This weekend past was a little lonely without Zach. It was easy to keep busy with visiting our usual haunts and just playing around the house and in the garden. It's been wonderful seeing our friends again. Greta started up in her woodworking class 2 days after we arrived home, she returns to ballet today, tomorrow the kids both start a few classes at The Purple Twig art studio, and after that maybe we'll find time to go pick up our fish, Tok and Smoocho!
On Saturday we visited our favorite Cafe de Leche. While we were in New Orleans they installed the first bicycle corral in Los Angeles! It's a very progressive step for a sprawling city designed for the automobile.
So why is that black bike parked on the sidewalk?
Inside was crowded. Hen had his usual bagel.
Greta wore a hat she stole from me. It's much cuter on her anyway.
The usual hipsters congregate.
When I asked this woman if I could photograph her arm, she asked that I write a caption. She wrote some things down and I of course lost the paper, but I will go on what I can remember...
Her name is Joanna (?) a native North East Los Angeles resident. She is a psychology professor and therapist, and was in the midst of a conversation with her friend Patti, a doula, regarding the unfortunate hostilities that come along with gentrification. I believe they had just experienced such an encounter.
They were very friendly, beautiful, and interesting ladies.
And then yesterday a drive to the ocean and this is the only picture I took.
Compassion. The world could use a little more of this, yes?
I am trying to see LA with eyes and mind refreshed. Noticing and appreciating the everyday sights, quirkiness, and diversity that is Los Angeles. It feels good to be home.