The Neighborhood Bitch

During a recent visit to my parents house in L.A., I strolled through my old neighborhood and brooded over my mom’s declining health, the challenges my dad faced as her caretaker...more

Carmageddon LA 2011: Who Will Survive?

If you follow anyone who lives anywhere near Los Angeles in any fashion on this big bad internet (or, from what I understand about signs up North, anyone on the West Coast in general) then surely the phrase "Carmageddon" has not escaped your virtual ears. Maybe even your real ears, if you watch the news....more

I live in Yreka, about 800 miles north of LA on I-5. We had no idea what was going on in LA on ...more

Urban Violence Puts Damper on 4th of July Festive Spirit

(Article first published as Pardon My Pessimistic Patriotism on Technorati.)...more

Kids OFF The Couch - Memorial Day Weekend 2011!

It's a sunny Monday is LaLaland, and hopefully it's the same where you are too - so get your BBQ prep done early (while the kids are studying for exams or finishing up their spring sports). We've had a chance to look at most of the new art shows around our town, so you can have the summer's cultural outings planned before June even begins....more