing that chasm on a rope bridge. Quite the tourist attraction.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Here are, from what I could find, the most well known of the bars. Everyone wants to compare Belfast and Dublin and this is perhaps an example. Belfast is a town of industry. They made things here before the 30 years of recent strife. It feels very m...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
The market itself was basically an undercover Flea Market with ev-ree-thing. Many different kinds of prepared foods; fruit-veg-meat-fish-dairy stalls; handcrafts; collectables; tools; stuff out of people's garages; flowers. Basically the whole gamut of f...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Between the Ulster Museum and the Botanic Garden we find a statue that says simply Kelvin. LP: "The green oasis of Belfast's Botanic Gardens is a short stroll away from the university. Just inside the Stranmillis Rd gate is a statue of Belfast-born Will...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
Some views around the town of Killarney, a really delightful place to enjoy and from which to enjoy the surrounding countryside. The place where I stayed, the Cherry Tree Guesthouse B&B had a very good location, but there were many many B&Bs with equall...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
The Torc Waterfall, without much water James says since it hasn't be raining so much in the last month. We're out onto the Ring of Kerry road now and went a ways in the car. It's a tour I didn't take because it's a whole long day on a big bus riding a ...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
Here comes the parade, only on the last day to say goodbye. The cart with the goat follows at the end of the parade. Ms Wiki says: "The fair itself is purported to be ancient but can only officially be traced as far back as 1603 ((making this the 4...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
...Inch Beach, renowned for, who knew, surfing. Check it out Kieran, your name is on the sign!
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
My companion from Korea who is taking a three week English course in Dublin. We had a good time kicking around on this tour.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
This is the town of Dingle most well known for Fungie the Bottlenosed Dolphin who hangs around in the harbor entertaining the tourists, for their fishing fleet, and that the residents can speak native Irish.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
"Killarney National Park encompasses three large lakes (Lough Leane or Lake of Learning, Muckross Lake, and Upper Lake), whole mountain ranges, and Ireland's tallest peak in the Macgillucuddy Reeks. The Park features an ancient monastery, Europe's finest r...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
We stopped off at the Cathedral for a bathroom break and speaking of the Manchester Martyrs, one of the innumerable stories of English oppression, this one occurring in 1867. The local Bishop who took the side of the British, Bishop Moriarty of Kerry de...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
It didn't rain on us the whole day, yay.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
August 9 Today I traveled by train from Dublin to Killarney. The trip took three hours and fifteen minutes and included one change of train. The journey was smooth and easy, and the trains were clean and modern. One interesting note, there were abo...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
That white swoopy structure is a bridge. It was controversial of course. They made a super-modern suspension bridge but they made it look like a classic Irish harp. Behind the bridge are two mobile cities filling the view. The glass building is the...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
I was going to do the whole Ulysses walk around Dublin but I probably won't since tomorrow is my last day and I'm wanting to check out the coast. What this says: 'As he set foot on O'Connell bridge a puffball of smoke plumed up the parapet. p.125)
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
"Trim castle was the stronghold of Hugh de Lacy who was granted the Kingdom of Meath by King Henry II shortly after the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in Ireland, in 1172. "Over the centuries the castle was used for many different purposes to suit the ch...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
At the road just beside the monastery is this cottage home of the local crazy cat lady. Truly, there were so many cats about the whole tour group couldn't count them and they were so skittish I couldn't even catch a shot.
'13 July
The girls had put together a whole lego village and Kaitlin was having fun taking pictures with my phone. Lilly played too of course.
The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
...and a real charmer, The Jousters, by Alexander Calder, the same artist who did the Eagle I'm so fond of in Seattle and the iconic fountain mobile at LACMA.
'13 July
Nancy and I came up here for a bon voyage lunch - thanks Nancy. It's so wonderful to know that anytime (just don't be getting the urge on a Monday) we can buzz on up to see and experience amazing work both familiar and new. We sat through the whole 18 ...
'13 July
July 23 The girls playing 'Punch Buggy'. They don't remember how or from whom they learned this game. When you see a VW Bug you punch your neighbor (they lightly tap sweet children as they are) and cry out 'Punch Buggy, No Punching Back!'.
'13 July
The girls got stamped tattoos from this guy who was making each stamp an art project.
'13 July
Here's Lilly admiring his efforts. We watched a little hula, the kids played a fairground game (and won a prize!), and we strolled a short time looking at all the Aloha items for sale. I wore my dress from Hilo Hatties and anyone who has ever been to...
'13 July
July 14 Muriel! Nancy (who took this picture) was staying with Muriel and in the morning we had a yum-yum-yummy brunch in Muriel's back garden. nd.
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
Don't forget, this is an Amusement Park, so don't be expecting Margaret Mead... but you'll get some idea of geography you probably don't remember, and some feeling for the differences among the islands. I'd even go again. The Polynesian Cultural Cente...
'13 Jun: Kauai
This is a collection of Na Pali pictures I copied off the internet from people who had taken the helicopter tours.
'13 Jun: Kauai
This is the officiant who from what I could tell conducted an entirely Hawaiian ceremony. There were probably parts left out, I wouldn't know, but all the rituals were new to me. There was handwashing with water the couple had collected from the river ...
'13 Jun: Kauai
Finally the re-construction is done and the children's snorkeling pool is ready .. for children and anyone who wants to float around with the fish.
'13 June
June 3 It's all settled, I'm not going to Iran in September. I wanted to go but the people who are helping Hilda with the visa arrangements said that since I'd been to Israel (not to mention my Jewish mother...) I would be denied a visa, and if not den...
'13 May
Kaitlin has been running an Art Club on Tuesday nights and sometimes on other nights too. She's done it twice when I've been there and it is So Much Fun! Both times she has designed a project for us to do. Tonight we made self-portraits and displayed ...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
April 26 Walking down the Paseo this morning we came across a small class gathered here by a man who seemed to be their teacher but we moved along so I don't know what they were going to do. Whatever it was going to be they certainly would look adorabl...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
This is Lt. General José Antonio de la Caridad Maceo y Grajales (June 14, 1845 – December 7, 1896) who was second-in-command of the Cuban Army of Independence (thanks Terry).
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
These lions flanked the intersections on the Paseo. There were many vendors along the Paseo selling art, trinkets, and snacks. Here's a rap I wrote in the road trip section too: There are two Cuban currencies, the national peso called a CUP and the ...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
...views! Castro nationalized the whole Bacardi operation in 1960 when the last of the clan left to build their businesses elsewhere. The Bacardis have a long, influential, and conflicted story in Cuba beginning in the 1800s. Ms Wiki knows it all so...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Yikes! The wiki article on the Malecón is interesting - I can't resist copying several paragraphs here: "Construction of the Malecón began in 1901, during temporary U.S. military rule the main purpose of which was to protect Havana from the water and t...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
We went to look at another one of the caves but it was raining off and on and to get to the mouth of the cave you had to climb 400 ft in the mud. So we took a pass. As we were leaving one of the guides asked if we could drive the doctor who works at th...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Alex chatting it up with the guy who's running the audio board. Let me thank Alex for all his efforts on our behalf. Alex, born of Cuban parents and a native Spanish speaker, likes to talk, and he shared all his conversations with grace and enthusiasm....
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
In Trinidad, our Casa Particular, and The Internet! we could use on the family's computer attached to a dial-up modem attached to the wall. That's a motor-scooter in its parking place by the internet. The host here was a woman who told us 'I have conne...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
May 2 The sisters, our hosts in Vinales. The sisters each had a house one in front of the other and they each had a room for rent. They were both lovely, the sisters that is. One of the rooms was new with nice furnishings and great a/c. The other ...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Isn't this fun - I'll tell you why. First, everyone knows who's a tourist. All you can rent are the government issued cars and they are all generally the same, a fleet of these cars that come over from China by the boatload. So these guys are touris...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
May 3 Part of a 'bulk distribution center' where one guy has crates of fruit that he is weighing out and passing along to the carts that will sell the fruit on the street. The fruit was by far the best part of most meals. There was an excellent sele...
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
At each bus stop there is a line up of these guys, moto-taxis who will take you the rest of the way to your destination. mc.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
Merlyn and a guy who is trying to get Merlyn to rent a beach chair, to enjoy a moment and have food and drink delivered. According to Ms Wiki, 'In the evening, Boca Chica transforms itself into a town of party bars and prostitution.' We left around 3 t...
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
The statue of Fray Anton de Montesinos, a Spanish friar of the Dominican order who came to Hispaniola in the early 1500s.
'13 April
...walking with Marsha (who spent 2 hours on the 405 to come over the hill). Also Windy came with me for errands, Nancy came over for dinner, I went to the doctor, I've been working down The List for my trip. Just life.
'13 April
April 14 Great morning with IngaLill, our cameras, and a photo-outing to The Grand Park. Click on the link for the whole story.
Camping!
Right across the highway from the campground we found the sea. It's a high school composition but who can resist? Not me. And so nature.
'13 April
Right across the highway from the campground we found the sea. It's a high school composition but who can resist? Not me. And so nature.
'13 April
...and we heard birds and rustling in the bushes the whole way.
'13 April
April 1 No joke, I had a growth on my forehead three times the size of this guy's. ICKY! and it HURT. So I went with Windy, who watched over me, to Urgent Care and had the thing poked with a fork. Thursday I'll see the dermatologist and hope to get...
Viva! Las Vegas 2012-2014
Then we met up with Les who had just finished with his conference ready for f.u.n!
Viva! Las Vegas 2012-2014
First stop, dinner at Firefly Tapas with an added attraction of Suzanne, the woman who will be running the writing program Les designed and built and worked on for 15 years at MIT. After dinner Suzanne had to catch her flight home which was too bad becaus...
'13 March
March 13 Here I am with Ken and Susie at the Catalina Jazz Club (Bar and Grill) at Sunset and Highland. I'd never been here before! Wow, a Jazz Club, just like in the movies. We saw Oz Noy with these guys, the drummer Dave Weckl with his 40k$ kit a...
'13 March
In the evening Windy and I went to El Cid for one of their legendary Flamenco performances. You can see our whole troop in this picture (many different groups perform)...
'13 March
We cut our visit just a little short so I could get to the airport in time for a nice visit with Cynthia, Mike, and Kieran who had a long-enough layover on their way to Hawaii. Many Thanks to Lona and Hartley who made this happen! ALOHA!
'13 March
And Look! Who was here too!! N&S and I were just walking from one building to another and I think I hear my phone but no it's the grandgirls in person, running up to me calling out Granny Granny. Awww! Darryl, Angela, Kaitlin, Lilly
'13 February
February 21 Due to a series of circumstances I watched the kids tonight and this turned out to be the very night Lilly announced she wanted to give her pacifiers to the Paci Fairy who takes them for babies who need a paci and leaves a special gift. S...
'13 February
Then I went over to Elaina's in Burbank and whooo, there are some serious collections collecting here. This is a picture of a small part of two of them, both Elana's husband's doing. And there are more, oh many more. (Too bad about the fuzzy focus but...
'13 February
February 1 Sharon and I have been thinking for weeks that after our walk on the track at Pepperdine we should have a stop-by at the Getty Villa but what with one thing and another - we pick a day when they're closed, we pick a day when there are no tick...
'13 January
...the Lakers, who WON. Several at the restaurant were chanting 'three-peat three-peat' in hopes that the Lakers could manage to win three games in a row, bad as they've been. Now people are talking about 'hey, we can, we can make it to the playoffs if...
'13 January
January 23 Nancy has three grandsons and Sandy has two grandsons. So whenever pink and sparkly things come their way they think of me .. and Kaitlin and Lilly who Love things that are pink or sparkly. Thank you ladies!
'13 January
January 19 Home from my week in San Francisco where for nine days straight the sun was shining and the sky was blue. In January. That's not a thing you can even hope will happen. You can click on this San Francisco link for the whole story.
LA/SF/LA (2005-2013)
January 18 La Taqueria, as they say: The Best Tacos & Burritos In The Whole World.
LA/SF/LA (2005-2013)
Right around the corner from my hotel is another hotel, many hotels actually, but this one is called Marine's Memorial Club & Hotel. The view from The Leatherneck's Restaurant .. copied from their website: "Originally dedicated as a “living memorial” to...
LA/SF/LA (2005-2013)
The restaurant - it was fun with a piano player who never took a break and an hors d'oeuvre tray made up of olives, carrots, celery, and radish, just like my mother used to put out.
LA/SF/LA (2005-2013)
And we walked, and ate, and visited for the whole happy day.
LA/SF/LA (2005-2013)
I put this picture here to remind me of the pleasures of travel. I went in because from the outside there were fine huge stained glass windows facing the street but from inside you couldn't see them. I asked a guy who was walking out what the story was...
'13 January
January 5 Happy Birthday Celina and Ronald! A Double Birthday = Double Fun. We enjoyed a lovely evening and a very tasty meal at a relatively normal Italian restaurant in the Oh-So-Trendy Silverlake area where Ronald lives. Check out Celina's new h...
'12 December
December 29 Windy came by with her New Phone, her first actual Smart Phone, and she's having f.u.n, although we were laughing a little too hard for the light in the room... Angela sent this picture of the girls having finished the puzzle I gave Kaitl...
'12 December
December 28 What Cynthia, Mike, and Kieran were up to over the holiday .. at Mike's brother's place in North Dakota where the temperature was mostly ZERO (-18c), +/- a few degrees. WOW is right. Thanks Cynth for the great selection of pictures from wh...
'12 December
Lona and Hartley are off to Hawaii to spend the holidays with their son Trevor and his dear family Beth, Christa, Caleb, and Charis all of whom I find utterly delightful with their entirely sincere and open-hearted kindness. (Holiday Greetings photo)
'12 December
December 10 Becky was available to host Monday Night Potluck because look what happened December 7! Becky's daughter birthed her third child and here we have the whole family: Matt and Kelly, Lana, Makaio, and baby Kamea. Mazel Tov! bb.
Ken, Los Angeles Marathon '04 March
Then it's Saturday night pasta dinner at Ken's where we leave early and the rest of them play games and whoop it up into the night.
'04 March
Gwen and Al. Gwen's mother is Japanese and her father is Chinese. She was born in Peru and carries a Peruvian passport, lived in Japan and Taiwan, went to college in Switzerland at a UK based school, worked here and there around the world and now she is ...
'12 November
November 24 I met Lori, who's known Nancy for years and is a long-time friend of Muriel and Muriel's sister, at Muriel's open house. Lori has moved back to Santa Monica from a long relocation in Idyllwild, so I said hey, let's go for a walk, and we did...
'12 November
November 11 Nancy rode the airport bus from Santa Barbara down to LAX where I picked her up and we spent a totally delightful day eating, not drinking, and making merry enjoying the open house at the art studios in Muriel's building. Nancy ran into m...
'12 November
November 10 Dinner at Celina's restaurant, Cooks County. Actually a feast at Celina's restaurant. We had 8 of the first course and salad dishes, 2 sides, 5 mains, and 6 desserts. Earlier in the day Celina had made All the desserts and we had one of ...
'12 November
November 5 I went down to Union Station to meet Liz who was coming in by MetroLink from La Puente.
'12 November
We wandered around the whole Olvera Street part of town where we ate a lovely olé lunch...
'12 November
I've been lusting after the chair on the right for ages. It is the most comfortable chair I have ever sat in but since you can only get it at Des$gn Within Reach (ha, whose reach would that be), it's not mine yet. Then I saw the one on the l$$ft and wa...
Kaitlin Lilly '12 October
Time to get ready for Trick or Treating! The whole neighborhood was alive with Halloween. It was very cool.
'12 October
And not to miss Jones The Dog who is getting his jealousy under control by begging for food and licking Molly's legs.
Berlin Reichstag '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
And here's the front. I'll try to get a shot of the whole building because it's very interesting.
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
We hopped the trains a few times and walked and walked for about five hours and the guide was so efficient in getting us around town. I was immediately attracted to the artist El Bucho because one of his recurring images is of a cute young girl named Li...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
This is the same artist who does Little Lucy, El Bucho, and he's selling in galleries now and the guide thinks another artists wrote that comment coming out of her mouth as a response to El Bucho selling out to the man.
Berlin stolperstein stumbling stone '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Called the Stolperstein or stumbling stone, it is "a monument created by Gunter Demnig which commemorates a victim of the Holocaust. .. They commemorate individuals – both those who died and survivors – who were persecuted by the Nazis. "While the vast ...
Berlin Wall '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
This is a large section of the Berlin Wall along the river that has been rebuilt. 'They' contacted as many of the original artists who would have painted on the wall and asked them to recreate their work. A few did it, a few refused, and many could not...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
The artist who made that large face did it by first digging into the plaster of then putting gun powder into the ridge, then plastering over the wall again, then setting off the gun powder. "The popularization of graffiti through street art has been pic...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
"By Victor Ash, a French artist, who participated to the Backjumps exhibition in Berlin where he realized the work called astronaut/cosmonaut on a wall of a typical Kreuzberg building in the center of Berlin."
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Blu (an Italian artist who keeps his identity secret) worked in Germany on many occasions between 2006 and 2009, mostly in Berlin. This is one of his many well-know pieces.
Berlin Ampelmännchen '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
The story of the lights: these characters, the walking man and the standing man are called the Ampelmännchen and were the East German signal system. After reunification Berlin tried to replace them with a more modern system but everyone went nuts to kee...
Berlin Marx-Engels Forum '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
At the Marx-Engels-Forum - Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels who in 1848 together published The Communist Manifesto. The GDR created the park in 1986.
Berlin construction '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
The amount of construction going on around here is crazy, crazy I tell you. This is a whole other site from the one above...
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
Inside the lobby there are four very large miniatures (large miniatures...that's fun) showing the whole area of Hanover, one for 1689 and one from the 1930s. This one from 1945 when, according to Ms Wiki, 90% of the central town was destroyed. Looking ...
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
October 5 Meet Danny from Leipzig with whom I enjoyed an entirely delightful train ride. The train was delayed by a serious accident earlier in the day and Danny kept me appraised of the pubic address announcements. Thank you for that and for all th...
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
And these were some great entertainers. I was visiting with a woman who spoke six languages and she couldn't make out what they were singing and proposed the language might be Romanian.
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
The ride around the monuments on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus was interesting, I did the whole ride without getting off though because everything is close enough to walk back to. Then included is a walking tour...
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
...around the palace complex and since I was the only English speaker who turned up it was a private tour. The guide was a Syrian guy who had come to the GDR in 1984 from Syria to study and had stayed on, taking up tour guiding when he couldn't get a jo...
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
The Dresden Frauenkirche, the Church of Our Lady, is the Lutheran landmark church in Dresden, Lutheranism being the vast majority religion. You can see some of the other reconstructions here most finished (other than the grand historic structures) after...
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
Everything actually is inexpensive here in comparison and I notice that overall averaging the whole trip I have been managing $100 per day which is actually a surprise. I was expecting more. My time in Berlin is coming up and I don't have accommodation...
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
I couldn't get the gold on this building, the Dom Handlowy Renoma, to shine right. It's a department store built in 1930 by a Jewish family, the Wertheims, who owned and operated a chain of high-end department stores around Germany before WWII. A lon...
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
From Ms Wiki: “Known as a stronghold for left wing liberalism during the German Empire, Breslau eventually became one of the strongest support bases of the Nazis, who in the 1932 elections received 44% of Breslau's votes, the third-highest total in all...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
The Jan Hus statue from a different angle, "completed in 1915 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the execution of Jan Hus .. shows two groups of people, a young mother symbolizing national rebirth and the figure of Hus emphasizing the moral author...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
September 20 Standing on the front terrace of the National Museum looking down onto Wenceslas Square. The whole boulevard is called Wenceslas Square actually and has been the venue for many historic demonstrations, the statue of Saint Wenceslas, patr...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
Above the happy bride and groom is a most grand tourist attraction, the astronomical clock first installed in 1410. Here are a bride and groom who have been enjoying a long photo-op...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
Artists live and work here, and it seems like it should be very cool but I'm seemingly too old for cool now. The guy who lives behind this wall was in his garden working on a project by whacking away with a huge metal hammer on big pieces of thick metal...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
After checking in to my place at Hostel Mitte I went out for a stroll to come upon a beer extravaganza. Those booths surround the whole large plaza. Sooo much beer.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
This is called The Keys of Remembrance and in German, Schlüssel gegen das Vergessen with the names of Jewish merchants who were expelled from their businesses and later killed during WWII.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
We had a nice walk along the river. That is the city's waste reclamation plant. The building was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the man whose gallery we visited early on.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
Our guide, a lovely Italian woman who really loves opera.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
Followed by a stop-off at the Soviet War Memorial. This monument was built in 1945 to commemorate the 17,000 Soviet soldiers who died in the Battle for Vienna during World War II. Also called the Heroes' Monument of the Red Army, the inscription, in R...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
September 7 I left the apartment at noon today to pick up a few things and make my way by subway and train out to the airport to meet my little sister. I got there in good time .. but .. no sister! You can imagine the agitato! I could tell the ladi...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
Oh goodie, Vienna! and a Birthday Party for my little sister who will be here tomorrow. nights: Aug 27-05 Budapest and Sopron, Hungary Sep 06-15 Vienna Sep 16-25 Brno, Prague Sep 26-29 Wroclaw Sep 30-06 Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen Oct 07-16...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
...but the door was open and this kind gentleman walked me around the whole place telling the stories in English because the signs were not translated. They had a great collection of iron works from Central Europe.
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
September 2 The guys from the hostel who helped me every day. Thanks guys! (Snapped by another guest.)
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
...to one of the three train stations to get tickets for a round-trip excursion to another river town for Monday and the ticket to take me to Sopron on Tuesday. All sorted. (When one travels one ends up using a lot of Brit-isms because it seems most of...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
The balcony food stalls were packed. I totally misjudged my timing and showed up here around 12:30. I heard that Rick Steves recommends one of these places where all they serve is a local style pizza, and the line for that stand was halfway down the wh...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
These guys are "the Magyar chieftains who led the Hungarian people into the Carpathian basin." Ms Wiki says there's not much available information about them and called their costumes and horses 'fanciful'. It's almost 7pm and it's still too hot! And ...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
...Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the River Danube embankments and the whole of the boulevard Andrássy út). This is the Matthias Church. I do like to list all the architectural styles because I can never guess .. the 1015 structu...
Shoes on the Danube Bank '12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
From Ms Wiki: "The Shoes on the Danube Bank is a memorial created by Gyula Pauer and Can Togay on the bank of the Danube River in Budapest. "It honors the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
St. Stephen's Basilica, neo-classical in design and opened in 1905. Named for the first king of Hungary who died in 1038, his 'incorruptible right hand' is here, a relic, and point of pilgrimage for the faithful. When I tried to get into the place whe...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
In the Vorosmarty Square is a large statue of poet Mihály Vörösmarty who died in 1854.
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
Funny story .. on my outbound LA flight one of the escape slides/life boats 'got broke' and couldn't be fixed and so we sat on the ground for three hours waiting for 56 people to volunteer to be re-booked. We needed 56 because that's the number assigned t...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
The Amsterdam Airport, entirely in English. Not even Dutch subtitles, just English. People, not knowing what other people spoke, spoke to strangers in English. I often remember when one of the Dutch ladies on last year's safari would shake her finger ...
'12 July and August
I asked the girls to choose who they wanted in their picture. Kaitlin chose the monkeys...
The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
The Getty Center Museum. It's a gift to Our Town, funded by the The Getty Trust whose mission extends far beyond this museum to include education, research, conservation institutes, and of course the Getty Villa in Malibu. Admission is always free. Pa...
self-portrait '12 July and August
Then I hurried home so I could go across the street and watch the Mars landing with Kathleen. But on the way, in her pitch-black driveway crowded with cars and broken asphalt and cement, I went down, hard. Noooo. The first picture shows me with a cold...
'12 July and August
And a concluding festivity at the aquarium. Thanks to all who made it out! (Julie, Lana, Makaio, Alex, Ben, Jordan, Kaitlin, Lilly)
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
More of Sharon's relatives who had us over for lunch in Denver. Thanks gang, it was FUN!
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
July 18 We did a small waking tour of the local springs this morning. It has been Hot and we didn't finish the whole route, but what we did manage was fun. Note the railroad tracks because they play into the next picture.
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
Remember the tatami room in the Kauai house that I always so delight in turning into an office? This house has one too and omg check out this view onto the back landscaped garden, Jacuzzi pond, and Tea House. I'll make pictures of the Tea House tomorro...
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
This house is magnificent - think about a mountain lodge in a James Bond movie as I'll not have nearly enough pictures to tell the whole story.
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
...and here's the inside of the church as it is today. This was an elopement. They took the train from LA to Pocatello because you could get married in Idaho without your parents' permission. Their only guest was the taxi driver who was waiting in the...
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
From the plaque of the sculpture "Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood" in Temple Square: "On May 15, 1829, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery went into the woods to inquire of the Lord concerning baptism. As they prayed, 'a messenger from heaven descend...
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
...they moved to the new Conference Center that seats 21,000 people. Big. The choir has 360 volunteer singers, all required to be 'Mormons in good standing' and there are no doubt 3,600 more lined up to take the place of anyone who reaches their retire...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
This is Wednesday and on the weekend there is going to be an exhibit of the work of 50 artists who have been making art in the park during the preceding week. We saw many of the artists doing these projects and it would have been great to see the show.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
...awe over its gorgeous scenery, but disdain that Jackson is not a 'real' town, just a false front put up to sell things to outsiders. Yes, Jackson is almost wholly dependent on the almighty tourist dollar, but as a result it enjoys a cultural richness l...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
But don't miss it if you come to Yellowstone. We were gaga for the whole walk.
'12 Jul: Seattle
And then we walked to the waterfront. Mount Rainier! Weeks go by and you can't see Mount Rainier so this view is always a huge treat to everyone who lives here.
'12 Jul: Seattle
Fireworks As Seen From the Jewel Box in the Sky. I hauled my tripod in my carryon bag all the way up from LA. I'm hoping it was the crazy wind on our 27th floor balcony that made those lights that should have been still look otherwise and not that I di...
'12 June
And who could resist? Not me for sure.
'12 June
And then they brought us a complimentary dessert but that's not why this picture is here. That's Nancy Silverton in the background. She was working the counter the whole time we were there and it was especially entertaining to share a meal with a certi...
'12 June
.. oh NO?! What does this MEAN?! Kaitlin and the girl sitting next to her, their names are not called! Their class is finished! Everyone sits down! Oh NO! All the parents who know the two girls start calling out their names. Kaitlin! Josie! Kai...
'12 June
June 13 I'm taking my sickness report out of the wedding section and putting it here because who wants to hear about my allergies and etc along with Wedded Bliss?! Yes, still not 100%, and Sunday-Monday as well as today my gut has been in a roil. Be...
'12 June Wedded Bliss!
Whoo... ak.
'12 June Wedded Bliss!
Yes to all my dear friends who helped me go shopping. Where, you ask, is my gorgeous perfect and totally comfortable brand new never worn Eileen Fisher blouse?! I forGOT it back at C&M's house and there was no time for the 90 minute round-trip return j...
The Ranch (2009-2013)
May 26 The 10 of the now 25 visitors at The Ranch who decided to make an outing to Pinnacles National Monument.
'12 May
I asked Lilly if she wanted to get a book for us to read and she went directly to the floor of her closet and retrieved the vegan cupcake cookbook she had stashed there and wanted me to read her this recipe. Really. So I asked her if she would like it ...
downtown '12 May
Another one. That's right, my valley girl friend Marsha who doesn't eat onions, doesn't eat food with 'too many colors', doesn't eat food with 'too many ingredients' chose for us to go to dim sum. Where they serve chicken feet. I could see why from ...
'12 Apr: Kauai
Here it is, built in the mid-1800s by Japanese immigrants on an old Hawaiian heiau ... "who sought to replicate an ancient 900 mile pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan. It’s rumored that a handful of dirt from each of the 88 Shikoku shrines lay in the foundation ...
'12 Apr: Kauai
The trees you see in the background are part of the hardwood forests the foundation is growing as an income source for the future. The whole area was leveled in 1992 by Hurricane Iniki so it's quite amazing that they have managed all this in 20 years. ...
'12 Apr: Kauai
April 23 We're Baaaack! In case you missed the 'the whole story' since I keep updating for days here's: Maui WOWie and a weekend with the fam in Honolulu.
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
...and Christa set aside a nice chunk of time out of her busy-24/7 life for a quiet visit. In less than two weeks Christa, who got into every college she applied to, will be making her final choice. It was fun!
'12 Apr: Kauai
Big fun television-wise we've been enjoying recently. It's the Merrie Monarch Festival, nights full of wonderful hula. From Ms Wiki: "The festival (run each year since 1971) is dedicated to the memory of King David Kalâkaua, the second (and last) elect...
'12 Apr: Kauai
...it took them 8 hours to hike in. This map doesn't show the entire 11 miles but you can get the idea. There were no misshaps along the way. Fortunately they had arranged for all their gear to be delivered to/from the campsite by boat so they didn't ...
