Return to East Rustic Road.


One sweltering day, sometime in July 2012, I left Van Nuys with my camera to escape the 105 degree heat. I got off the 405 and drove west, towards the ocean, along San Vicente, until I came into a picturesque canyon, shrouded in fog. I parked my car and ventured on foot to photograph the…

Cinnamon Politics.


Cinnamon Politics A few months ago, I walked into a Santa Monica dry spice store that my friend and I had dismissed a few years earlier. It seemed ridiculous to us, that people, in the farm-fresh and organic era, would buy dried spices and spice blends at premium prices, and also waste money inside a…

The Sun Came Up Slowly Above Sepulveda.


Under dark, glassy, reflective, translucent, stormy, gray, inky blue clouds Van Nuys awoke today. The hot sun and its aggression were held back. And the light came up slowly. The workers sat in their cars along Victory waiting for the red light to turn green. Humidity, and the hint of rain, the blessed promise of…

The New York Incident.


The New York Incident I went back East for two weeks in July. My first stop was Boston, then I went to New York City and ended up in Chicago. On Wednesday, July 22nd, I boarded a late afternoon train at Boston’s South Station and rode down, through the Connecticut shoreline, into Westchester County, and…

LAPD Radio: Listen to it Live.


About once or twice a day, an LAPD helicopter flies within sight of my house and starts to circle. Curious about what might be going on, I went on the internet and found this site where one can monitor the LAPD Police Dispatcher in live broadcast. According to EveryBlock, 275 crimes (about 9 a day),…


Haven't you heard the great news? Crime is way down in Los Angeles. We are all living in a very safe city: L.A. shootings leave 3 dead, 4 wounded - latimes.com.