Sleep Zone

16 Dec 18
Crazy Talks....

since I posted anything to this blog. Not even a pic?  I took loads with the comment “Aah need it for my blog”. Apologies for my long absence to my non-existence fans 😉  Who am I kidding? Probably no one is looking to see a notification from Hira. Meh! PS: Am fishing for some Missed […]

16 Dec 18
Take a Ride on My Mood Swing

I’ve never ever been one to respond well to any of their anti depressnts that allegedly help with anxiety. In fact, stuff like Paxil that was supposed to specifically lessen the anxiety, made me more anxious and paranoid. Knowing this, however, I still asked the nurse doc if we could try Wellbutrin again. I’m desperate […]

16 Dec 18
Finding my voice

In the painting above: me chilling on the beach! In the previous rant I mentioned that I have had some experience with life coaching (me being the coachee of course, not the coach). I may have implied (lol, or explicitly stated) that I did not enjoy the experience, but in life a lot of the […]

16 Dec 18
Wild Woman Travel

The final leg of my journey, I can practically do in my sleep.  After almost two months on the road, I am ready, SO ready, to go home to Boston.  And this final leg from my hometown of Dover, Delaware to my current home and village where I have lived for over 30 years, Jamaica […]

16 Dec 18
Austin and Rory

That’s right peeps, we might be a little late, or perhaps not even arriving at the station when it comes to speech and language, but Austin can say Santa (well, kind of) and I know who the big guy is, I just can’t be arsed to participate in your ‘where’s Santa’ games and my tube […]

16 Dec 18
I am Petrafied

A separation is never easy, but breaking up right before the festive season can be extremely cruel. Whilst ALL the couples you are facebook-friends with are posting those so much in love with each other in our chunky knit jumpers pictures (not even mentioning the baby with Christmas tree ones) you go home alone, watch tv alone, […]

16 Dec 18
Everything Eventing

My posts about my vacations tend to come very late since I usually come home and jump right back into real life. This time was no exception, as I got back from Scotland and immediately had to deal with my car that wouldn’t start and a busy week at work. Welcome home! I’ve had some […]

16 Dec 18

by Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional (EZLN) To all of the individuals, groups, collectives, and organizations of the CIG Support Networks: To the Networks of Resistance and Rebellion or whatever you call them: To the National and International Sixth: Given that: It’s the middle of the night. And that: It’s cold out. And that: At […]

16 Dec 18
Sean van der Lee

“It’s about a big flood. The water comes out of nowhere. The storm hits the desert but it’s like no storm that’s ever been seen before – the flash flood keeps flowing and flowing. People ignore evacuation warnings and are stranded in their homes. It focuses on one family in particular, where people from outside […]

16 Dec 18
WONDROUS

I pick out flowers among other blooms. The beauty of the flowers do make me smile every time. Thou sometimes it’s just a cheap flower sell by Indian uncle in front of one’s shop, I don’t mind it at all. In fact that’s how I shove myself with love. I’ll put in the vase with […]

16 Dec 18
An Unsung Anthology

— They come inevitably at night, As if they were part of my sight. — They come gasping air breathlessly, And make me feel awful and silly. — They come as storm of devastation, As if to destroy my dream’s mansion. — They come crawling over my skin to heart, And penetrate deep into my […]

