Neighborhoods Category

The Haunt of Red October

It’s finally October, a time of year most of us in the Northern Hemisphere look forward to for its cool, crisp fall days, the turning leaves, familiar signs of harvest.  I do too.  But for us here in our Southern California idyll, October comes with trepidation. This week it has been as hot here as […]

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Green is good

Years back I lived abroad for one summer.  While I was there, with quite a few machinations and pulling of strings, I was able to rent an apartment all on my own (I was 19).  As a foreigner, the number one feature when choosing an apartment was whether it already had a phone.  This was […]

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My Jersey shore

I had originally posted this in 2013, but, in honor of hitting a milestone with my newest follower today, the Jersey Shore Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, I am releasing this again.  Thank you to that wonderful organization for honoring me by reading my blog.  I can honestly say, having been all over the world, that the […]

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Inveighing in

I want Bill de Blasio to win the mayoral race in New York.  This really makes me laugh at myself, because I have not lived in NY for twenty years! But, once a NYer, always a NYer. Here’s what he says: During my time in public office, I’ve taken on unscrupulous landlords; protected children who […]

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Rapt attention and the law of unintended consequences

As I have already mentioned, I am transplanted from the East Coast. As such, I was used to a lot of greenery and wildlife around me.  Growing up in New York and New Jersey, we had miles and miles of solid trees of every kind and all the yard animals that go along with it, […]

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