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Eat Your Vegetables

April 24, 2018

My father courted danger. His most consistent food items were bread and chocolate ice cream. He never ate vegetables, never exercised and smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day for 50 years. And yet, my father lived with mostly good health until his mid-80’s. I hope I’ve inherited those genes, but I’m not taking any chances.

Green Day by Adam Hillman

Art Matters

April 23, 2018

On Sunday, I trekked with friends to L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art to see an exhibition of 3 iconic photographers, Brassaï, Diane Arbus and Nan Goldin. I felt so enriched by the day. The 1960 photo above, Architectural Hats, was not part of the exhibition, but it’s another reminder of how uplifting art can be.

Milos Forman, RIP

April 20, 2018

Director Milos Forman was one of the greats! (If you haven’t yet seen Amadeus, track it down.) Here’s a wonderful interview with Forman on Fresh Air from 1994.


April 19, 2018

I’m in love with this Rumi quote.

Budding with Anticipation

April 18, 2018

Spring is more nuanced in Los Angeles than other climates, but there are scents and flowering plants here that only come alive this time of year. One of my favorites is the Jacaranda tree with its blueish-purple blossoms. I love gazing at them on the tree, but also once they’ve fallen on the dark green grass. What buds are you most looking forward to?

Painting by Chloe Hedden

Perfect is the Enemy of Good

April 17, 2018


Notice how the illustrator Marc Johns places the “pretty good” text off center. 

Date Night with Mac and Cheese

April 16, 2018

On Saturday afternoon, I had a hankering for mac and cheese after reading a recipe in the Times. I’m fortunate that Trader Joe’s is just a few blocks from my home and I walked over to procure the ingredients. It took longer to prepare than I’d envisioned. I finally pulled the dish from the oven at around 8. As I took a moment for gratitude before diving into the glistening, gooey pasta, I thought, there could be no better way to spend a Saturday night.

Where to Look If You’re In Search of Magic

April 13, 2018

Illustration by Mari Andrew

Slave to Beauty

April 12, 2018

The other day, my close friend who never holds back said to me, “what’s that rash on your face?” Before his comment, I hadn’t realized I had a rash. But maybe that’s because I don’t look in the mirror much. There was concern in his voice. Then I remembered I’d tried an “anti-aging” retinol serum the night before, which we both agreed might be the culprit. I stopped using it and saw my friend a few days later, who said I looked much better. 

Illustration by Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber

The Starry Night

April 11, 2018

(Literally) Clip art by Adam Hillman