16 Dec 18
SCNG
When Van Nuys resident Raanen Bozzio, 28, entertains a visitor from out of town, he often takes them on a hike at Fryman Canyon Park in Studio City. “It’s my favorite spot. I come here myself about once a week,” he said on the way to his car parked by the trailhead off Mulholland Drive after a Wednesday afternoon hike. He’s not alone. The winding trails shaded by chaparral and California black walnut trees are considered a prime spot for Angelenos looking to retreat outdoors relatively close to home, and next door to an affluent community reportedly home to George Clooney. But like many recreational spots in the city, weekend parking becomes an issue as lots fill up and hikers hunt for spots on residential streets. For folks like Bozzio, parking at Fryman is about to get harder now that the Los Angeles City Council approved on Tuesday the expansion of a preferential parking zone for Fryman Canyon Park neighborhood residents. The Fryman Canyon parking lot is small and residents complain about too many cars being parked in their neighborhood. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Hikers and dog walkers will face new parking limitations and higher risk of getting slammed with unexpected tickets. But to many Fryman Canyon homeowners, the news comes as a relief. While restricted residential parking zones are common in Los Angeles, critics say such restrictions are a manifestation of NIMBYISM and unwarranted privatization of taxpayer-funded streets. Residents themselves, however, complain of lack of parking, disrespectful visitors and public safety concerns. For Fryman Canyon, the City Council unanimously approved an expanded and permanent preferential parking zone following a Los Angeles Department of Transportation study of the area conducted on a Saturday this past May, which found that at least 85 percent of legal street parking spaces in the span of two blocks were occupied. To see the expanded preferential parking zone, go here. Once LA Department of Transportation moves forward with the plan, likely not until next year, non-resident drivers will be unable to park on upward of two dozen streets – some not at all, others for just two daytime hours – unless they have a special parking placard. Only residentsof the neighborhood in the restricted parking area can buy the permits, for themselves and their guests, for $34 each. [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] Related links Architects of LA River Masterplan to hear out residents in Studio City, North Hollywood Homeless find secure place to sleep at North Hills parking lot Studio City Greenway gets $150K grant to revamp stretch of LA River for ‘vibrant open space’ [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian requested the expansion of parking limitations in the area last year to provide “immediate relief from the lack of parking caused by excessive vehicles and pedestrian traffic from those visiting the area for recreational activities.” Janet Loeb, a resident of the neighborhood for more than 20 years, has been a key driver of the new parking designations. She said she spoke to local wildfire experts who determined that the neighborhood’s narrow streets lined with cars can pose a fire safety threat. “We love hikers in this area, don’t get me wrong, and we’re not trying to take away parking. We just want to make it safe,” she said. Seeing images from the devastating Camp Fire in the northern California town of Paradise made her think about her neighborhood’s own evacuation plan. “Every time Santa Ana winds blow, we’re on alert. I mean it’s scary. This is us trying to make ourselves feel like we can get out and we have a plan. We’re doing everything we can and this is one step.” Preferential parking districts trace their roots to the 1970s, when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the program’s constitutionality. While detractors complained that they allowed wealthy individuals to unfairly control public space, the zones quickly became popular in cities across the country. Over 100 of such zones exist in LA today. In the San Fernando Valley, they include swaths of Toluca Lake, chunks of streets off Ventura Bouilevard in Studio City, blocks around the Sherman Oaks Galleria and nearby schools like Notre Dame High School and LA Valley College. But not all Studio City residents supported the Fryman Canyon parking restrictions, which required petitions signed by 75 percent of the neighborhood’s homeowners. President of the Studio City Neighborhood Council Patrick Lewis voted against the zone and was outspoken about his concerns with resident preferential parking. He noted that most Studio City residents have driveways of their own, and he wasn’t convinced residents struggle with parking by their homes. “This is the product of a lot of of people who are very supportive of poor people in the community as long as they don’t have to see them or let them park on their streets,” he said. “It’s hypocritical and it’s ridiculous.” “It’s NIMBYISM at its absolute finest,” he went on. “Local politicians are controlled by the homeowners, not the busboy at the sushi restaurant,” referring to other such parking zones in Studio City around Ventura Boulevard.
16 Dec 18
Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

December 16, 2018 by Denis A. Conroy for the Saker blog “The cause of laughter is simply the sudden perception of the incongruity between a concept and the real project”. Arthur Schopenhauer. The concept of Founding Fathers as distinct from Founding Mothers is a prime example of thought that might do more than merely titillate […]

16 Dec 18
Rosalyn Abankwah

When you look back on 2018, don’t think of the pain you felt.  Think of the strength you gained, and appreciate how far you’ve come.  You’ve been through a lot in the past year, but you’ve grown a lot too.  Give yourself credit for your resilience, and then step forward again with grace. The next […]

16 Dec 18
Close to Nothing

Maybe you live somewhere sunny and 75, and winter isn’t all that different from summer except that there aren’t any leaves on the trees. There’s no need to change your routine because the weather isn’t against you. But here, in the North, the weather can always be against you. Roads are icy, visibility sucks. It […]