coastal edge

coastal edge

Here in southern California, in January, we had a few days of heavy rain, a large swell, and high tides – all at the same time.  On the Sunday after one of the storms, my husband and I rode our bikes on the path at Bolsa Chica State Beach, to check out how the beach
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frogs & succulents

frogs & succulents

Growing up, I was surrounded by maples and oaks.  When I moved to California, so many of the plants looked to me like creations by Dr. Seuss.  It took me a few years to stop seeing palm trees as exotic, foreign. Until I moved out west, I had never heard the word “succulent”, a family
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retro deco

retro deco

There are some landmarks and things that recall a past culture or time and are still used today.  Some of them are cherished.  You can tell; they are well cared for.  In some cases, a professional designer didn’t have a hand in their creation, but they have a certain draw or charm because of their
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toys are us

toys are us

My friend’s son is a native New Yorker.  About two years ago, I was visiting and staying with my friend and her family in New York.  At that time, her son was seven or eight.  One evening after dinner, he was darting here and there, gathering toys and things:  a monkey with close-set, beady eyes,
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time stands still

time stands still

“If I could, I’d vote Condi Rice for President.  She knows the ins and outs of the White House!  Foreign policy!  The CIA!  The FBI!”  All this was spoken in a thick thick New Jersey accent.  With each “ins and outs”, the man shook his fist.  He was talking to another man who looked very
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