April Showers

“The three great elemental sounds in nature are
the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood,
and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.”
Henry Beston

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Go Fly A Kite

“True courage is like a kite;
a contrary wind raises it higher.”
John Petit-Senn

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Today is the 42nd Annual Redondo Beach Kite Festival at the Redondo Beach Pier. It’s a spectacular festival for kite lovers and is also Southern California’s longest running kite festival. As an avid kite connoisseur, I must say the variety of kites are spectacular.

I’ve enjoyed kite flying since I was a little girl and up into my adult life. When my son was born, I had several of my old large kites decorating his bedroom ceiling and walls.

My son’s favorite super hero is Superman. I remember when my son was four years old I bought him a very cool Superman kite. When we would fly this kite, the kite would sway up in the sky just like a flying Superman.

The last time we flew the Superman kite it was a rather windy day in the park and my young son kept wanting me to hand him the kite for him to fly. I reluctantly handed him the kite string holder when a big wind kicked up. My son released the Superman kite and the kite disappeared over some houses near the park. We both ran where we believed the kite had landed, and fortunately were able to get the kite down from a tree. The kite was badly damaged. Later when we got home, I was able to piece the kite back together, but we never flew the kite again. For many years my son saved the Superman kite, but I think he eventually parted with his favorite kite.

If you have young children or grandchildren, you might want to give kite flying a try. And if you’re looking for a cheap and entertaining hobby to share with young children, I say, go fly a kite.

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Days Gone By

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and
the thrill of creative effort.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Most Angelenos may not know, but for generations Los Angeles has been renowned as one of the world’s great mural capitals. This is due mostly to the government-funded Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) which hired hundreds of artists who collectively created more than 100,000 paintings and murals and over 18,000 sculptures across America.

The WPA Project was part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal during the Great Depression (1929-1943). Some of the 20th century’s greatest visual artists were employed by the Project under the guidance of the WPA.

Thanks to the WPA, there are three beautiful oil on canvas murals at the Redondo Beach post office painted by Paul Sample in 1937. These striking, colorful, insightful murals are an urban canvas expressing the history, concerns and aspirations of a community during the turn of the 19th century.

Although I don’t visit the post office often these days, when I do go to the post office I always enjoy seeing the murals. The murals remind me of the history and beauty of Redondo Beach in days gone by.

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Farewell to Palms

Madame, all stories, if continued far enough,
end in death, and he is no true-story teller
who would keep that from you.”

Ernest Hemingway

Farewell to Palms

The landscape crew began work on the landscape renovation. Every morning we are awaken by cement drilling and chainsaws.

We were notified of the renovation, but none of us were aware of how much pollution from sound and debris this would entail.

We’ve lived in our place for over ten years and everyday we watched the world through a beautiful seventy-five foot Fruit of the date palm tree. Today is a very sad day for me because they cut and removed the palm from our view.

Our Palm Tree

My husband never liked how the palm tree blocked our view and was a haven for crows, squirrels and other critters. I liked the tree because it gave us shelter from the hot sun during the late afternoons and I liked all the birds and squirrels. One year we even had a momma squirrel raise her family of babies in the tree. See my post: Squirrel Family

I realize it’s just a tree and there’s other more important things in life. I know nothing lasts for ever, but it still doesn’t make it easier to say farewell to palms.

Shine On

Gray Whales Return to Redondo

“The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope.
Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning:
we are all in the same boat.”
Jacques Yves Cousteau

Gray Whales Return to Redondo

Photo from our local paper.

For the past few days, my husband and I have watched as several Gray whales play in the waters off Redondo Beach.

First you see them leap out of the water extending their massive bodies into the air and then slamming back down on to the water which is known as breaching. A few seconds later, their distinctive V-shaped blow can be seen as they travel southward for their fall migration.

Gray whales make one of the longest migrations of any mammal on earth. Every year they swim more than 10,000 miles roundtrip, between nursery lagoons in Mexico to feeding grounds in the Arctic. This Southward migration is led by pregnant females in a hurry to reach the warm birthing and nursery lagoons in Mexico. The whales usually travel within 2 miles off shore and makes this one of the few whale migrations that can be seen from shore.

For me, this is such an astonishing sight to behold when the Gray whales return to Redondo.

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