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Independence Day at Grand Park

Independence Day at Grand Park

By on Jul 5, 2013 in Food and Drink, SoCal Life | 2 comments

My daughter decided that if she HAD to stay in Los Angeles for Independence Day, she would at least spend it with friends. She invited two of them for an overnight marathon of movies, junk food and board games. Ever last-minute, I decided we would be traditional and grill burgers for dinner. I queried the girls on their preferences. “Any vegetarians...

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How to Celebrate July 4 in LA?

How to Celebrate July 4 in LA?

By on Jul 1, 2013 in SoCal Life | 3 comments

We will NOT be spending Independence Day this year with my sister’s family in Sacramento, which has led me to something of a dilemma: How the heck are we going to celebrate the 4th of July here in LA? I’ve been combing local event sites for lists of fireworks shows and festivals for the Fourth, and there are plenty to choose from. So the hard part is...

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No More Reunions

No More Reunions

By on Jun 28, 2013 in Blather, Getting Old Sucks | 2 comments

I just received a reminder about my high school reunion, which is taking place this summer. I tossed it straight into the circular file. As I said when I received the “Save the Date” notice last year, I don’t do reunions any longer. That’s what Facebook is for. Besides, I’ve spent the last 40 years trying to forget the horrors of being...

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Preventing another Newtown

By on Jun 21, 2013 in MOMocrats | 0 comments

I am in San Jose this week, attending Netroots Nation with several of the other MOMocrats.  This is my live blog of this morning’s general session on gun violence, six months after Newtown.   Moderator Jehmu Green cannot think of another conversation as important. This session focuses on how to address this problem and leave this conversation with a very...

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California Travel: Mendocino

By on Jun 17, 2013 in Travel | 2 comments

It started in January 2012, when my sister forwarded me a Groupon: $165 for a two-night stay in an ocean view room in Mendocino, plus a bottle of wine. “This is a great deal,” my sister said. “We should do it.” She did not have to do a lot to talk my husband into it. We bought the Groupon and set about trying to find a date that would work...

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