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The Year of the Rabbit- updated

Trigger Warning: Gun violence The Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac is said to embody gentleness, empathy, and calm. This is according to the Economic Times, as well as a number of scholarly, entertainment, and news sites. We are at the beginning of the Lunar New Year, and I am looking forward to a year that… Continue reading The Year of the Rabbit- updated

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Live From Pasadena: The 134th Tournament of Roses Parade

The state of Illinois submitted a float decorated with over 30000 roses, depicting familiar icons. On this beautiful Monday, the day after New Year's Day, we rang in 2023 with a clear day in between stormageddons and the Rose Parade. While the parade, along with the Rose Bowl game is typically held on January 1st,… Continue reading Live From Pasadena: The 134th Tournament of Roses Parade

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The Hollywood Bowl

The LA Phil gets ready to perform There are few things that are so quintessentially LA than summer concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. This historic 17,500-seat amphitheater has been an icon since its founding in 1922. With its distinctive bandshells built at the base of the Hollywood Hills and the famous Hollywood sign in the… Continue reading The Hollywood Bowl

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Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Wilson

Since I was a kid, Mt. Wilson has been fascinating to me. It is a prominent peak in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains, distinguished by the radio towers. Perhaps some of the fascination was because my dad loved talking about those communications antennas. Having worked in radio broadcasting, he enjoyed sharing with… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Wilson

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Hiking the Angeles: Strawberries on Strawberry Peak

The July 4th holiday weekend brought a new adventure in the form of a new hike. Continuing on the Six Pack of Peaks Challenge, I opted to attempt the hike up to Strawberry Peak beginning at the trailhead on Angeles Crest Highway and Red Box Road. The morning started off smoothly, then turned into an… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Strawberries on Strawberry Peak