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Little Tokyo Los Angeles

In the heart of downtown Los Angeles is the interesting neighborhood of Little Tokyo. Here are a few shots from the afternoon.

Outside of the Buddhist temple we saw strings with paper tied to them. Omikuji are strips of paper with fortunes that can be purchased at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples all over Japan. If you receive a good fortune, you take it home. If you receive bad fortune, you tie it to a tree or stand designated for this, and leave your bad luck behind.

10 things I saw and learned in NYC

The pigeons are enormous! And in Union Square, you can find the “Pigeon Lady” who sells handmade felt pigeons and rats.

Seeing the Statue of Liberty is always meaningful. A good reminder of what truly makes this country great.

The 9/11 Memorial places a white rose on the name of those honored when it is their birthday.

The beauty of honoring a tragic event can be found in the buildings and fountain near ground zero.

There is a street near Battery Park where all the tree trunks are wearing crocheted blankets that look like they were made by my aunt.

Washington Park and the arch are reminiscent of European plazas I’ve been lucky enough to visit. Vibrantly populates on a beautiful February day.

There is a building in TriBeCa that looks like Jenga for giants.

Street art in Brooklyn looking at the Manhattan skyline reminding us to say yes to adventure.

Poets House in Battery Park is a hidden gem full of poetry anthologies for all ages in a magnificent glass building overlooking the water.

One World Trade Center from next to the Brooklyn Carousel.

Best of 2017

Thinking about 2017, I’ve read so many best of lists – books, movies, cupcakes. I decided to choose best photo memories of my year. Wishing everyone a 2018 full of good memories.

January: full moon through the trees

February: First run of the day skiing with the sun and moon in full view.

March: Lenticular clouds resting above peaks as seen from Magnolia Rd.

April: Cloud formation that served as inspiration for my second picture book, Gustavo’s Big Idea.

May: A visit to the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium included many highlights but the best of all was the day at Keukenhof Gardens.

June: So many great hikes and amazing wildflowers this month. My favorite photo captures both of these – my friend Michelle’s beautiful dog Bhakti with columbines.

July: Southampton Writers Conference. I spent two weeks working on my craft with amazing mentors and peers who wrote children’s books, poetry, literary fiction, memoirs, and plays. I got to be a fangirl meeting many inspiring writers and made new writer friends who continue to provide love, support, and feedback.

August: Morning glory visited by a Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. Our first high altitude garden included many successes, including vegetables and flowers that served to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

September: exquisite fall colors featuring aspens juxtaposed with pines along Peak to Peak highway – a favorite spot for leaf peepers.

October: A visit to Detroit was definitely a highlight for me personally as I spent time with my daughter and her boyfriend. A fabulous weekend with amazing people.

November: sunrise from my window. Each morning, I’m reminded how lucky I am to live in this magical setting.

December: the roof of my new garage is almost complete. It’s been a long journey building it, and I’m looking forward to my car being safe and sound inside it in 2018.

Eastern Market Murals

I spent a lovely day being a tourist in Detroit with my daughter and her boyfriend. The market itself was full of interesting things to purchase, but the murals were definitely not to be missed.

This amazing art show is free to the public and just like a museum, it is concentrated in one small area.

If you’re visiting Detroit, Check this out on Adelaide Street, even if the markets aren’t open, the nearby stores are fun and the murals are worth viewing in person.

The fan below hangs inside one of the sheds at the market. Also, the music store provides an opportunity to jam with others every Sunday. And as the sign says, you can always be a player. 😎🎶