'12 Apr: Kauai
April 10 Hail Hail the Gang's All Here gathered for our annual pot luck feast extravaganza! We are missing Camus's teenage son Koa who came later and Camus's boyfriend Curt who is off island for work (everyone loooves Koa And Curt). Seated: Kathy's ...
'12 Apr: Kauai
April 9 On the South Shore today, we took an excellent tour of the Grove Farm lead by this charming woman whose parents came to Hawaii from Japan in the early 1900s. (the tour group kid)
'12 Apr: Kauai
We followed lei making by eating at a local place and I had to have the deLUX Loco Moco. Dark brown gravy poured over two fried eggs that are sitting on top of a slice of American cheese that sits on a hamburger patty all nestled in a bed of rice surround...
'12 Apr: Kauai
Meet Ryan who runs the tours. What a cutie.
'12 March
...Happy Birthday Louise! who, this very day, is eighty years old. Louise was my next door neighbor when I lived in Northridge and here she is as delightful and charming and dear as ever.
'12 March
March 28 Bill noticed that I had a sad face on my calendar for the last time we went out. He was utterly totally 100% innocent of the sad face. It was me all by myself who ate two baskets of chips...and at Cirque du Soleil, an entire (YUM!) large pack...
'12 March
March 27 Kaitlin and Lilly had friends over today - Nora, Lila, and Anya. Hi cuties! You can, for example, take this picture and then walk downstairs and then turn around and walk back upstairs and in that time these five girls can have every toy an...
'12 March
March 25 At LACMA today with Sharon, Nancy, and Nancy's friend Brenda, we watched 2 hours of the 24 hour extravaganza by Christian Marclay called 'The Clock'. It was quite splendid. Thanks to Nancy for arranging the outing. Playing at the Bing Thea...
'12 March
Then I went with Anya to see the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi about this Japanese National Treasure and Three Star Michelin chef who's been serving sushi at a 10 seat counter in a Tokyo train station for 75 years. It was a documentary and it was delightful....
'12 March
March 17 Brigitte and Knut are back in town for a couple of weeks to finish up the formalities with the IRS, US Immigration, Portuguese Customs, doctors appointments, and etc. so Ingalill and Tony had a neighborhood party...Party Hearty! The guy who ...
'12 March
March 10 We're celebrating Lona's birthday today with a very long list of too much fun. First we spent more than an hour perusing Liz's Antique Hardware on La Brea. Next stop Pepperdine U, and at Pepperdine, first stop, LUNCH in their gorgeous cafet...
'12 March
March 3 The cousins and I went to LA Louver to see a fantastic Kienholz exhibit "Kienholz Before LACMA", closing today. (I don't know who did this piece. It was on the upstairs outside balcony.) Nancy, Sharon
'93 Jun: A Taste of Europe
Let's go let's go! We didn't really have enough time to get through the whole tour so we had to go go go. (postcard)
'12 February
February 28 Out for our walk we passed a gardner who was trimming a bougainvillea plant and he cleaned the thorns off these branches for the girls. Thank you Mr Gardner, we enjoyed them!
Susan Bloomberg Sarno '12 February
We had no expectations of what to see and what to do but by a series of happy circumstances we ended up at the research library where we were the only people plus the three librarians who wanted nothing more than to make us welcome. They had old picture...
'12 February
Next stop, Ojai. I arrived around sunset and headed right up to Meditation Mount. What they say: "Our Mission is to promote the building of an enlightened and compassionate world through the power of creative meditation, inspirational educational progra...
Santa Barbara (2005-2012)
...Ojai. I arrived around sunset and headed right up to Meditation Mount. What they say: "Our Mission is to promote the building of an enlightened and compassionate world through the power of creative meditation, inspirational educational programs, and...
'12 February
February 9 Angela was doing chores all day today so after Lilly's nap Lilly and I walked over to Kaitlin's school to meet up at the Wednesday Fruit Stand where a few moms sell fruit donated by Whole Foods. It's a nice fund raiser, sets a good example...
'12 February
...whooo. Mahler's 8th, with 800+ singers and 200+ instrumentalists as the largest extravaganza in The Mahler Project where within a few short weeks, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Mahler's death, our Dudamel will have conducted all of Mahler's symp...
'12 January
January 29 Marija had an out-of-town relative drop by unexpectedly Monday night. He's a second cousin whose family left Croatia 40-50 years ago to live in Argentina. They haven't seen each other in 47 years! Here's what Marija wrote: "His name is L...
downtown '12 January
We ended up eating at The Tavern next door to The Pantry and enjoyed it very much, followed by a walk to The Standard hotel a few blocks away. The roof lounge at The Standard. Whooo. There's a lot more to it than what you see here. This place was tot...
'12 January
January 13 Finally I finished reading 'The Three Musketeers'. Finally. It seems like I've been reading this book for months. I just downloaded another Sarah Vowell choice, 'Assassination Vacation', since the last book of hers that I read ('Unfamiliar...
'12 January
January 8 At long last all my domestic rubble is now shuffled off to its assigned building - between the abode, the garage, and the studio. It all took for ... Ever. A few chores to go, like actually organizing the rubble, and the painters are comin...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Here we were driving through Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat where we passed by several streets that make up a neighborhood of places like this. Behind the statues are the homes of the families who make them. You can imagine the colors.
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Rupa was so sweet, she fixed me up my own personal toilet paper dispenser. Two actually, one for each bathroom. TP is just not how they do it. This is a G-Rated diary and I'm not going to tell you how they do do it. BYO-TP, but the guidebooks do ask ...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
And more lavish detail from inside the well. Who would think you'd bother?
'12 January
January 2 I spent the afternoon/evening with Jonathan and Judy who are leaving tomorrow to go back to Israel, and they're taking baby Yossef-Shalom with them. Oh nooo. Who knows when I'll get to hold him again. Ben and Bonnie will probably visit ...
The Los Angeles River
...but the LA County Department of Public Works is making great strides at introducing wildlife back to downtown Los Angeles as well as cleaning up an eyesore and providing opportunity for recreation to the whole city. Copied from the LAC-DPW website: '...
The Los Angeles River
You can see here that this path is not complete along the whole length of the river...
Kaitlin '11 December
December 28 School is out and we had the whole day to PLAY! We played games, read books, made a monster, made food, sang songs and danced...
'11 December
December 27 YOSSI! Judy took this one with my camera. I was so off today. In every pictures there's someone who won't like themself...which is why I can only do this for myself and hope for the best. jp.
'11 December
Following are pictures of the folks, those whom I could corral anyway. Brian, Marija, Maryanne, Alicia, Chris, Becky, Jack, Nathan, Carol, Walt
'11 December
They even have a girl who does boy and he had by far the best songs ('50s rock and rockabilly) so it set off the girls...
'11 December
It's just like in the movies - the male performers dress up as well-known female singers and lip-sync to the hits. From Ms Wiki: "American drag queen RuPaul once said "I do not impersonate females! How many women do you know who wear seven-inch heels, f...
'11 December
Here they are...who's going to win... oh the excitement... ROSIE! Rosie won! and the crowd went wild!!
'11 November
November 20 From after everyone went home from the wedding until now I have been doing a whole lot of not too much. I allowed myself a couple of days to succumb to an allergy attack, I subscribed to the digital version of the NY Times (down to $15/mo...
'11 Nov: The Wedding Weekend
With Caleb and Jack. Christa and Caleb were Champion entertainers and tenders of children this whole weekend and we are all grateful.
'11 November
November 4 All week I had to call in for jury duty. Ok no Monday ok no Tuesday ok no Wednesday ok no Thursday...bummer YES Friday. So I went in and then realized after the big 'you must be available for 5-7 days' if you get called to a jury that I had...
'11 November
November 1 Here come a pack of too fun pictures I've got from others since I returned from Africa. Marija's new grandbaby Ben with big brother Alex who just got a haircut. ??
'11 November
Congratulations Tanya! who is getting married to Rakshit in February. There are the happy parents Rupa and Anil in the middle. ??
'11 November
Chris and Dave's adorable grandboys Max and Ollie. Chris and Dave are Sharon's relations whose company I got to enjoy in Hawaii. cs.
'11 October
Octoberr 26 With Liz I went to visit Jean in the nursing home this morning and then we decided to see what's up with geocaching. We never actually got the whole thing to work...but it was fun to try! Next time we'll know all about it.
'11 October
A place in the Getty Center I have never visited. How can this BE?! The Jousters, by Alexander Calder, the same artist who did the Eagle I'm so fond of in Seattle. These guys make me smile.
'11 October
Then we took a chance to swing by the Westside Pavilion to see if we could catch a screening of Moneyball and as if they arranged it for us, it was starting in five minutes. We both liked it very much and I especially loved the pace, slow and delibera...
'11 October
We had a great time! There is a family of 12 brothers and sisters who have something to do with this restaurant but the guy in the lower right is the main 24/7 operations man. The charming little girl is his niece who wanted more than anything to be ou...
'11 October
October 15 It's Windy's Wedding Team! The guy who's the site coordinator, the photographer, and her friends who will do the decorations and flowers, and who will manage the logistics. YAY!
'11 October
October 6 I didn't take a picture of Bill's birthday dinner with me and Ken, and I didn't take one when Bill came by for burgers and brew, but I DID! get my lens back! AND the Nikon factory fixed it for free so that really Good News. My tenant in the...
'11 October
Our favorite exhibit was actually not part of 'Pacific Standard Time'. It was the work of this guy, Jose Bedia. I'd even go look at those pictures again. Hmmm, I just noticed, I put Jose Bedia whose show is at the Fowler into this courtyard at the Ham...
'11 September
It's like we had the whole Pacific Ocean to ourselves.
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
Once up to the top there are what seem like, but probably aren't, miles and miles of trails. It was a fantastic walk and I'm so glad I didn't even Think about walking up. At the hostel where I'm staying many many have done the 4-5 hour trek up and down...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
This whole Cape Peninsula, including Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, is an area important in the history of exploration, conquest, and commerce. [the lighthouse story will go here but maybe much later...]
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
The obligatory tour. I tried to do the tour yesterday but it was sold out which is why I did a couple things that I hadn't thought to do. Three times a day a boat from the Waterfront brings about 200 people over who are then distributed to buses and ta...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
Then I walked back into town with the idea to visit the Bo-Kaap Museum of the history of the early Muslim settlers. I took an unexpected detour in my walk and ended up in an amazing neighborhood of Muslim people known as the Cape Malay. What Ms Wiki ha...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
I had a little conversation with a guy and his daughter who were out on the street visiting with neighbors. I asked him what language they spoke on this street and he said a special combination of Malay and Afrikaans but all the people his daughter's ag...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
My second question was, man, what about these colors? He said around 10 years ago one person painted his house a bright color, and then another person, and then in relatively short order the whole street was done, just one by one, by the owners because th...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
A few of the more entertaining buildings around Long Street. The whole time I was walking for maybe four hours I was thinking about lunch and where I would eat. I kept my eye out and after careful consideration...I went back to yesterday's place and wa...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
The morning of the 24th I did a nice walk-about from where I'm staying in the V&A Waterfront district. I guessed the V&A to be, incorrectly as it turned out, Victoria and Albert. No, it's Victoria and Alfred. Alfred? Who is Alfred? Prince Alfred, th...
'11 Aug: Zambia
There was one baby and its mother, two who had been raised in the house and constantly wanted to be carried, an old gal who used to drink beer and smoke cigarettes in a bar, and I can't remember the details of the last one.
'11 Aug: Zambia
This is the accommodation and education center at Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage. It was really a delightful two days. We had one of those cabins and we each had our own room. It's self-catering meaning we cooked all our own meals and shared with a cou...
'11 Aug: Zambia
I took a taxi out to visit the Kifubwa Rock Stream Shelter, a National Monument, known for its Stone Age carvings. This fellow is an official at the park who took it upon himself to walk with me and the taxi driver and give us the low down.
'11 Aug: Zambia
Mindy and some of the guys who work for Peace Corps, names and jobs forthcoming.
'11 Aug: Zambia
On the third day all the participants worked on their building projects and today, the fourth day, volunteers and The Cruiser went out to the local orphanage to ask a few of the women who work there if they would come over, look at some of the projects and...
'11 Aug: Zambia
Peace Corps brings in 8-9 of their volunteers from a province who have expressed interest in participating, and they bring the volunteer's counterpart. The counterpart is the person, usually chosen by the village committee when it applies for a voluntee...
'11 Aug: Zambia
This was our first ride, a South African welder who works in the mines alongside his father and brother-in-law. He had one of those trucks with a back seat and Air-Con and we were ridin' in style. It was true in Botswana also, that if you ran into a wh...
'11 Aug: Zambia
We were very soon picked up by a woman from Zimbabwe who re-located to Zambia and runs a farm with her husband. I had the seat and the kids rode in the back with the grain. She went many kilometers out of her way to drop us at a good place to get our n...
'11 Aug: Zambia
One thing I was not expecting was power problems in Solwezi. On-Off-On-Off, it was very disconcerting. Yesterday they did a pre-arranged shut-down for the whole day to try to fix the problem for good. I was in town and took this picture. Just as I go...
'11 Aug: Zambia
After our rest and a snack we headed out along the trail to see Erin's projects. The trail leads through some very pretty countryside and also an area of marsh that is goopy wet in the rainy season. Erin host family has a 10 year old nephew living with...
'11 Aug: Zambia
Erin and Kaunda. Erin is finishing her two year commitment in two weeks and taking a third year project in another province. She wanted to take Kaunda with her and start adoption proceedings which Kaunda's mother, who lives in another province and hasn...
'11 Aug: Zambia
...she jumped in! and then she got Kaunda, who doesn't swim, to jump in with her! How is it that I have these pictures? Because I punked out at the steep slippery part and didn't complete the journey. I'm sure it was for the best!
'11 Aug: Zambia
The everybody-knows-him Steve, a Peace Corps volunteer from the '90s who never went home, owned and operated Mapontela for a while. He married a local woman and he has passed the guest house and restaurant to the family to run. He basically sits out ...
'11 Aug: Zambia
Everyone was so NICE. Is it like a Peace Corps prerequisite or something? These guys, Mark and Sydney, are volunteers who met in the Peace Corps, got married, extended for a third year, and are now done, going home, finished the last form, got the last...
'11 Aug: Zambia
We had three nice sightings on our 'cruise'. This guy who was plenty big but still half the size of the one in the Okavango...
'11 Aug: Zambia
The museum was pretty good. This is the lobby, no other photos allowed. Mindy thought the cultural displays were right on and the whole effort better than the similar museum in the capital city. The artifacts were well displayed and the stories were i...
'11 Jul: Botswana
The line stretched across the whole field of view and as they approached the river some would pick up speed, running...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Day 13 Chobe campsite 8 Good morning! This was the day where we changed camps today and we're changing camps tomorrow. Tonight's campsite was my least favorite so fortunately we were there for just the one night. The whole place was a pile of dirt ...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Warthogs are cute. Really, I think so, when they are trotting off in a line with their tail-flags all a-flutter. I never got a shot of a whole family with the babies and their tails, so cute.
'11 Jul: Botswana
Day 12 Moremi campsite 7 It was just dawn and the last stages of packing-up where some of the guys pitch in to help Allen load the trailer. The tents are hugely heavy. Someone always helped me carry mine. So they have to load up about 10-12 tents, al...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Day 11 Moremi campsite 6 The babies. Everyone loves the babies. The whole truck would go awwww every time we'd see a baby and in the coming days we really saw a lot of babies.
'11 Jul: Botswana
The nightly ritual of Angelika and Pierre going through their pictures deleting the duplicates and the 'not so greats'. These guys were so nice and so helpful. Everyone was nice and helpful actually. It was kind of amazing how the whole everything wou...
'11 Jul: Botswana
We ate lunch somewhere else. Here we are again so I'll copy the introductions: Lynda French-living in Switzerland-accountant for a Spanish speaking company-with Alaoa Santiago Spanish-living in Spain-teaches English-with Brigitta Brigitta German-livi...
'11 Jul: Botswana
OT stopped the truck and we sat for a good long while just looking around. Birds were screaming an alert call and OT just knew there was something. I don't remember who first spotted it or when we realized what it was - an 8 foot long Black Mamba. At ...
'11 Jul: Botswana
...him. HUGE. So now I'm absolutely sure the whole set-up is fiberglass for the benefit of the tourists. Annelies stands up straight, lifts her chin, announces 'we do not do that here'. I was still sure it was fake until I reviewed the pictures and s...
'11 Jul: Botswana
We were all so excited to be out for a walk. This is the head poler who served as a guide for the walk along with OT who had plenty to say too. OT is from the Delta so he had a special enthusiasm for this part of the trip. It was informative and fun.
'11 Jul: Botswana
...and here is my group. We were also going in a boat that would take us to the mokoros from which we would complete the journey. This is not a good picture. But then I didn't take it. Everyone is here except Alaoa though so I'm using it. The 'Offic...
'11 Jul: Botswana
...a cheetah! And we'd all be warm with the excitement of someone finding something (it was Annelies, who was the champion sighter) and the excitement of trying to get a shot off. This guy was far far away waay over there on the ridge.
'11 Jul: Botswana
OT, the guide, taken from my seat just behind him in the truck. We had a lot of fun the whole trip and every day I learned a new expression in Tswana, the language of Botswana. I'll write the expressions at the end of this journal. We had a lot of fun...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Our guide OT, whose real name is Otsile but everyone calls him OT even the other guides, telling us about the fruit in his hand that no we couldn't eat since it was bitter and would make us sick.
'11 Jul: Botswana
Day 1 Kalahari campsite 1 I arrived in Maun, the largest town in the area, the day before Day 1 and spent the night at the Island Safari Lodge. It was a very nice place on the banks of the Thamalakane river. Interestingly there was no electricity ...
'11 Jul: Botswana
...for a drive to a made-up pretend little village with two huts and some supplies for them to show us how they eat what we had collected (and I Of Course tried it all) and how they make fire the good old fashioned way by rubbing two sticks together. It...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
...on 7th Ave in Melville. I drove many many miles around Jo'burg in all my wrong turning and highway errors and truth be told it is mostly not a place to be out in after dark. Even Lonely Planet which is generally a go-for-it publication urges caution...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
A near sunset scene of zebras, warthogs (or are they bushpigs?), and some kind of antelope grazing together for fresh sprouts in a recently burned field. There are grazers who go for the grasses and browsers who go for leaves and fruits. This is vocabu...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Gnu. Of course everyone had to call out 'who gnu?'. They are also called Wildebeest.
Durban Bunny Chow '11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Then I met up with Heather and her seemingly sane/urbane/yet tearing around on a motorcycle-maniac husband, Martin. We ate dinner at an Indian restaurant of which there are so very many because of point 1) above. I got to have something I'd never had b...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
July 5 My two ten hour flights (LA-Amsterdam-Johannesburg) were, seen together, a singular miracle. I can’t imagine how the outcome could have been anything but a miracle. I did wear my high tight wool socks which I think might have made for happy leg...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
I walked back into the totally modern airport to get cash (easy-peasy), rent a phone (that I haven’t tried yet), get a thing for my computer to connect to the internet (that isn’t working), get a gps (that isn’t charging properly and could quit at any mome...
'11 June
July 1 Ann treating me and I treating Ann for our June birthdays. We like it. Many thanks to all who came out with me in these last many days. I really appreciate the time and the chance to say 'see you in September' and especially 'don't forget to...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Smile! (Anil, the only man in India who doesn't smile for the camera.)
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
This happened often. I'd be checking the camera to see how the last shot came out and one guy would notice, he'd call out to his friends and more and more would gather looking over my shoulder and they would say Me Me take a picture of Me. Then they woul...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Narendra and Rama's flat in Bombay. Here and at Rupa's place too you couldn't leave the bathroom without being dressed perfectly decently. It's a lifestyle thing because, I decided, there are always a lot of people around. Here we had the main househo...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Except in Bombay those three western-looking young men next to Rupa were the only western-types I can remember seeing for the rest of the trip. Those three guys were backpackers who had met at the youth hostel and decided to take the tour together. One...
'11 June
June 20 Before the Monday feast-o-rama I went to Ann's for a little yoga practice and fig picking party. Ann's figs make everyone who has every had the privilege to try them weak with pleasure.
'11 June
Having acquired the last of my First Aid Kit for Africa, from the left: Azithromycin full course antibiotic; Mefloquine malaria prophylactic; Ciprofloxacin for some serious nasties; Sunblock spf-30; Petroleum Jelly (your first aid kit in a jar...); Lora...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
We had gone back to the flat for a rest and then dinner. The driver took us out again that evening. This is the Gateway Of India built at the main docks in 1911 to welcome Queen Mary and King George V. Obviously it is night in this picture. Not so ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Sandy in the Maharaja's hunting lodge. The Obero chain: I am going to take this opportunity to go Totally Off on the most remarkable, unforgettable, completely Fan-TA-stic staff recruitment, development and service delivery EVER. How they managed to pay...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Here we are. Sandy and I, having a private tour of the Maharaja's Hunting Lodge, built in the mid 1800s, and preserved within the Udaivilas property. The older man has been the caretaker here for 60 years(!) and the younger man is one of the staff of the h...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Buildings in general start out as one story then someone adds on top of the roof and some years later someone else will add another and then another and then at some point the whole mess will fall down and someone else will gather the bricks and bits of wo...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The man in this picture runs the Agra office of Mercury Tour and was with us for the whole trip. He was calm, competent, kind, and a constant blessing to Sandy. The woman was our Delhi city guide and the absolute favorite of us all. She told us so man...
Lilly '11 June
June 13-14 Maxine made us Princesses on the birthday celebration FesTIVO for me and Ann. She cooked, decorated, gifted, and generally made us all welcome and delighted. You go Max! And then I got to share my Princess bounty with the grand-girls (Li...
'11 June
June 10 Brigitte and I did 8 turns on the Pepperdine track today. I made Brigitte stay on the outside lane the whole time because she is young and fit. That's the front of the chapel and the back looks the same, that glows with stained glass from th...
'11 June
June 9 Guess who's trying to eat less for a few weeks so she won't be so hungry all the time for two months in Africa but is really hungry now. That would be me. (from GraphJam, a partner in the ICanHasCheezburger network)
Sandy '11 June
We went out for a stroll on the bluffs with Sandy's friend Trish who lives in their building and Trish's cutie-pie dog.
The Ranch (2009-2013)
Roses are happy here too, which reminds me of my meditation time with Sandy, Desda, and Lynn. I sat quietly for 30 minutes and for the whole time I didn't once take a picture or check my email.
'11 May
We went on a little ride and then got dropped off in the fields with a Farmer John who guided the kids through the rows. They picked 1) two red beets 2) two golden beets 3) two fennel bulbs 4) five carrots 5) a head of lettuce which they carried home i...
'11 May
This is Phyllis's son James holding the picture I grew up with - all Phyllis and Donn's kids (yes he quite insistently spelled it with two 'n's). Oldest is Tim, who passed away many years ago. He was exactly my age and if the stories are half true we...
'11 May
I had dinner with Bill tonight, husband of Cheryl, father of Mindy and Kim. This is a picture from Kim's fabulous wedding in Florida (that I attended with Ken) and Mindy is the Peace Corps Volunteer who is going to meet me in Zambia.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The people who were putting on the Tourist Day event invited us to enjoy the demonstrations in the lavishly decorated pavilion. This man is wrapping a turban. He did the whole process in about a minute. Previously we had lunch at a hotel associated ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
I didn't get close enough to swear these babies are real. We are in the state of Rajasthan, home of the Rajputs who ruled here for 1,000 years before falling to the Mughals.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The guide who stayed with us for the whole trip, VK was what we called him, invited the whole tour(!) over to his house for tea and snacks. For some it was their only chance to see inside an Indian home and everyone was so delighted and impressed that VK ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The Taj Mahal is very popular with local people too. There is a steep two tiered system for entrance fees to all the major attactions, Indian nationals and others, which can be as variant as 100 to 1. There are also often hefty camera fees. In some ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Here's the big romantic clincher to the whole Taj story. So old Shah Jahan is so heartbroken over the loss of his favorite wife he conceives of and orders constructed what guidebooks like to call 'the most beautiful monument to love ever made'. Then,...
'11 May
In the late afternoon we sisters took ourselves out for a treat in honor of our mother who, in her later years, would do almost anything if you promised her that when it was over she'd get a treat.
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
'They' kept adding buildings to the complex, expanding the public offerings and the research facilities. I haven't figured out yet who 'they' are.
'11 Apr: Kauai
Next morning, yikes, the river is up by a foot or two and the dock is sinking! Last night was the first big rain of our whole time here, and it's time for me to say once again...
'11 Apr: Kauai
Our trusty steed, a Honda 4x4, who rides us high and mighty across the hills and plains and...
'11 Apr: Kauai
On the way back we found a new beach. After all this time we are still finding new places to enjoy. This is called Salt Pond Park adjacent as it is to the salt ponds of yore. We understand it's a local family hang with a nice walled in pool for the ke...
'11 Apr: Kauai
...for the Spirit House who is delighted I'm sure.
'11 Apr: Kauai
April 25 On the way to the car this morning look who's taking the sun.
'11 Apr: Kauai
Beth! (Who stood up from this position and did in fact have a good long ride but I didn't get a decent shot (she wants me to be sure to let you know).)
'11 Apr: Kauai
...this! Fishing, Island style. He was a nice guy too and chatted with us a bit after he came out. One thing, I told him mahalo for the fun it was to watch and he said too bad he didn't have any fish to show for it. Then we came back to the house and...
'11 Apr: Kauai
April 16 We're back from our wonderful Big Island Adventure. You can click on the link if you want to see the whole thing in order and about as done as it's going to get.
'11 Apr: The Big Island
I'm putting this shot last because everywhere we went during our whole visit, what we saw was lava. It was surprising and amazing and entirely fun.
'11 Apr: The Big Island
What you can see of the valley from the viewpoint. There is a long and complicated mythology about this place, as are all mythologies I guess, long and complicated. I read somewhere that some Hawaiians are returning to the religion of their ancestors...
'11 Apr: The Big Island
As we descended along Chain of Craters Road making our way down Kilauea Volcano, we came upon more and more different kinds of lava, some changes related to the age of the flow and some related to the type of lava and the environment when it originally sho...
'11 Apr: Kauai
The home of the caretaker who was born on the property and worked here his whole life.
'11 Apr: Kauai
The Bamboo Grove. We learned about the two kinds of bamboo - the clumping kind which you might consider having, and the running kind which will take over your whole house.
'11 Apr: Kauai
April 8 Chris and Dave went to the Hindu temple this morning while Sharon and I stayed in with the internet fix-it guy. He was great - above and beyond, and now the whole house is humming with internet. Since I got here I've been perched on a couch ...
WW #12
Check OUT that window, wow. And those gorgeous hardwood floors throughout the whole apartment.
'11 March
Since I was passing right by Ben and Bonnie's house on the way home I wanted to stop in to make sure Bonnie didn't have any questions or problems with the bookkeeping system we've been organizing. Who arrived a few minutes after I did? The Boys who had...
'11 March
Kathleen invited me over to meet an old friend visiting from Boston and a friend of hers who lives here. It was fun, thanks! Kathleen, Bruce, Claire
'11 March
Liz let me join her and her friend Elaina for a lovely walk along the bluffs, a tasty and entertaining lunch, and a stroll down the Promenade to the pier. Liz and Elaina met as YouTube friends. I learned about a whole 'nother world out there.
'11 March
March 24 There is a whole pigeon pack that hangs out under the Santa Monica Yacht Harbor archway, entrance to the pier.
'11 March
March 23 Tonight looking through the living room window at Brigitte's, we find the neighborhood cat who lives outside and is attended to with great devotion by Knut and Brigitte and probably others too. This is one well-fed well-loved stray cat. Fro...
'11 March
March 18 I spent the day shuffling around the house in my jammie's, coughing, blowing my nose, moaning, while Cynthia, Mike, and Kieran enjoyed Joshua Tree National Park. They are doing a fantastic tour for their short time here put together by My Da...
'11 March
March 17 I'm down with another wearying SNOT attack. My whole head. It must be twice its normal weight with all the SNOT. Sigh. But I'll be feeling much better in a couple days as I recognize everything about this situation. It's not contagious, ...
'11 March
...and treating all these people to a Happy Birthday luncheon buffet at Shanghai Reds. What excellent fun! Where did the 7 go in the picture? I don't know! The guy who I got to take the shot probably didn't know there was supposed to be a 7. front: ...
'11 March
Darryl and Angela know the keyboard player in Eric Clapton's band who invited them to their show at Universal. They said their friend was the most important musican there whose name wasn't Eric Clapton. Hello your cuteness!
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
When we got to Ely it was a blue sky day, not as good for fishing we were informed by our guide Jim who picked us up and drove us to his fish house. We are in Jim's gigantic truck driving across the frozen Shagwa Lake.
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
With the arrival of the house on the trailer there were five fish houses in our little village. The houses tend to clump up wherever someone plows a trail. The guy who owns this place has a plow on one of those trucks and maintains the road himself. J...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
Cynthia's birthday flowers. And so who could resist giving this a try. Not me. I stayed in today, the next day, since it snowed last night, it's literally freezing today, and I'm all about caution with the car, allowing me time for a hey-why-not mes...
