Celebrate Chinese New Year in Beauty and Authenticity at Hsi Lai Temple

Chinese New Year Hsi Lai

Happy Year of the Monkey!! I absolutely LOVE Chinese New Year!  There is something so festive about it, something that really resonates with me and my love of fresh starts and new beginnings.  Based in a culture where good fortune is always the coveted prize, rituals and traditions of this…

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Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch Like a Forest of Tranquility

Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch

  Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch I am a complete sucker for art installations, but not necessarily the type that you would find at a museum, but rather the kind that sits along the road, outside, enduring the elements of nature day after day.    Perhaps it is because they oftentimes are as…

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Elvis and his Palm Springs Honeymoon Hideaway

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Tucked away in a tiny cul-de-sac in an upscale postmodern neighborhood in Palm Springs, sits a house that is made famous by one person- Elvis.  As if the home didn’t have enough bragging rights already from its history, design, and previous owners, the most lasting and powerful connection came as the Midas…

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The Bunny Museum-The Hoppiest Place in the World

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I’m always on the hunt for a truly unique place to write about, and when the Bunny Museum was brought to my attention, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to visit.  It is one of those places that is best described in the numerous awards that it has received, from adjectives…

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Murphy’s Ranch – Abandoned Nazi Compound in Los Angeles

Murphy's ranch

Murphy’s Ranch is a place that has the lure of mystery and intrigue, with its crazy history of being a Nazi compound right here in Los Angeles.  It sounds ridiculous to think that there once possibly was a haven set up here for the Third Reich, but that is the…

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