Friday, December 19, 2014

The Best Part of Christmas

I think I found most of these pictures from the Guardian and the LA Times.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas in L.A.

Here's how the weeks gone so far:

Making tamales with my friend Susie.  Of course I ate lots of 'em right away.

 Tending to the little ones.

 It's been so mild here, the roses are early.

Yup.  I'm making cookies.  More on that soon.

I still haven't sent any cards or finished my shopping!  You?  Really?

Friday, December 12, 2014

You Have A Voice - What Are You Going to Do With It?

Is it a good thing or a bad thing?  Most of these pictures

(New York anti-police violence march, via USUncut)

 (L.A. Garner/Brown/Racism protests)

 (India - Bhopal protest)

"Week in Pictures"

 (Hong Kong - Democracy protesters)

They come from all around the Globe.

 (Grand Central Station, NYC - Garner/Brown/Racism protests)

Depending on which side of an issue you are on

 (Mexican protests - Missing students)

these are people exercising their human and civil rights.  To others, they are "Enemies of the State".

 (U.S.: Garner/Brown/Racism/Police Brutality protests)

It's hard to say that any of these people have achieved gains by their actions.  So far.

 (Hong Kong Democracy protests)

Should they continue to bother?

 (France - Anti-Development protest)

What would you go out into the streets to defend?

(London - Loss of Affordable Housing Protest)

 (NYC - Garner/Brown/Racism/Police Brutality Protests also below)

What would be your slogan?

A very loved cousin un-friended me on Facebook last weekend.  He also doesn't want to talk to me anymore.  Ever.  He says that I obviously hate everything that he stands for.  If what people believe or endorse is diametrically opposed to what you believe, does that make you enemies for life?  Should you stay silent about your beliefs because you don't want to offend people you love?

I don't think so.  Life is messy, isn't it?  At what point does disagreement become war?  I don't want to know.  But more and more people are finding out.  It's a terrible truth.

It's nearly Christmas.  Wishing you a peaceful Holiday Season.  xoxoxo 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Carouge, Switzerland - Nearly Geneva, Part One

Well, Mr. Paradis has sworn

that we will never

set foot in Switzerland again.

Our holiday planned for Switzerland last September

fell apart in a very expensive way.

Bookings that were not honored.  Long elaborate fantasies that were spun by a certain travel accommodations booking agency.  And a great deal of my time wasted on the phone with dishonest people.  It happens, I guess, doesn't it?  But it's discouraging.  It makes you very distrustful.

Train passes had to be cancelled and were not fully refunded.

I had had a lovely image of Switzerland.  A nation that loves its chocolate and its cows  (Two of my favorite things!)  What's not to like?

I had really wanted to see its mountains in all their glory.  Something I hadn't done since college.

When I was half asleep on a night train at Christmas.

Our travel book did not really even cover Geneva.  The writers seem to think it's uninteresting.

But since we were only 40 minutes away.  We felt we had to visit.

We went on a Friday, so missed the Carouge Saturday market.  Which is supposed

to be one of the biggest flea markets in Europe.

I did think that Carouge was a lovely place.  The kind that is ever more disappearing these days.

It's a village which seems to have become a suburb just to the Southeast of Geneva.  If you want to see more, do come back for Part Two!  Would you go to Geneva just to see this?  I might.  I would visit Carouge again.  But I would have a different plan for the rest of Switzerland.  You know what?  Even the Lindt chocolate let me down!  It's so sad to have to say that.

But Carouge Part Two?  You'll see.......

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mojave, Not Vegas

From vast emptiness

to something not quite -

Dirt Bikers? (above)

Dirt Sailors?  It's a place of the unexpected.

Like, for example, this restaurant of plenty and of personality:

the Mad Greek, Baker, CA

Which you kind of need.  On your 4-hour journey from L.A. to Vegas.

Or more so even

on your 8-hour return journey back!  On Thanksgiving Weekend.

  In the rain.  The Paradis family will skip the Thanksgiving part next time.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Just Cuz It's Friday...........

And I've put my feet up.

And tried to

turn off my brain......

Doesn't mean I've stopped

thinking of you.

No, I'm here to wish you.  A.

PhenomEnAl Weekend!  

(We're in December already?  Really?)

First six pics: via Bungalow Classic, last one via the Guardian