'11 February
A brass band. Who doesn't love a brass band?! And it got too hot anyway! Now we're going to have to start at 9 instead of 10 to get all the way through.
'11 February
February 10 Susie and I are out today for a nice hit of museums and who do we run into at the Hammer? the museum maven herself, Muriel, and one of her friends from LACMA.
'11 February
A view from the trail. Whooo.
'11 February
February 4 It's so cool, I'm going to start a whole new chapter in my 'Entertaining Sites Around Los Angeles' on the Los Angeles River. It is SO entertaining! Down by the intersection of the 5 and the 110 we find two small pocket parks, Egret Park a...
'11 February
...but the LA County Department of Public Works is making great strides at introducing wildlife back to downtown Los Angeles as well as cleaning up an eyesore and providing opportunity for recreation to the whole city. Copied from the LAC-DPW website: '...
'11 February
You can see here that this path is not complete along the whole length of the river...
LA/SF/LA (2005-2013)
We took the 101 all the way. There are several of these grand art-works-displays every 50 miles or so. This is the only one I was ready for and how apropos, It's Granny! It was smooth sailing the whole way, lucky dogs that we are.
'11 January
January 14 Carl gave me his (two!) Laker tickets!! I invited Burt who had never yet been to the Staples Center. We ate dinner at one of the hot spots in LA Live and enjoyed ourselves entirely. An accommodating stranger took this photo with Burt's c...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
I came to Delhi a day early so I could meet with my little sister's eldest son's wife's sister and her family. They are working with an NGO relief organization in Delhi where they operate a school for slum kids who do not attend school regularly. Bot...
'11 January
...and it was Free Thursday at MOCA which is always a delight. At the moment a room is devoted to Franz Kline's work (a MOCA favorite of mine) and wow, a guy here who so clearly belongs. We had dinner at Philippe's. Oh yeah. Elizabeth was particularl...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
I think, unconfirmed, that the fabrics are meant for women who are not appropriately covered.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and the last great work of Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal, begun in 1644 with 5,000 workers and finished in 1658. Shah Jahan appears over and over in the whole 'golden triangle' of tourism, being Delhi, Agra ...
'11 January
I stopped by at Ann's to see Josh and Carrie and fabulous little Clara who are all returning to Belgium tomorrow, to Josh's posting with NATO. It was lovely to see them! (I do have a special attachment to Josh and Carrie because I went to their utterly...
Joshua Tree National Park (2008-2010)
...Joshua Tree National Park. We've met here for a day-after-Christmas day at the park. We stayed at Circle C again, as always. It's a great location and much as we like the family and the whole ambiance of the place, the quality of the rooms have bee...
Angela '10 December
December 25 Cynthia managed to acquire for Darryl and Angela a treasured one-of-a-kind item created and crafted by the founder and one-of-a-kind guiding light of the regretsy website and once across-the-way neighbor, April Winchell. Here's what April, ...
'10 December
December 22 Kathleen across the street had a festive Holiday Dinner at her lovely home (just across the street and way bigger than mine, but whose isn't). What lively folk! I had a wonderful time. Let me say that of these guest three of us were not...
'10 December
December 13 The Monday Nighters, My Valley Girls! We had a particularly fantastic Christmas Party this year, full of great good cheer and good will all around. Many thanks go out to our Head Chef and gracious hostess Alicia. We always draw names fo...
'10 December
December 10 Happy Birthday Sharon! We are at a birthday festivity arranged by Sharon's son who, being out of town, couldn't go himself...
'10 November
This is near the Malibu pier where parking is easy and there are always plenty of birds to enjoy. Sandy collected a handful of perfect little shells. Sandy, who can find treasures on a barren beach.
'10 November
November 22 Hilda and Jake in Merlyn's office. When Merlyn retired Hilda moved her office into another much smaller room and now Merlyn has this whole giant space to 'spread out'.
self-portrait '10 November
November 18 Last visit before cataract surgery on Tuesday then a couple weeks later I get to do this whole exam again for glasses. I'm SO excited to be done fussing around with my eyes!
'10 Nov: Washington DC
November 7 This is my metro station in Takoma Park. It's an outside station and when the wind kicks in you can really feel the cold. How great that you always know when the next train will be there. You can watch those minutes ticking off and it does...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
This is the Cosmos Club. I experienced a strange and unfamiliar welling up of desire. I want to be a member of the Cosmos Club and find myself entertained by the luminaries of science, literature, and the arts who hang out here. They wouldn't let women ...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
Here it is, my house. Kyle, who owns, occupies, and runs the place rents out the 8-10 bedrooms in various configurations including kitchens and bathrooms and sitting rooms; it's quite an establishment. And Stuffed with STUFF. So Much Stuff. Starting ...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
I went out to dinner with Kyle at a great local restaurant and then came back to visit with some sweet guests from Korea who left the next morning, and an enjoyable evening it was!
'10 Nov: Washington DC
I exited the mass again and found some places up front but along the far side where you could both hear and not be trapped. I asked a guy who was camped out on top of a port-a-potty to shoot me this crowd scene.
'10 Nov: Washington DC
But then the program began and I couldn't hear a thing. They so underestimated the number of people who would attend that the speakers stopped at the point that far less than half the gathered masses could hear. The main entertainment out there was the r...
'10 Oct: Colonial Virginia
...the shoemakers make shoes for the 'historical interpretors'. The craftsmen spend most of their time talking to the visitors who of course have endless questions, endlessly repeated no doubt.
'10 Oct: Florida
We met up at Mount Dora, about an hour north of Orlando, to enjoy each other's company and to buzz around through the biggest Arts and Crafts Fair On The Planet. What you see is 1/25th of the whole thing. Streets and streets and streets of these look-a...
'10 Oct: New Orleans
The trolley started at a huge cemetery part of town. All the graves are above ground and all the monuments are huge to go with the whole theme of huge. It was hot though, with the sun overhead so I didn't roam around inside the cemeteries. I did hav...
'10 Oct: New Orleans
I went out for a neighborhood dinner just two blocks from the apartment. The meal was delicious, no surprise there. The restaurant was called Ports of Call, there was a big fish tank, they had fish on the wall, and on the menu - three burgers, three stea...
'10 Oct: New Orleans
It's the next morning now. Meet my host Dennis and another guest who was there last night too. We all went together for breakfast. They both contributed very entertaining stories and ideas to a lively conversation and a grand time was had by all.
'10 Oct: Florida
And a nice evening dinner at the pool with the family who stayed on for a few days r&r. Tomorrow morning I leave for New Orleans!
'10 Oct: Florida
And who do we see there taking their own private tour? Bill's sisters and nieces!
'10 Oct: Florida
Then we drove on to Cristobal, a small island just over a small bridge from Sanibel and the shell capital of the whole wide world. Every morning a new carpet of shells is washed ashore.
'10 Oct: Florida
October 14 (through the 18th Fort Myers, Florida...Mount Dora follows 23rd-24th) This southern itinerary (LA-Ft Myers-New Orleans-Mount Dora-Norfolk-Washington DC-LA) is going to take me to Atlanta Four Times. The 'airline hub' concept I think is wel...
'10 October
October 7 Oh goodie. .a tour in the US of A! I've been working on my arrangements, kicking off in one short week: to Fort Myers (for a wedding) then New Orleans (haven’t been since Katrina and waiting for the next weekend) then Mt Dora (to see an ...
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2011
The next day we visited the new-to-me Vegas CityCenter. Lookie here what they've got. Another Claes Oldenburg Typewriter Eraser just like this one in Seattle! He's the same guy who did the Cherry on a Spoon in Minneapolis. And another one of my fav...
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
LBX&A grew some zucchini this season and forgot about one. It grew into a mutant zucchini bigger than a really big baby. Sharon, who birthed a really big baby, could attest that this zucchini was bigger.
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
...who of course has to tell us again about PicAaaaaso Picasso Picasso. They are obsessed.
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
I can't find who did this one. It's a mobile-swinging-sculpture and we both wanted it for our respective back yards.
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
There was a fabulous walking trail that was constantly busy with dogs. You can see five here. We must have seen fifty altogether. Speaking of trails, the whole area we visited was chock-o-block with gorgeous walking trails and bike paths set off from ...
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
. .we got a private tour, just us and Bob who led us around and told us stories. It was plenty big fun!
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
September 25 What a day. Seattle in the SUN so Sharon and I and the Kings - Lucas, Betsy, Xander, and Anya, who live in Seattle now - hustled our way up to the top of the Space Needle for a great hit of vist-o-rama. Wow-eee, Mount Rainer, visible in...
'10 September
Third, lunch at Duke's. Fourth, the Whole Big Wow at the Korean Spa. Fifth, dinner at Guido's. And gifts and songs all along the way. Wow! Happy Birthday Windy!!
Santa Monica life '10 August
August 19 Sharon and I went to check out the newly re-opened Santa Monica Place - it's the mall at the south end of the Promenade. This is a view from one of the patios on the Dining Deck. The whole top floor is open with a ton of outdoor lounging opp...
Getty Center architecture tram entrance The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
From the plaza at the tram station. The statue came many years after the opening and is an excellent addition. With her arrival came a guard who now patrols the area. She's Aristide Maillol's Air.
'10 July
July 30 Nancy and I went to the Getty today and particularly enjoyed the on-loan exhibit 'The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme' and Spectacular it was, a full life retrospective. I'd never even heard of the guy! I was taken with his technical ski...
'10 July
July 24 My across the street neighbor Kathleen, on the left, had a lovely soirée last night. Also attending were her New York cousin and the guest of honor, my young next door neighbor, Melissanthi. Melissanthi was Kathleen's tenant who just graduat...
'10 July
...and Lilly (she crawled across the room to visit the little girl whose feet you can just see), and sticks, rattles, drums...
'10 July
The majority of the participants were toddlers - that's Lilly in the back there, in the purple shirt. The little kids found the whole thing quite awesome and the "Mommies and the Daddies and the Nannies" (the expression often used by the teacher) were enj...
'10 July
Yikes, Claes Oldenburg from 1961, the same guy who did the big Cherry On a Spoon, and the Typewriter Eraser, and the Shuttlecocks.
'10 July
On our way out of the Omni to the Water Court to see a Grand Performance. . we find these guys. Whooo, what's going Here?! They are off to a costume ball: "An Amazing Weekend of Elaborate Costumes and Entertainment The Labyrinth of Jareth 2010 - The ...
'10 July
June 30 (here in July...) Christa and I had our birthday day together and it was Excellent fun. First we went to the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo after which we enjoyed a delicious shabu shabu dinner, Christa's first. She ate ...
'10 June
June 19 Happy Birthday to ME! My little sister (who will be SIXTY in a couple months and That makes me know my age) took me to a Korean Spa for several hours including the full body scrub and massage, three kinds of sauna, a great steam room, a super...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
...at this lovely place where we ate dinner. The one thing I will remember most about this adventure is how cute those boys were. They were so optimistic, it was adorable. Really, we were driving around in CIRCLES for an HOUR and every time we'd make ...
'10 June
Technology Is My Friend. I feel so blessed to live now - look what I've got! perfect-for-me dslr photography, the genius of photoshop, omg the INTERNET (how did we LIVE without the internet? I should tell you about the first time I saw the pre-internet...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
The second cat who lives at Gene's place. It's the other one who sleeps on my suitcase and this one sleeps on my balcony.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
Looking down from Pincio to the Piazza del Popolo. Now I am going to walk down there! The Piazza lies inside the northern gate in the Aurelian Walls, once the Porta Flaminia of ancient Rome, the starting point of the Via Flaminia, the road to Ariminum ...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
The Bone Church! Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. Those poeple are waiting to get into the crypt. "The pope's brother, Cardinal Antonio Barberini, who was of the Capuchin order, in 1631 ordered the remains of thousands of Capuchin friars e...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
The whole downtown 'old town' area was in such good shape including fresh paint, fresh windows and doors that clearly open easily and close tightly but maintain all the charm of an old town.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
A pano from the inside. It's an oval, you can see that. All what we are seeing now is the skeleton of the structure. The seats went over the tunnels and colonnades and the stage went over the maze you see on the Coliseum's floor. Most people were on ...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
Trajan built this column in 113AD celebrating his successful military campaigns in Romania. These are all carefully detailed scenes of the wars. “The column’s survival was largely thanks to the intervention of Pope Gregory the Great who reigned from 59...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
My third dessert of the trip the first two being baklava in Turkey. I'm not a big tiramisu fan actually, and I was about to get the apple tarte but the waitress convinced me, 'you simply must try our tiramisu!'. So I did and it was RIGHT up my alley. ...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
...the Piazza Navona. This very long oval was originally the Stadium of Domitian, built in the first century AD, and the surrounding structures were built in the Baroque period on the ruins of the grandstands. The playing of this four piece combo, sax-...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
I've been a virtual tea-totaler this last month with the exception of an occasional beer. Now I'm in Rome. Now it's time for a proper Italian lunch! Not so proper though because when I declined further courses the waiter looked at me with bewilderment l...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
We ate dinner at a kosher shawarma place on the plaza so we could keep an eye on the haps. Judy and Jonathan in front of the plaque I copied with a rendering of the whole synagogue...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
This huge rectangle of land is operated by an Islamic Wakf who has "managed the Temple Mount continuously since the Muslim reconquest of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1187". To get in you have to go through a separate security check and through this long ...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
See those two guys on chairs. When I went up to look for signs they shooed me away. What is this building, I asked. ALL, one guy replied, ALL this, (taking my map and drawing a line around the whole huge Temple Mount area) ALL this is Al Aqsa Mosque. A...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
"During the 1967 Six-Day War Israel captured the Temple Mount together with all of East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan, who had controlled it since 1948. ... "A few days after the war was over 200,000 Jews flocked to the Temple Mount and Weste...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
"Due to (Jewish) religious restrictions on entering the most sacred areas of the Temple Mount (see following section (that's the wiki article I mentioned)), the Western Wall, a retaining wall (of) the Temple Mount and remnant of the Second Temple structure...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
...to The Sifting Project. I am going to extract from an article in The Jerusalem Post. "In 1999, the Wakf Islamic trust, ... requested permission from the government to construct emergency exits (from some tunnels under the Temple Mount) ... Upon re...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
One volunteer who also volunteered for a photo and Then, not five minutes later...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
This place met my street-food criteria - if there's a line of people clammoring for food, get in that line. There was a line and the line didn't stop the whole time I was there. It's a falafel shop and that guy who is pointing, he's a regular falafel m...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
I mentioned before how the skylines seemed dominated by church steeples and mosque minarets. I never even notice the synagogues and now I know why. This is a synagogue that Hilla pointed out. There is no big obvious universal symbol or shape, nothing st...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
Here's something interesting first about Tel Aviv and also about the UNESCO World Heritage designation for a neighborhood called The White City: "Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 and developed as a metropolitan city under the British Mandate in Palestine. ...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
Another view of a side street. Of course there's a whole big capital city to look at but for today it's just the beach and Jaffa.
'10 May: Up North, Israel
And there's several miles of this (walk walk walk!) leading to the historic port town of Jaffa, inhabited first in 7,500BC and pretty much constantly in use since then, but destroyed so many times in whole and in part that not much really old is still arou...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
And then off to the train for an outing in Haifa. It's Sunday and the trains were packed with military going back to duty after their weekend off. I mentioned about the universal service right out of high school, meaning that most of these soldiers are...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
Who are the Melites? "The Melkite Catholic Church retains its Byzantine roots and liturgical practices similar to those of the Eastern Orthodoxy while maintaining communion with the Catholic Church in Rome since 1729." I've seen so many churches in Isr...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
"Saladin retook the city in 1187; it was recaptured by the Crusaders in 1191, and finally lost by them in 1265 this time to the Mamluks, who ensured that there would be no more battling over the site, where the harbor has silted in anyway, by razing the fo...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
May 15 Caesarea! A huge complex of ruins from five or six different cities, each predecessor ruined by the ravages of war and more ruinously by the ravages of earthquakes. Varda dropped me off here this morning so I could walk around for a couple ho...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
And nobody jumped off any cliffs... "The account of the siege of Masada was related to Josephus (a Jewish-Roman historian) by two women who survived the suicide by hiding inside a cistern along with five children, and repeated Eleazar ben Ya'ir's exhort...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
Our colorful and informative guide who said every sentence in both English and Spanish.
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
"Because Judaism strongly discourages suicide, Josephus reported that the defenders had drawn lots and killed each other in turn, down to the last man, who would be the only one to actually take his own life." Visible are some of the remains of the Roma...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
The plaque leading into the YMCA: "Here is a place whose atmosphere is peace where political and religious jealousies can be forgotten and international unity be fostered and developed."
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
I have no idea, but who could resist? Not me.
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
May 11 Welcome to Jerusalem! The whole of Jerusalem is a fairly big city but most of what visitors want to see is contained behind those walls, the Old City, .35 square miles of ancient history and intense (InTense!) emotions. (Unless otherwise st...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
Just inside Lions' Gate. There are market streets inside the Old City so packed with people and goods, I couldn't get off a single shot and am probably not going back on those streets, not to the surprise of anyone who knows me.
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
HURRAY! Mazel Tov!! Lucky ME!!! I got to have dinner with the newlyweds - Judy and Jonathan. I've know Jonathan for his Whole Life, his many lives actually... his LA growing up years; his off to college years; I visited him during his Korea years; and...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
May 8 Usually when tourists come to Cappadocia they take group tours. You can rent a car, or rent a car and guide, but basically, the group tours are so cost efficient it's hard to resist them. There are say 20 companies who will sell you a tour and...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
...There were several people on my Green tour who had done the Red tour with this company already. They love love loved it so I was feeling lucky as we were only 10 people. But wait! Our guide on this trip could not have been more disinterested and it...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
They don't know who began digging the underground cities but it was at least as early as the 5th century BC, and then expanded by every population who needed to hide. They were not meant for permanent living, just as defense, or so I read. Here's somet...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
The photographer who will offer the pictures he's taken for sale at the landing spot.
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
The pilot throws out that catch-me strap and there's a crew of guys around the various landing sites who rush like mad from balloon to balloon pulling them in as they arrive. We de-balloon in this field...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
These ice-cream guys are all over Istanbul too, and always dressed in a similar costume, always with a similar cart, and they've all got similar tricks but here was the best I saw. They get great blobs of ice-cream up on those paddles and swirl them aro...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
I have photos of all the explanation signs - each of these spaces has its own story, the story of the decorations and the story of who worshiped here. From an introductory piece: "In the 4th century Cappadocia became known as the land of the three saint...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
Having crossed at the second bridge we are now In Asia. This was originally a channel dug for the use of the ladies of the court who would, of a summers day, row up and back, dressed to the nines with all their minions in tow.
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
May 4 Ahmet and Eser found me on the internet and invited me out. They gave up their whole day to drive me places it's not so easy to visit by public transportation and ohh yeah, I had Such a time!
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
And THEN Ahmet invited me to join them for an evening dinner and cruise on the Bosporus. Yes! It was a business thing, put on by folks in the insurance business for whom Ahmet does some work. I haven't attended a good business party in Forever and thi...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
First we had all that, then they brought more, and then there was the whole fish course just the way I like it, then dessert and coffee. And an open bar all night long. They also had a Turkish folk band and a belly dancer to entertain the guests. Ever...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
Loudspeakers are positioned thus around the minarets. It's all about the guy who is doing the call - does he hold his mouth too close to the microphone and really go at so it sounds like a dj at a scratch challenge, or does he calmly and sincerely just si...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
...and dinner with Joy (on the right) who invited me having run across my website, and her friend Deronda. Both women are working in Istanbul now - Deronda planning to stay semi-permanently and Joy on a one year contract with IBM. I had a totally great...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
More from the road. I don't know who that guy is. Have I mentioned yet about Eyewitness Travel Guide to Istanbul? It's a beautiful guidebook but too heavy to carry around, to handsome to tear out pages, and for me, does not contain enough information. ...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
Right off the road of the throngs you can step into the courtyard of the Saint Antoine Church. This is looking away from the church. It could be a refuge, but not when the whole courtyard was packed with people.
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
I think this man and his cart must be a national treasure. He kept himself on the go, moving from corner to corner where at each corner he would be surrounded by the guys who stand in doors. He has those breads pre-spread with what I don't know, then h...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
On my walk to find the Rustem Pasa Mosque I arrived at a place clearly marked on my map as Rustem Pasa Mosque. But first of all it was several blocks south of the Spice Market, and secondly it was completely shrouded in blue plastic, and completely under ...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
...you could have these little fishies on a plate or on a big honkin' roll of scrumptous bread. If you got the plate you got the bread on the side. YumEEE. An old guy who was already eating tapped the table and insisted I sit beside him. The place ...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
In the same block with the Spice Market is the Yeni Mosque, also known as the New Mosque, despite it being 400 years old. What's interesting is it was two women who commissioned the mosque. Safiye, mother of Mehmet III started it in 1597 but lost her i...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
From inside the courtyard. The mosque was built from 1603-17 by Ottoman architect Sedefkâr Mehmet Aða, student of Mimar Sinan. It's built on the site of the Great Palace of Byzantium. If you're interested in the history, geography, architecture, and ...
'10 March and April
Here we are, Ladies Who Lunch. Nancy D has moved to Santa Barbara, Sandy has moved to San Francisco, Nancy A moved to NYNY but has returned(!) and we all gathered for Lunch. It's very noticeable when your good friends move away, by empty calendar squar...
'10 March and April
April 16 Eyjafjallajokull. My flight to Istanbul on the 25th connects through Charles de Gaulle, an airport that at the moment is closed. I'm not stressing really, although it is 3:38 in the morning and I'm awake. Maybe I'm awake trying to pronounc...
WW #6-2
The dining area. Notice the handsome hardwood floors throughout the whole apartment.
'10 March and April
Wednesday: I worked on L&H's bookkeeping and then had dinner with Bill who was just back from an African safari. This is one of his pictures. Now I simply must go on an African safari. br.
'10 March and April
April 2 Kaitlin's playgroup and Kaitlin and Angela's 3nd Annual Easter Egg Extravaganza...lunch, egg coloring, dessert, Easter egg hunting. What a Party! What Fun! Lucky Me! (grrr...I took this picture while Angela and Kaitlin were putting Lilly d...
'10 Mar: Kauai
Many groups then came forward to place their lei on the memorial, sing a song (they all sang a song!), and one member of each group would say a few words. It was very cool. Who are these ladies dressed entirely in black muumuus with the yellow/orange l...
'10 Mar: Kauai
And another group. There were many groups and it seemed these were all civic clubs each speaking of what they did for the community and how they were glad to have this opportunity to honor Prince Kuhio as they had every year. They were especially glad th...
'10 Mar: Kauai
I do sometimes get a little grumpy about those muumuus reminding me as they do of missionaries who Always know in every single detail just Exacty what YOU better be doing (or it's hellfire for you!). But I digress. The ladies in the black muumuus have ...
'10 Mar: Kauai
It was Great! For $18 you get a really nice entertainment. They do a good-guide rap on the way up, the guy who walks through the garden with you is very knowledgable and likes to tell jokes, and on the way back they sing, dance, and tell stories. Shor...
'10 Mar: Kauai
The sugar folk used this pier for the ships that took their cargo to the mainland as it was the only deep water port in Kaua'i until, after WWII and the construction of the newer bigger better port at Nawiliwili this facility was abandonded, and then mostl...
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
Resting along the way. We ate lunch out today. We've been eating out only once a day at most and at home the rest of the time because it is just so nice to be home and with four people pitching in with cooking and cleaning the whole meal-deal goes quit...
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
Follow the arrow. What you can't see there is blown up in the inset. The rare and protected nesting Albatross. They've got a fence around that whole meadow in an effort to keep out predators.
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
Next stop, the little cutie-pie touristified village of Koloa where they have retained one chimney of the first sugar mill in Kauai and built a memorial to all those who worked the mills. from The Internet: "The Sugar Monument itself is a circular, conc...
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
Our evening's activity was this: a LUAU! There are four prominent luau offerings on Kauai, each a little different, all for the tourists. We picked this one based on some local recommendations and it was entirely fun. I won't complain about the kitsch...
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
They did the show as a story of one family who settled in Kauai, arriving by longboat seeking a better life.
'10 Mar: Kauai
Including a place that was supposed to be a salt flats but we didn't see any salt flats. We did see cows. We were women who stare at cows. When we arrived they were just milling around and then first one and then two and then one by one they were all ...
'10 Mar: Kauai
Then it was Oscar Party time at the neighbor's down the street, Cathy and Kenny. Feast-o-rama. Also attending were everyone's long-time pals from Idaho, Sharon and Bob who are always in Kaua'i in March-April too, and their friend Carl, and more neighbo...
'10 February
February 27 So, Haiti 7.0, 2-300,000 dead and a country living in tents. Chile 8.8, and we don't know the extent yet of the damage. (In comparison the by-disaster-standards very modest Northridge quake was 6.7.) I live in California, on the coast, ...
'10 February
February 26 I spent the Whole Day watching Olympics on my computer (really, I’m even watching hockey right now) and getting my trip to Europe etc. started. It took HOURS to finally get an air itinerary because none of the online services would ‘confirm...
'10 February
February 17 I went with Brigitte to the MOCA at the Pacific Design Center, never having been there before. MOCA is in the very small tan building center left. The building is small, the exhibit is small - a nice thing to do if you happen to be in th...
'10 February
February 18 The crew who have entirely dug up the whole yard and cut big holes in all the buildings to finish the water re-piping. My little lot is becoming a virtual gold mine of copper and now in serious need of landscaping repairs and major patch an...
'10 February
Coach Jackson, the best coach ever in the whole wide world (can you tell I've been out with Carl?). At every timeout Phil would step away from the crowd, deep into his clipboard, and then with 5 seconds to go he'd tell everyone what they should do next. ...
'10 February
February 15 That's Marsha on the far right and her three sisters. I took this picture off Marsha's facebook to tell about the several times I and so many of her friends and relatives have been pitching in to help in the Last Move (ever according to T...
'10 February
February 5 Sharon, Nancy A, and I met for lunch to bid Bon Voyage to Nancy D who is taking a year's sabbatical, renting a huge and fabulous home in Hope Ranch in Santa Barbara. Oh goodie! A new place to visit!!
'10 February
February 4 No way In The World I could wait until Valentine's Day with this one. Who could? You couldn't either. Top left is our lunch in the shape of the letter V for Valentine and a heart for Valentine's Day. This is our second collage!
Susan Sarno '10 January
...and an entertaining and instructive tour focusing on the life and times of Phineas Banning who "was a visionary ...who played a pivotal role in the development of one of this country's great cities. Banning was instrumental in building the Port of Los A...
'10 January
There were thirteen acts, the show starting around 3:30 with the headliner, Duane Eddy, coming on at midnight. I left around 8:30 but Bob and Richard were going to stick it out until the very very end. Who ARE these people? The Meshugga Beach Party. ...
'10 January
Everyone was invited to bring their own 12-string guitar for an audience participation segment called Electric 12-String Nightmare. It was Great. They all played Mr. Tambourine Man with the show's organizer, Deke Dickerson, singing reworked words that ...
'10 January
January 2 Had to go see some movies, to catch-up for the awards season. Gotta have an opinion after all. Recent viewings noted below. A Serious Man: If you are unfamiliar with life in a Jewish household you might miss some of the bits, but go anywa...
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
December 8 I spent this day like a very super lazy stay-at-home maybe don't even get dressed California Girl in Wonderland. How cool, to look out the window every hour or so and see the landscape changing before my very eyes. If I was having a winte...
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
December 6 The very first picture in this story is one I swiped off the internet. But this one is mine of the exact same scene. Whoever took that picture was standing almost exactly where I am standing. But maybe the trees have grown.
'09 November
November 20-21 Michi in Santa Barbara and her friend Marilyn who put on a rockin' good karaoke party for a house full of guests all competing for Star Of The Show. What fun!
'09 November
I will mention Merlyn who joined us for dinner and picked up the check in honor of his promotion and for this reason I tell the story with this picture of a golden victor's crown.
'09 November
November 14 Welcome back Nancy! Here we are in her new Park La Brea home having a Bon Voyage dinner for Roger and Sandy who are moving to San Francisco at the end of the month. We are in the midst of comings and goings aren't we?! When people leave...
'09 Nov: Cambria/San Simeon
October 4 Today was one of the most bird-a-delic day Ever in my whole long life. So many many...many of them and many different kinds. These were pelicans skimming across the waves in exact lines and the lines waving up and down like a roller coaste...
'09 Nov: Cambria/San Simeon
WR Hearst, a guy who made a castle, fitted it out in world class treasures, and made it home.
'09 Oct: Death Valley
A shot from the Furnace Creek Visitor's Center. We both wanted to be the one who got to use her Senior Lifetime National Park Pass. (When you're 62 do Not miss your chance to buy one!)
Camping!
