Tag Archives: Youth

The Memento Motori Bit

Happy Happy New Year! So I watched my old Jetta get towed away for good in 2016 – and it made me sadder than I expected.  I mean, I know all cars die eventually.  But beyond losing the only cassette deck left in my life, it felt like I’d said goodbye to a longtime friend. […]

THE CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS BIT

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas… So I just realized that the side topic of snow kind of “drifted” into each of my last two posts (about Vancouver and the fall).  Yeah, ’tis the season (ask Buffalo…), but I think it’s become a thing with me.  As a lifelong coastal Californian, I wonder if I’ve ended up with a complex […]

THE BIT ABOUT NEXT SEASON

As a lifelong California coastal resident, it’s not always easy to get a proper feel for the fall.  Sure, some leaves change and drop off here in LA (honestly, I don’t know how SoCal plants figure out what to do and when), but the tall and skinny palm trees in front of my apartment pretty much stay tall and skinny throughout the year.  It […]

THE THRICE IN A LIFETIME BIT

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  And when it comes with a view like this one, I have to agree! My parents and I stumbled onto it the morning after arriving in Athens, Greece, and checking into the fancy Hotel Grande Bretagne on Syntagma Square.  As we jet-laggily followed signs to a restaurant on the […]

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO A FOUR-YEAR-OLD BIT

 It was a date that lived in infamy for me – the day I wasn’t allowed to visit Pearl Harbor because I was only four… I’ve since recognized the importance of keeping it peaceful at such hallowed places (at four, I might not have been relied on to do that).  In any case, I think the rules there have changed since my rather distant […]

THE “CITIUS, ALTIUS, FORTIUS” BIT

I love the Olympics!  Always have. And when my travels take me to a city that’s played host, I can’t help stopping to breathe the same air and snap a picture where the sporting youth of the world once assembled! I’m thrilled we’re on the eve of the Olympic fortnight – but as the torch has been making its […]

THE WHOLE DAM BIT

You know, it surprised me, but tracking the path of this summer’s devastating Rim Fire made me feel like my childhood playground was going up in smoke. I’m trusting that Nature will quickly get about the business of restoring what it can after the blaze.  And I’m also surprised to discover that, after many years, I still have this desire to click my […]