[STARGAZING] A Red Blue Moon

The full moon is the center of attention for a number of reasons in the new year. There are two full moons in January, on the 1st and on the 31st. Having two moons...

2018 New Year’s Resolutions Guide

2018 is officially here, and many of us (most of us) are more than happy to bid farewell to the chaotic, controversial roller coaster that was 2017. The idea of a fresh start and...

[KEEN TO BE GREEN] A Numbers Game

At the start of 2018, the population of the world has now reached a staggering 7.6 billion people. Though much of this growth is in countries like India and China, where consumerism is less...

[STARGAZING] Winter Solstice

Fall ends and winter begins on December 21st, at 8:21 p.m., PST, the Winter Solstice. With only 9 hours, 53 minutes of sunlight at Los Angeles, this is the shortest day of the year....

[MOTHER OF INVENTION] A New Generation of L.A. Activists

A young friend of mine—A.J., age 9—recently participated in the United Way’s Los Angeles “HOMEWALK.” His mom is a social activist, so he is perhaps genetically predisposed to change the world. But regardless, he’s...

[KEEN TO BE GREEN] Wrapping Up the Year

The end of the year is a time of much wrapping and unwrapping. During this season of giving and reflecting, it is particularly important to reduce our environmental impact. Many of us take care...

[KEEN TO BE GREEN] Some Issues with Tissues

My son and I recently had a miserable head cold that caused us to blow our noses constantly. Out of habit, I rushed to the drug store to buy paper tissues. After a few...

[STARGAZING] Jupiter Returns and Leonid Peaks

The innermost planet, Mercury, is visible above the southwest horizon, appearing star-like about 30 minutes after sunset starting on the 12th. On that date use binoculars to see it pass two degrees north of...

[KEEN TO BE GREEN] Options for an Eco-Afterlife?

As we approach Halloween, we pay more attention to graveyards than perhaps at other times of the year, but the traditional graveyard may soon meet its own demise. Recently, as our resources become scarcer...

[STARGAZING] October 2017

One of two annual meteor showers associated with Halley’s famous comet will reach its peak in the hours before dawn on October 21st. This is the Orionid shower, named after the constellation of the...