Our first night, Thursday, was as peaceful as you could ever hope to find a campsite. Friday night the place was chock-o-block full and particularly agitato as the crowds settled themselves. And then by Saturday night some people had left and those who r...
Lona Hartley '09 October
October 7 Christa and her friend Catherine are in LA for a few hours before they fly back to Hawaii. Lona and Hartley went with them to a Speech event at the camp where L&H first courted. Lona was all gooey with semtementality over the whole thing. I...
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2011
November 27, 2004 We had our family Thanksgiving on Friday (No Pix!) and on Thursday I spent a lovely day with Paul and Gretchen and their friend Diane in Las Vegas. We did some serious touring and ate the whole turkey business at 10pm.
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2011
Dancing Waters at Bellagio, the best Dancing Waters in the whole wide world.
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2011
The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada! Ten points to everyone who got it right.
Kaitlin '09 September
And who wouldn't want to go to Mel's?! You get your dinner delivered in a great car that you get to take home! And there's a table-top jukebox where you get to play Beatles songs! Oh fun!
The Ranch (2009-2013)
John is the man who has a cutting horse operation and is in charge of the cows, buffaloes, horses, and colts.
The Ranch (2009-2013)
Sandy was our make-it-from-scratch Dessert Queen, here with a neighbor who stopped by for the good eats. He was an excellent helper too. In years past, when everyone's kids were younger, there would be dozens of them around so this basically adults onl...
The Ranch (2009-2013)
Here is the front door of the main house. There are many other houses on the property as well including a home for the caretaker family, a home for the man who runs the horse and cattle operation, a big guest house, a barn converted into an 18 bed dorm an...
The Ranch (2009-2013)
There are a couple of dogs that live here this being the newest, a full Border Collie. I've always wanted to meet one of these guys who top all the smart-dog lists and Ringo here is quite the model, utterly devoted to Barbara yet still willing to play f...
Obama '09 August
August 19 You won't be sorry if you read this book written in 1995 by a young man just out of law school, first black president of the Harvard Law Review, who could not be thinking that he would be president of America. No way. Remember when Bill Clin...
The Weisman
This is the front door and one of the many lovely, enthsuastic, and knowledgable guides who take you around. So this is in the front door...
Kaitlin '09 August
We went for a walk first to see the sunflowers and then, since we were so close, why not continue on to the water fountains? So we Did and met Kayla also playing around at the fountains. Kaitlin, who had never met Kayla before, took complete charge of ...
Jonathon Pomerantz, Michael Pomerantz '09 August
August 7 Look who's home! Jonathon from Israel and Michael from Berkeley. Michael agreed to this photo because he loves his mother. I visited Jonathon in Korea a few years ago and now I am hoping to be able to visit him in Israel. Now there's a re...
'09 July
I have to go back anyway because I've started a chapter of these pictures (oh yes, I've got more) but it isn't enough to tell a whole story yet. Here's a peek at more Forest Lawn. Surely there'll be more to come!
Santa Monica Life '09 July
July 20 Chores today, all piled up and all done now! I just walk down Wilshire and acomplish one block after another - drug store, Staples, bank, camera store, post office, market, and then the Beach! Late this afternoon I attended a memorial for a ...
'09 July
July 19 Whooo, what a TREAT! Ben and Bonnie's friends couldn't use their tickets to the American Ballet Theater's Romeo and Juliet and I Got to Go! It's an amazing marvelous thing, these big productions of ballet, opera, and the like. Such passion,...
Kaitlin '09 July
July 5 Lucas and Betsy had a bon voyage party. They're off to Seattle by the 20th and we are going to miss them plenty! Charis, Kaitlin, Anya, Xander, Caleb (who is now just one thin hair shorter than Betsy!).
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
In the afternoon Nancy decided to take a break from tourism and hang out in our sweet peaceful cabin. Sharon and I drove on to Sedona. Red Rock Country. Sharon had never been. She gasped, just like everyone who visits does.
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
Whoo. Except that we did walk up in there, hot as it was. It's called Chapel of the Holy Cross, completed in 1956. It's a wowzer inside as are the views.
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
The Sunset Crater Volcano erupted sometime between 1040 and 1100 creating the ash that made farming possible (because ash holds in moisture). This was the most recent eruption in the six-million year history of volcanic activity in the Flagstaff area. ...
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
...along came the organist to do some practicing. He gave us an extended personal tour of the whole place. It was lovely.
'09 July
July 6 We're off to the GRAND Canyon! And there's no internet at the cabin (whoo, yikes.). But there's a Starbucks down the road a couple miles, so photos will be forthcoming, I just don't know when. KIT! July 10 We're BAAACK...check it Out, The ...
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
We all liked it. It is a touristified old town done nicely. They've kept the whole look including warehouses, factories, and river boats, all repurposed for residental and modern commerical enterprises.
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
We are in the visitor's center of the Interstate State Park, first State Park in Minnesota and quite fabulous with all sorts of trees, rivers and lakes, and fabulous looking hiking trails that we did not enjoy because it was Raining. And to get in, I go...
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
Whooou, check him out. A lot of the glass is missing but I can still imagine what it might have been like to experience these folk in their original state.
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
No mosquitoes yet either although I was slathered in deet. It was a very little Midwest-muggy but then the breeze kicked in and we have basically had great weather the whole time I've been here.
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
June 18 On Thursday I dropped Cynth off at work and drove out to where Mark's mom is taking care of her mom during the week. The youngest sibling was there too as was her daughter who is getting married in a few weeks. Peggy made a most delicious, a...
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
We saw many versions of these two bedroom one bath duplexes. This one is in wonderful shape in a wonderful neighborhood. We spent an hour visiting with the neighbors who are very dear, and it's 25 miles closer to her work, 30 miles closer to Mark's. A...
Cynthia '09 Jun: Wisconsin
Cynth, Peggy, and Michelle. We're the after-dinner amblers. When we got back the whole kitchen was cleaned up. Nice.
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
It's not getting dark here until about 9pm so in the evening we went to the first of the Ski Team Shows that they will be doing twice a week throughout the summer. It reminded me of going to a small town football game with all the trucks lining the road...
'09 June
...I got to go meet The Twins (yes, identical!), left to right, Lila and Anya, sisters of Nora, daughters of Katie and Jed. (Katie and Jed who, as my mother used to say, don't know which end is up.) Listen to this! I got to feed baby Lila! She looked...
'09 June
Mighty grand. We met the people who live in the house one time and they cut a flower for Kaitlin to take home! A couple times a year we get these blooms. They reseed the patch with what they collect from the previous crop and then it just grows since ...
Independent Budget-minded Travel
Are you retired, watching your cash flow, basically, you've got more time than money? Are you an independent budget-minded traveler who welcomes adventure and are you eager to hit the road? You can click on the *TIPS* tab above for some travel tips I've...
Independent Budget-minded Travel
August and September 2013 I expected it to be good, but it was AWEsome: the Republic of Ireland ... Northern Ireland ... Scotland and Wales ...and London and the English countryside including an omg visit to Stonehenge. June and July 2013 Another gre...
Kaitlin '09 May
May 26 Tuesday, Kaitlin! I went with Angela and Kaitlin to Ikea since Kaitlin is going to get a new bed before the new baby comes and it's a big decision for sure so research was in order. Looks like this guy is the winner. The drawers work as draw...
Independent Budget-minded Travel
Some good ideas that aren't for me but might be for you. 1) Couch Surfing is all the rage with The Young People but anyone can play. There's a great website to make it all happen. It's a very lively community of folks who offer to let other folks cra...
Independent Budget-minded Travel
Know before you go, the more the better. There are certain practical matters that even the most casual traveler must check. Of course you have a passport valid for at least a year. Do you need a visa? That's a project. Are there any health warnings ...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
Here was our next location. I wanted to have a picture of each one but after this we just got so busy. We, our team, team Birthday Boy named for Caleb, is made up of myself, Caleb, and a local couple who had played before. Caleb got special extra adde...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
And here are the first place winners. They were great - we could see them solving the puzzles, and they got the anagram without even having to go to the location. Here is the note I wrote the the staff who were so helpful: "Good morning gang, and THANK...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
Then next morning Sharon and I went on a tour of the Doris Duke house. This was our guide who was both knowledgable and entertaining. Wow, Another great day.
'09 Apr: Honolulu
We loved it. The whole fabulous place was done up in magnificent museum quality Islamic Arts and Architecture. And what a setting. Then we hung out at the Browns for the evening and we were happy. And then we went home.
'09 Apr: Honolulu
Back at the hotel these folks, who spoke not a word of English, rather unexpectedly thrust their baby into Sharon's arms and proceeded to take pictures of the two of them. It was soo sweet. Then I got a chance to hold her too and what a delight that wa...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
May 1 Today was our first full day of touring and we made The Most of it. First stop, a tour of the Iolani Palace. From their website: "Hawaiian national treasure and the only official state residence of royalty in the United States, `Iolani Palace ...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
These days at the Moana Surfrider it's all about Japanese weddings. They do several a day providing the whole package from Welcome to Bon Voyage. Every bride is done up to the nines and every groom is wearing lace and rhinestones. The attending partie...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
April 29 and 30 On the 29th Christa and I went to a totally authentic Korean Spa. The pictures on their website are entirely inaccurate. In a Korean Spa no one wears any clothes at all, none, except the washer ladies who do their work in underwear. I...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
Today I got to have the day with Charis! First we went to get a spa mani-pedi at the place Charis chose from the brochures I brought back yesterday. She picked the cozy small salon in favor of the bigger ones, and the woman who did her did a great job....
'09 Apr: Honolulu
...and ended with this delightful combination of darker blue and blue sparkles on the toes, and just the sparkles on the fingers. And I got to enjoy a whole hour of the massage chair!
'09 Apr: Honolulu
Now we had to take two buses to get home and that was an adventure in bus riding. And not really so much the kind you look forward to enjoying. First we waited for an hour instead of the advertised 30 minutes max. While we were waiting Charis took man...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
April 26 This afternoon I got to take Caleb and Charis up to a neighborhood parking lot where for a good long time the kids worked on their triathlon skills, without the swimming leg though. We did this drill in pieces and in whole, timed and just pr...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
April 25 Aloha. I'm winging my way from the glory that is Kauai (and dear Sharon and her son's house) to the glory that is Honolulu (and my adorable family of Browns: nephew, niece, and great-nephew and -nieces). What a whole lott'a Aloha for me!
'09 Apr: Honolulu
After the program virtually the whole crowd showed up at Ruby Tuesdays for dinner. The last people got their food two hours after we arrived. But everyone was having a great time anyway. And those of us who got the salad bar started eating right away ...
'09 Apr: Kauai
One highlight of our day today was a walk along the section of bike path we had missed before. We think we've tried out the whole thing now and it is faaabulous.
'09 Apr: Kauai
Yesterday, the 21st, was the big moving day when all the furniture and household goods came back from storage. At one point there were at least 40 guys working - I stopped trying to count - including the carpenters, electricians, landscape guys, and desig...
'09 Apr: Kauai
...and walked the whole length of Lydgate Park, a journey we always enjoy so much.
'09 Apr: Kauai
And everyone who visits Kauai becomes well acquainted with the local splendid Red Jungle Fowl. Everyone knows them because they are everywhere and they are noisy. They are protected in theory but there are also so many of them we hear that they do get 'd...
'09 April
Saturday Molly got Married! I helped Nancy for a few hours in the morning putting together all the gorgeous flowers. Congratulations to the whole family! (David's step-mom, Molly, Nancy, David, David's dad)
'09 April
April 10 Is this not the coolest group of playgroup of moms. I am SO happy I get to play too! They've all got kids Kaitlin's age... ...and we're well along with the second flight, siblings of Kaitlin's pals, two of whom are in the picture, two more...
'09 April
April 8 I had a lovely dinner with Roger and Sandy last night with all soft food because of my &^@$# tooth. It was delicious none the less. This is Sandy's Grandbaby Lucas's baby brother Everett! Hi Everett! China sent this picture from Atlanta wher...
'09 April
Remember Josh and Carrie's wedding two years ago March? Check her out! Clara!! (I can't find the email with her whole name...where did that GO? I'll ask Ann.) jd.
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
Here is what turned out to be my favorite restaurant. I went here many times and only abandoned them to try out some others for comparison. By my third visit they brought everything just the way I like it without asking. A whole fresh fish from the la...
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
Everyone came except the guide. He didn't climb Nothin'. He sat in the shade and chatted up all his guide-friends who were also sitting in the shade.
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
March 27 Who can resist the sounds of kids in a band. Clearly not me.
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
Check out this instrument! There were maybe six more of them making quite a sound - a cross between an accordian and a bag-pipe. It's a really nice low-tech music machine and put out plenty of sound. Who remembers the world before there was extruded p...
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
They had some adults too who took a turn during the show.
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
My teacher who, I think, has no idea what she's doing. My best teacher so far was 18 years old, so it's not the age. That young woman back in Copán was a gifted teacher. I'm so glad to have had the chance to say that yes, there are good teachers out her...
'09 Mar: Finca El Cisne, Honduras
The finca, meaning 'farm' or 'property', was more like a feudal estate with miles and miles of various crops, livestock, processing plants, and a huge number of resident workers whose homes are owned by Carlos's family. It’s Sunday and Sunday is payday ...
'09 Mar: Finca El Cisne, Honduras
This is the mother-daughter pair from Belgium who also spent the night. The daughter, 18 years old, had been in Honduras for 8 months and her Spanish was excellent, as was her English and no doubt her Flemish and her French. It's a long story about how...
'09 Mar: Finca El Cisne, Honduras
Here's the whole gang. The two from Belgium, two from Italy who compared all things to what similar thing they had in Italy with the Italian version coming out the superior, which makes them sound like a pain but actually it got to be quite funny, and a y...
'09 Mar: Finca El Cisne, Honduras
...and then stayed with us for the whole day and night entertaining us with stories and activities. There were seven tourists for the day and three of us spent the night.
'09 Mar: Finca El Cisne, Honduras
Then I decided to take advantage of the free-wheelin' non-laws when it comes to pick-up trucks, and rode the hour back to Copán standing in the back. F.U.N! (It was of course Carlos who stopped the truck and organized this photo.)
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
Then I went for a little wander and came upon the open window at the vets. These little guys, whose names are Sweetie and Honey, were getting a check-up and shots. Their 'mom and dad' were there too and couldn't have been prouder had they birthed those d...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
March 15 I thought this was going to be a one-photo day since I didn't even leave the hostel until 3:30PM tired as I was from my day at the ruins. I thought I was going to get something to eat, tell about this photo, and go back to sleep. About this...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
...and this guy who told stories I didn't understand but that made the crowd roar. They even did the wave.
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
...a very likable man and a woman singer who traded off...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
...a guy who did tricks with his horses - he's practicing here. He had two horses so it extended the variety of the entertainments...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
There was a colony, probably at least 50 of these birds living in the trees above the entrance to the Copán ruins. Keep their colors in mind because they are the colors of the once grand city. It's final now. Bummer. Cuba's off. My living-on-the-b...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
You can see the outline of the once grand step-pyramid broken down by the trees, earthquakes, and time. What I read was that the whole city was lost, lost in that it was completely taken over by rainforest. It's hard to picture now with the mostly open...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
Here's a little handicrafts market of things made by the people who hang around this street all day. I liked that they were making their crafts while they waited for customers. When some guy comes around with a huge basket full of braided bracelets to ...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
The driver was telling me this story about how that bus is full of rich Americans who are afraid of being attacked on the road so they get a police escort for their entire trip. We were at the border at the same time and I'll tell you, the people in tha...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
This is actually a laugh-riot. I thought, with a very high degree of certainty, that I was getting a cheese quesadilla with chicken. But instead she handed me this plate and I ate the whole thing. It was very tasty. One thing though about all this ea...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
...and the dog Princessa who has an internal alarm that rings at 10am. She is always there waiting for her share.
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
This guy, Selvin, who handled all the administration, all the orientation, all the faq, and was around 98% of the time did his job flawlessly. The 2% of the time he was not around it was a sad and empty place out there in the reception area.
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
Today it was arroz con leche, a tamale that was so flavorful I just loved it, she also had a delicious looking ceviche tostada but I was too full to try it. Every day a feast of at least two things costs less than one dollar. At this moment there had b...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
March 8 I mentioned briefly before about the coffee harvest. I don’t know how long it lasts, and if it’s like in Cambodia there will be a harvest more than once in a year. Near these processing facilities, of which there are at least two along the sho...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
We, about 12 people, are in a mícrobus (pronounced mee-cro-boos) now making our way to the biggest market in the Guatemalan highlands at Chichicastenango. Everyone calls it Chichi but I like to say the whole thing. Here are the syllables, it’s fun to say...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
We passed these guys while driving home from the market. They had been on the road for 8 hours biking through hills I would not want to walk, through rutted dirt, huge potholes every 100 feet, roads that narrow into one lane. I asked my fellow traveler...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
The area around this pier is popular for water sports. The whole lake really is in wonderful shape as far as I can tell. You don’t see six-pack rings floating around, or scummy gunk or anything of the sort. It feels like the lake is calling out ‘come ...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
Arriving in Santiago. The whole lake is surrounded by these wonderful peaks...volcanoes actually, that make for such a dramatic backdrop.
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
Here’s his whole shape and also a part of the ceiling.
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
There is an attraction in Santiago – it’s the statue of Maximón which is in theory hidden, and which they move from time to time, but which every tout at the pier and every child on the street offers to take you to for quetzals equal to from 50 cents to 12...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
These statues placed along both walls in those arched niches each tell a story from the Bible, and they all get new clothes every year. In the space behind the far wall there’s a whole world more where all members of the holy family at various ages are dr...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
I almost made the same mistake with Simon as I made with Felix in that there was almost no picture of Simon with whom I spent the journey both going and coming and had my first chance in a while to blather away in English without feeling guilty.
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
Here’s another first for me. There I was a foot away from the scene where a couple of guys with metal pipes jumped another couple of guys and a brawl ensued. The guys on that boat were the perpetrators, first racing into the dock, such as it is, leaping ...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
March 3-4 Welcome to San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala, on the shores of Lake Atitlán! Oh boy, I’m happy now (it's the 4th), but it took some work to make it happen. I arrived on the 3rd after a 2 1/2 hour microbus ride that actually took 4 hours. I w...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
I meet my teacher for the first time, we sit down to get acquainted and guess what, she totally does not know a single word of English. I don’t think she is pretending either because when she does ask me about a word her pronunciation is flat out weird, l...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
Meet Else and Mette from Denmark who have joined our household. We started out the day together enjoying a breakfast...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
These ladies are about to walk more than 3 kilometers carrying their load. And the whole process is very very slow, one will occasionally hand off to another woman and the whole group would occasionally swoon to one side or drop down like they are going t...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
And the band is followed immediately by the clean-up crew. Before you can no longer hear the music there is no evidence on the street that anything has passed. Actually the whole town is amazingly clean. One evening I was walking home and encountered ...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
Home from school today and look what I find on my door! Is that not as sweet a thing as you ever saw. I am actually their very first student doing a homestay and the whole family is going so much out of their way to make me feel comfortable and welcome.
'09 February
My little sister's boyfriend - my potential future brother-in-law Jeff (who has had this title for about THREE Years now), and my nephew Lucas who is my little sister's oldest son and father of the Birthday Boy Xander.
Windy Wilhelm '09 February
February 8 Walking up to my little sister's new home in Topanga Canyon. That's her entrance along the side by the white bench. She's renting a studio apartment from the guy who owns all what you're seeing now and more...
Nancy Artz '09 February
February 7 I went with Nancy and Sharon today to see the Crochet Coral Reef exhibit at Bergamot in the Track 16 gallery. It was pretty cool and although I wasn't really blown away, you know, it's always fun to go, and all of Bergamot is free. I read...
Kaitlin '09 February
February 3 Kaitlin and I were out for our walk and this woman was walking toward us on the sidewalk. Kaitlin stopped in her tracks, her wide, googly eyes following the approaching woman. 'HI!' Kaitlin called out. 'HI!' the woman replied. As we p...
'09 January
January 21 More! Darjeeling Limited (last year's), about a colorful dysfunctional family with great scenery of India; Rachel Getting Married, about a not-so-colorful dysfunctional family, with a fabulous India themed wedding. And speaking of India, ...
'09 January
And here she is, 'A Lady Writing'. Small, isn't she. We all thought her skin looked kind of greenish and unwell. But what they say about 'it's the light it's the light', that's true. I'm very glad to have seen the picture and I like how they chose to...
'09 January
One of my very favorites and it's still here! It's Degas, Waiting Dec 2011-I learned today that this work is owned jointly by the Norton Simon and by the Getty with no particular plan as to who will be displaying it when.
'09 January
January 17 Ken and I met for our regular dinner and our regular dance extravaganza at the Granada Pavillion where we danced every dance. What a luxury for me! That's Ken with the woman who runs the dance. She Loves Ken. Movie update! I saw 'Mil...
'09 January
Rosie hosted a PartyLite candle buying opportunity with lots of delicious food, and featuring this lovely woman who puts on the program. It's exactly in the model of the old tupperware parties but smelling better. Then Sharon hosted a Golden Globes wat...
Kaitlin '09 January
We took the new Hello Kitty (her name is Cinderella Kitty) out for a walk. We went all the way around the whole big block, with a lot of leaf kicking and sidewalk crack jumping to add to the fun.
Valley Girls '08 December
Folks from church, Marsha, neighbors, Becky (having determined to be in every shot), and Alicia (who was there first!).
'08 December
December 28 Hurray! some of Mark's People. Photos from Cynthia at Christmas in Wisconsin. 1) Grandma and Mom. 2) Big sister Michelle and her husband Woody, and their three kids - Tyler who is 12, Brooke who is 18 and Nicole who is 17. 3) Grandma and...
'08 December
From Marija: "In the new room, my girlfriend Carol, her husband Walt, their daughters, Jackie and Christina Burch!!!! To Walt's left is Mary from Ljubica's apartment, Goldie, and Rhonda also from Lj. apartment." With Marija and Marsha too. (There...but...
Marija Whyte Brian Whyte '08 December
December 24 Marija and Brian's annual Christmas Eve BBQ Dinner was a Huge festivo this year. It seems anyone who has ever come in the last decade was able to make it this year. I did get many guests in the photos but I see upon review that some are ...
Joshua Tree National Park (2008-2010)
December 27 Good morning! We're off for our ambling drive home. In 1994 the town of Twentynine Palms sponsored a Mural Project, now called 'The Oasis of Murals', in hopes of reviving the community. There are a few more than 20 of them now. Many ...
Joshua Tree National Park (2008-2010)
I copied this quote from the internet...here And in the stroy from March. "According to legend, Mormon pioneers considered the limbs of the Joshua trees to resemble the upstretched arms of Joshua leading them to the promised land. Others were not as vis...
'08 December
Brigitte and Knut's Seventh(!) Annual Holiday Slipper Party. Whoo, they cooked All Day Long and we ate All Night Long! So many delicious treats. More guests came after this shot but ya know, you can only boss the folks around so many times... fro...
Independent Budget-minded Travel
Some ideas on planning your itinerary. Once you've chosen your highlights you get to figure out what to add or delete. You're going all that way, might as well make the most of it without spending all your time on the road. What I do then is look at p...
Santa Barbara (2005-2012)
Merry Christmas! Marija and all y'all, you know who you are, this one's for YOU!
Independent Budget-minded Travel
My two best suggestions. First: mostly stay in hostels. A few words in praise of 'youth' hostels, and home-stays are just as good. If you are a senior, a seriously independent budget-minded traveler and you have plenty of time to enjoy an extended tri...
Sandy Chaves '08 December
December 7 Today Sandy and I went for a walk to a new neighborhood Mexican snack shop and bakery. YUM. And then I grabbed a shot of the sweet and aged Smoo who is on her 7th or 8th life. Aww, Smoo, you hang in there.
'08 December
December 4 My little sister's youngest son and his adorable family in their holiday card photo. They are the ones who lived through Hurricane Ike. Oh you guys! Travis, Lainee, Cali, and Jack (studio shot)
Cynthia '08 November
Next morning we're off to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for more fun in the sun...and Snow! Cynth and Mark. She was telling me about Mark several weeks ago. Mark...and then Mark...oh that's Mark on the phone (he lives in Wisconsin). Mark, I said,...
'08 November
November 24 I'm off to Palm Springs for what I expect will be a Fantastic Thanksgiving Festivo with the kids. This picture is from last year. Today it is raining. When we went in 2002 there was snow at the top of the Palm Springs Aeriel Tramway. Who...
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Xander King Anya King '08 November
Windy's hats got quite a work-out. EVeryone wanted their picture made in the Pilgrim hats. I wonder now...I'm wondering if L&H have now so raised the bar that expectations will need to be met (say I in the passive voice having contributed a whole lot o...
The Huntington Library and Garden
The Chinese Garden was built by craftsmen brought from Suzhou, China who fabricated much of the buildings back home and then finished them off while in residence here. They brought all their tools and extra materials for the inevitable new requirement. ...
Ken Wagner self-portrait '08 November
I met Ken and his cousins for a nice dinner and re-aquainting conversation. Here's from my last visit with them, Carol and Bill in 2005. And here's the whole group of Ken's cousins from 2005. Notice my outfit. I Laughed Out Loud. Not at all surprisi...
'07-'15 BOO! in the Valley
We were quite staggered by the experience. Since everyone used the streets it wasn't as packed as it could have been but good thing we kept those three kids contained in the wagon or we might have spent the whole night, in a loud voice, calling their name...
'07-'15 BOO! in the Valley
Story time! Ellie Zoe Heidi Sydney Kaitlin Sydney & Sydne 2nd picture Sydne Sydney Marquez Sydney (not sure who that is behind her) Ellie Heidi and Kaitlin
'07-'15 BOO! in the Valley
October 29 It's Kaitlin's school! Here are the early arriving parents who prepared this swell party for the kids...
'08 October
Twenty bucks a unit for all comers to learn Music. What a gift...literaly, from me, since I am going to vote for a Santa Monica College bond measure that will increase my taxes. I had a wonderful chat with the guitar teacher who filled me in on the sto...
Santa Monica College '08 October
I was walking down to the beach and heard strange and intersting sounds coming from those open windows. Walking to the front door...whoo, it's the Santa Monica College music school recently opened and full of students.
'08 October
...the new SMC Broad Stage theater built with a ten million dollar grant from the very same Broads who took back their gift to LACMA which I was not so happy about, but then the guitar teacher reminded me that without the Broads 'they' might not have got D...
Kaitlin '08 October
October 25 Kaitlin! D&A went out for date night and we got to play! Here we are doing a little hula since Kaitlin got this sweet dress from a neighbor who was visiting Hawaii. Then we created The Backward Dance. The final section is where Kaitli...
'08 Oct: Seattle & the North Cascades
Then we moseyed into the historic and touristified little town of Chelan where we ate a block of fried mac and cheese in a lake of melted cheese. Of course we Had to get it. It was a specialty. This is about the best we could do. We asked the waitres...
'08 Oct: Seattle & the North Cascades
And dogs who Loove the water.
'08 Oct: Seattle & the North Cascades
Whoo, Jimmy Inano, from long long ago, now living in Seattle. Thanks for lunch Jimmy!
'08 Oct: Seattle & the North Cascades
Except for what was outside it was a totally 'no photos' place which does not make me happy but notice that my usual annoyance was almost but not quite entirely erased by our personal guide. These balls are in a courtyard surrounded by various reflectin...
'08 Oct: Seattle & the North Cascades
The Tacoma Art Museum was a great treat very much worth the 45 minute drive from Seattle. My opinion might be clouded by a young employee, a woman who told us thoughtful and learned stories of the exhibits and who shared her feelings for the art. She w...
'08 Oct: Seattle & the North Cascades
The Claes Oldenburg (and Coosje van Bruggen) Typewriter Eraser, 1999. He's the same guy who did the Cherry on a Spoon in Minneapolis. And I remember he did another one of my favorites, the Shuttlecocks in Kansas City!
self-portrait '08 Oct: Minneapolis-St Paul
And here's me and the guy who took me.
'08 Oct: Minneapolis-St Paul
A kid playing on the stage. The crowds were huge but everyone maintained their good temper. After the radio program is over the whole cast and crew come out to the street. There are contests (loon calling; prettiest baby; guess the seeds; sweetest sin...
'08 Oct: Minneapolis-St Paul
It's the old General Mills location so there's a lot of product placement and a lot about Betty Crocker. Leigh bought many items in the gift shop her favorite being a t-shirt saying 'Who do I look like, Betty Crocker?'.
'08 September
...they have giant mutant koi in that pond due to the relentless feeding by all visitors. In this picture you can see the ducks that float around hoping for some leftovers. Those koi are aggressive giants who will fight to eat out of your hand and are ...
'08 September
Don (an old friend of Ken and Linda who I've known over the years) showed up for the festivity too. Once the live band kicked in though, we had to leave because it was shoulder to shoulder packed in there, and Loud. But if you ever want to get a taste ...
