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Pity Party

May 8, 2018

Last week, I was cheerfully walking Rose, and was stopped in my tracks by a sign on the locked up gate of my beloved car mechanic. RELOCATING. CALL FOR DETAILS.  My heart sank. The garage, suddenly h0llowed out, had been a family operation for decades. Everyone loved Norm and his two sons. Living in such close proximity to a trusted mechanic was one of the most comforting pleasures of the neighborhood. I’ve spoken to Norm twice in the last few days. And he assures me they will relocate, but won’t tell me when or where. I offered to help them move. I’m in mourning.

Street Art by Myth

The Word on Kanye

May 7, 2018

Given the barrage of offensive news stories, I haven’t focused much on Kanye West. But today, I read Ta-nehisi Coates’ gorgeously-written, personal essay, I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye which gives so much context. Please don’t miss it! And let me know what you think.



May 4, 2018

My dog Rose’s best friend Izzy is spending a long weekend with us. Izzy’s as sweet as can be, though a little anxious. He likes being cozy under the covers and is a real bed hog. We’re having fun. 

Plate Envy

May 3, 2018

I want this porcelain dish designed by Jean Jullien

Giving Fear a Bear Hug

May 2, 2018

Illustration from an upcoming book by Lisa Congdon about finding your creative voice.

Truth Teller

May 1, 2018

Michelle Wolf recently hosted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Here’s an excerpt from her HBO special, Nice Lady:

“I don’t want to have a baby or a family. I want a career. That’s what I want. And I know there are lots of people out there that are like… ‘But Michelle. You don’t have to choose. You can have it all. Women can have it all.’ Yeah. Stop saying that. You act like all is good. All does not mean good. You’ve never left an all-you-can-eat buffet and thought, I feel really good about myself. That crab and pudding is setting really well together. I sure am glad I went back for spareribs. All is not good.”

Happy Food

April 30, 2018

Last week, my brother visited me from Boston. Being a tour guide isn’t my strong suit, but he loves good food, so the one thing I pre-planned in detail was where we’d eat. We dined at a number of celebrated L.A. restaurants including Pizzeria Mozza and Lucques, but had equally memorable meals with friends who graciously cooked for us in their homes. I’m happy and all filled up.

Donut Show by Kristin Tercek

End of Week Zen

April 27, 2018

Stay steady even in the headwinds. Have a great weekend!

Illustration by Marc Johns

Traffic Woes

April 26, 2018

There once was a time in Los Angeles when you could drive anywhere in 20 minutes. That time has long since passed (thus the “clueless” in the chart’s title). Traffic is a constant now, and it’s the most oppressive part of living here. Except for Sunday mornings at 8am, when I zoom down Sunset Blvd., arrriving at the Farmer’s Market in 4 minutes. It’s an exhilarating feeling. How’s the traffic where you live?

Chart by Michelle Rial

What’s Your Sign?

April 25, 2018

That’s me!

Illustration by Lisa Congdon