[MOTHER OF INVENTION] The Real Cost of Summer

Recently, I started wondering what the true cost of summer was for parents. In Los Angeles, even the cheaper day camps price out at around $400 and up per child (often for only a...

[KEEN TO BE GREEN] Great Taste with Less Waste

I just returned from a work trip to Japan, where I was reminded how enjoyable it is to eat food and drink tea out of beautiful ceramic dishes and cups. On my return here,...

[KEEN TO BE GREEN] Earth Day 2017 – Science not Silence!

Since Earth Day was established in 1970, environmental and community groups have held events on April 22nd to draw attention to environmental issues and encourage sustainable practices like recycling, composting and banning plastic bags....

[STARGAZING] April Meteor Showers

This year, the Lyrid meteor shower benefits from the lack of interfering moonlight. The shower’s peak will occur during the night and early morning of April 21st to 22nd. Lyrid meteors can be seen...

[LAFAYETTE SQUARE] News Anchor with Heart and Soul

Anyone who has lived in Los Angeles, since way back when we got our news from the television, would likely remember KTLA-TV News, anchored by Hal Fishman and Larry McCormick. It was a staple...

[STARGAZING] Time to Spring Back

Daylight Saving Time returns on the 12th. On that date, clocks are set ahead one hour, so that 1:59 a.m., Pacific Standard Time will be followed by 3 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time. After the...

[LAFAYETTE SQUARE] First in Class: Leo Branton

The first time I met the legendary civil rights lawyer, Leo Branton, he was regaling our dinner partners at an elegant soiree in the home of our mutual neighbor at the time, Justice Vaino...

[KEEN TO BE GREEN] The Planet Doesn’t Care about Elections

One of the most confounding aspects of our current political climate is that every major issue has become partisan and politically polarizing, including protection of our environment. In recent decades, the motivation to protect...

[STARGAZING] Venus Shines Bright and a Comet Returns

The brightest planet, Venus, is spectacular as it blazes in the southwest sky after sunset. From a location far from artificial light pollution and in the absence of moonlight, Venus is bright enough to...

[KEEN TO BE GREEN] Running for the Environment

Since the presidential election, environmentalists have experienced emotions ranging from panic to despair to anger, coupled with a desperate need to do something. Many are wondering how to prevent the reversal of the country’s...