'08 September
As well as the everything else he knows, he knows Everything about the Chinese Garden as he shepherded the whole project. It was a fascinating and wonderful treat to hear him talk. Let me add here that The Children's Garden is FanTAStic. I had always ...
'08 September
September 12 This is a true and honest and right-out-of-the-camera picture even though I didn't believe it at first either. Nancy was at an 'event' in New York and had her picture made with Hillary. Nancy looves this picture! (I don't know who took...
'08 September
Holy-Gua-KA-MOLEY wouldj'a look at THIS! CYNTHIA!! Look what you did!!! That's me, 1971, and Cynthia 2008. Oh man, there is not a mother on the Planet who wouldn't Melt for a picture like this! cc (&kk '71)
'08 September
September 4 I went to Darryl's band's rehearsal tonight and it was Great. I Loved hearing the music Live and In Person and meeting some of the guys who play. They are all gooood, and friendly and fun on top of that. You can click here to enjoy the ...
carl leiberman lynn rosenfield '08 August
Great inauguration party! Thanks to all for your entertaining, smart, sweet, and kindly selves. I enjoyed myself entirely especially with the arrival of The New People. You are lovely and most welcome, and we will no longer refer to you as 'Who are Th...
roger eaton sandy chaves nancy artz '08 August
August 30 We had a yummy dinner party at Roger and Sandy's place (and thanks to Nancy) where I learned this wonderful and true story. Recently Roger was over at the local coffee house standing around waiting for his beverage, thumbing through a book ...
knut aune brigitte buytaert '08 August
...and then enjoyed a wander through the galleries. I think it was Knut who had read about this exhibit by the physician/photographer Richard Ehrlich who prepared a survey of the Nazi records repository at Bad Arolsen. From the LA Times: "...The archiv...
'08 August
August 23-24 Click here to see a great weekend festivo in San Diego with Cynthia, Cynthia who will be going back to school on Monday.
'08 Aug: San Diego
This is one end of a huge semi-circle that is the Organ Pavilion where we enjoyed a free concert. You could rent those umbrellas for two bucks, well worth it if you were going to stay for the whole hour.
'08 Aug: San Diego
August 23 A one-nighter tourista pass through San Diego with Cynthia who's back to school on Monday! We arrived in San Diego from Dana Point around 11:00am and our motel gave us a room! That was sweet. We carried up the bags, unpacked the food, pu...
watts towers brigitte buytaert '08 August
August 21 This morning Brigitte and I drove out to Watts, down the 105, not so far away really, to have a look at the Watts Towers. I haven't seen them in decades. This is our tour group: me, Brigitte, a nice guy from Ireland who joined mid-way, and...
watts towers '08 August
The scaffolding is coming down around March '09 so you have plenty of time to plan your visit. There are the two tall towers and several other pavillions and pagodas to make up the whole site as well as all the decorated walls.
kaitlin '08 August
August 20 Kaitlin is showing us her new handsome gold shoes. (I had a hard time getting them buckled up...which made me feel a bit sorry for Cynthia who, if I remember rightly, never did get gold shoes.) Kaitlin and I had fun Again!
'08 August
August 18 A story, something about Hanoi, was on the radio. I don't remember anything about the story, because I immediately began re-living my few days in Hanoi and wanting to recommend to all - it's a great city. Like Lonely Planet says "The capit...
sharon parker nancy artz '08 August
August 16 Here's a lovely morning with Las Tres Chicas. We used to be Team Kauai with the utterly amazing Betty. Betty passed away recently but she remains an inspiration to all who had the privilege to know her.
22nd street '08 August
Leslie (red skirt, tank top), who lives in the teeny-tiny cottage, had herself a birthday party in the yard. Everyone was having a grand time and when I got home around 9pm the place was quiet and cleaned-up. Good party Leslie.
'08 August
And then we waited and waited and...and...WAITED. Something about no-good-nicks who wouldn't get off the runway. The waiting went on for an hour!
'08 August
August 10 Synchro-Diving? Must be the Olympics! I'm lovin' how you can lay around with your laptop and surf all the highlights or watch a whole game if you want, and with just a kindly smattering of commercials. Very very cool at (www.)NBColympics.co...
'08 August
August 8 Here's a whole chapter devoted to today's visit to The Nethercutt Museum and Collection.
Nethercutt Museum
The collection was begun by J. B. Nethercutt, the co-founder of Merle Norman Cosmetics. I couldn't find on the website how this whole thing is funded - a foundation probably.
darryl kaitlin '08 August
August 7 Darryl's new office! Wow! Behind where I am standing is a big comfy couch. The cool wall with the shelf continues on with more windows, pictures, etc. There's also a reception room with two desks for when the Zodeca guys who usually work ...
darryl '08 August
...Entertainment FORCE, being Jed (of Katie, Jed, and Nora) and Jed's writing partner Scott, who rent this room in the suite. Behind where I am standing, instead of a couch they've got a giant flat panel tv which they decided they Had to have since after ...
'08 August
August 6 Anyone out there who has ever done a big home improvement project knows some measure of the near-intolerable frustration that comes with sub-contractors and the law of unintended consequences. Add to that the Permit Process (Rosie's in Culver ...
'08 August
August 5 It's Bon Voyage Hilda who is going to Iran without me. Bummer. For a US passport holder it's just such a pain to get in. US passport holders do go all the time though. You can go with an authorized group (you can just sign up for the big ...
'08 July
There were a couple of temple dogs who rushed to greet us and then stuck pretty close during our time there. Lastly, we walked some more this time to a yummy Thai dinner and then I came home. Ahhh. Thank you my sweet. See you again very soon!
'08 July
Then we went to Barnsdale Art Park. Whoo. Can you believe? I can't remember being here except maybe more than Fifty Years Ago(?). It's right off Hollywood Blvd near Vermont. That's the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Observatory out there! As wel...
'08 July
July 22 Darryl's moving his office into new digs and I watched Kaitlin so Angela could help him with some clean-up chores. Who do you think got the better of that deal?
'08 July
July 21 I went to Steve and Celina's for lunch today and we ate food from their farm out-back. I'm thinking a garden becomes a farm when the whole neighborhood can't eat it all. Here are names of this season's crop (the planting and harvests come in...
'08 June
June 28 So I've kept up trying to learn some tunes on the ukulele like I said I would at the beginning of the year and it's been a real 'challange'. And so Slooo to remember from one day to the next. Six months in, two songs I can consistently remembe...
'08 Jun: to Sacramento via The Parks
Now I know that 'moderate' is my absolute limit of hiking. And it was basically paved the whole way! Ann, taking a Break. Phewww. It was steep, far, and hot. Yes we were dang pleased with ourselves for having made it!
'08 Jun: to Sacramento via The Parks
We had our evocation of the '60s...KumBaYa and If I Had A Hammer and all. They provided a songbook with chords and word changes to reflect the occasion which was fun. One of my favorite lines from this whole experience, and I don't remember even where ...
'08 Jun: to Sacramento via The Parks
June 15 and early the 16th I'm off with Ann to Sacramento to stand around with who knows who at a rally organized by Sandra Tsing Loh in support of Public Education. And since we're passing right by Sequoia And Yosemite, we might as well stop in ther...
Windy '08 June
...and look at all the folks who made a hat!
The Huntington Library and Garden
"The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. "Henry Huntington, a key figure in the development of Southern Californi...
Kaitlin '08 May
May 28 And who is this astonishingly adorable all day peepee and poopoo in the potty without a single accident little girl? Of course, that would be Kaitlin and her 'best friend Happy Puppy'. 'This is my best friend' she said. But wait, she told me...
Aunt Jean '08 May
Great Aunt Jean and her Red Hat Ladies. Here's the motto of the Red Hat Ladies: "WARNING When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And sa...
'08 Apr: to EUROPE
Dusseldorf, Germany Click the above link to see the Whole Story. March 25-31, 2008
'08 Apr: to EUROPE
Barcelona, Spain Click the above link to see the Whole Story. April 1-8, 2008
'08 Apr: to EUROPE
Granada, Spain Click the above link to see the Whole Story. April 9-13, 2008
'08 Apr: to EUROPE
Fez and Tanger, Morocco Click the above link to see the Whole Story. April 14-19, 2008
'08 Apr: to EUROPE
Lisbon and Sintra, Portugal Click the above link to see the Whole Story. April 19-24 and 28-29, 2008
'08 Apr: to EUROPE
Evora, Portugal Click the above link to see the Whole Story. April 25-27, 2008
Kaitlin Liz '08 May
Kaitlin and her Grammy. (I'm Granny and Kaitlin is totally clear on who's Grammy and who's Granny. It's so amazing, the flexibility of a child, so just pick the name you like!)
Kaitlin '08 May
May 14 Angela saw this neighbor guy stomping around outside - stomping on his jacket like a guy with major issues. So Kaitlin and I went to check it out. What you don't see in this photo is the huge leather holster strapped to his right thigh. Whoo, ...
Brigitte Buytaert '08 May
Brigitte's HOUSE! She sent me this shot while I was away, to remind me of Home. Yesterday the bougainvillea was even Fuller. Whooo. bb.
'08 Apr: Lisbon, Portugal
That's the Castelo de Sao Jorge up there. Much further up there than this picture shows, and I trudged the whole way. 'From its Visigoths beginning in the 5th century, it was later fortified by the Moors in the 9th century, sacked by Christians in the...
'08 Apr: Évora, Portugal
A dead car battery and the guy who helped get us going. That’s the house in the background.
'08 Apr: Lisbon, Portugal
April 24 The wall tiles. I'm sure there are books of designs and scholars who have done their PhD on the topic. The newer buildings don't have them and for good reason I'm sure, but they are a delight.
'08 Apr: Lisbon, Portugal
You might have noticed them on walls in some of the city-scape scenes from other days. From a distance you can't see the specific detail, only a hint of design. Some of the newer buildings will put a square or an oblong of some tiles as a 'picture' but...
'08 Apr: Lisbon, Portugal
April 22 Oh YES, the Might Euro! And I've got a fist full of 'em. I had made that mad bee-line to Lisbon (which took 3 days due to 'the worst storm in 25 years') because there was an American Express office there and help in times of trouble is thei...
'08 Apr: FEZ, Morocco
The adorable mother-daughter team staying at the guest house had made plans for an all day tour with this guide who they had used two days before and really liked. But they both came down with 'that thing' and couldn't move from their beds. So I though...
'08 Apr: FEZ, Morocco
This is the Blue Gate during the day - you will have seen the night shot yesterday. This is the area of a whole long street of food stalls and my favorite restaurant is in that group on the left. What I've bought: a small plate of the local sweets tha...
'08 Apr: FEZ, Morocco
...it looks like this. Behind this door was The Most amazing thing. A real local hammam, not that spa-ish experience of Granada At All. The wife of the guy who cooks and cleans at the guest house took me in and set it up with the proprietress. It c...
'08 Apr: Granada, Spain
Then I took a very long walk over to see this Monastery, and a long walk home, and then...Oh No!...the hostel man asks me 'weren't you going to leave today?'. Oh NO! I forgot to leave! So I left the next day and did the whole transit without stopping ...
'08 Apr: FEZ, Morocco
...and this. The touts have been surprisingly low key. They stand and urge but on the whole, they do not follow, block your way or push against your personal space. Not surprisingly, but more than I expected, French is the dominant language spoken t...
'08 Apr: Granada, Spain
The Indian woman here and I were line-mates and hence had a nice hour to chat. We visited the Palace together and she was letting me listen to her audio tour in every room. Cynthia, get this, the audio tour was some guy reading from Washington Irving's...
'08 Apr: Granada, Spain
Just plain more. You might have noticed all the glazed tile-work in varying designs which make up a ubiquitous selection of postcards. Another cool thing, you can touch everything! I think, as LP mentioned it its opening paragraphs, the whole comple...
'08 Apr: Granada, Spain
It's the title - 'Mis Amigos, 1906' that grabbed me. The figures are Life Size so you can really get to know these guys. And now you have a feeling for the artist too, Lopez Mezquita. a man who would paint his friends with such affection. A man and his ...
'08 Apr: Granada, Spain
April 11 I spent the day today wandering around in the Albaicin, also spelled Albayzin and I don't know why one chooses one spelling over the other. So I asked the guy who owns the hostel where I'm staying and it was a total crack-up to watch him try...
'08 Apr: Granada, Spain
I had the vision today. I knew it, but I hadn't internalized it. It's the 60,000 students clustered around this smallish neighborhood that explains everything. All the youth crowding the streets, all the graffiti, all the pizza places. **This is wh...
'08 Apr: Barcelona, Spain
...Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau. It was another one of those modernista masterpieces, a whole complex that makes your eyes bug and you inhale little inadvertant gasps. There was so much to look at my eyes glazed over and started to buzz and it...
'08 Apr: Barcelona, Spain
Leaving Barri Gotic we came to the grand Placa de Catalunya, gateway to La Rambla. Note this building - Burger King on one side and MacDonalds on the other. On the whole though, it seems the chain food plague is kept to a minimum.
'08 Apr: Barcelona, Spain
...it's supposed to look like this when it's done and there are whole spires, including the big one, left to do!
'08 Apr: Barcelona, Spain
April 5 I was taking a picture of 'my' internet cafe and the guy in the hat who works afternoons said 'hey, take a picture of Us!', so I did. He's from Peru and the other guy is from Columbia so they speak a Spanish much more familiar than the usual ...
'08 Apr: Barcelona, Spain
I'm sure there are amazing views from wherever this lift is taking all these people who are waiting for more than an hour, but I'll not know since I couldn't bring myself to get in that line.
'08 Apr: Barcelona, Spain
The food was delicious and didn't break the bank being a fixed menu 4 course meal for 7 euro of A) toast with tomato and olives 1) green salad 2) seafood paellea 3) broiled fish and potato (especially delicious) 4) fruit compote. Wow. Isn't it nice ins...
'08 Mar: Düsseldorf, Germany
Spring is getting ready to brighten the whole landscape, and here's a start.
Merlyn Cook Hilda Tourians '08 March
March 15 Wind! Whoo. It was blowing a gust-er on Saturday down here on Venice Beach where I joined Merlin and Hilda and her mom for a stroll and lunch. Hilda's mom was awed, really, totally awed. She simply could not believe here eyes. She doesn'...
Charlie Henry '08 March
Here are the second set of new siblings among my near and dear. First Cali-May got her baby brother Jack and then this is Charlie who got his baby brother Henry. Awww. xd
Cali May Black Jack Black '08 March
...looking at these pictures from the Blacks in Texas. me: 'Who's that?' Kaitlin: 'Cousin Cali-May and Baby Jack!' tb
'08 February
February 23 Moving Day for Darryl and Angela! Darryl and Jed did all the heavy lifting. Whoo.
'08 Feb: Ken 'N Pen 'R SIXTY
Hana, me (in the middle of saying who knows what? but everyone else looks Great!), Tai, Knut, Brigitte.
'08 Feb: Ken 'N Pen 'R SIXTY
Whooo, Ann and Bill show us the Argentine Tango. PTsss, Hot.
'08 Feb: Ken 'N Pen 'R SIXTY
ALL my friends whispered in my ear...who Are those two? That's Kenny and Linda and they Dance.
'08 Feb: Ken 'N Pen 'R SIXTY
Mel, Cheryl, Ken, Mindy - the family of Bill who took many of these photos. They are indeed as sweet and lovely as they seem.
mosaic house Santa Monica '08 February
February 9 This place is just a few blocks from my house, on the corner of 26th and California. Sharon and I went walking here on a little field trip to take some pics. A man was sitting on the patio putting on his shoes so we had a little chat of c...
Gran '08 January
January 22 Today is/would have been our mother's 90th birthday and it's her first birthday not here. She was a birthday FREAK. Really. Oh the energy she would pour into all our birthdays. But as much as that, she loved her own birthday. She thoug...
The ZOO
I think they did a good job with the gorillas. Of course it is always so problematic, the whole zoo thing, but I've made my peace with it.
Kaitlin '08 January
What's next what's next what's next? Let's go let's go let's go! And who is that other little girl? The one with Big Bird in her arm? Why, that would be Kaitlin's Aunt Cynthia(!) about 3 months younger than Kaitlin is now. Oh, the adorableness...I c...
carl liberman ben pomerantz '07 December
December 29 There was a house full of people in celebration of Carl and Lynn's Big Six OH, most of whom I see a couple times a year at their place, and here are a few of them. Everyone's having fun. I would go so far as to propose that we folks circ...
ronald van amers '07 December
December 27 I got this note and photo from Ronald. It's funny: We should have a competition about who is happiest as a retired person. Im not normally a happy person. But Im ten times happier now than I was commuting to Valencia. And when the t...
angela lillian '07 December
Here's Angela, with Lillian who hasn't aged a day in 30 years.
kaitlin '07 December
December 20 It's Kaitlin's Play Group. What a bunch of cuties! You can see the whole festivity by clicking here December 2007 Play Group! Then for extra added fun you can click on these. Halloween 2007! And here's another one not to miss Januar...
'07 December
December 17 Look who's here! Hana and Tai's GRANDBaby Nagi!! And their son and daughter-in-law too but mostly NAGI!
'07 December
December 13 A classic representation of life around The Brown House. There's Trevor on the blow-up bed in the middle of the living room; Charis up front; Beth, my big sister Lona, and Caleb on the left; Christa and Hartley straight ahead. Why are they...
my Valley Girls '07 December
December 10 Monday Night Gift Exchange. Whoo we had fun! (Ljubica, Ann, Maryanne, Lourdes, Alicia, Maxine, Marsha, Becky, Ruth, Marija, me)
'07 December
Don't miss the free film telling about the refurbishment and expansion. Whoo, very cool.
'07 November
November 26 Everyone who knows me knows I don't have a tv, I don't want a tv, if I had a tv I'd give it away. But you can't escape. You can watch tv on the internet! Tons of whole shows even Dancing With The Stars. AND You CanNOt, as far as I can ...
Cynthia Kanouse Angela Kanouse Kaitlin '07 November
On the ride down Kaitlin was quite sure she had had quite enough of this swinging in the air business and the whole crowd WHOOOing and AHHHing every time we passed over a tower.
'07 November
November 20 The new Hairspray is just released in video, which I saw in the theater when it came out. So tonight I re-watched the John Waters original (the stage show came after the movie btw). It’s good, but ya know, it was better in the hazy glow of...
LACMA '07 November
November 16 We live in a city and we have art, even if it can take us 120 minutes creeping through insane traffic to get there on a holiday Friday night. At the LACMA theater we saw a fabulous collection of animated works. There's a big Salvador Dal...
Kaitlin '07 November
November 14 Remember when Kaitlin was pushing around all her things in her grocery cart? That phase passed and for a while now it's been shopping Bags. Fancy ones from fancy stores! Everything goes in. Then sometimes she likes to put her shopping ba...
'07 November
November 12 What I wrote in an email about going to Cuba: "Right now I’m trying to decide if I want to risk Cuba. I don’t have an actual legal way to go, so No. But I know others who have done it no problem, so Yes. But I probably don’t want to be th...
J Paul Getty Villa in Malibu
A strategically placed head...according to the guide this statue, an Olympic athlete cast in bronze, is one of only twelve left of what was once thousands of bronze athletes who graced the plazas of ancient Greek cities and towns. This is another one of...
J Paul Getty Villa in Malibu
Whoo, look at these guys. From the NY Times June 2006, more on the Give It Back It's Mine story (btw she was found not guilty): "Prosecutors at the conspiracy trial of a former curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles presented on Wednesday p...
Day of the Dead Elegant Lady '07 November
A particularly popular DotD figure. I don't know her story but she is always one of the main characters along with the bride and groom. Here's one explanation from a children's website: '...the star is the Elegant Lady, whom you can always recognize...
'07-'15 BOO! in the Valley
One of the playgroup boys who didn't make it to the party. Har Matey! Marquez
'07 Aug: Orange County with CC
It's a regular house donated by a cat lady, Bertha Gray Yergat, who created the Foundation for Cats. There are just cats Everywhere.
Kaitlin '07 October
October 20-22 Got home late on Friday night and then on Saturday I got to see Kaitlin and Darryl and Angela too who all stopped by in the morning. Awww.
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
...and this I'm assuming is Mary, Mother of God. There were many children dressed elaborately for the pageant whose role in the story I couldn't guess.
'07 Oct: a Second Week in Pátzcuaro
October 18 On my last day I went to the bus station for tickets for tomorrow, went to the bank, stopped off at the library, ate a few of the Dia de Los Muertos specailties, cleaned up my room. And then around 5pm this group gathered at Cha Cha Cha fo...
'07 Oct: a Second Week in Pátzcuaro
On the left is the teacher I had one-on-one. She's great. I hear her voice in my head. I hear her say 'Pennnny' in 14 different ways meaning 'what Are you thinking' or 'now you know better' or 'what!' or or. And on the right is the charming school ...
'07 Oct: a Second Week in Pátzcuaro
Here's another grab-shot from the bus window. But it's cows. Who can say no to cows?
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
Here is the restaurant where Sandra works and the basis for the Michi connection, who knows the owners and had recommended my coming here to Pátzcuaro. I stopped by around 3 to wait with the kids for Jose to get off work. Everyone walks. It's right up...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
Jose and the kids. In both my home-stay families the dads have been strikingly involved in the life of the household. They both have outside jobs and also work a lot around the house. Both of them did their fair share of kitchen chores too, and have g...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
Another one because who could resist.
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
And now we begin the Procession for Dia de La Raza. This Friday at FOUR AM the church bells and the KaBooms kicked in, which set off the dogs, the car alarms, and the roosters. It’s El Dia de La Raza. Raza means ‘race’ in my dictionary, as in human ra...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
There was a fantastic turn out in the public transportation sector - buses, these combios/colectivos, taxis, which makes me think that must be a job available to the indigenous people. There is a very obvious class structure once you get used to noticing ...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
Then I went to 'dance' class. One of the guys at the school arranged a dance teacher who works out of this place. I’ve gone a few times and it’s been fine. I just wouldn't call it Dancing.
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
Here she is, a real sweetie who can indeed dance – the woman’s part, but as for doing the man’s part, she’s just not a natural. So what we’re doing, for me anyway, it’s more like an exercise class. It's plenty of fun, sure, but it's not Dancing. We me...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
...it's this, the Public Library! Further to the left is the local theater and arts center. Wow! Can you imagine a world where we convert all the churches to public libraries? Whoo, I want that.
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
There are two plazas in town, the Grand Plaza that I've been enjoying for several days, and two blocks away is this, the Plaza Chica. I think they call it Plaza Chica because there is a stature in the middle of a girl who is, I think at this point anyway,...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
I think it's a grandfather who was doing a promenade with this kid who never stopped laughing at everything he passed, including me, and he passed me twice. What fun!
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
Here's my home-stay mama Sandra and the dog who has captured the life of the family. Everyone is Nuts for this dog. He's only six months old so he hasn't been around that long and he is awfully cute and lovable. Sandra works at a restaurant from 1-10 ...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
October 8 For those who were wondering, the explosions at my church have not continued into the week but I did just get an email from Michi warning of a big Catholic holiday on Friday, and then Sunday will be along soon. I'm looking at it as a photo-op...
'07 Sep: a Second Week in Guanajuato
Looking down from the roof into the walk/steps that pass by the front door. Erasmo told me today that he built this whole house with his own hands and with no help not even from the bank. I really think that's what he said! It seems these houses acros...
'07 Sep: a Second Week in Guanajuato
October 4-5 This shot is from the the night of the 4th as I was walking home after dance class. Hey! This is on my corner next to my church and on my street! Those who know me can just imagine what I'm thinking now. Then, that night, when I was ha...
'07 Sep: a Second Week in Guanajuato
As I was leaving down this very long and very steep multiple sets of stairs I passed by at least five of the restaurant people coming up with bags of provissions. This last guy was my waiter. At the school they are doing a lot of construction and becau...
'07 Sep: a Second Week in Guanajuato
The dog at mi casa, Niko, who either entirely sleeps through my arrival and movement through the house, or wakes up and barks and barks and Barks until, for no apparent reason, he stops. Hola Niko.
'07 Sep: a Second Week in Guanajuato
Here's Torsten, director of the school, with Esme my conversation teacher (who does know that smoking is bad for her health...). This bench appeared on our street from where I don't know but it has added to the 'plaza' effect of the street between the sch...
'07 Sep: a Second Week in Guanajuato
This is the guy who teaches my dance class at 6:00. I asked him if he did any other classes and thought I learned (there's always that chance of misunderstanding in a language you don't know!) that twice a week he does a class at the 'Casa de la Cultura' ...
'07 Sep: a Second Week in Guanajuato
I was out for an afternoon stroll with Michi and as would be no surprise to anyone who knows me, she likes to look into stores and I stand around looking for a photo. This was our favorite store and this is the lobby outside the store leading to somethi...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
I miss seeing you and I think about you Every Day. When I am back home in October we are going to have some good fun again! I hope you are feeling well and enjoying all your birthday presents! Doesn't my hair look funny in the wind?! This is looking ...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
Los hombres. The parade was so HUGE because every organization from the whole state sent teams of marchers. Every school, every government department, every public service group, it just went on and ON. "Early on the morning of Sunday September 16, 18...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
These fine folks are leaving Sunday after a stay of a few months, to get some Spanish before continuing their journey. We had a great class together and now they're gone and new students will take their place. Maybe I have an idea of how other people mig...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
Notice, Climbing Straight Up Hill. We did this, and a few more walks, missing the longer stops because I HAD to get back for salsa class. Oh I am taken with this class. But I'll tell ya, I could barely make it home at the end of the day. I walked a...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
September 27 This is from my patio in the evening as the lights are coming on around town. Way cool! And from the patio outside my window. It stormed like crazy during the night - windows blowing open, doors slamming, and the sounds of destruction co...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
This is the courtyard of the most famous museum in Guanajuato and the site of a major historical event (one of the many Independence Days) that is going to be celebrated throughout the entire city tomorrow with a giant parade, musicians, food stalls - the ...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
We both were crazy for these pre-Hispanic pots. There is a whole room devoted to them although not much is know of the culture that produced them. 80% have these faces molded in. All the faces are cute too, happy looking guys. That's pretty darn rare...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
En mi casa! Yes, these children come here for the main meal around 3pm. Most of then are grandchildren but I haven't figured out exactly who is who. Missing is Pepe who is around a lot too. He's a cute-as-pie teenager who helps me with my homework.
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
There is a Romeo and Juliet story here and this is the lane where the homes of the two families met. It's called Callejón del Beso, the Alley of the Kiss This is the woman who was our guide for the tour (she works at the school in the office) and her h...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
September 23 Bienvenido! What? you say. Yes, a flat tire. This is guy #2 who mostly stood guard. Guy #1 came to meet me maybe 15 minutes late because, as you can see, his car broke down. So we three, I and guys #1 and #2 met at the car. #1 went ba...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
I arrived at my home-stay only an hour or so late. Dinner was ready for me and we, I and the madre and the padre, sat out and enjoyed a lovely get acquainted time. A home-stay with people who really speak very very little English (or so they want me to b...
Kaitlin '07 September
Her mommy and daddy got her a perfect little doll house. It's on a lazy-susan so you can get that whole Wizard of Oz thing going.
Marija '07 September
Here's a little collage I made out of Melissa's pictures. Mothers and Daughters and getting Married, and sisters and cousins (and that baby who does not belong to any of them...but someday...).
WW #11
One whole wall is covered by windows.
'07 Sep: the Big Six OHHhhh
September 10 After breakfast it's Fond Farewells to Joanna and Robert who have to leave now. We'll miss you!
'07 Sep: the Big Six OHHhhh
Then we moved on to Markham Winery where they were having a show of old photos from the olden days of Rock 'n Roll. Everyone was whooping it up over what they did in those days. Oh yea...
'07 Sep: the Big Six OHHhhh
The owner, who bought the place about a year ago, dropped by to say hello and to tell us of his vision for Mayacamas Ranch. The emphasis seemed to be on two parallel ideas - healing and philanthropy including a group called The GeneroCity Institute. ...
Bio-Pix
Not so different I'd say - you can tell who's who for sure, having arrived from Hawaii, Sherman Oaks, Orange County, Germany, and Texas (which is why it's so rare to find them all in one place!) April 2007
Bio-Pix
My mother passed away in April 2007. Her entire blood born clan came for the funeral, including families, and here are also many who have been family since they were born. What a miraculous photo! April 2007
my Valley Girls '07 September
September 3 We just never know what we're gon'na eat! Then for dessert we had two kinds of ice cream and two kinds of cookies. Fiesta! OLE! (oops...wrong color on one of the arrows...and the whole thing is spinning-eyes-messy...Oh well, live and l...
'07 September
I saw this picture sitting on Sharon's counter and I Neeeded it! Here is Betty, from this year's 'Team Kauai', and Sharon's daughter-in-law. This is just too dang charming to miss. I got to meet Sharon's daughter-in-law and her mother and sister who w...
Hollywood Bowl Fireworks '07 September
Once the 1812 Overture starts you're actually just waiting for the cannons. But the thing just goes on and on and every time a slow quiet part comes in you think, man, more waiting for the cannons. And than BAM! Cannons! It's loud!! Kaitlin hung on ...
