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April 30, 2011

Signs of Saturday: LATFOB

veronique's book

You guys! I wrote a book!

And I'm signing it today from noon until 2 p.m at the Angel City Press booth at the LA Times Festival of Books. Come and say hello, browse Angel City's lovely offerings, and meet some of its other authors. (Including LAO's creator, the Big Kahuna himself, Kevin Roderick.)

Then at 3 p.m., I'm moderating a panel with three amazing writers, Diana Wagman, Gabrielle Burton, and Michelle Latiolais.

See you there!

April 29, 2011

When construction increases

It baffles me that economic growth is gauged by "housing starts", as in how many new houses are being built. Because the flip side of that is open land that's vanishing. We've had a lot of that in Malibu, houses and fences going up in the mountains. And as a result, here are a few creatures we don't see as much any more:

It's been a few years since I've seen bobcats at the barn:Bobcats in Malibu

Bobcats in Malibu

Or roadrunners:Roadrunner

Even coyotes, which were as common as crows a few years back (and which I am quite likely in the minority in admiring) are keeping their distance. coyote

April 28, 2011

For no reason at all

maisie in paradise

This shot of the tiny Labrador hard at work always makes me laugh.

April 27, 2011

From the archives: The Malibu Trading Post

Malibu Trading Post

I look at those untouched, undeveloped hills and still can imagine the guy in the woody, annoyed there's another car in the lot, moaning about how much Malibu has changed.

Amen, brother.

April 26, 2011

Moving forward


Jake peers into the future. What does he see?

April 25, 2011

The beach road

easter sunshine

This place just leaves me speechless.

April 24, 2011

Almost a sunrise

morning gray It wasn't so much a sunrise this morning as a glowing spot on the eastern horizon.

It was definitely a bunny near the beach path, though.

I smell chocolate on his breath.


April 23, 2011

Signs of Saturday: Malibu Library

temporary library

Our branch of the LA County Public Library is getting a face lift so in the meanwhile, the former LA County Sheriff's station is standing in as book central in our little city.

There's a fairly robust DVD and video selection, computers, of course, and shelves where patrons who have ordered books online (the entire catalog of the entire County system is at your beck and call) can pick up their selections.

All in all, a nice, small-town solution to the void left while the main library remains closed.

April 22, 2011

Just a little north of here


Here's the drive to my local Home Depot, along a gloriously undeveloped stretch of PCH in Ventura County.

And if you know where to look, there are remnants of the old PCH, the part that hasn't yet crumbled into the sea.

old PCH

April 21, 2011

Off to see the wizard

It was SRO at a great "Wizard of Oz" production here in Malibu earlier this month. The kids and sets and costumes were amazing:

Wizard of Oz play in Malibu

But every bit as interesting as the play on the stage:

Wizard of Oz play in Malibu

Was this little girl in the audience, transfixed and transported.

Wizard of Oz play in Malibu

Wizard of Oz play in Malibu

And longing to give Toto a quick pat on the head.

April 20, 2011


chilly morning breeze

Just a pool of water, a bit of sun and the morning breeze.

April 19, 2011

The bachelors

They're still hanging around, the bachelor ducks, the ones who didn't quite make the mating cut this spring. They visit the pond each day at dawn, paddle around and break the silence with a few wisequacks. (Sorry.)ducks

Perhaps they're remembering the guy who got the girl:
duck pair

And how that all turned out:

April 18, 2011

Yet another Monday

R u ok?

r u OK?

R u sure?
r u OK?

April 17, 2011

California poppies

california poppy



Here it is, our state flower, blooming everywhere you look on the Point Dume headlands.

April 16, 2011

Signs of Saturday: Free Tim Riggins!

Free Tim Riggins!

There are two groups of people when it comes to "Friday Night Lights" -- the ones who love it, and the ones who have never seen it.

April 15, 2011

Morning in paradise

paradise cove pier

paradise cove pier

paradise cove pier

Is there a prettier place on earth?

April 14, 2011


When the view from the bluff is like this:
the view from here today

You just have to get closer, down to the actual beach:
beachy morning

Where great flights of pelicans are moving through in slow, sinuous formation:
flight of pelicans

And a few are content to just catch some rays:
pelican dries off

April 13, 2011

It's kinda cloudy here today

chilly here today

The sun's losing its fight with the cloud cover this morning, but flowers on the fire road feel like a bookmark for spring.

April 12, 2011

That certain glow

sun comes

Some days, the less said, the better.

April 11, 2011



It began again in February, a few female ducks hanging out at the pond. As in years before, a lot of male ducks appeared and each did everything he could to persuade the girls to pleaseplease give his DNA a chance.

The best man won and for a few weeks, the happy couple paddled around together. About a month ago, sightings of the female grew brief and infrequent.

Today, she showed us why. Ducklings!


April 10, 2011


storm passes

Lots of (chilly) drama but no rain.

April 9, 2011

Signs of Saturday: local landmarks

In its heyday (Hi Melissa!) it was this:

Kareem and Melissa

When the shopping center changed hands, the new owners made 'improvements' like this:
such a mess

Which gave way to this:
diesel's going out of biz sale

And this:

For a week or so it was this:

And now, it's this:
Diesel Books, erased.

End of story for Diesel Books in Malibu? Hmmm, I wouldn't be so sure...

April 8, 2011

The little dog

hot dog

I'm never sure which to marvel at first -- the tiny Labrador's constant level of joy, or, let's be honest, that tongue.

April 7, 2011

More Malibu wildflowers

Sometimes here at the edge of the continent, even with photographic proof, I feel like I'm making this stuff up.



April 6, 2011

Point Dume is in bloom


A friend and I went to Point Dume yesterday where, in addition to all the wildflowers, we saw pods of dolphins and flights of pelicans and some disturbingly large rabbits.



April 5, 2011

They're back!

egrets nesting

egrets nesting


The egrets are back, building nests and delighting passersby (well, maybe not all passersby) as they get ready to raise a new generation of the gorgeous (and goofy) birds.

April 4, 2011



The wisteria's blooming, filling the yard with scent and color.

April 3, 2011



Blue sea glass, always a favorite.

April 2, 2011

Signs of Saturday: Happy birthday!

malibu medallion

The city of Malibu had a birthday bash last week to celebrate 20 years of incorporation. I managed to take one no-so-fab photo of the commemorative medallion in the new park.

Read between the lines (and sometimes, right there in the headlines) of the news stories of that era and you'll see no one thought it would last.


April 1, 2011

Hot hot hot

hot dog

It was 91 degrees here yesterday, the first truly warm day in over a year.

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