Month: February 2014

Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again.

 

– Andre Gide

 

My top 7 California pics

Moon jelly

There were lots of great photo opportunities on my trip to Southern California, so it wasn’t easy coming with just five. So I came up with seven instead: five stand-alone photos and two that were illustrations for longer stories.

My top 5 California stories

My visit to Southern California this winter was fabulous, and it’s hard to choose just a few of my best articles about the experience. But here are my picks: Living “La Vie en Rose”: About Petit Soleil in San Luis…

The garden that friends built

Do you ever wonder how your friends would honour you after you were gone? In Palm Desert, California, friends and co-workers of horticulturist and landscape designer Eric Johnson designed a garden in his memory after he passed away in 1999…

Smiles for the Smiley

I love new libraries with their technological gadgets and streamlined spaces, but I have a soft spot for old-fashioned libraries with rows and rows of books, lots of wood shelving, tables and moulding, interesting architectural nooks and details, and just…

Fountains to shop by

Open-air shopping malls don’t make sense in places where snow and rain come down for half of the year (such as Canada and the northern U.S). But in California where the weather is pretty nice most of the year, outdoor…

A place to dream

This is a wonderful Children’s Department at the Los Angeles Central Library, with lots of wood moulding, inspirational murals, big windows with natural light, comfy leather seating and soft carpeting – definitely a place to get cozy with a book…

Mosaic marvel

The Fountain of Life stands in front of City Hall in Cathedral City, California. The sculptural elements are inlaid with colourful mosaic tile designed by artist Jennifer Johnson. I thought it was unique feature to have a soft surface surrounding the…

Check out these beautiful libraries

Padmini Prabhakar at the Cerritos Library gave me the heads up on this fabulous post by Amy Bell about the 50 Most Beautiful Libraries in the World. I’ve been to four on the list: #27 Harold Washington Library, Chicago, Illinois,…

Library, garden, gallery

I posted a quote a month ago, which said “If you have a library and a garden, you have everything you need.” If you add the word “gallery” to that, you have The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in…