An enchanting twilight tale

Lake Hollywood, October 19, 2020. Photo by author.

A spontaneous late afternoon hike with friends led to this precipice above the Hollywood sign just moments after the sun dipped below the horizon and the waxing crescent moon revealed itself.

There is something so utterly magical about the interlude between sunset and nightfall when every sound in nature seems…


And You Just Let It Happen Anyway

My feet in better days. Photo credit: my friend, Donny.

I’m not the kind of woman who spends too much time pampering herself. Like, the last time I had a massage was at the spa at the Westin Hotel in Maui. In 2003. It’s not that I don’t enjoy massages and such, I…


When My Kid Learned the Truth About a Song’s Origin

Photo by Darius Bashar on Unsplash

She’s a singer, my daughter. I often hear her singing along to something while she’s holed up in her bedroom drawing or gaming. She sings with gusto in the shower or at a lowered volume while cooking breakfast.

Most of the songs my daughter sings aren’t familiar to me. I’m…


An Unexpected Glimpse Of Someone’s Tragic Demise

Photo by David von Diemar on Unsplash

It was easier to cut through Hollywood. I drove east on Franklin Avenue, heading toward the big Goodwill Store on San Fernando Road in Glendale for a little resale therapy for my daughter and me. Instead of hanging a left onto Los Feliz Boulevard, I decided to stay on Franklin…


A Photo Essay

Sparky the love dog

Ah, these dog days of summer. How they seem to drag on forever. At least here, in L.A.

I don’t know about you, but when I can still see the shimmer of heat rising from the asphalt, it’s kinda hard to get excited about pumpkin spiced lattes…


There May Not Be A Bed For You In The ICU

Photo by Mufid Majnun on Unsplash

My good friend, Dave, a pastor and husband of one of my best friends, experienced a cardiac event this past July. Fortunately for Dave, his local hospital whisked him right into the E.R. …


Scotts Turf Builder Isn’t The Only Thing Fertilizing The Lawns

A Linden Avenue lawn sign is worth a thousand words

He was utterly fraught, this man who approached me as I led my canine charges back to my car.

“Excuse me, do you ever walk your dogs on Sunset?” I knew exactly where he was going with this.

“I walk my dogs all over this neighborhood,” I answered, waiting for…


That Time A Dominant Tried To Butt Into My Business

Photo by Dainis Graveris on Unsplash

February 2020.

That’s the last time I volunteered at arguably one of L.A.’s most popular dungeon parties for neophytes. Now, when I say volunteer, I mean, I was in charge of the spanking bench, where consenting, kink curious individuals allowed…


My Ride-Along With An L.A. Icon

photo of business card taken by author

I have only ever won four things in my entire life — The Doobie Brothers’ Minute By Minute album from 93 KHJ radio when I was home sick from school in 8th grade; a pair of tickets to see Sting at the Greek Theater…

VV Valentine

Unapologetic adjective slut with hyperbolic tendencies. Sometimes I have thoughts & write about them. Website currently in transition.

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