“To say I love Los Angeles is to say
I love its shadows and nightlights,
its meandering streets,
the stretch of sunset-colored beaches.
It’s to say I love the squawking wild parrots,
the palm trees that fail to topple in robust winds,
that within a half hour of L.A.’s center
you can cavort in snow, deserts, mountains, beaches.

If it were May, hydrangeas and jacaranda
flowers in the streetside trees would be
blooming through the smog of late spring.
Wisteria in Masuda’s front yard would be
shaking out the long tresses of its purple hair.
Maybe mosquitoes, moths, or a few orange butterflies
settling on the lattice of monkey flowers
tangled in chain-link fences by the trash.

But this is November, and Los Angeles
seethes like a billboard under twilight.
From used-car lots and the movie houses uptown,
a brilliant fluorescence breaks out
and makes war with the dim squares
of yellow kitchen light winking on
in all the side streets of the Barrio “

-Hongo

11 Bits of Wisdom from the Dalai Lama

1. Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.

2. Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.

3. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

4. Silence is sometimes the best answer.

5. Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.

6. Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.

7. If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.

8. This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.

9. Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.

10. People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.

11. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

When we get angry, we suffer. If you really understand that, you also will be able to understand that when the other person is angry, it means that she is suffering. When someone insults you or behaves violently towards you, you have to be intelligent enough to see that the person suffers from his own violence and anger. But we tend to forget. We think that we are the only one that suffers, and the other person is our oppressor.
—  Thich Nhat Hanh

Here’s a photo of my little pal, Heavy B. as a sort of virtual hug to those of us who could use one today. 😽

There’s nothing quite like spending time with animals, big and small. Compassion is the fashion, especially now. We need to extend compassion and kindness to our animal friends as well as each other. Please keep this in mind when making choices for yourself (food, clothing, makeup/hygienic items, household cleaning products, etc). Making small, compassionate choices has a huge impact on the lives of others and our planet. Please think about how the choices YOU make effect life. If we all take baby steps in these areas we can make the world a better place for all beings! ✌🏾️💞🌎😺🦃🐮🐷🐶🤔