Sunday, January 21, 2018

Smacksy Sunday Links

Mr. Rosenberg took this in Santa Monica last Sunday.

How to know it's January.

The way reading rewires your brain for more intelligence and empathy.

What do clothes say? (And that quote from House of Mirth. Swoon.)

The UK 1940s Radio Station. 

And a girl and her rooster.

Happy Sunday.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Smacksy Saturday Photo: Completely Unsubtle Photo-Bomb

"Hey! What are you doing? Are you taking a picture of Teddy? Can I be in the picture too? Can I? I would very much like to also be in the picture! Here I am! I'm right here in the picture!"

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Psychic is In

Nestled between parked cars, against the backdrop of 7-Eleven, AutoZone, and Manny's Tacos, sits the office of Psychic Mrs. Lin. Her office, located in the former home of a Fotomat. is a long time fixture in the town just south of ours and I've driven past it for years. I love the little white fence, and the satellite dish, but my favorite feature of Psychic Mrs. Lin's office is everything about Psychic Mrs. Lin's office.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

You Don't Know How it Feels

It's Thursday, the morning the gardener comes. The gardener has loud tools (hedge trimmer, leaf blower, lawn mower, oh my) that cause panic and terror in your most favorite beast. Sweet, sixty-five pound Levi paces, pants, moans, barks, and tries to claw his way into your chest on Thursday mornings. It must feel awful.

You load Levi, into the Prius with your other favorite beast, his emotional support dog and best friend, Teddy. You guys idle in the driveway so that you can get a little work done on the computer and have use of the house wi-fi until the gardener arrives. You slam it into reverse and peel out at the first sight of the white van.

The vet is working on some short-term pharmaceutical interventions to get your pal through these tough times, but so far nothing has panned out.

You do a loop around the park and head down to the Starbucks drive-thru the next town over. Almond milk latte for you, mini carrots for them. Rear windows are cracked with a dog nose sticking out of each. You sing along with the first eleven songs from Tom Petty Wildflowers. At the end of "To Find a Friend," it's safe to turn back for home.

What started as an escape, ended as a joyride.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

It's Always Me

Every third car on the roads of Southern California is a silver Prius. So let me help you identify me on the road. The silver Prius with a length of dress hem stuck in the driver's side door, flapping in the wind?
Just wave.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Remembering Dr. King

Bob and I were watching this speech from Dr. King again today. I have heard it so often and there's always something seemingly new that stands out each time. Today it was this:
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. 
—Martin Luther King Jr "I Have A Dream" speech, August 28, 1963