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…

Silent Split.


She had come and lived here, in our house, ten years ago, a shy, thin, smart and curious girl of 20. She lived in the front bedroom and seemed to spend her days studying, sitting on the bed, hunched over her laptop, emerging at night to sit down and eat dinner with us, and then…

A Quiet Enclave


There’s a little area of Glendale or east Burbank or whatever you want to call it, a quiet neighborhood nestled into the confluence of Griffith Park, Victory Blvd, and Riverside Drive. Old, snug, shaded, smelling of horse and hay, hit with the low, dull roar of the nearby 134, its winding houses and cottages are…

Yesterday was CicLAvia


Yesterday, Sunday, March 22nd, was CicLAvia in the San Fernando Valley. Lankershim Boulevard, from Chandler to Ventura, and Ventura to Coldwater Canyon, was closed to cars. I rode from my house near Sepulveda and Victory to the starting line at North Hollywood Station. It was foggy. Mayor Eric Garcetti: articulate, young and progressive, spoke before…

The Whirlpool.


Cancer, homecare, medicines, hospice, chemo, wheelchair, bone cancer, lung cancer, cough syrup, Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Remeron, Sinemet, Morphine, adult diapers, sponge baths, bowel movements, stool softeners, rehab, oncologist, nurse, radiation, constipation, oxygen, Stage Four, terminal, incurable, cremation. For seven months I've swum in a whirlpool of ugly words. Yesterday, again, I went down to see my mom…

The Rains.


The rain. Coming down in sheets, in cycles, ad nauseum. Sheets of soaking wet weather slicing across the Valley. I drove down to Studio City. By the time I got to Whitsett and Magnolia it was dry. I parked near Fulton and the LA River and shot some photos. I went to Peet’s Coffee and…