Start Your Year with Lonesome Dove

I’ve led my book club down many risky reading paths over the past twenty years. Sometimes, my choices arouse vociferous resistance and when I’ve led the group astray, I readily beg forgiveness. But more often than not, trying something out …

1.5.22

Salt in My Soul, the documentary

It’s 2022. If you are looking for inspiration about how to live your life with more intention this new year, consider spending a few hours with Mallory Smith, a young woman whose short life casts a long legacy of gratitude. …

1.3.22

Dwindling Days of December

Lake Balboa Swan Boats

If the Omicron news has you down, and all you can do is lie on the couch and read the books you got for Christmas, I’m with you. Here are a few things that might be …

12.29.21

Get to The Huntington this Winter

Kehinde Wiley, “A Portrait of a Young Gentleman”

Would you drive across town to see one painting? I spend the day at The Huntington two weeks go, drawn to the Kehinde Wiley pictured here, and it was well worth the …

12.29.21

A lot of Quilting Going On

Three interesting exhibits are on view, here in LA and in Boston, with quilting at the center. As someone who loves the textile arts, I want to share links to each of the exhibits.

Hank Willis Thomas at Kayne Griffin

12.15.21

2 Museums: 2 Excellent Shows (with a fun connection)

Getty Center in December 2021

Many of us have curtailed plans to travel this holiday, providing an excellent opportunity to explore our own city’s cultural institutions — we used to call this a Staycation but now it’s just the New …

12.14.21

Too Many Books (but plenty of time)

The 2021 Best Book lists are out and it’s time to plan your holiday reading and gift lists. First, check out the New York Times Top 10 Books of 2021. Here also are the lists from the Wall Street

12.3.21

I Want to Watch all the Miyazaki Films Again

Layout, Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989),
© 1989 Eiko Kadono – Studio Ghibli – N

I visited the new Academy Museum in October and once I’d said hello to Bruce, the super-toothy shark from Jaws hanging in the main stairwell, I …

11.29.21

Control the Scroll: Managing Social Media and Mental Health – A Common Sense webinar

In my new role as a consultant, I organized a conversation for Common Sense titled “Control the Scroll: Managing Social Media and Mental Health” with two LA resources — influencer and athlete Victoria Garrick and Dr. Dolly Klock (of Adolessons

11.23.21