California Christmas

On Christmas Day we drove down to Hermosa Beach to exchange gifts and have breakfast over at my daughters grandparents home. Eve’s grandparents are John and Marilyn Neuhart, parents of my first husband and dear friend Ben Neuhart. I’ve been celebrating Christmas morning at their home fairly regularly, over twenty something years, ever since I… Continue reading California Christmas

Components of Great Art

“Art arises when the secret vision of the artistand the manifestation of nature agree to find new shapes.” – Kahlil Gibran My muse and partner, visionary artist Greg Spalenka, speaks of three main components of great art. This trinity applies to all the arts within the sensory realm, from the spectrum of the visual, auditory,… Continue reading Components of Great Art


“design is a connection between things. It is not water, or a chicken or the tree. It is how the water, the chicken and the tree are connected. It’s the opposite of what we are taught in school. Education takes everything and pulls it apart and makes no connections at all. Permaculture makes the connection… Continue reading Connection

The Garden, part 2

Last Friday was the first day of the Native Pant Sale at the Theodore Payne Foundation. We are re-doing our landscape to incorporate as many indigenous plants as possible. Early last Friday my mom and I trekked out to Sun Valley to purchase natives. I arrived back in the Santa Monica Mountains with a treasure… Continue reading The Garden, part 2