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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 …


Boyle Heights Doesn't Need Your Vegan Pozole

Building a Bulwark for Boyle Heights

My father’s heart is failing. It is deeply surreal to trail an ambulance with its sirens blaring and know that the man most responsible for your commitment to fight for …