Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, 4/1/2017

Poppies, poppies everywhere!  I took a drive out to Lancaster to check out the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve this past weekend.  Like my trip to Anza-Borrego desert a few weeks ago, I went on a Saturday (ignoring my own advice).  Not the best idea, but it was still a beautiful and peaceful experience.  I parked about a mile away on Lancaster Road and walked in.  If you’re going to go, I suggest opting for a weekday if you can.  The yellow flower fields were taken on my drive back to Los Angeles, a few miles from the reserve.



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Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers, 2017

With every rainfall over the winter, I’ve been thinking about the prospect of wildflowers!  Yesterday, I ventured out to the Anza-Borrego Desert to see what had bloomed!  On the way from LA, I stopped in Aguanga to check out Ricardo Breceda’s sculptures.  Once I was able to get through the traffic and arrived in Borrego Springs, I happily went on my search for flowers!  I didn’t have to venture very far off the beaten path.  The desert is in full bloom and the surrounding air was intoxicating. Desert Sunflowers, Chuparosa, Purple Mat, Wild Heliotrope, Checker Fiddleneck, , Sand Verbena and lots more!

(It seemed like half of Southern California had the same idea as it was mobbed!  I suggest going soon if you’re interested in experiencing an overload of beauty, but go on a weekday if possible.)

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My new book, Love is a Temporary Nuisance, is now available on Amazon!

My new book, “Love is a Temporary Nuisance” is available now on Amazon!  It’s a companion to my first book, “Migraines, the Metro and an Occasional Muse”, which was inspired by migraine pain. My latest book is a collection of haikus about love as illustrated with street art. Love gone wrong, manic, tainted, dysfunctional and sometimes the rarest kind- true love!

Available now at


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Photo set: Hellride at the Standing Room, Hermosa Beach 1/14/2017

Mike Watt, Stephen Perkins and Peter DiStefano: HELLRIDE! The Standing Room in Hermosa Beach, CA on 1/14/2017

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Temple of the Dog, West Coast 2016

As the year is coming to a close, I’m reflecting back thinking about all of those shows I went to, trying to pick the best one.  My top pick was not one, but a whole leg of a tour.  By far, my favorite concert experience of the year was Temple of the Dog’s West Coast tour!  I attended all five shows- two in San Francisco, one in Los Angeles and two in Seattle.  Temple had never toured and I wasn’t taking any chances that they’d tour in the future, so I went to all of them!  Sometimes it was on a hope and a prayer, especially for the Paramount shows in Seattle as tickets were very hard to get.

Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog are all very important to me and have been for decades.  Since first hearing Pearl Jam and Soundgarden in the 90s, to later discovering MLB (as a result of TOTD), I don’t think a week of my life has gone by without listening to one of their albums.  Fantastic Negrito opened each show and I thoroughly enjoyed his set too.  Check him out if you haven’t heard of him.  After seeing him for the first time in SF night one, I made a point to be in the venue at doors so as not to miss him.

I was lucky enough to get the setlist night one in Seattle:


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