In wintertime, when the North Pacific jet stream shifts southward from the Alaskan coast to Southern California, it becomes known, affectionately, as the Four Corners Freight Train. When it rains in LA, it’s comin’ our way.

"You don't see with your eyes. You see with your brain." — Paul Bach-y- Rita, neuroscientist, 1934-2006

Bonne année! After a much needed, though always too short, trip home to Colorado, I am back in Paris. It is raining per usual, and it was still dark today at 9:15 a.m. We are on day 47 of the national strike, thus day 47 without public transit. And, yet, even in the dark, wet winter months, …

This holiday season, my fiancé and I decided to attack our travels a bit differently. For the last two weeks of 2019, we had two families to visit in two different states. Not wanting to deal with rushed holiday crowds at the airport and having not secured a proper pet sitter for our two dog…

File Fact: Telluride’s First Baby — Mabel Reddick Thomas, the “first white child” (according to reports) born in Telluride, celebrated her 99th birthday in California, Sept. 20, 1979. Her father was Telluride’s first postmaster.    

In wintertime, when the North Pacific jet stream shifts southward from the Alaskan coast to Southern California, it becomes known, affectionately, as the Four Corners Freight Train. When it rains in LA, it’s comin’ our way.

"You don't see with your eyes. You see with your brain." — Paul Bach-y- Rita, neuroscientist, 1934-2006

Bonne année! After a much needed, though always too short, trip home to Colorado, I am back in Paris. It is raining per usual, and it was still dark today at 9:15 a.m. We are on day 47 of the national strike, thus day 47 without public transit. And, yet, even in the dark, wet winter months, …

This holiday season, my fiancé and I decided to attack our travels a bit differently. For the last two weeks of 2019, we had two families to visit in two different states. Not wanting to deal with rushed holiday crowds at the airport and having not secured a proper pet sitter for our two dog…

File Fact: Telluride’s First Baby — Mabel Reddick Thomas, the “first white child” (according to reports) born in Telluride, celebrated her 99th birthday in California, Sept. 20, 1979. Her father was Telluride’s first postmaster.    

Christmas morning, a steady rain. A hushed good-bye in the dark while the Little One sleeps. A drive through Miami up to Lauderdale on empty freeways, roads that are usually bumper-to-bumper madhouse, a sort of LA Lite.

In the old days, I used to buy the occasional lottery ticket, a quick-pick version, since choosing important numbers was stressful. What appealed most would have been winning like the 110 people eating Chinese food once did, by playing the same correct five fortune cookie numbers, each one w…

My mother looks around the dining hall and sees that every table is occupied. Most of those here are sitting in wheelchairs. She'll ask, “Where did all these people come from?” Irene, who sits at the table next to ours pipes in, “We live here.”

Did anyone get a puppy for Christmas? Are you here on vacation with or without your pet? Do you live in town and everyone knows your dog? I can’t stop thinking about animals around this time of year because they tend to deliver some of the greatest stories of trouble, enjoyment and love all in one.

File Fact: December 24, 1880, the U.S. Postal carrier Swan Swanson perished in a severe snowstorm on Ophir Pass while delivering Christmas mail and packages from Silverton to Ophir.

This is heaven: two pan-fried poblano rellenos, stuffed with shrimp, smothered with creamy habañero sauce, a side of rice and pintos, a bowl of chips and some spicy salsa, fresh, homemade, topped off with a stiff house marg, con sal. That other heaven, with the fleecy clouds and the old geez…