Category Archives: California

The Big Wind


This big pile of debris is part of the fence that used to be around the garden I tend.   It blew over in a huge Santa Ana wind storm a few nights ago. I’ve never seen this severity of wind in all my years here — gale force winds in the low lands and hurricane force winds at higher altitudes.

Arrangements were quickly made and a lovely new fence has already been installed.

But now we have to cut up and dispose of the debris:

Oh, and I have a lot of fence that I must paint……

Pelican1  (c) 2011


Jamie Oliver and the Food Revolution


If you did not see Chef Jamie Oliver’s first season of Food Revolution last year, know that he took on the Board of Education of a town in West Virginia to implement a healthy menu in all the schools in that district.  He made significant headway. 

Now, in Season 2 of the Food Revolution, Mr. Oliver is taking on the LAUSD.  As a product of that school district, I am particularly interested in the outcome and will be watching.  (Let me add that I brought my lunch to school every day for obvious reasons…..).

Here’s a sneak preview:


Earth Day, 2010


Earth Day is this week, April 22, and I attended a couple of local Earth Day festivals this weekend, camera in hand.  

The first one I visited was in an upscale, urban neighborhood, and was organized in conjuction with the weekly regional Farmer’s Market.   I was there early and there weren’t many people yet.  Mostly, the participants of the fair were devoted to selling their “green” products and services.   I was most amused to see a tent promoting organic and sustainably produced clothing situated right in front of a national chain clothing store.  (You’ll see a picture of this in the video). 

I have to admit, though, that I enjoyed the other fair I attended later in the day in a suburban community park.    It was much more down-home and hands-on.  I listened to a lecture on healthy eating given by a woman who runs a non-profit organization with the mission of educating children on whole-foods nutrition — something akin to what Jamie Oliver did in the UK and in West Virginia.   I also enjoyed visiting the tent of a local wildlife rehabilitation group.  This group rescues injured urban wildlife — birds and small mammals.    At their tent, they had a peregrin falcon, great horned owl, screech owl, two kestrels, and a red tailed hawk.  All of these birds are too injured ever to be released back into the wild so they are used for educational events such as this fair.

Over all, I was most impressed at the grass roots community organizations featured at this fair.  It is not going to be just buying green products that will make a difference in this world — it is going to be community action and educational endeavors that will make us better stewards of our world.

Happy Earth Day, everyone.   Enjoy the video.

Lori G. (c) 2010

Some Good News for a Change….




Sometimes our continuing existence on this old world seems so hopeless when I listen to dire news reports on global climate change, the pollution of the our planet, and the rape and destruction of the natural realm. But, I had reason to be cheered this weekend when I heard a news report that the US Department of the Interior is proposing to remove the Brown Pelican from its endangered species list.

Forty years ago you would almost never see a pelican. Extinction loomed on the horizon for this magnificent creature, due primarily from the use of DTT pesticides. Today, there are over 600,000 pelicans, enough to insure the survival of the species. I see one nearly every time I go to the beach now. Sometimes, I step out on faith and tell myself that maybe, just maybe, things might turn out okay for this old world after all. We can only hope.


To read the details, clickHERE.

The image is of a California Brown Pelican, a subspecies of Pelecanus occidentalis. Yes, this bird let me get close enough for this shot. A very special moment for me.

Lori G. (c) 2008