'07 August
"But even he would hesitate to claim authorship of the overall scheme. That credit goes to his clients, the husband-and-wife team of Frederick and Laurie Samitaur-Smith. "In the mid-1980s the Smiths began searching for an architect who could understand ...
'07 August
"The Smiths aren't finished by a long shot. "We will not stop expanding unless we have some cataclysm," Laurie says. Their biggest project to date--a pair of 230-foot-tall high-rise towers that will house only twelve stories, each with 25-foot ceilings--wa...
'07 August
August 21 oH NOOOO, say it ISN'T soo! But if it's too good to be true, it's not going to last forever. And now MY CERAGEM is closing due to their Lease Expiring and Santa Monica rents Killing anything but the big chain stores. Is this a Big Fat Bumme...
Santa Monica Life Pier '07 August
This is Burt's shot - from the left: Charlene, me, and Burt making the funny despite the Fact that he, Burton Weinstein, will be SIXTY on his next birthday. But as we all know Burt will be making rabbit ears until the very day he can no longer form them w...
Cafe Brazil '07 August
August 16 A bit of a bummer - the pictures from yesterday are g.o.n.e. gone. I can feel the cloud of carelessness hanging over my head. And you just Know those Kaitlin shots were too cute for words. This is the motel next door to the Cafe Brazil ac...
'07 Aug: Santa Maria and Sandy's Show
Lake Cachuma, along highway 154. There is a state park here for camping and a boat dock for daytrippers. On this day it was full to the rafters so I'll check it out again another day. I'll be home soon and then I'll have to go to bed very early since I...
'07 Aug: Santa Maria and Sandy's Show
It does work well inside - there are a few shots from the first day. Here are folk who dropped by for the wine tasting.
'07 Aug: Santa Maria and Sandy's Show
Here's Ardison, with his art on the opposite wall, and the lovely and charming Monica, who runs the wine tasting.
'07 Aug: Santa Maria and Sandy's Show
August 9 I drove up to Santa Maria today with mostly-all of Sandy's art in my trunk. And here I am at the McKeon-Phillips Winery and Gallery with the guys who are hanging her show. Ardison, the owner of the winery, designed the layout and by the tim...
Richard Meier Center for Possibility Thinking Crystal Cathedral '07 August
...including receptions. Cynthia took this one too. Cool! The building could have been picked up from the Getty and for a good reason. Here's a quote: "Richard Meier designed the $40-million International Center for Possibility Thinking, a building t...
my Valley Girls '07 July
July 23 It's Becky's Birthday! Happy Birthday Becky! In honor of our Becky everyone brought vegetarian dishes without tofu (Becky being a vegetarian who doesn't eat tofu) and it was all delicious and we piled our plates high. Yum. From the top: me...
Electric FW
Whoo, now that's a lot of yard. You are welcome to add your own potted garden along the walkway.
'07 July
Once the depression and wwII hit his romantic leanings took him to representing The Little Guy. I liked this one whose title is 'Destination Nowhere'. From photos he looks like Will Rogers doing rodeo shows. He was married to Dorthea Lange from 1920 t...
'07 July
One of the big stages had been turned over to model airplane aficionados who entertained us all with their toys.
Fireworks '07 July
Fireworks are Awesome. Big Bang, The Universe and all that. I much prefer such an image to the whole 'bombs bursting in air' business.
my Valley Girls '07 July
July 2 Happy Birthday Ann! Everyone's here except Ruth. And everyone looks too cute. We got this shot in one take. (These ladies are not 'ok we'll try it again' kind'a gals except for one who perceive that she herself looks bad - not just becaus...
'07 June
June 25 Thank You Ladies! It's not my Monday Night Potluck birthday yet because I like to invite the gang Out West but everyone brought flowers and made two fabulous bouquets, one for me and one for Ann whose birthday was yesterday. There were so ma...
'07 Jun: a little hit of Sequoia
June 19 Today, in the parking lot at the Visitor's Center in Grant's Grove, King's Canyon/Sequoia National Park, there was a vw bus exactly like the one on this album cover, all the windows and doors open, Dylan's Masters of War pouring out. The bu...
Sequoia '07 June
June 19 Today, in the parking lot at the Visitor's Center in Grant's Grove, King's Canyon/Sequoia National Park, there was a vw bus exactly like the one on this album cover, all the windows and doors open, Dylan's Masters of War pouring out. The bu...
'07 Jun: a little hit of Sequoia
This morning I took a hike up the Buena Vista trail. It's the same hike I took with Sandy and Nancy in Sequoia late last year. The map says it's one mile one way with a 600 foot increase in elevation and it did feel pretty much up up up the whole way. ...
'07 Jun: a little hit of Sequoia
A bird. The only wildlife I've seen so far are of course plenty of bugs, then chipmunks and squirrels, then lizards, then birds. It's a whole lot easier to take a picture of a big slow animal nearby compared to these darting around speed freaks a footb...
Katy Holman Kathryn Y. Holman '07 June
June 12 Wow, Katy! Hi Katy! I haven't seen Katy in Ages. While I was at Crystal (and Princess too? I don't remember) Katy was a vp with our satellite services provider. We bonded. Technology, Women at Work, It's a Man's World, and all that. She...
Sandy Chaves '07 June
...and it was wonderful as always. Way to go Sandy! *** Earlier, Nancy, Marsha, and I went to see 'Once' and it was lovely but you better like the music because it was music music music all the way through with many performances of entire songs. Love...
Arabia Steamboat Museum '07 May: Kansas City
The museum is really very entertaining. The guys that discovered and excavated the site are a bunch of farm country good-'ol-boys one of whom shows up for almost every tour. They were able to recover virtually the entire store of goods and instead of j...
'07 May: Kansas City
Returning home, here's a corner of B&C's backyard, an example of the backyards in these big developments. Dog owners and new parents fence their space. Otherwise, you can often see whole swaths entirely open.
Kansas City Country Club Plaza '07 May: Kansas City
From another site: 'Those who have traveled overseas might take a second look at the statue of Winston Churchill. Just steps away two of Spain's landmarks - the Giralda Tower and the Seville Light - tower majestically on the horizon. Down the street in a...
'07 May: Kansas City
You can traverse the whole Crown Center complex of shops, office buildings, Union Station, and hotels using The Link, a glass walkway about 2-3 stories above ground. It's especially welcome in the winter and a fun shortcut in better weather.
'07 May: Kansas City
May 23 Yikes. I have been talkin' Wrong-gah-dee Wrong Wrong which is among my least favorite things. It appears, from closer inspection of an actual map (acquired from the internet so no guarantees there...) that KC, KS and KC, MO are NOT bisected b...
my Valley Girls '07 May
Last Monday Max had Marsha's birthday and tonight Marsha had Max's. Hence the hats. We haven't been able to manage a composed photo with all the heads being somewhat the same size because we don't have Time because we have to Watch TV. It could be a...
Kaitlin '07 May
May 20 'Ah! Granny's got her camera out! Uhh Ohhh, dropped the lid to my grape tureen...' Kaitlin especially enjoys eating snacks from her new full-service tea set. Note the total change in grocery cart requirements in just three days. Now Dora (...
my Valley Girls '07 May
May 14 Monday Night at Maxine's in celebration of Marsha's birthday. She brought us all gifts and Ya-Ya hats for the birthday girl and for the hostess. Maxine gave us crowns. She would have had a perfectly happy and satisfying birthday were it no...
'07 May
May 6 I finished the first pass of my New Zealand pictures and story. Click here for the Whole thing! You can also click on the NEW ZEALAND link over in the far left column. Don't miss the penguins toward the end of chapter two. I was 2 weeks ...
'07 April
Then came the reception with so much food it took a whole big room to hold it. There were tables and chairs and a microphone and speaker's stand in another room where people took turns for a couple hours telling stories of Mom, themselves, and Jesus. Mom...
'07 April
All my mother's blood-born grandchildren (although there are legions who call her Gran'ma) here for her funeral, gathered from: Hawaii-Trevor, Lona's son Sherman Oaks-Darryl, my son The OC-Cynthia, my daughter Germany-Lucas, Windy's son Texas-Travis...
'07 April
Let's ask wikipedia, shall we?! "A system of degrees and removes is used to describe the relationship between ...two cousins and the ancestor they have in common. The degree (first, second, third cousin, etc.) indicates the minimum number of generations...
'07 April
April 17 My mom has passed and we sisters are in the throws of preparations for the Saturday funeral. And, as my little sister said recently 'oh nooo, we're Orphans.' You can click here for MelicentHunt.com where we have a website set-up to gather m...
'07 Apr: the Glaciers-Oamaru
This is the reality. Both Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound are not sounds at all but rather fiords. This area of New Zealand is called Fiordlands. The difference is that fiords are created by glaciers as they empty into the sea. Sounds are created by...
read-set-go Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand '07 Apr: the Glaciers-Oamaru
I drove into Queenstown to check out the sights. I wanted to see those people who jump off bridges. The town is chock-o-block with the adrenaline set. Young people, seeking adventure. You know that thing your mother used to say about just because eve...
Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea '07 Apr: the Glaciers-Oamaru
I looked at postcards in the gas station and at the visitor's center and they ALL are like this so it's not just me. This whole reflecting on still water thing is just what there is.
Hokitika New Zealand '07 Apr: Christchurch-Hokitika
It's the DOC Department of Conservation we have to thank for all these wonderful walks. They probably do other things too... I read about a movement in New Zealand to become bi-lingual and to bring the Maori language back into daily life. The DOC has ...
Hokitika New Zealand '07 Apr: Christchurch-Hokitika
Then I walked from a very excellent campground full of a dozen unique and appealing camper vans, to this place called Swimmer's Beach at Lake Mahinapuo. There was a cute-as-pie young couple here from Sweden. I really really wish I had taken a picture of...
Akaroa Banks '07 Apr: Christchurch-Hokitika
This is the nicest room but mine is very nice too, just smaller. I'm hoping to be able to stay in these small home-style places since they are less likely to be on the backpacker bus route (of which there are many) and hence less likely to be full of gu...
Akaroa Banks '07 Apr: Christchurch-Hokitika
There have been whole hillsides full of sheep too, more than the cows, but the roads are so narrow and with no place to stop so I haven't got one shot of a sheep yet. Tomorrow I will go in search.
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
March 2007 afternoon of the 29th to late on the 30th I flew from Kauai (MAHALO Sharon!) to Honolulu for the chance to spend a few hours with the TB-CCC Browns, and took a taxi to Trevor's office in downtown. Here is his new priceless art work. (ok, ...
Our-House '07 Mar: Kauai
A crowd gathered towards evening as seems to so often happen here on the Wailua River, at Our-House. You can pick out Sharon and Betty, then Kenny and Kathy from down the street, then Bob and Sharon who operate a ranch-resort in Idaho but always spend M...
self-portrait Wailua River Our-House '07 Mar: Kauai
Who is that out there? Whose head bobs in the river? Why, that would be ME! Sharon's photo.
Lydgate Park '07 Mar: Kauai
Who cares if I have a thousand photos just like this? Not me.
Geraldine Mole Geri McCall '07 March
March 14 I'm just trying to get a version that will work for Rupa who remembers this picture from her youth in LA. Thanks ladies!
'07 Mar: So Carolina, Virginia, and DC
Among the first commercial computers and the you-know-whos.
'07 Mar: So Carolina, Virginia, and DC
Tourists who arrived by tour bus seemed more willing to brave the elements I guess since they didn't also have to walk from a far-away parking spot.
'07 Mar: So Carolina, Virginia, and DC
Ann calls her dad 'Poppa'. On the porch of Poppa's house is Poppa's girlfriend(!), a lovely woman who invited us to her home, fixed us dinner, and entertained us for hours. Also pictured are some neighbors who were out walking their dogs. One of the d...
'07 Mar: So Carolina, Virginia, and DC
Here's Ann and Steve (who's been with Kat for about five years now) on our afternoon walk.
Charleston graveyards '07 Feb: Savannah and Charleston
Southern graveyards. In a month this whole area we've been traveling through is going to be a riot of color.
'07 Feb: Savannah and Charleston
For our last dinner we ate at Hank's, at the communal table, with this lovely couple who topped off our stay in Charleston with interesting stories and good company.
Charleston Magnolia Plantation '07 Feb: Savannah and Charleston
Our guide. The tour was held up for 15-20 minutes due to technical difficulties and this guy just kept talkin' the whole time. He did an excellent job keeping us entertained and distracted.
Sheldon Church Prince Williams Parish Church '07 Feb: Savannah and Charleston
We stopped at a visitor's center to inquire of directions to the twice burned down 'Sherman Church'. 'Ah', the woman replied, 'Sheldon Church. It's Sheldon Church. Sherman burnt it down.' Here we have "Prince Williams Parish Church built between 1745...
Mercer House Ann Distefano Marsha Van Valkenburg '07 Feb: Savannah and Charleston
The Mercer House. We got a great tour of the downstairs and the outside and the Gift Shop. The whole everything surrounding Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil is still omnipresent. The Bird Girl statue is everywhere on everything as are copies of...
17Hundred...something '07 Feb: Savannah and Charleston
Then we had yet again another fabulous meal. We totally enjoyed this piano player too. He told us a long and personal story about the woman pictured - I can't remember any of it - but we all got such a kick out of the whole evening.
Ann Distefano Marsha Van Valkenburg '07 Feb: Savannah and Charleston
...and we were soooo glad to see him. Look happy and pathetic, ladies. The whole thing from pssssst to on-the-road-again took less than one hour. Wow.
'07 Feb: Savannah and Charleston
We met this dog clipped to look like a lamb, and named Lambchop, whose owner seemed clipped from the pages of Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil, as did about everything else we saw. I wanted so much to run into him again so I could get a better pi...
senbatsuru senbazuru 1000 Cranes One Thousand Cranes self-portrait '07 February
February 18 What have I been doing since Christmas? Here It IS! 1,000 Origami Paper Cranes. Wow. Wow-ee Wow. I made a 'production' schedule back then in December and was ticking along no problem and then all of a sudden, there were three days lef...
senbatsuru senbazuru 1000 Cranes One Thousand Cranes '07 February
These kanji say sen-ba-zuru which means 1,000 Cranes. Here's the card: 'From the ‘olden days’ in Japan legend held that the person who folded 1,000 Cranes so pleased the gods that the folder would be granted a wish. In recent times displays of 1,000...
Ljubica Corns Marija Whyte Marsha Van Valkenburg self-portrait '07 February
February 10 In honor of the twin's birthday Marsha and I took them to everyone's #1 favorite restaurant out in the old neighborhood - Golden Hunan. We all just looove to meet for lunch at Golden Hunan. We always wanted to be Ladies Who Lunch. And y...
Joe Nichols The Grammy Foundation '07 February
Joe Nichols. He sang in a classic Country and Western style while wearing that Mr Darcy outfit. I liked it. Then there was the one misstep of the show - a trio - Deana Carter was not up to singing with Brian McKnight, who was Excellent, and Kenny Logg...
Richard Fannan Bob Zuckerman Bobby Z The Grammy Foundation '07 February
From the left Richard beside whom I got to sit and hear about what I was seeing since he knows all things music; Bob's friend who introduced him to Desda; Bob; Bob's friend who has the Grammy connection. Thanks gang!
Sharon Parker Hana Saito  Mitsuwa Market Matsuwa Market '07 February
February 1 Welcome February! I did my Japanese lesson this week by eating lunch. Cool, no? Sharon and her friend Satomi came too. We went to the new noodle joint in the Mitsuwa Market on Centinella. YUM! Then we did a little shopping and I pra...
Bennett Arnstein Pacific Ocean Paperfolders Pacific Ocean Paper Folders Origami Instruction '07 January
Jaunary 28 This was fun! I went to the West LA Public Library to meet the Pacific Ocean Paperfolders who gather here on the last Sunday of every month. POP-get it... They use an old-time-y photo of the Santa Monica pier for a logo. I wanted to get...
Angela Kaitlin '07 January
Point Point Point. Check out both her adorable little hands. She went around the whole time just pointing and pointing.
Kaitlin Los Angeles Zoo orangutan '07 January
'Whooo! This guy needs some serious pointing!'
Los Angeles Zoo '07 January
Kaitlin enjoyed the orangutan but she reeally enjoyed this boy. They laughed and pointed at each other and pointed at the orangutan. He ran to his reflection. 'Whooo, am I in there with the orangutan?'
'07 January
January 20 Here's Carlos, Lona and Hartley's full time guy who helps keep all those tenants happy and the properties up to L&H standards. Standards, I should add, that far exceed my own.
Gran '07 January
January 16 Since getting in and out of the car is so hard for Mom, Lona and Karen packed her up in the wheelchair and rolled her down the few blocks from the Rehab to the doctor's office. She just loved that. We're thinking we're going to roll her s...
Merlyn Cook Hilda Tourians '07 January
January 13 Here's Hilda, my friend from Iran and someday we'll travel there together; her mom who came over here about a year ago; Merlyn, my oldest friend in this crowd with whom I've actually played golf; Hilda's son Raffi. (studio portrait)
'07 Jan: Kaitlin's Play Group
January 4 Let's Play!! It's the first Play Group of the year and here we have, from the left: Pregnant(!) Holly & cousin Carter, Charlean & Sydne, Emily & Zoe, Beth & Kayla, Heidi & Sydney, Angela & Kaitlin There are many participants in this livel...
'07 Jan: Kaitlin's Play Group
Zoe, who does know her words. 'HEY, Let's PLAY!'
'07 Jan: Kaitlin's Play Group
Sydne, who greets everyone with a hearty 'Hellloooo!' followed by the occasional 'HI!!' 'HI!!'. So sweet.
'07 Jan: Kaitlin's Play Group
Sydney with the Giggle Monster himself. Elmo is rather like a friend - who doesn't grab your stuff.
22nd Street Saint Johns Hospital Santa Monica '07 January
This is the new wing of Saint Johns Hospital. Arnie has been here for his leg. During the same time my mother was in the old wing with the nurses who couldn't get themselves transferred to Arnie's floor.
'06 December
December 11 Maryanne made a Chanukah Party for the Monday Nighters cooking all the food her very own self! It took all day. We had matzo ball soup, brisket, kugel, green beans and almonds, and trays of yummy latkes, and cake and coffee for desert. Lu...
Jordan Dragojlovic Cheyenne Dragojlovic open adoption '06 December
And the Holiday Card picture of the girls. Hi cute girls! Young Cheyenne is the girl Boban and MaryJo adopted more than a year ago from an open adoption agency. If anyone you know is interested in open adoption I'm sure they would be happy to talk to ...
'06 December
December 14 I spent some time this morning doing a little landlord chore for my sister. This is one of the four children and one adult who live all together in a one bedroom apartment. As you can imagine there is some more than normal wear and tear in...
Holiday Cookie Exchange and Tea Party '06 December
There were probably thirty of these gorgeous tea cups and premium tea too. It was here in 2004 that I first encountered those classy and elegant cloth tea bags with flowers and aromatics nestled inside. Evvy and Renee make up yummy sandwiches, scones a...
katy Allgeyer Renee Best Brigitte Buytaert '06 December
I didn't go around taking pictures of the whole smart crowd - here are a few of the having-fun friends: Katy, Lisa, Paula, Renee, Brigitte
my Valley Girls '06 December
Ljubica, hobbling around again! That apartment complex where she lives is a health hazard to all who pass by.
Sandy Chaves '06 December
December 7 Sandy's downtown art show in the Biltmore Tower. Her work looked great as always. The show was on a whole floor and there were many artists presenting for your holiday shopping convenience. It was nice and crowded which was good, but not...
Kaitlin '06 November
November 8 Kaitlin! Light! She just loooves to mess with the lights and can you think of a child who didn't? Sweet baby girl has an ear infection, she's blowing snot bubbles, and she's cutting a tooth. But a nice light switch is always distracti...
Hiro Sugimoto Kumi Sugimoto Sachiko Sugimoto Sachi Sugimoto Go Sugimoto '06 November
Wow! Here's a Story! I know it’s an old story, about when Cynthia was a baby, every work-day I took her to the home of one of my colleagues, Hiro. Hiro's wife Kumi took care of Cynthia and their own daughter Sachiko. It seems Kumi really really wanted ...
Santa Barbara Botanical Garden '06 October
The walks through the Botanical Gardens are easy-easy and very lovely. We had lunch on State Street where it was a Halloween Happening, the streets filled with dressed-up kids and all the merchants offering treats to the trick or treaters (and me, who a...
'06 October
October 27 What a great day! Lastly I went with Ben and Bonnie and Jeanne to their temple for Friday night services and then we went out to dinner. They were all very surprised by the service since it was packed with rare events - a baby naming cere...
Kaitlin Nora '06 October
It's Gymboree! Here come Kaitlin and her friend Nora and all the other kidlets. You can see the guy in the back dressed up like a McShake who is leading the group with his own toddler-sized doll. There's a lot of free play and also two or three times ...
Adventurers '06 October
They carry their flag on their Big Adventures and then bring the flag back for hanging at the clubhouse. I don't know what makes an adventure big enough to warrant a flag but maybe it's just a personal thing. The program was really very entertaining. ...
Nozomu Yosh Yamanaka Adventurers '06 October
...O!M!G! it's my old friend Yosh! And his new wife Ledonna! It's been maybe 6 years since I've seen Yosh (who became Yosh 15 or so years ago prior to which he went by a different name.) Wow. Ledonna is part of a women's group of adventure travelers...
Margaret Weiss Adventurers '06 October
October 22 An evening out at the Adventurers Club gala. This is a men only group who once every few months have a Ladies Night at their weekly meetings. This is the once-a-year Big Event. I got all dressed up in my cruise-wear finery and it was a kic...
Seattle Duck Tour Ride the Ducks '06 Sep: Seattle & the Olympic Peninsula
Our driver/guide/Captain who introduced himself as Lee King. Get it get it ha ha. This rather sets the tone.
Seattle Pike Place Market '06 Sep: Seattle & the Olympic Peninsula
Doesn't everyone call it Pike's Market? I do. But the actual name is Pike Place Market. Who cares. We were most struck by the quality and low price of the amazing flowers in the flower shops of which there were about two dozen.
Mount Saint Helens '06 Sep: Seattle & the Olympic Peninsula
I was on the wrong side of the plane for the mountain views coming up so I caught a few shots out that funky little window back by the toilets. I think the one in the front is Crater Lake(?) or Mt St Helen's(?) or What? and the one behind is... What? W...
Seattle Mount Rainier '06 Sep: Seattle & the Olympic Peninsula
We arrived, set down our stuff, went GAGA over the condo, and then went out for a walk. Look! We can see Mt Rainier!! Sharon has been in Seattle many many times and never had the chance to actually See Mt Rainier. That whole thing about the clouds ...
Spud and Kathy Cheever '06 September
September 24 Spud and Kathy stopped by on their way home to Phoenix from San Diego. Yeah! Thanks so much for taking the time to have a meal with us. Also in this photo is Windy's presumptive boyfriend Jeff. Windy, Jeff, Flor, me, Lona, Hartley, Sp...
The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
In real life the real picture (this is a small section) is total eye candy. Everyone has a quickening intake of breath followed by a peppermint sugar rush when first catching sight and it is a favorite to see again and to show your friends who are here fo...
Gran '06 September
September 20 This is my mother and her adorable and saintly Doctor Ashley. I know I said my dentist was a saint and I said my doctor was a saint but those guys have to deal with a rather diluted version of my mother: me. Dr Ashley Has my mother and fr...
Paola and Lallo '06 September
September 14 Look what Paola sent! Photos from Madagascar! Paola and Lallo are the wonderful Italians with whom I happily crossed paths on three separate occasions while traveling in Vietnam. They certainly travel far and wide! Click here if you w...
Paola and Lallo '06 September
Who knows hardly anything about Madagascar? That would be me, until I started fishing around on the internet. Now I know a little more. Then I checked on cheaptickets.com and wow, Madagascar is v$ry f$r $w$y from LA! PG.
jpl '06 September
September 11 This was fun, and interesting, and pretty long too - a free tour of JPL. They tell you no problem bring your camera take pictures of anything except the Mission Control Room. And I didn't get a single shot I liked. Hmm. Maybe Brigitte g...
Windy Wilhelm '06 September
First we went to the Flea Market at Fairfax and Melrose where we saw Flea Market items including cool pieces of geology and a cool geology guy who entertained us mightily.
Nancy Donald '06 September
September 8 A matinee with David and the women who surround him. Thanks folks, it was fun. Nancy, Jo Ann, Muriel, and David. No one liked the movie and everyone forgave Nancy for suggesting it. Then we ate.
Angela Kaitlin '06 August
August 28 I don't know who took this photo - I snagged it off Angela's site. Baaabies!! a little too young to pay my Social Security but still, gorgeous. the Gang: Back row from LtoR Synthia, Angela with Kaitlin, Liza with Marquez and Beth with Kay...
book '06 August
August 27 I bought this book in the airport in Toronto, finished it on the plane, and was just now considering who to give it to since I don't let stuff pile up anymore. But now I understand! I know why people want to keep their books around. As yo...
Kaitlin '06 August
August 25 Home Sweet Home! Here's a click to my July and August Back East. Thanks especially to my dear friends who made me feel so welcome in their homes these last many weeks. And extra thanks and a hug and a kiss to you who wrote to me while I w...
'06 Aug: NYNY!
At Grand Central Station, a couple of cuties from Sweden who really love NY.
'06 Aug: Ottawa and the Majmudars
Hi Julie Julie the dog! We're staying at Anil's brother Sudhir's house who, seven months ago, had a debilitating stroke and is just now starting to move about. Rupa and Anil came to be with the family for a couple of weeks. They walk Sadhir home in a wh...
Manhattan Guggenheim Museum '06 Aug: NYNY!
Yup, I went to the Guggenheim. You can only take pictures in the lobby which is why every single person who ever went to the Guggenheim has this exact photo. I do have eight others that are the same with slight variations in angle and population.
Manhattan '06 Aug: NYNY!
We ate dinner in a Vietnamese place. These New York neighborhoods are just mind-boggling in the ease with which you can live within 5 square blocks and never have to go anywhere else. One thing though. The world, including NYNY is going chain store cr...
Manhattan Gramercy Park '06 Aug: NYNY!
August 15 This is the big fence around Gramercy Park, a lovely clean, quiet, well tended park taking up a whole city block and privately held by the residents surrounding the park. To enter you must have a key and to acquire a key you must live in one ...
Quebec City '06 Aug: Quebecois ooo-La-La
Elizabeth was gaga awe-struck by the profusion of flowers in Montreal and Quebec City and comparing each and every bed to her own garden and what she had and didn't have and whose was better. Gardening, as it turns out, is a competitive sport. We left ...
Trois-Rivieres '06 Aug: Quebecois ooo-La-La
We were sitting at dinner, that's a bug screen you see in the foreground. What were those kids up to? No one knew! They were a drum and fife corp who, after a long series of military-like drills, fired off muskets and then left. It must have been a re-...
Montreal '06 Aug: Quebecois ooo-La-La
August 8 We had the morning in Montreal before taking the 3 hour bus ride to Quebec City so we decided to walk to the Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal. Some of the work I liked very much and I lot of it not so much, but the building was wonderful...
Cape Cod Les Perelman '06 Aug: Cape Cod
The dinner guests Mya, a compatriot of Les, and her boyfriend John who was being judged for his boyfriend suitability as Les takes a rather proprietary interest in Mya's well-being. From all accounts John was deemed acceptable and now the follow-up matter...
Cape Cod '06 Aug: Cape Cod
And then the sky darkened and the light changed and slowly (about a dozen pictures later!) it turned into this. Who could believe this? I'd say 'not possible'. But yes, possible, it's real as life. It's like a dream I think. What a fond farewell! T...
Cape Cod '06 Aug: Cape Cod
Notice the horizon is straight and the boat is very Not straight. We got some rockin' and a rollin' out there! We all took the recommended dose of Dramamine before leaving. I spent some focused time doing deep breathing exercises and manning the horizon...
Les Perelman Lila '06 Aug: Cape Cod
Lila is one of those girl-dogs that Worships her people. And her people are the people who happen to be around. LoveMeLoveMeLoveMe.
Cape Cod '06 Aug: Cape Cod
Here's the neighborhood stop 'n shop a few blocks from the place we are staying. It's a pretend country store. It's really a hip and trendy mini-Whole Foods. Les says it's a mini-Gelson's which is more correct (expensive and 'high-end' rather than e...
Cape Cod '06 Aug: Cape Cod
And he's off! It's a whole civilization out here with just the kids to manage themselves taking turns, retrieving the rope for the littler ones, not getting killed. I could hardly believe it - no parents around. How cool. I realize the contradiction ...
Cape Cod '06 Aug: Cape Cod
I'm pretty sure we're right around the 'x', on Buzzards Bay, and you can see why we're getting sunsets over the water. Notice how the whole cape is laced with inlets making water front homes of all description.
