THE RAWNESS OF INTIMACY

ALTADENA CREST TRAIL

From Fr. Ron Rolheiser’s column this week, entitled “Our Resistance to Love:” “Sensitive people, on the other hand, struggle with the rawness of intimacy because genuine intimacy, like heaven, is not something that can be glibly or easily achieved. It’s a life-long struggle, a give and take with many setbacks, a revealing and a hiding, […]

SUPER KING: THE GLORY OF L.A.’S MIDDLE EASTERN MARKETS

One of the greatest discoveries of my early years in LA was the Jons Market on Hobart and Santa Monica Boulevards in East Hollywood. Jons was my introduction to the culinary wonders of the Middle East. Cartons of sour cherry and black currant juice. Kefir, smoked herring, eight kinds of feta. Sugared almonds, sheets of […]

THE LITTLE PRINCE

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900—1944) was an aviator and writer whose fable Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) is the fourth most-translated and one of the highest-selling books in the history of publishing. Saint-Exupéry was born in Lyon, France to an aristocratic, if impoverished, Catholic family. His first airplane ride was reputedly during the summer of […]

FEAR OF MISSING OUT: THE ANTELOPE VALLEY POPPY PRESERVE ON AN OFF-YEAR

The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, located 15 miles west of Lancaster, is an 1800-acre State Reserve “located on California’s most consistent poppy-bearing land.” On April 2, the website’s “Bloom Status” noted “The season appears to have ended early, as last month’s rains came too late to sustain the bloom that had barely started.” Or as […]

WHERE CHANCE MEETS NECESSITY: THE BOXES OF JOSEPH CORNELL

Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) was eccentric and reclusive and went about NYC and environs collecting little bits and pieces of things: shells, old diaries, album covers. He felt there were certain objects that belonged together that had been separated, possibly by decades, and made otherworldly, magical assemblage boxes that purported to re-unite them. This idea of […]

THE OTHERWORLDLY PHOTOGRAPHY OF JOHN CHIARA

“There are worlds within worlds in Coahoma County.” I first encountered the work of San Franciso-based photographer John Chiara at a current exhibition at the Getty: “Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography.” Chiara’s cameras are old-school: a box with a lens. They’re also huge. He makes them himself and transports them on a custom-made flatbed trailer. […]

ALMA BACKYARD FARMS

ALMA BACKYARD FARMS

“Re-claim lives. Re-purpose land. Re-imagine community.” That’s the motto of Alma Backyard Farms, an East L.A. non-profit that teaches recently-released prisoners to grow, harvest and market local produce. Erika Cuellar, 29, and Richard Garcia, 35 are the heart of the project Erika grew up in South L.A. Richard was raised in the Hollywood area in […]