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I Dish Out the Food Your Supermarket Can’t Use

In the spring of 2009, my teenage daughter and I attended a memorial service in Pasadena, California, followed by a family-style luncheon. After the service, the retired clergyman who had …


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The Afterlife of an El Sereno Post Office

In 2011, after months of arduous searching, I happened upon a listing of a former U.S. Post Office for sale in the El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles. At the …


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Shakespeare Would Have Loved L.A.

I spent the entire July Fourth holiday last year making a roast. Not one you’d ever want to eat—it was made of old tights wrapped around a bag of tiny …


Becoming a Valley Girl

Becoming a Valley Girl

I live in the San Fernando Valley.

I never dreamed I would ever say these words. I grew up on the Westside of Los Angeles in the 1970s, and the part …