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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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Holiday Weekend: Lake Hollywood to LACMA

Holiday Weekend: Lake Hollywood to LACMA

By on May 28, 2013 in SoCal Life | 0 comments

We spent the holiday weekend accomplishing something that’s been rare for us these last several years. We played. My husband did not bring work home, I did not blog, we barely glanced at social media or much of anything on the Internet. I did not catch up on housework and he did not fix the sprinklers or any of the other jobs that have to be done around the...

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Wordless Wednesday: Signs of Spring

Wordless Wednesday: Signs of Spring

By on Apr 10, 2013 in SoCal Life | 1 comment

Every spring, the eaves that face our front door serve as a home for nesting birds. This year, we decided to take some photos.   Three weeks ago: Start of construction. Photo copyright 2013 Gareth Mills   Two weeks ago: Nearly done! Photo copyright 2013 Gareth Mills   Last week: All moved in! Photo copyright 2013 Donna Schwartz Mills   What...

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Taking a Los Angeles Food Tour: A World of Exotic Cuisines Right Here

Taking a Los Angeles Food Tour: A World of Exotic Cuisines Right Here

By on Apr 4, 2013 in Food and Drink, SoCal Life, Travel | 3 comments

I may live in the Valley, but I consider myself an Angeleno. I was born right here in Los Angeles and have always been fascinated by our mythical, colorful, multi-ethnic city. And I jump at any excuse to go over the hill and experience it. I am also something of a foodie. I love trying new dishes, whether in restaurants or cooking it myself. I am on a lot of travel...

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An Evening at LA Live

An Evening at LA Live

By on Feb 18, 2013 in Food and Drink, SoCal Life | 1 comment

The milestones continue for my baby girl: She can now drive herself to and from school (when I’m feeling benevolent about letting her use my car). She’ll be taking the SAT in a couple of weeks. And last night, she attended her first concert. “It’s not my first concert,” she corrected me last night. That’s true. A couple of years...

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