Boston farmer '06 Jul: Lexington and Boston
There is a permanent farmer's market set up along here and in traditional big city style the vendors were all yelling 'next next let's get a move on here who's next who's next.' I was trying to stay out of the way of course but when this guy flashed the w...
Quincy Market Feneuil Hall '06 Jul: Lexington and Boston
The commercial heart of tourist Boston - here's the rap from Yahoo: "A five-building complex that includes Quincy Market, there are more than 100 places to eat, shop and drink at this historic site. French merchant Peter Faneuil (pronounced FAN-you-wull...
Santa Monica life '06 July
July 17 A beachside visitor who hangs out on the patio beams waiting to swoop down as soon as you leave your table. Mine!Mine!Mine! (my favorite line from that cartoon about the fish.)
LACMA Nancy Artz David Hockney '06 July
July 13 At LACMA. This was quite an exhibit - a huge huge body of work. Sooo much work. They said in several of the information panels that he simply works All the time, which seemed obvious. This was just a sampling of his efforts, mostly portraits...
Santa Monica life fireworks '06 July
July 5 Something strange happened to the text here and the whole paragraph got gone. I wonder how that happened?!? I'm feeling too lazy to think it up again.
'06 July
Playing around with Ben's new computer program and computer with a camera built in. Who could resist? (Upon re-examination of this photo I was thinking maybe I'd take it off, so as not to frighten the children.)
Burt Weinstein self portrait Port Hueneme SeaBee Days '06 June
June 25 Burt and I went out to the Port Hueneme SeaBee Days event (that's their official website.) In the distance you can see these huge pieces of machinery that are the trademark tools of the SeaBees whose job it is to quick like a bunny build stuf...
Melisse Santa Monica '06 June
June 23 Melisse. Go there. But first arrange for a second mortgage or, better, go with someone who has a lot more money than you do and plenty of cash on hand. Like Valentino, to get the full effect you need to go for the 'Chef's Carte Blanche' whi...
Hana Saito '06 June
June 22 Hurray! Hana-san in her New Gorgeous this >Kitchen! Omedetoo Hana-san! They've been 'camping out' right there in the Marina. Having no kitchen at all makes you truly appreciate a nice bowl of hot fresh homemade miso soup! So far it's been...
self portrait '06 June
June 19 A Spa Day and Massage! Fifty-nine more years of Massage! Roger told me recently that the actuarial tables are now reaching potential age 120. (Was it Roger? Was it 120? Who cares.) So there you go. Middle age. (Background pic ND)
flower '06 June
This is what that flower looks like. I could have stopped every twenty steps for a flower shot as the whole place was a-bloom.
Bourbon Street Restaurant '06 June
The lunch place, Bourbon Street, wants to be down home with the walls covered Covered with stuff like this. This is a modest one. The food actually was down home and mighty tasty. I had a big fresh spicy calamari salad. Turns out a single serving of ca...
Santa Monica Promenade '06 June
You can see her partner in the far distance. And speaking of extinction, you will not be sorry if you make the time for Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth. It really is amazing as both a film and a polemic (although I think you will agree with him ...
aart '06 May
May 29 Look what I made from one of the desert shots. Whooo. Just imagine all the replicating you can do from here. Whooo! It's spiky and scary I think, but the colors are so desert and the shape is cool. Now I need to make a kinder, gentler on...
Sedona Arizona '06 May: Canyon de Chelly, Sedona
I wish I knew a geologist who could do a nice compare and contrast discussion on Canyon de Chelly and Sedona's landscapes.
Canyon de Chelly '06 May: Canyon de Chelly, Sedona
I don't think these horses are wild since you could get quite close. There are about 100 Navajo families who live and farm on the canyon floor. All the ruins are from the Anasazi (sounds like Anastasi) people who disappeared from here around 1200. The...
Santa Fe New Mexico, Cristo Rey Church '06 May: Santa Fe and Taos
The last of the historical churches. I saw them all! This is the Cristo Rey Church. I think this is quite a handsome one and wouldn't have made it were it not for a lovely woman who saw me trudging up the road and offered me a ride. From Fodor's: 'Bu...
Taos Pueblo '06 May: Santa Fe and Taos
They haven't brought utilities into the pueblo and around 150 people still live here. The whole adobe thing is perfectly effective for the environment, warm in winter and cool in summer, but what a Lot of Work. The bricks are made from dirt, straw, and...
Santa Fe New Mexico, Loretto Chapel '06 May: Santa Fe and Taos
Church. Loretto Chapel where you have to pay $2.50 to go inside. 'A delicate Gothic church modeled after Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, Loretto was built in 1873 by the same French architects and Italian stonemasons who built St. Francis Cathedral.' Maybe ...
Alamogordo White Sands Missle Range '06 May: Phoenix, Alamogordo/White Sands
Continuing on to Alamogordo I took another few miles detour this time to see the White Sands Missile Range. The signs said there was a Visitor's Center. The brochure called it a Museum & Missile Park. 'At the close of WWII White Sands Proving Ground was...
White Sands National Monument '06 May: Phoenix, Alamogordo/White Sands
The main topic of the tour was 'how do plants and animals survive out here in such a hostile, shifting environment.' It was very interesting too. You can find pretty much the whole story here at the White Sands National Monument website.
Arizona Diamondbacks '06 May: Phoenix, Alamogordo/White Sands
I heard so many interesting stories there is no hope I'll remember them all. One thing that stuck good though is all about the Air Conditioning. The roof can close and they can cool up the whole place in a few hours. See that silver duct work, that ca...
Arizona Diamondbacks '06 May: Phoenix, Alamogordo/White Sands
Look deep into the picture under the JumboTron and you can see the swimming pool and jacuzzi - a whole hang-out backyard available for renting at $5,999 per game, and fully booked for the season. They have a lot of hooks to pull in the fans. For one th...
Arizona Diamondbacks '06 May: Phoenix, Alamogordo/White Sands
Here's the TV booth. I'm ending with the signatures of celebrities who have visited. Vin Scully is at the very top a bit in from the left corner. Vin Scully IS the sound of baseball!
Ann Distefano '06 May
May 13 Ann put on a soiree for her son Josh who is here from Iraq for a couple weeks of R&R. This is the day before Mother's Day and no way that all the moms can't help but put ourselves in Ann's place. The rest of the names might not happen until I...
Los Angeles Zoo '06 May
It is very cool how all the groups of kids, and they are Everywhere, all have their own distinctive shirts. What a necessary feature of outings with a few dozen swarming youth. So cute! Flamingo necks, whoow.
22nd Street '06 May
The vines are recovering. This whole fence used to be covered with these flowers until the construction crew hit the place with their back hoes and left only a few sticks. But these guys must really like it here since they're coming back strong! I wonde...
'06 Meghan and Deval's Wedding
Kanya Daan (Giving hand of bride) The prime wealth of a Hindu household is the daughter (Kanya), who symbolizes the Hindu Goddess of Wealth (Lakshmi). Bride’s parents will place her hands into Groom’s and pour holy water over them to finalize the gesture ...
'06 Meghan and Deval's Wedding
Mangal Phera Bride’s brother puts rice in the hands of Bride & Groom to offer to Agni (the Lord of Fire) who dispels darkness and ignorance while leading into light and knowledge. The couple then walks around the sacred fire. Each round represents the fou...
Bill, Cheryl, Mindo, and Kim Roberts '06 May
Roberts Family World! You go!! This is the Dad and his two sweet-baby-girls at the finish line of the Nashville Country Music Marathon. Kim did the 1/2 and Mindy and Bill did the whole thing. Cheryl cheered and urged them on. We bow before you.
LACMA '06 May
Major renovations are set too. You can see the models in the lobby. Who remembers the last renovation? Remember how we couldn't figure out why they designed such a ridiculous entry? Now I'm used to it.
'06 Apr: BenBonnie's Birthday
Mike Johnson, Dyan Hastel-Johnson, and Noah. Dyan is a phychologyst who also uses hypnosis and, like Ben, is part of the Hypnosis Society.
my Valley Girls '06 April
April 24 Monday Monday. Four were missing last night and we missed them! Still, you have to agree, we are a lovely crowd. Bottom left - squinty-eyed gray-haired me, then Ruth, who is recovering well to our great pleasure. Top left - Alicia of th...
Hartley Brown '06 April
My stranger-than-fiction brother-in-law Hartley on the occasion of his 65th birthday. He doesn't eat sweets. He thinks people who eat sweets are morally bereft. You can hardly imagine all the things he thinks. He will however eat a gallon of chocolate ...
J Paul Getty Villa in Malibu
The Getty Villa houses the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection of approximately 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. Over 1,200 works are on view in 23 galleries devoted to the permanent collection, with five additional galleries for changing exhib...
Gran '06 April
April 16 The sisters getting together with their mother on Easter Sunday which was also Hartley's birthday. Windy brought a nice ham and eggs with hot-crossed-buns breakfast. Also attending were Flor and Geraldine who help take care of Mom. After e...
Santa Monica Life, Venice Beach '06 April
...and this is who they are close up. Holy-Ka-Moley. A fife and drum corp pitching a Carnival kind of event that is going to be at UCLA this weekend. I'm mighty tempted to go check it out. It's free!
Charlieee '06 April
Nancy's Charlieeee and some text from Josh and Kelly's weekly essay from rainy-rainy SF: "Charlie and Kelly got the first red balloon last Thursday and unfortunately Mr. C. popped it (a startling first) once he got it home. On Friday we got another red ...
aart '06 from Mid March
March 31 Today I bought a newspaper and then read it while I ate lunch. I haven't actually bought and read a whole newspaper in months, using the internet as I do for reading. It was fun and good and different, not so click here click there bounce aro...
Kaitlin '06 from Mid March
Babies 'R Us alright! I did this new thing while I was sick and although it could not actually do any healing I did feel better exactly while I was doing it. I did the whole tea thing (boil water, get a cup, which is a whole big thing when you're sick)...
Merlyn Cook Hilda Tourians '06 from Mid March
March 21 Hey kids! Surf's up!! Hilda and Merlyn in Maui. You go! (Brought to you by Photoshop magic. Hilda - who took the pictures?) (Day four and I'm still sick. Just keeping track, looking for a pattern. Same old same old. Last time I can r...
'06 Mar: Kauai
Kenny, who hosted the party on our second day here, uses the dock next door. He runs a water-skiing and kayak business and here's a funny story because it wasn't me... He had a group of tourists out in the kayaks yesterday and they all got stuck way up...
'06 Mar: Kauai
A view in the pool, for my mother who is crazy for turtles. She developed her passion for turtles around her eightieth birthday and by her eighty-fifth birthday she had to call a halt to gifts of turtles since her apartment was overflowing with turtle...
'06 Mar: Kauai
On arrival at the Na Pali coast viewpoint in Koke'e State Park you could see Jack Squat Nothing NADAVille as the whole place was socked in with fog. And then 'wait! I think I see something!' 'Wait, I think I see something too!' And after about 3 minutes...
'06 Mar: Kauai
Kenny is with Kathy and they operate a kayak shop and watersking business, Bob is with Other-Sharon, Big Bad Birthday Bob I should say, and Conrad, the son of Kathy who is back in Kauai after a stint stateside.
Liz Drake, Gary, Aunt Jean '06 February
Aunt Jean was visiting too. Liz made a yummy dinner and we had a chatty visit, distracting I hope for Gary who would, the next day, go under the knife for back surgery. It turned are to be the very best possible outcome and everyone is anxiously awaiting...
22nd Street '06 February
Go out my door, take one small step, hang the camera over the fence and this is what you see, from the day after the storm. You know those deafening high-powered air-powered monster tools that run from a screaming compressor? That's it, everyday. I ha...
Meghan '06 February
This is the bride, Meghan, and her decorations go all the way around her arms including elaborate patterns on her palms and on her feet. The henna designs last for a nice long time but it isn't permanent. It's so dramatic - to my eyes anyway. I hope t...
Kaitlin '06 February
Here's one I snagged from Angela's site. Kaitlin loves that elephant toy. The ears make a crackle sound when you touch them and you can pull on the hanging ring and the whole thing will vibrate. She loves her keys too. She grabs those babies so e...
22nd Street '06 February
The living room colors are slightly more subdued than the kitchen. Slightly. But sloppier and gloppier. More, many more coats of primer and finish coat. Now I'm spending beaucoup-du-bucks to clean up the walls, put a new floor in the whole place, upg...
Mom and her girls Gran '06 January after Asia
Here we are on tour! Notice the crown and the scepter. She clung to that thing the whole time and gave the royal wave whenever the opportunity arose. Happy Birthday Mom! Happy Birthday Mom!
Vietnam Cao Dai Great Temple Holy See Tay Ninh '06 Jan: Dalat, HCMC again, Cao Dai and Cu Chi
The Cao Dai were a very powerful force in the area, 'a virtually independent feudal state in Tay Ninh province' with an army of 25,000. Beginning in the 50s the adherents were persecuted by the Catholics who dominated the regime in the South and by the Co...
Vietnam Cao Dai Great Temple Holy See Tay Ninh '06 Jan: Dalat, HCMC again, Cao Dai and Cu Chi
And now for my last day of touring in Vietnam, first to the Cao Dai Great Temple at the Holy See in Tay Ninh. Cao Daism was founded in 1926 by a local born mystic who received The Word in visions beginning around 1919.
Vietnam Cao Dai Great Temple Holy See Tay Ninh '06 Jan: Dalat, HCMC again, Cao Dai and Cu Chi
Every day at 6am, noon, 6pm, and midnight the faithful gather for services. This is from the balcony where the small orchestra is playing along with the chants of all the participants. Big tourist buses disgorge hundreds of tourists who crowd the bal...
Vietnam Cu Chi Tunnel '06 Jan: Dalat, HCMC again, Cao Dai and Cu Chi
I'm afraid it was a pretty hokey tour. These are model guerillas hanging out in camp. Notice the tour guide there. He told us he had worked for the Americans and how he had sold everything and taken his family as boat-people to escape but were returne...
Vietnam HCMC Saigon '06 Jan: Dalat, HCMC again, Cao Dai and Cu Chi
I didn't make a reservation because I had spent so much time in HCMC I thought no problem, I know several places to stay - but guess what - all full up! Whooo. In knocking on doors, here we go, a brand new place, just opened in fact, and they are so ha...
Vietnam Dalat Hang Nga '06 Jan: Dalat, HCMC again, Cao Dai and Cu Chi
This is one straaaange place. You climb around inside these stranger than fiction constructions to get to the various rooms. The whole place is organic and scary even. Mrs Dang Viet Nga, the designer, was there while I was visiting and the staff kept po...
Vietnam Dalat Eiffel Tower '06 Jan: Dalat, HCMC again, Cao Dai and Cu Chi
January 8 Dalat, once called, by whom I don't know, Le Petit Paris, keeps their replica Eiffel Tower in good shape. Before leaving Nha Trang I booked a hotel in Dalat based on the recommendation of Lonely Planet and some folks I met on the boat tour....
Vietnam Dalat '06 Jan: Dalat, HCMC again, Cao Dai and Cu Chi
And views over the countryside where they grow many kinds of vegetables for export to the whole of the south. Some facts from Lonely Planet: Dalat hosts 800,000 domestic and 80,000 foreign tourists per year. Neither side in the Vietnam War wanted to m...
Vietnam Dalat villas '06 Jan: Dalat, HCMC again, Cao Dai and Cu Chi
The villas, and across the street from the villas is a pine forest. The whole scene smells Great including the cows.
'06 Jan: Hue and Hoi An and Nha Trang
And this was our group. Not too many but as always interesting. There was another big lot of Vietnamese people who had lived in Australia for a generation, like the crowd from the Halong Bay trip. All these tourist areas have been working hard I think...
'06 Jan: Hue and Hoi An and Nha Trang
This is the Nha Trang Cathedral built between 1928 and 1933. I love these contrasting images -the commie flag, the Catholic cathedral, there's a giGANtic Buddha visible from all over the city located at Long Son Pagoda, and then there's the whole cult of ...
'06 Jan: Hue and Hoi An and Nha Trang
I got in early enough to shop hotels and ended up with the third floor corner unit here with the wrap-around balcony, nice windows, air-con, tv, decent reading light, fridge, sitting chairs(!), basically clean enough, and very comfy. For Ten Dollars. I d...
'06 Jan: Hue and Hoi An and Nha Trang
I've been st*lk*ng these guys for weeks trying to catch a picture of that incredible color. The guys who wear this color are the most serious of all police presence. Maybe they're the Federales. When you see a guy in this color the situation is usually ...
'06 Jan: Hue and Hoi An and Nha Trang
We went across the street for dinner at 11 and watched the hoop-la from the balcony of this place. We're talking Loooud music, street dancers, and shoulder to shoulder people - tourists and young local people who must earn tourist dollars to be able to af...
'06 Jan: Hue and Hoi An and Nha Trang
December 30 We're back from Halong Bay at the office of the woman who booked the Halong trip as well as all of L&J's onward air. We called her The Closer. She could sell sand to the Saudis. We loved her. Unfortunately I cut off the top of her adorab...
'06 Jan: Hue and Hoi An and Nha Trang
...Every one of the 200 servants who buried the king was...
'05 Dec: Hanoi and Halong Bay
We also stopped at a floating fish farm and climbed out of the boat for a closer view and some snaps with the operators who were charming as ever. Then we went kayaking! No pictures! Bummer. It was a lot of fun but I was on my own and not up to takin...
'05 Dec: Hanoi and Halong Bay
...Bien. A real sweet cutie not yet up to 100% perfect guide standards since often whole paragraphs would go by and we'd catch a few words. But still, sweet and cute go a long way. He was very good at pronouncing this however: "After we defeated the Am...
'05 Dec: Hanoi and Halong Bay
Hanoi is really wonderful to look at however you will not be able to get the full expression of its wonderfulness from these pictures because it has been RAINING for all but a few hours the entire time I've been here and the whole camera ordeal can get so ...
'05 Dec: Hanoi and Halong Bay
We also visited the fabulous Museum of Ethnology and the Ho Chi Minh Memorial and Mausoleum which we also entirely enjoyed. What you're looking at is a Bike - see the front wheel - used by a guy who drove around the countryside selling those fishing b...
'05 Dec: Hanoi and Halong Bay
December 24 and 25 I'm going to copy some text from Lonely Planet because it says it just right: "The capital of Vietnam is a city of timeless grace, a grand old dame of Asia who is aging better than most of her contemporaries... Hanoi's center toda...
'05 Dec: Hanoi and Halong Bay
Another happy guy who's really loving his greens. Taste! Taste! he called out, which I did of course, and it was yummy.
Angkor Wat complex temples '05 Dec: Cambodia-Phnom Penh, Angkor complex
Monks here are making offerings of flowers, incense, and candles for the benefit of a young very well dressed woman who has paid them to create this generously sized ceremony on her behalf, to relieve her of her recent misdeeds. I was just sitting on the ...
Angkor Wat complex temples '05 Dec: Cambodia-Phnom Penh, Angkor complex
You see a combination of Hindu and Buddhist religious iconography throughout most of the temples since the first king who converted to Buddhism wanted the devotees of both religions to live in peace and to be able to worship throughout the kingdom. But ...
Angkor Wat complex temples '05 Dec: Cambodia-Phnom Penh, Angkor complex
December 22 and 23 Here is an introductory photo of me and the six people with whom I'll be spending the next few days. From the left: Ann, Jane, Julie, Max, Leslie, me, and Jim. Leslie and Julie met Jim in some work situation many years ago. Ann is ...
Angkor Wat complex temples '05 Dec: Cambodia-Phnom Penh, Angkor complex
Lonely Planet’s Top Ten Kings of Angkor: Jayavarman II (802-50), Indravarman I (877-89), Yasovarman I (889-910), Jayavarman IV (928-42), Rejendravarman II (944-68), Jayavarman V (968-1001), Suryavarman I (1002-49), Udayadityavarman II (1049-65), Suryavarm...
Chau Doc Vietnam '05 Dec: HCMC / Saigon and Chau Doc
We made a few stops to pick up and drop off travelers and one longer stop for food and the toilet. The whole trip took about 7 hours and I must have dozed off a time or two like everyone else. The driver stayed awake by eating sunflower-seed-like things ...
Ho Chi Minh City HCMC Saigon Santas '05 Dec: HCMC / Saigon and Chau Doc
There are many many more of these amazing incongruous Santa displays. So many, but I will spare you. Maybe. There's a lot of tin foil decorating like this place - whole big trees are wrapped in tin foil - but also there's snow made of broken up bits of ...
'05 Dec: Suwon and Seoul in Korea
December 14 We ate a minimum of twice a day, often more, and never twice the same. Here are a few more examples. This is kim chee soup. Unfortunately I took the picture before the dozen side dishes appeared. Tim and Julie got married recently. Poor...
Suwon Korea Jonathan Pomerantz '05 Dec: Suwon and Seoul in Korea
December 11 From last night when we hooked up with the gang for dinner - more of the English teaching crowd including Phil and Kate, Baylan who kindly loaned me his plug converter every afternoon, and Garrett who is leaving soon.
Suwon Korea '05 Dec: Suwon and Seoul in Korea
On our way to 'walk the wall' we passed through a local neighborhood full of exotica including a medicinal shop selling these babies. They are indeed just what they look like they are. Whooo.
Vietnamese nail salon shrine '05 Dec: Suwon and Seoul in Korea
December 8 This morning I went over to visit with the Vietnamese ladies who run the nail salon around the corner. While getting my feet buffed out for the upcoming adventure, and a perky color for my toes, I practiced the Vietnamese expressions that I ...
Vietnam map itinerary '05 Dec: Suwon and Seoul in Korea
December 7 Tomorrow I leave - wow. Don't all these place names give you a shiver of recognition: Hanoi, Da Nang, Halong Bay, Hai Phong, the Mekong Delta, Hue, Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Dalat, and so many more. And then the amazing Angkor Wat, which has...
Uni '05 After Las Vegas and Before Vietnam
What a cat. Nineteen by now I think and still going strong. He is recently engaged in battle with a young opossum who wants to move in but might be thinking better of the idea. Uni must have got some mighty strong genes.
Nancy Donald '05 After Las Vegas and Before Vietnam
Nancy Oh Nancy. We ate the whole thing. That's the key to caviar rapture. It has to be quality, you've got to have enough and pile it high, and you've got to eat it all. Get some good champagne and you're in your own dreams. nd.
baby Lucas '05 After Las Vegas and Before Vietnam
November 27 Baby Lucas! We do adore our grandbabies and this is Sandy's. What a charmer. One day older than gorgeous baby Kaitlin. Do you suppose the grandmothers every now and then find themselves plotting the future? I've got pix in my camera b...
Links to Family and Friends
Dear sweet and wonderful Angela! who is my beloved daughter-in-law and the mother of my spectacular granddaughter Kaitlin. You should be so lucky!
Links to Family and Friends
Roger and Sandy. Roger's site is his plan to bring peace and unity to the world. All who were there remember back in the 60's when Roger's ideas were taking form. Here they are going on 40 years later out there in cyber-ville. This is a man who Hang...
Darryl, Kaitlin '05 November
November 19 I asked Darryl if when I'm really old and just rocking back and forth and crying for who knows what reason and unable to assemble a coherent sentence would he please play the guitar for me too. Sure, he said. Pheww. That'll be nice!
'05 November
November 12 Rosie had a house warming party. Her place is perfect. These two were guests - I don't know who they are and this is my only picture. They're so cute my camera refused its place in the bag and insisted on this shot.
Alex and Carol Lopez '05 November
Whoo, what in the world is That? The consensus guess was that it is a ship sailed from China bringing those already assembled dock yard cranes ready for delivery here in Long Beach. This thing crossed the Pacific Ocean?! I can hardly imagine the eco...
Nancy Donald '05 November
November 5 A fall trip to the Getty with Nancy dressed in her perfect colors of fall. You can click on this Visits to the Getty where all the pictures are now just sitting there and the whole mess has turned into a muddle. I'm going to need to rewor...
self portrait '05 October
October 28 Here I am again, this at Lotusland, from Nancy. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. My mother has been wheezing and stumbling and quivering so sadly the last several days. I'm thinking it got worse the day after I said she was the same. ...
Halloween Pumpkin Patch '05 October
This cute as pie guy was driving the kids around in wagons piled up with hay bales. Cool, a hay ride. Who says you need a horse.
Lotusland
Topiary! Cool!! There's actually a whole swell topiary garden this being a slice of it. Notice all the other animals besides the main figure. There were several made up of different plants to create distinguishable features like the mane for the lion...
Lotusland
That's right, six ex-husbands and each one more wealthy than the one who came before. She wrote her memoirs in a volume entitled Always Room at the Top. The title is enough to get the idea.
Gran '05 October
October 18 It's a skew-y picture of the Great Grandmother and Nelma, one of the women who stay with her. Mom must not have had a new tia recently because her condition is still the same as the last time I reported and that's good. It's not that sh...
Ken Wagner, Chuck and Joan '05 October
Speaking of celebrity, Chuck and Joan are soon celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary. For their Fiftieth they are going on a cruise with a bunch of pals from the olden days who are Also celebrating their Fiftieth...
Lourdes Villacorte '05 October
October 9 Lourdes is a Grandma. Lourdes is a Grandma. Lourdes is a Grandma. Happy HAPPY Lourdes! (Lourdes, who took this picture?)
Cynthia '05 October
Here are Cynthia's roommate Courtney's cats, both of whom are a crack-up. This one makes the Funniest meowing slurp slurp sounds as she speaks her joy and rockets her tongue in and out of her mouth.
Cynthia '05 October
And here's the other one who spends half his life in this position waiting for a nice tummy rub. Notice how since I can't bear to flash the flash I seem willing to give up all hope of a picture that isn't blurry.
Border Grill '05 October
October 5 From the ceiling at Border Grill, a real favorite on 4th Street. One of those Two Hot Tamales, I don't know which is which, was working the room and noticing I was snapping pix of the murals gave me a long educational on who/why/when etc. ...
my Valley Girls '05 September AK (after Kaitlin)
September 26 Too bad that I ran into this picture facing in the wrong direction. This is an interesting phenomenon of perspective and not just because of my enormous head which I shrunk with photoshop. The tall ones who always like to lord it over us,...
'05 September AK (after Kaitlin)
We were crazy for this guy who was with Angela and Kaitlin for the first many hours of Kaitlin's life.
Kaitlin '05 September AK (after Kaitlin)
After a clean-up and a weigh-in Kaitlin stayed for an hour or so under the lights to get all nice and toasty warm. The whole time she was stretching away. It's so cool how you could see her trying to test out each and every single muscle. It was mes...
Santa Monica life, Promenade '05 September BK (before Kaitlin)
September 14 (The train shot is Gone because it was BAD...and this is cr*ppy too but they are my dinos!) More of those dinos of whom I never tire.
Santa Monica life, polo '05 September BK (before Kaitlin)
So dang cool, sitting there on the slope while the horses and riders thunder by, sticks at the flail, shouts and whacks and steamy hard breathing. Plenty of women played, particularly significant to me having just finished the book 'Reading Lolita in Te...
Getty Center artwork The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
The quality of the permanent art collection at the Getty Center is a point of some contention. There are those who find it overpriced, unfocused and pedestrian. And even, say some, boring. But you can walk up any time and go in for free or pay five bu...
Getty Center garden rebar trees The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
Rebar bougainvillea trees. Who wouldn't want a rebar bougainvillea tree?!
life in public transportation '05 the rest of August
I was cogitating the whole time in the back of my mind. Do I or do I not want to take a train trip across country? Here is the circle of doubt: 1) wow, this is fun 2) really easy and at such a good price too 3) and you can see everything 4) wow, look a...
Gran '05 the rest of August
August 19 My mother again thinking about Bobby Darin. Everyone knows by now that my mother is in love with Bobby Darin. Every Every Single time I see her she remarks on how unfortunate it is that she has fallen in love with a dead man. I'm not sure...
Sandy Chaves '05 the rest of August
August 17 Sandy took me out for my birthday mani-pedicure and then we went for lunch at World Cafe. Here is our charming and professional waiter who brought the lunch split without us even asking.
'05 Jul: Honolulu
And we visited with this guy who carves chops and who played this instrument for our amusement. Chinese people, it seems, stereotypically, have a good time wherever they are. I will add that Hawaiian people manage to have a mighty good time wherever they...
'05 Jul: Honolulu
I was crazy for the guide. He was knowledgable, charming, and one of those cheery folk who puts everyone in respect of a good mood. We're in a bank looking at this drawing of early Honolulu. The order of the tour was as follows: from a large map in t...
'05 Jul: Honolulu
People just go to the beach like valley folk might go out to the back yard, to visit, get a little hit of nature, eat, enjoy, but notice - sand. That's the thing about the beach. Sand. That's our food sitting on the sandy boogie board. People who liv...
'05 Jul: Honolulu
August 5 The last couple of days I've had more outings with the kids. Here's Charis who wanted to get dressed up and go out for a fancy dinner. And so we did. We went to The Top of Waikiki, one of those revolving restaurants with a magnificent 360 ...
