The Pandemic Changed Everything.


Since the pandemic began every single one of my relationships were tested. Some failed, some succeeded, some ended.

Around the Neighborhood.


Since the pandemic began, in earnest, last March, one of our routines is the morning walk around our neighborhood. The fact that most of us live and work at home, self-incarcerated by choice or duty, has produced a strange life. Beside the societal disasters that befell our nation in 2020, the ordinary existence of the…

Penn Station and Moynihan Train Hall.


In the midst of a very bleak and confounding time of depression, pandemic and attempted coup, the Moynihan Train Hall has opened in New York, inside the James Farley Post Office on 8th Avenue, carving out a glass vaulted space for Amtrak, to atone for the destruction, one block east, of the entire old Pennsylvania Station which only…

#BlockGarcetti: A City United


Hollywood Freeway Offramp, Western Av., Homeless, 2020Old Post OfficeHomeless, Bus BenchHomeless TrashHomeless on Aetna St. Feb. 2016Van Nuys Boulevard, 2018, at the height of prosperity, before the pandemic. The possible, rumored appointment of Mayor Eric Garcetti to a post in the Biden Administration has provoked protests at the mayor’s house in Hancock Park, daily, for the last…

Pandemic Innovations.


With the pandemic locking the world down until a cure is found, Los Angeles is again leading the way to find out how to do business and stay safe. Here are some new innovations which are startling in their modernity and imaginativeness: To keep patrons safe, many restaurants are now offering service directly to your…

Only Yesterday


Amy Crook and Drew Morlett, 2015 In 1931, two years into the Great Depression, Frederick Lewis Allen published his history of the 1920s, “Only Yesterday” covering the period from the end of WWI until the market crash, in October 1929, that plunged the world into poverty. The American economy would not revive until war and destruction obliterated…