Good Reads to Educate About BLM

There continues to be a global movement seeking to end systemic racism in our society. In order to be part of the conversation and change, it’s important to be fully educated on the issues. Not surprisingly, there are a host of resources to help. From books to websites and podcasts to documentaries to bring clarity to the issues, the questions and more. We are dedicated to being part of this ...

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Covid-19 Homelessness Crisis

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned,” wrote poet Laureate Maya Angelou. In 2019, the homelessness crisis reached a record high of almost 60,000 in Los Angeles County. The COVID-19 Homelessness Crisis made even worse, these words carry extra urgency. An average of 150 people a day fell into homelessness last year. As a ...

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Travel at Vermejo

Before, the everyday grind was getting to us: bumper-to-bumper traffic, work emails, cranky overscheduled kids with too much homework, cellphone brain fog, the new puppy keeping us up at night. Now we have new and unexpected troubled times taking over our days and topping off our stress levels. In the ostensibly “normal” times pre COVID-19, breathing in fresh mountain air and hearing the wind in tall trees seemed like tranquility ...

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The Biggest Little Farm

MY DESIRE TO BUY EGGS FROM APRICOT LANE Farms has reached a feverish pitch. Theirs are well known as some of the best and freshest organic eggs in L.A. But, getting my hands on a carton is challenging. After several attempts at locations where they are sold have proven futile—because they sell out in minutes. Bottom line: Arrive early! Apricot Lane Farms, featured in the beautifully touching award-winning documentary The ...

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Debunking Diets

With a new year comes resolution time. For some people it’s all about a good clean out of the closet or a renewed zest for adventure. But for most Americans, a new year is synonymous with losing those extra pounds. According to the Boston Medical Center, more than 45 million Americans diet each year. And they spend $33 billion on weight loss products. Choices, opinions, statistics and marketing abound. Low ...

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Wolf Connection

Driving through scenic stretches of Angeles National Highway an hour north of Los Angeles, a sign appears. It points drivers in the direction of the remote Aliso Canyon. Down a dirt driveway, one arrives at a small cabin. It's only the photos on the wall that might give away the hosts of this remotely beautiful destination. Until we step outside and hear the howling. Within seconds, the cry of one ...

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Urban Community Gardens

According to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Los Angeles is home to a bustling economy with one of the largest populations in the United States. Yet 1.4 million people (14 percent of our county’s residents) experience food insecurity. With thousands of empty plots of land sitting vacant and unused, how can this be? Thankfully, several L.A.-based organizations are working hard to turn food deserts into urban community gardens. As ...

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Pampered Parties

A glam tent company created out of love gives back to those in need. There are three things that Trish Healy has known for as long as she can remember: She wanted to be a parent, giving back would be a lifelong driving force, and she has an keen eye for beautiful  things. What she could not have imagined years later was that these factors would be intertwined as the anchors ...

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Front-Row Philanthropy

The Geffen Playhouse Los Angeles has long been the capital of entertainment, the gold standard destination for film, television and music. But over the past decade, L.A. has emerged as the hotbed of another important medium of art and creativity: theater. To be present for the premieres of new and exciting plays, one used to have to hop on a plane and head to Broadway. But no more. It’s happening here ...

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