'05 Jul: Honolulu
August 3 Janice and I had a lovely outing to the Moana Surfrider Hotel where we enjoyed an informative and amusing tour of this historic property followed by High Tea on the veranda. We were ladies of leisure... Ladies who lunch!
'05 Jul: Honolulu
A patch of surfers waiting for a ride. You are probably thinking 'that looks Terrible. Who would want to be out there in a crowd like that?' The thing is, LOTS of people want to be out there and they put up with the crowd. The water is warm and clear...
'05 Jul: Honolulu
And out again for another catch. The captain gave us a real treat of an extra run so we got to do this drill four times. It was massively fun. These pictures are from the professional photographer who was surfing along beside us snapping away. And th...
'05 Jul: Honolulu
Another entertainment venue. It was hot. I know it's hot in Hawaii but these last two days have been reeealy hot. Janice, who lives here, says even she noticed that it was hot. So far I have managed to stay out of the emergency room.
'05 Jul: Honolulu
The couple in the foreground are friends of T&B's who used to live here and are now visiting from Michigan.
Marsha Van Valkenburg '05 July
Here's a corner of that garden with the sunflowers at the far right. Food! And so so Very much work. But Mindy says it's way more fun than work which is great for everyone else who gets to enjoy the fruits of this labor.
Brigitte Buytaert  Beverly Hills '05 July
Then I met Brigitte for dinner and a free concert in the plaza of the Beverly Hills library. Wow. It was really delightful and they do different programs every Saturday night during the summer, not just opera. These are four soloists from the LA Opera...
'05 Jun: Japan
One time when I was just standing in a door having a look at a brewery this guy gathered me up and took me on a 30 minute tour of the facility. We went through the whole process - in Japanese !. I missed plenty but understood plenty too so that was a rea...
'05 Jun: Japan
I do really enjoy everything about Japan but this woman who runs the ryokan where I`m staying was able to smile at me I think because we were previously acquainted. This is it for smiling faces so far!
'05 Jun: Japan
And even the food is amazing on the trains. Places like this are on every platform as well as more casual convenience store type food, and similar items are available on the train itself. I had a thrilling chat, in Japanese! with this woman because she...
Yangshuo China Karst mountains river trip '05 Jun: Lijiang and Yangshuo
They had arranged in advance for a private guide and this boat, a barge-like thing with sliding windows and a sliding roof. We took the public bus to a town about 30 minutes up river where a woman met us, walked us to her restaurant where her husband ...
Yangshuo China '05 Jun: Lijiang and Yangshuo
The fellow at the hotel who took me for the suction-cup treatment. My back still looks like a dragon's! Then we went to what he called his building for dinner. There were many streets like his nestled among the karst hills with buildings like his all ...
Yangshuo China people '05 Jun: Lijiang and Yangshuo
This is the path to a hike I did take up one of the karst hills to a small temple that overlooks the whole city. I have a nice panorama from up there and I'll put it together soon. Sweat was the order of the day. Phew. Also I didn't fall. I haven'...
Yangshuo China Karst mountains '05 Jun: Lijiang and Yangshuo
The plan was to hit the countryside with motorscooters and a guide. First, not reeealy knowing how to start the thing I about took out the whole rank of scooters after which I instead of Jim rode with the guide... Gorgeous, no? That's a bamboo grove i...
Yangshuo China Karst mountains '05 Jun: Lijiang and Yangshuo
This is an example of how the mountains look close up and climbing is a big attraction. The hotel guy who took me to the doctor the first day took me to his house for dinner the second day. So now I have two big stories and need to get those PICS!
Yangshuo China '05 Jun: Lijiang and Yangshuo
I'm not going to tell about it now because I don't have any pictures and it would take the whole morning to describe without pictures. I'm going to walk back down there today and see if I can get any shots. Suffice for now to say my back looks like the...
Lijiang China Jade Dragon Snow Mountain '05 Jun: Lijiang and Yangshuo
Once the photo thing got started Every Single One who passed me waved or smiled and then it seemed to me they would look disappointed if I didn't snap them because I had snapped the people before them so I ended up with maybe thirty shots of people waving ...
Tibet Lhasa Jokhang Temple '05 May: yikes, Tibet
These are monks from more than just the local temple gathered because the highest ranking lama still in Tibet is here on that podium in a large courtyard. The woman you see bowing has given money to the monks and they are passing it around to those seat...
Tibet Lhasa Jokhang Temple '05 May: yikes, Tibet
The most astonishing part for me was 'the circuit' where the pilgrims walk in clockwise motion around the complex. They walk maybe 8 wide in a fast moving river that just doesn't let up. There are also pilgrims who go the extra mile so to speak, by cra...
Xian China Army of Terracotta Warriors '05 May: Pingyao and Xi'an
The magistry of the whole concept is entirely remarkable but also each individual warrior has an individually handmade unique head. There are many body types repeated representing different tasks like archer or swordsmen or general, but each head is uniqu...
Xian China Army of Terracotta Warriors '05 May: Pingyao and Xi'an
And more. The soldiers were originally brightly colored with blue coats, black hair, red decorations, etc.. This is the near exact status in which they were uncovered. Also on the site is Pit 2 and Pit 3, not as impressive as Pit 1, but they are conti...
Xian China dinner '05 May: Pingyao and Xi'an
Here's where I had dinner, in a well-known restaurant featuring another local specialty. It was packed and I was the absolutely only person who looked anything like me... First you get this bowl with two very thick very very dense disks of bread and ...
Pingyao China tour guide '05 May: Pingyao and Xi'an
Then this guy drove me out and back to the historic compound of buildings, actually the home of a prominent merchant family dynasty, where the film Raise The Red Lantern was set. The whole process took more than three hours. It was pretty cool except t...
Pingyao China funeral '05 May: Pingyao and Xi'an
Spread throughout the parade and separating the groups were men carrying bamboo frames covered in these paper flowers. What a spectacle! I never learned who the man was or the symbolism of all the numerous parts - maybe when I get back...
Pingyao China food '05 May: Pingyao and Xi'an
Lastly I had dinner at my hotel, a local specialty noodle dish. In this area they use various wheats much more than rice and it's all been pretty dang tasty. This dish however, is the first thing I've eaten that I've never even imagined. I thoug...
Beijing Great Wall of China Jinshalling to Simetai '05 May: Beijing and The Great Wall of China
A break in the steps. 'Its origins date back to the Warring States Period (453-221 BC) when rival kingdoms began building defensive walls to thwart each other's armies. The king of Qin, who eventually conquered the other states to become the first empe...
Beijing Great Wall of China Jinshalling to Simetai '05 May: Beijing and The Great Wall of China
And is this one Great Wall or WHAT? I WALKED from the town of Jinshanling to the town of Simetai all this distance that you see and then some, except for the honkin' shortcut around the worst of it because I was clearly not going to make the whole tri...
Beijing hutong hostel '05 May: Beijing and The Great Wall of China
A couple of the fine folks at the hostel who have helped make my stay in Beijing such a total delight.
'10 Lovin' The Movies:)
Penny! After Life, Amadeus, Black Orpheus, Blade Runner, Blowup, Bull Durham, Cabaret, Chariots of Fire, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Croupier, The Crying Game, The Dead, Death of a Salesman, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Do the Right Thing, Driving Miss Daisy, ...
Roger Eaton and his favorite movies '10 Lovin' The Movies:)
Roger! War of the Worlds, Jaws, It Happened One Night, The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Casablanca, Clueless, Seven Samurai, Persuasion, Tremors, Our Man Godfrey, Top Hat, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Midnight Cowboy, Deliverance, The Birds, The Thin ...
Downtown Los Angeles '05 April
Outside MOCA, The Museum of Contemporary Art. Nancy Artz met me down here and we got the most amazing gift. A woman approached us offering to answer questions. She was a professional art curator and an employee of the museum and she was fantastic. Sh...
Santa Monica life '05 April
April 9 Out for a real hike to test out my new shoes for China and The Great Wall. So far so good. No ankle-twisty-thing, no pebble slipping, nicely ventilated. So far so good. Were it not for the fact that my old ones have simply Disappeared(!) I...
Darryl '05 April
Fortunately one of those go out days was on the Sunday before Darryl's birthday and I got to have plenty big fun. We saw Stomp at the Pasadena Civic and it was truly a complete flat out blast. It was well executed, musical, awfully clever in both cho...
'04 Nov: Amazon Jungle
Again the port at Puerto Maldonado and why I need to rethink my luggage needs. I've got just too much overhead in my current wheel-ies. Even the guys who helped me would give a grunt and wonder if I was carrying firearms, or maybe it was an anvil.
'04 Nov: Amazon Jungle
Arriving at the airport in Puerto Maldonado, the Inkaterra folks met me right on schedule. Would you mind terribly, they asked, a group from Portugal will be joining you. Well, I though, not what I expected but what's a gal to do. So here they are, si...
Marsha Van Valkenburt '05 March
...and then walked into Westwood to have dinner with Rosie and Len, Fay visiting from UK, and Kelly. Kelly drove me home in her new car. Thanks Kel. As a welcome to America token I gave Fay a book by Sarah Vowell who is a regular contributor to This A...
Sandy Chaves '05 March
March 22 Sandy had a public reception this weekend for her exhibit at the Pacific Palisades Library. She had a great turnout and a lot of favorable response. Hurray Sandy! Hurray Roger too without whom, as Sandy will promptly agree, it would not have...
Marsha Van Valkenburg, Santa Monica Promenade '05 February
February 26 I'm almost home, having just taken the suitcases out to the garage, run laundry, for the ba-zillionth time got up the mud the cat drug in, etc. Who else do you know who needs four days to unpack? Not 'being home' did not stop me from goi...
LA/SF/LA (2005-2013)
The BART experience was fun and interesting despite a mechanical breakdown that caused a 30 minute delay and unexpected transfer, and even despite Nancy's kevetching. Here's the BART website. It's a good system and popular with the residents I think ex...
LA/SF/LA (2005-2013)
The outdoor garden at the the Cornelius Daly Inn. Mighty sweet, and the whole place terribly terrribly tricked out in every aspect of 1900s restoration. And the innkeepers were definitely an odd lot. The husband had a prior career as a stand in for Lur...
LA/SF/LA (2005-2013)
Who are those people? Subways around the world are inhabited by the same people so I suppose you already know who they are.
life in public transportation '05 February
February 12 A most handsome reflection of Big Blue! It's Saturday morning and I spoke with this driver about the shots I was going to try and catch out the window on the way to Mom's. 'No problem, I'll contribute!' he says, and slows up just at the ri...
'05 February
February 8 A Monday Night Sunday at Acapulco for a lovely Mazel Tov brunch for Angela, and we invited Darryl too. Ladies, was this the first time a man sat through a whole Monday Night event?!?
Downtown Los Angeles, Zenshuji Soto Temple '05 February
I think the narration could have been more informative but overall the whole group was very satisfied and happy. After we had our tea the teacher stayed around for a while answering questions and telling stories giving the experience a real human face.
life in public transportation '05 February
The 761 driver gave me back my transfer and let me hop off. I asked the 573 driver if there was a stop at Wilshire and Glendon. 'Sure' he said. 'Wait' I said. Then a woman sitting in the front row said 'oh, the stop is marked for the 534, you just ne...
Santa Monica life '05 January
Getting there, first stopping off at Mom's, worked just like it said on the schedule. The people who live in this house must have thought it would be amusing to cover one of their windows in two-way mirror. I'm betting they have many amusing moments wa...
Mom and her girls '05 January
We, the daughters, did our traditional birthday skit of course and Mom was one happy camper. She turned 87 this year and her greatest excitment was that on her Next birthday she would be 88 and we would all have to talk double we would all have to tal...
Cynthia, Uni Bio-Pix
My daughter Cynthia and her cat, the 18 year old Uni who still lived with me. But he was her cat. You probably know how that works. Uni is gone now. When I'm old and enfeebled I'll get another cat, so enfeeblement will have its up side! Here is a ha...
Bio-Pix
You can click here to meet many of my once-colleagues who came to my really Swell bon voyage Retirement Party in 2004. It's crazy how many cute pictures there are of me in there. Good job Robert!
life in public transportation '05 January
(Now I'm telling the Jury Duty story. Later I'll tell the bus stop story. (I'm fine...no problem...next time I'll just be walking a few extra blocks in the opposite direction is all...)) The charge was felony 'lewd acts with a minor under the age of 1...
Olvera Street '05 January
...and a Mariachi band. I am absolutely sure they were playing wild and bawdy songs because the crowd was whooping it up big time and the singer was full of suggestive hand gestures and broad winks.
Marsha Van Valkenburg '05 January
Marsha's parent's church in San Marcos, packed to the rafters with dear family and friends here in wholehearted loving support.
San Onofre State Park '04 December
Couger nummies, right outside my door. One thing I noticed here tonight (and you may look at the first picture again and note that I parked that baby myself - wahoo!) is that getting a hook-up is wimpy, ok, dang cush really, and your best-friend-neighbo...
Maxine Shepard '04 December
December 18 Just a quick collage of a few of the hundreds of people who came to Maxine's holiday party. What fun! And not to mention the trays and trays of delicious Maxine-made food. Oh yes, Maxine you are indeed the hostess with the mostess!
Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation '04 December
Women on tour, and that one guy who was the one voice allowing the requisite 'what do you think this IS Anyway?' and 'hey, my granddaughter could do this' sort of expressions. Everyone else seemed very appreciative of such an illustrious collection and mo...
'04 Dec: LA-Portland-LA
December 5 Following is the story of the nights of the 2-3-4th because once I hooked up with Alex we were just busybusy waaay too busy to mess around with pictures! December 2, Champoeg Oregon State Park to Wilsonville, Oregon: After spending my f...
'04 Dec: LA-Portland-LA
One of their horses who came in to say hi. Because maybe oats might be forthcoming?
'04 Dec: LA-Portland-LA
Fisherfolk. And who could resist such reflections?
'04 Dec: LA-Portland-LA
November 30 Grant's Pass to Aurora. Here in Aurora, Oregon, I became face to face with the object of this trip - a 1964 camping trailer. I left the dealer without it, in a mental twist, and will almost certainly go back and get it. If I use it fo...
Paul Bleifeld Gretchen Bender '04 November
We had our family Thanksgiving on Friday (No Pix!) and on Thursday I spent a lovely day with Paul and Gretchen and their friend Diane in Las Vegas. We did some serious touring and ate the whole turkey business at 10pm.
'04 Nov 19 a Bon Voyage
Thanks to everyone who was able to come and to extend such kind good wishes. And many thanks to Dale for signing the check and to Robert for taking these pictures. I've mooshed the pictures together for the sake of brevity but still it's me me all about ...
Cusco Peru '04 Nov: Machu Picchu
The plaza of my hotel. In the spirit of full disclosure, I should tell the story of my emergency house-call from a local doctor to give me an antihistamine shot since one minute I was perfectly fine and 8 minutes later I was covered in body welts so dis...
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in Aguas Calientes '04 Nov: Machu Picchu
Local transportation. The guide who drove me to the train picked me up the next morning in a huge black thundering suv. From one of the first pictures you can see where we had traveled through the Sacred Valley. There are two routes – one through th...
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in Aguas Calientes '04 Nov: Machu Picchu
The hotel occupies a twelve-acre cloud forest. The highlight of the gardens is the orchid trail - maybe a mile winding around the property, with hundreds of orchid species gathered from the neighboring mountains by this guy himself. He then planted the...
Machu Picchu '04 Nov: Machu Picchu
Here and for the next few slides are the guide's thoughts: The Incan cosmology says that life on earth is just a transition between what came before and what will come after and death in this life is simply the inevitable movement to the next stage of l...
Cusco Peru Sacred Valley '04 Nov: Machu Picchu
The drive to the train station took us from Cusco through the Sacred Valley. This is an interesting website from Cusco and I've copied this quote: 'The Sacred Valley of the Incas was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas. Its agreeable clim...
Cusco Peru Inca children '04 Nov: Machu Picchu
For the woman above, these were her competition across the street. The guide carried a bag of candies as well as small coins which he distributed to every stretched-out hand. Also all along the way he bought fresh food from people he knew to pass out...
Cusco Peru Inca women in hats '04 Nov: Machu Picchu
The whole transfer process was perfectly smooth and very soon I and the guide were off for some sightseeing on the way to catch the train for Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. A majority of the women and men I saw along the road wer...
Inkaterra Cusco Peru '04 Nov: Machu Picchu
A representative from Inkaterra, the company that made all the arrangements for my hotels, tours and transfers in Peru, and the guide who took me onward were right there at the airport luggage pickup as agreed. Everyone connected with Inkaterra is quite...
Balboa Lake '04 November
Here is this knockout guy having just executed the most amazing landing. He came in something like the space shuttle, or the sst with wings wide and beautiful and perpendicular to the ground and then there were two perfectly poised wing motions and a ...
'04 Oct: Catalina Island
At a quieter moment you could really pick out individual fish. We saw whole schools of Garibaldi, Opaleye, Surfperch and others but the most amazing heart stopping sight which I Failed to catch with my camera was a cormorant who dived under the sub so you...
'04 Oct: Catalina Island
The Catalina Conservancy is in charge of all this back-country on Catalina and we learned some of the history of the area. If you're interested, Click Here: Santa Catalina Island Conservancy. See those two buffalo in the lower left corner? We just Loo...
Los Angeles Zoo '04 October
You can poke your head up into those domes. Gives the kids a real kick. Actually, it's the parents who get a kick out of showing the kids.
Gran '04 Oct: A Mitzvah
Mom really likes to have her picture taken. So take the index finger of your right hand and point it skyward, then take the index finger of your left hand and point it downward and then with your left hand make a circle around your right index finger. ...
Christa Brown '04 October
October 11 Christa got to do eeeeverything! And the woman who runs the ranch said Christa was a remarkably natural rider and a sweet and smart young woman. Here's a link to the story for Christa's HORSE Day.
'04 Oct: Christa's HORSE Day
Meet Cindy who gave Christa a Perfectly Fabulous Horse Day! Here is a link to the website for the Shamrock T Ranch.
Angela '04 October
'He joined (the Legion) when his Moose Lodge closed; almost 5 years ago; many of the members moved over with him. He was very proud of the membership. The guys that came (the AmVets) were retirees who volunteer and take great pride in what they do.'
Angela '04 October
The pallbearers. 'The front right; Dad's only son Richard Lingor; the eldest of my generation. Behind him is the handsome man you know best (ps that's my wonderful son Darryl!), behind him is Dad's great grandson Jonathan Barragan; the first of the grea...
Sharon Parker '04 September
September 6 Starting from Friday this long weekend was too too amazing amazing. Unrelated to this picture is huge hugs and sweet kisses to the kids who get all the credit. You know who you are. What we're looking at is Sharon's new dining room look...
Nancy Artz Sharon Parker '04 August (second third)
August 22 From Saturday - Happy Birthday Nancy! who treated her friends to a lovely evening out. Here's a link to The LA Arboretum and you can click on The Festival On The Green to see what the program is all about. The Arboretum has done this conc...
'04 August (second third)
The people who sit in seats. You can reserve tables too, and maybe even have someone else bring you your picnic, but what fun is that?
my Valley Girls '04 August (first two-thirds)
Hello Ladies! Monday Night!! Becky's friend and lifesaver Becky was here for a visit and since Becky tells Becky EVERYthing, she knows all about us and despite that, she really wanted to meet the gang. Ruth was out of town and Marija too, who was in...
Magic Mountain '04 August (first two-thirds)
To think that years go by and no one dies. In one of the lines we were chatting with some kids in front of us who allowed that the ride we were waiting for was just like Thunder Mountain at Disneyland except that this ride hadn't killed anyone yet. Mag...
Bill Roberts, Ken Wagner '04 August (first two-thirds)
Perhaps because as it was the hottest day of the year the park was not at all crowded and the people who were there were all friendly, polite, and enjoyable and pleasant company for line-standing companions. Even in the evening the huge scary crowds of ro...
'04 Taiko!
The other side of the drum from the above picture with the three foot child on one side and the exceptionally tall man on the other. The metal instrument was unique to the fellow who is playing it. He is the teacher of three of the groups, the other tw...
Sequoia National Park (2004-2008)
On my own I decided to have some food and a glass of wine in the bar as there seemed to be a lively vibe and a football game on tv. I asked for the smoked salmon and a glass of red wine. And that was it, I was a regular and my real red wine glass was a...
Sequoia National Park (2004-2008)
Wilsonia There is a bit of sub-divided land between the Parks that retains private ownership and I stayed in one of those places, turned into a b&b, during the first trip. Whooa it was strrrange. And the pictures of the place didn't work - but here's ...
Balboa Park '04 August (first two-thirds)
...because here she is again having just finished the course. The dogs seemed pretty casual about the whole affair but the owner/trainers were working Hard - running the course, instructing and cheering their dog, back and forth, jump up, crouch down, run...
Santa Monica Life '04 August (first two-thirds)
They were pushing one of those tandem baby carriages with two babies who could not have been much more than 9 months apart. They were beaming adorable magnetic parents. They were cuter than the kids.
my Valley Girls '04 July
Twelve people stood inside the little back house pretty much without having to grease up. Not sitting of course, just standing (ten Monday Nighters, Windy, who has turned the place into a real home, and Angela who took the picture, which makes twelve!).
my Valley Girls '04 July
Presents! We love presents!! What sweet friends who worry about me and wish me a safe adventure and a long and happy life.
Santa Monica Life, Ramon and Rodrigo '04 July
July 11 Wow! Look who's in LA!?! Ramon and Rodrigo from Chile! Paulina didn't come but sent her best as did sweet Wilson. What a delightful surprise and what a great day out.
Santa Monica Life '04 July
We did the regular just-in-town Santa Monica Beach outing - park in Two, hit the pier, walk to Venice, back to the car via the Promenade, go to Beverly Hills and/or Melrose if there's time, etc.. A guy on the pier told us this display goes up every we...
Downtown Los Angeles '04 July
"Kitty-corner from St. Vincent's is St. John's Episcopal Church, which was completed in 1925... designed by architects Pierpont and Walter S. Davis, who also designed City Hall and St. Vincent’s across the street (a contradiction in designers?), the buildi...
Bill Roberts Robert Lazo Mike de la Cruz '04 July
July 1 The guys at work who have challanged each other to a weight loss contest. Three months. This is 'before', in case you were wondering...
'04 June
These guys (actually, just that cutie in the center) sent us off on quite an adventure. 'Just 10 minutes up the way, it's no problem, you'll find a much better place. Just 10 minutes up the way. No problem.' Right. Ten minutes equals twenty minute...
Getty Center artwork  tour guide The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
A guide is discussing this picture and the crowd is entirely engrossed in her words, listening carefully, jockeying for position to see better, and asking thoughtful engaged questions. They'll probably leave having had a personal experience with a pic...
22nd Street '04 June
Everyone from my block was there, kind of like an impromptu block party. Hi Daisy. People with dogs, you never really learn their names because they are just the people who belong to the dog. Daisy is a real sweetie. So are the people...
Crystal Cruises '03 October
Bill, who announced that we would be having his retirement party in 8 years 10 months and 22 days. Bernie, who is 40 years younger than David will be paying our Social Security.
David Jones '04 May
May 31 Memorial Day! Hi David!! Hi Schatzi!!! I drove on up to see David's new place in Ventura and let me tell you it is faaaabulous. Utterly utterly. This is one of his two spacious patios looking out over the blue Pacific. Right There. Bel...
Arianna Huffington '04 May
Arianna! I was beyond pleased, I was Happy when I thought we could vote for Arianna for governor. But no, it was not to be. So here she is in a church auditorium in Venice with a bunch of Democrats running a rally for John Kerry. It was weird weird w...
'04 April
more April 11 even though it is now the 17th Nancy had a lovely soirée last weekend and this is gorgeous Tracy who is staying in Nancy's guesthouse for awhile. I can't remember if it was before or after this pic that I totally mangled my knee by Fa...
Santa Monica Promenade my dinos '04 May
MY GUYS on the Promenade. This is the she, the he-s don't have the flowers... I haul my camera around every step I take but have stopped taking a picture every time the scene changes. Whole events go undocumented. That's ok. It's a phase.
Darryl '04 May
May 22 Angela took a few of these pics of the twins and I Photoshopped them so intensely that once again I had to reload the whole Photoshop program. Apparently there is a limit to the number of layers you can enjoy here in the new Photoshop...
SM Studio
The main room. The person who will live here can offer suggestions as to the window coverings.
Lotusland
A map from the Lotusland website showing the names of the different areas. I don't even have shots of all of them although we did go through the whole property. The guide told us that one of her previous guests used a pedometer and had announced that...
Les and David Perelman '04 April
Followed by dinner at Canter's with Les and David, here for some work and a few days at Disneyland. This is a small section of an amazing mural painted across the whole side of a two story building that contains Canter's. The date on the mural is 1984 ...
'04 April
April 23 FRIDAY! Friday pizza party at work. Starting with Mike, James, Robert, Bill, Danny, Mary Lou, Chris, Veronika, Bill and Alex. Missing are Charles and Bernie at drydock, Lucinda who was up all night, John who had an appointment, Phat who work...
flower '04 April
April 18 I was out in the valley today and every yard it seemed was awash in roses. I was pretty much wowing the whole day!
Gideon Shutman '04 April
It was Steven's birthday and Celina invited a few friends over for brunch. Fun! In attendance were three kids Gideon's age (I think they've all known each other since pre-natal at the hospital!), an infant who I got to carry around and look at things, an...
Gran '04 April
My mother's standard pose these days as she has taken to reading anything my sister puts in her hands. She particularly enjoys mysteries and magic. Who would'a thunk.
'04 April
The cockpit of a model airplane! Darryl and Angela had an Easter Morining Waffle Breakfast party (yummmmy) and then we spent an hour or so here at the Balboa Park model airplane facility. These guys are into it. This was the biggest baddest not leas...
David Jones '03 October
David and Schatzi who are, in less than one month, moving to a seaside apartment in Ventura, right on the walkpath that edges the sand that meets the sea. Cool!
Santa Monica life '04 April
Here's all what I did and tomorrow I'm going to do More. In between all what I did I had a not easily forgotten lunch at Michael's. One of those reasons to be glad to be alive. A plumber came for another bid, half the price of the first one and he'll ...
Santa Monica life '04 April
April 7 I'm not at work! WhoooHwooo!! This picture is from a different day. I didn't used to like it and now I do.
Steven, Celina, and Gideon Shutman '04 April
I really think this whole place is a visual knockout and the food was pretty good too.
'04 April
...and here doing what he did most often, going nuts with a tambourine. This was one wasted dude, whooping and jumping and hurling his tambourine against the ground, his whole body emanating psycho vibes that surrounded the stage in a weird orange and...
Ken Wagner self portrait '04 March
That's me giving it the old college try. Here's the thing about that whole ballroom dancing scene. When you're dancing and it's going well it's like you're in a dream of a movie, two layers abstracted from real life, and yet entirely 'in the moment'....
22nd Street '04 March
Here's pretty much the whole wisteria story. During the first week in March the lower branches on the right are thick with blooms, the blooms move up the stalk and by the end of the week all the blooms are out and the leaves are starting to fill in. ...
Original Pantry Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles Marathon '04 March
Following is a brief description of the essential rituals surrounding my participation in the LA Marathon. This was the tenth year - I missed last year and maybe another time or two but otherwise, I'm so there! Many have participated over the years, fr...
'04 January and February
Nancy's Oscar Party and feast-o-rama, Girl's Night Out. From Sandy, clockwise, then Sharon, Susan, Paulette, Nancy and another Nancy. Nancy, Nancy and I were in hot competition for best picks within the whole slate, not just 'the majors', the prize b...
Marsha Van Valkenburg Rosie Lowi '04 January and February
It's Happy Happy BIG FIVE-OHHH to Rosie. Do you notice even my young friends are turning fifty? Rosie put on quite an extravagaza, Fun!Food!Fantasia! with more than 50 guests filling her parent's house in happy celebration of Rosie's BIG FIVE-OHHH. Did ...
my Valley Girls '04 January and February
Wow, two weeks in a row! I was out of town for Lourdes' housewarming party so I wanted to go at the next opportunity, because I knew it was going to be Great, and I was Right. Mazel Tov Lourdes! Why is it like this, that Lourdes is the one with clos...
Los Angeles Zoo '04 January and February
Angela, I forget, who is this guy?
'04 Jan: Baja Coastal and Inland
So we're doing that whole confusing getting-in-line bit to cross the border and we have a set-to with the guy in this truck. Actually, Leslie advises him to perform some rather unnatural acts. Whoooow, was he M-A-D. He threatens us. I take this pic...
'04 Jan: Baja Coastal and Inland
We go out for a sundown drive. Notice how the clouds have filled in the valley. The ever changing views of this mountain range remind me so much of when I was watching the river back in Peru. I can generalize now - take a mountain range or a riv...
'04 Jan: Baja Coastal and Inland
Our arrival at the Adobe Guadalupe found us with great sucking in of breath. The place is spectacular. Chugging along for half an hour on the rutted dirt road only added to the amazement. I am going to copy in italics the Story of the Adobe Guadalupe ...