Karen Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.


For those who knew her these past 63 years, Karen Jane Rogers was a good person. Ralph and Karen lived on Hatteras St. in a house they bought for $45,000 in 1971. Kenny, Lisa and Albert were raised there. Karen taught English at one of the high schools. She grew up here, and was a…

Photographing Near the Sepulveda Dam.


Tim Schneider:  Sepulveda Dam Recently, I photographed Tim near the Sepulveda Dam. He was visiting North America from Muenster, Germany, spending a few months traveling around from Cuba to Toronto to Chicago. He bought a used van in the Windy City and rode out to California, criss-crossing the country through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona…

Imperiled


We are hosting, for the next few weeks, a family gathering. There are guests from Malaysia, Singapore and Switzerland, women all, except for the family patriarch, 83-years-old, who, despite his recent health setbacks, flew 19 hours to see his granddaughter graduate from business school and join the festivities. The house is crowded and people are…

Something Quiet and Urgent…


Something quiet and urgent was hanging over the radio this morning soon after I awoke in the darkness at 5:30am. LAUSD was expected to make an announcement. It was forthcoming:  a rumor the schools might be closed down here in Los Angeles. The sun rose, the skies were clear, the winds blew, and it was…

State of the Union


"X" marks the spot (keep out. keep out.), a photo by find myself a city to live in on Flickr.Chicago, IL South Side 2013 "Tonight, I propose a “Fix-It-First” program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country. And…

Back to the Future


Once or twice, I’ve implied, on this blog, about the deep conservatism of the car show crowd. I stand by my intuition and observation, as shown by this Romney bumper sticker incongruously and sloppily stuck on the back of a 1956 Ford at Bob’s in Burbank last Friday evening. Car people are particular. Engines are…