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The Departing Storm


The ladle shaped storm that began to pound the Southland on Friday, February 17, 2017 arrived like a landing jet over the Pacific. It circled, counter-clockwise, landing onto Los Angeles, dropping horizontal blasts of wind, and pounding sheets of rain. It blew down trees, power lines, cable and telephone wires, flooded roads and carried away cars. And drowned…

Observations Atop the 134 Bridge After the Storm.


After many days of successive, concussive waves of rain swirling into Los Angeles, the hills in Griffith Park were wet, green, and soaked. I walked there, yesterday afternoon, along the bike path, and the bridle path, at the point where the 134 roars alongside the LA River. The storm, now depleted, had moved east, sent into…

El Color de La Vida.


Before the cold rains struck the San Fernando Valley late Monday afternoon, dark and menacing storm clouds went into formation. Seen from the empty asphalt of an abandoned parking in Panorama City, the view east lived up to its name. The craggy, inky, rock-topped San Gabriels permitted fog to brush their face. Eager to pursue…

They Had Promised Rain.


They had promised rain. We were going to be drenched, drowned, and flooded. The clouds would stay overhead for months, and there would be endless days of mudslides, dark clouds and gray skies. They had promised rain, clearly, and said it in English, many times; the word was rain, but there was so much of…

Between the Rains


It was a perfect day to stay in, a rainy Sunday, windy and wet. Chicken Cacciatore with mashed potatoes would come later in the day, but sometime in the middle of the afternoon, I went outside, between the rains, and walked around the neighborhood. Gutterless Columbus streamed slow, dark rivers, past neglected houses and errant…