The Los Angeles of Old and New

The Los Angeles of Old and New

The four of us stared down at the black sludge bubbling up from the short blades of green grass that had been blocked off with black iron gates. A small gust of wind had picked up a smell, of what seemed like burned tire rubber, and found its way into our nostrils. I instinctively moved [...]

The Week I Lived Without A Phone

I noticed a change in my behavior that weekend in the woods. I had noticed the crisp air and the clear pale blue sky that sat above the tops of the tall green treetops. I had seen every lizard that hid in the dark cool cracks on fallen logs where dead trees gave way for [...]

A Philosophy of Kindness

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. —Dalai Lama The sleek blue-grayish Scion TC swiftly moved like a river rushing across the earth. And while doing so, my mind wandered off to how [...]

A Car Named Susan

The first time I found myself stranded on the side of the road was when Betsy, my first vehicle who happened to be a mini van, had broken down in a very dramatic billowing of smoke. I was on the right side of Interstate 5 going north and all I could see were barren mountains [...]

Be Quiet, It’s Christmas

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. -Elie Wiesel “It has gotten to a point where I am genuinely annoyed at everyone else's annoyance - be it social, [...]

Stormageddon and Rainy Days

“They’re calling it ‘Stormageddon,’” she said while scrolling through her Twitter feed. “Oh dear, now people are thinking the drought is over.” I laughed as she scrolled. I heard the rain over the phone where she was at in the Central Valley just as the rain began to fall over Southern California. It had just [...]

Writing Prompt: A Mind of its Own

Your computer won’t shut down when you are getting ready to leave work at five. Instead, it is looping a message, and then attempts to tell you something. What is your computer doing? Write this scene. –Writer’s Digest I stare anxiously at the clock that is located on the wall behind the water cooler. It [...]

Coachella Recap: Weekend 2

Flashing lights, cool sounds and the hot desert. Coachella ended its two-weekend event yesterday with amazing performances from the last line up of artists for the 2014 season, however, it wasn't all cheers and smiles. Unfortunately, Chance the Rapper pulled out of his second weekend performance due to being in the hospital for an undisclosed reason, however, Arcade Fire was the [...]

Death Over Coffee

I sat in the far corner of the local café sipping my hot cup of coffee with hazelnut creamer. I double checked to make sure I had my recorder so I could get everything on tape for later recall. I looked at the ticking clock on the wall behind the busy barista at the counter. [...]

To Lose Everything

After sitting through the several earthquakes that rattled my apartment complex in the OC, I couldn't help but think about what it would feel like if I had lost everything in a major disaster and had to start all over again. Older memories not yet scanned on computers and mounted in picture frames, antiques past [...]