North on the 101: Design + Garden Destinations in Four Towns

The Santa Barbara area is replete with chic, design-forward destinations. Satisfying visual stimulation (and retail therapy) is a just a short drive away and after spending some time exploring Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, and Santa Barbara, I might have to spend …

8.24.21
A PICK OF                 THE MONTH

2021: A Summer for Bikes

Traffic in Los Angeles is back… and when moving around in a car, it is easy to feel that the pandemic was a distant, weird dream. I’m on a quest to find ways to hold onto my “pandemic learnings” and …

6.30.21

A Thrilling Hawk Walk with Adam Baz

Birds of prey have always intrigued me, and as I immersed myself in covid-birdwatching, it was the soaring hawks that made my heart race. So, when I learned about Adam Baz and his business Hawk on Hand Falconry Services, …

6.9.21

What is Algorithmic Justice? Watch Coded Bias and find out

A new documentary on Netflix is well-timed to help us understand the ground that is shifting beneath our feet when it comes to our society’s relationship with technology. Check out Coded Bias and meet the endearing MIT student whose experience …

5.26.21

Making Sandwiches for Homeless Families

Making sandwiches for Angelenos who are hungry is a weekly feel-good project.
5.19.21

Happiness Check-In: Laurie Santos and Screen Time Tips (including Zoom)

We all need better relationship with our screens... and perhaps the pandemic will help us naturally mutate to a less device-centric existence.
2.10.21

Sean Penn Helping LA with Testing and Vaccine Support

We went to Dodger Stadium on a rainy Saturday night to get my husband a vaccine – he is 66 and eligible at this time. Although there are many headaches in the vaccination process (well chronicled in the LATimes, as …

1.26.21

Basquiat + Jazz at The Broad

We can’t get to museums right now, and fortunately the best institutions are pivoting with creative quarantine programming. This three-part video series from The Broad features jazz musicians interacting with the museum’s new installation of it’s thirteen Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings …

1.26.21

(We Need More) Poetry in General and Amanda Gorman’s poetry in Particular

One of my favorite things about reading the LA Times morning newsletter is that a poem is delivered with the news each day. I try to take a moment and read it because I want to support the effort to …

1.23.21