Baffled by the denial of that systemic racism exists in the States today, I did my best to have a discussion about race, and racism - with an insulted white person.
A visit to the doctor's office shouldn't result in an allergic reaction from perfumes. Time to write an email - Kaiser Permanente will you please respond?
When I went to Sweden this summer, by train and boat, the decision was a 100% based on my environmental concerns about the growing aviation industry not being a healthy part of our future. It was also 100% based on my fear of flying. And yes, I know that such a thing as 200% doesn’t … Continue reading “Sustainable Traveling”
Today I decided to stay at home instead of going with Anna to a friend's gathering in Malibu. Normally this would have, or at least could have, been a simple decision to make. Because I love being at home alone, in my own little world. And when living in a small (if not tiny) house … Continue reading Decisions
In a newsletter I received the other day, a teacher mentioned - in the middle of a whole lot of other stuff, without further ado - that they were not going to offer the study trips to the country far away anymore. Trips that they have organized for many years, and which are - have … Continue reading Bravery – as in Walking the Walk
After last week's little post on the fires, new ones have started - the closest one being the Getty fire. I haven't been writing so much lately, but put this text up on facebook and adding it here now too ♥There was a time when, to me, “Santa Ana winds” were just three little words, that … Continue reading Here come those Santa Ana Winds again
Last weekend it started, again. The fires. It's my third "fire season" here in LA now, and this round the emergency-state (and the smoke down here) just lasted a couple of days (the first year we didn't leave the house for about a week, basically), but it was an equally scary and upsetting experience. When … Continue reading Fire Season
It's Monday morning in Venice, and the neighborhood is full of the sounds from gardening tools running. Just as the Wednesdays back in the Valley, Monday is the day here when the air gets thick from the fumes from these "gardening machines", and I still can't wrap my head around the logic in this (because … Continue reading Monday Morning in Venice
I've been back in LA since a couple of days now, slowly understanding where I am in the world again. Traveling slowly definitely gives you the chance to adapt to changing places in a softer way - however the shift from being in the "travel bubble" to "having arrived" is as sharp as always and … Continue reading Slow Travel Lessons – a Start
Thinking back on a long journey...Just boarded the last train for this summer a few hours ago! Now sitting in the panorama car on the Southwest Chief, having left Chicago and continuing west for about another two days. The routes for the trip this summer have been approximately these (practical tips for the different parts … Continue reading Thoughts by the end of the trip