My Latest Epic and Historical Hike: To An Abandoned Gold Mine Near Los Angeles!

May 31, 2017

There’s gold in them thar hills! Well, there used to be. And miners used this tunnel to dig it out of the San Gabriel Mountains.

My long Memorial Day weekend began with a fantastic hike to this gold mine, known as the Dawn Mine, in the mountains north of Altadena, California. I went with two friends, Mark and Brian, and it ended up being a half-day adventure! Read the rest of this entry »


California City, Here We Come! A Day Trip To the Mightiest Metropolis That Never Was

May 30, 2017

Here’s a great pic of me and my two friends Tavi and Jonathan, hanging out in the Mojave Desert:

If it looks like we’re in the middle of nowhere, well… we are. But there’s so much more to the story than that! There’s standing on the site of what could have been a great American city. But things didn’t turn out quite as planned… and what’s there now has to be seen to be believed. Read the rest of this entry »


ART SWAP! I Drew a Maze For a Friend, and Wait Until You See What He Created For Me

May 25, 2017

I’m a poet’s muse! I did an art swap with my friend Josh Lefkowitz from college. He’s an accomplished, award-winning, published poet, and I draw mazes (that win awards in my own head). So we did a trade. He wrote a poem for me, and I drew a maze for him.

The poem is incredible. This isn’t some nursery rhyme or greeting card pablum, it’s, like, literature. Wanna read it? Read the rest of this entry »


A New Workout in an Old Location. No, Wait, Make That TWO Old Locations!

May 24, 2017

I can’t believe it took me 15 years of living in Los Angeles before I checked out Ferndell. Shameful! Ferndell is a lovely 1/2-mile trail in Griffith Park that follows a meandering stream through a lush and green forest that seems downright out-of-place in a desert city like Los Angeles.

I’ve known that Ferndell was there. I even knew where it was. The trailhead is off a major street, Los Feliz Boulevard, that I’ve Read the rest of this entry »


I Love a Good Action Shot!

May 23, 2017

There are professional photographers at many of the stair races I do. And I got my hands on the pictures from my most recent race, in San Francisco!

There are often photographers at the starting line or finish line, but my favorite is when they’re Read the rest of this entry »


My New Goodies from Nuzest. PLUS, How You Can Save Big!

May 18, 2017

I got some new goodies from Nuzest! (Read to the end for details on how to use my coupon code for big savings!)

I received more Clean Lean Protein, and two of their newest products: Quick Vita Kick, and a Good Green Snack bar. The Good Green Snack bar is their first Read the rest of this entry »


Two Incredible Experiences, Back to Back: I Danced with Debbie Allen… and Spoke at the Getty Center!

May 16, 2017

What a fun couple days! On Sunday, I took a salsa dancing class from the legendary Debbie Allen. It was a blast!

Debbie Allen starred on the ’80s hit show Fame, and is currently on Grey’s Anatomy, playing Read the rest of this entry »


Let’s Bring Back Ham Salad! Who’s In? We Can Use This Extremely Healthy Recipe

May 15, 2017

I have a memory from my childhood of sitting at my grandparents’ kitchen table in Benton Harbor, Michigan, and eating a ham salad sandwich for lunch. Here’s me and my grandparents, Dorothy and Dean, from 1981, when I was 2 years old:

I was older when I ate that ham salad sandwich that I so vividly remember, but that’s the woman that made it. My grandma Dorothy used to make Read the rest of this entry »


I’ve Become a Costco Member. Please Share Your Costco Advice!

May 11, 2017

I never thought the day would come where I’d be a Costco member, but that day is here. And I have a creepy serial killer photo in the corner of my membership card to prove it!

Check out this creepster!

I’ve resisted Costco for years and years, mostly because I’m Read the rest of this entry »


I Eat These All The Time… But When I Saw Them Like This at the Store, I Had No Idea What They Were!

May 9, 2017

Anyone have any idea what these are?

I was stumped. Clearly pods of some kind, a little bit fuzzy, a little rounder and fuller than soybeans. It took me a moment to even find the sign, before I realized  Read the rest of this entry »