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Donna
Los Angeles
Beyond smog and traffic, blue skies and green mountains. Let's meet there.
Interests: I love to dance, play piano and hike in the mountains. I read fiction like David Sedaris and nonfiction like William Greider's The Soul of Capitalism, Paul Hawken's The Ecology of Commerce, John Robbins (his book The Food Revolution had a lasting impact on my diet) and Jared Diamond. My in-progress adventure, seeking clean air, was reinforced by the book 2.0: How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives by Finding The Where of their Happiness by Rich Karigaard.
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Today the High Sierra Jazz Band hosts the annual 2014 Jazz Affair where top-rated jazz bands from coast to coast will be heard all weekend in Three Rivers, California Friday April 11, 2014- Sunday April 13, 2014. Enjoy American jazz... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Chasing Clean Air
Thanks for sharing. I wonder if the radiation concern was a reason that satellite dish job is past-tense for you?
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As a travel writer, for many years I saw first-hand climate change devastation. Saw California wildfires' smoke (resulting from our long drought) drifting into Banff, Canada when I wrote a clean air review. What's that haze? Meanwhile Canadian locals talked... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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I recently received a press release about the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Clean Air. Away from civilization in the hills near Big Sur -- about half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. After writing about benefits of a wireless... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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What's in the air and how does it make you feel? Dirty diesel, aerial pesticide, car exhaust and... Four teenagers, laughing, flirting, snapping cell phone photos on the bus. I sat across from the happy travelers and felt happy, too.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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Ahnu Sugarpine Boot Review Life is better with the right gear! Finally! A functional hiking boot, light enough to upgrade to the go-to-all-around travel shoe! When you travel to hike, walk, and dance, not to mention the occasional night out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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There is a healthy oak tree growing between office buildings. Protected. Appreciating the rarity that someone would give up building additional offices to rent and make more money in order to save a tree, (This is a commercial zone in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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Have you wondered what it would be like to be a National Geographic photographer? Me, too. What skills and creative insights make unique take-your-breath-away images? Enter... The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons offered by The Great Courses, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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What an opportunity! Do you realize people travel around the world to enjoy Yosemite, which is in our backyard? Approximately 4 hours by car from both Los Angeles and San Francisco, and longer by Amtrak train combined with buses, because... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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Jamzilla! The busiest freeway stretch in the world is closing! What will happen in Los Angeles when the 405 freeway closes for 4 days? Peaceful or a mess? The massive closure is happening during President's weekend. Four days between February... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
Numerous? Lucky you! Would love to see your photos and hear more!
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birdwatchingeastafrica.com Love was in the air today at the 2014 Los Angeles Times Travel Show where I met honeymooners Chege and Justine, tour operators of African safaris from Kenya! Yes, these naturalist safari guides, with amazing photo skills, just married... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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I'm a bird-watcher. Very amateurish, I'll add. I purchased binoculars at Adventure 16 for the occasion of my first Audubon hike. More eyes rolled at my little guy, as huge, difficult to hold, professional binoculars came out. Wow! I actually... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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The 2014 LA Times Travel Show takes place this weekend - January 18th and 19th, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Traveling on a budget, love adventure, wine, or how about music festivals? Booths representing countries from around the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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Happy New Year, 2014! My new year's resolutions: Stay in touch with clean air readers and friends. Get Chasing Clean Air TV show in front of people who will enjoy watching clean air travels with anecdotes about air quality, with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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Naftali Camiel Took Amtrak Train To San Diego Friends and family have been calling about their travels this 2013 Thanksgiving almost weekend. Naftali wins the green travel award because starting in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, he walked,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Chasing Clean Air
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It's a luxury to be understood! Understand the intelligent turkey! Rather than eating one, adopt a turkey at The Farm Sanctuary. Click here for general information. And the Los Angeles Farm Sanctuary Rescue. What a great idea for a family... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Chasing Clean Air
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This is my review using AmazonFresh for the first time. As luck would have it, my first cold in years descended--Ha-chooo!--on my nose, chest, and refrigerator. I'm hungry! Rather than depend on friends to help with groceries now that Los... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at Chasing Clean Air
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Extreme climate change events include the 2013 Philippines Typhoon Haiyan disaster. One of strongest storms of all times - 195 mph winds. When you heat up oceans and the air is warmer and moist, as it is in the Philippines,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Chasing Clean Air
I wonder as an experiment if you might relax with a book and or Netflix enroute on Amtrak to Cary, and spend the night at local motel near your dad. Enjoy breakfast the next day, relax, and take train home later. I'm doing my best to navigate with what is. Anyway, you might try dealing with what exists and see how you do without car. If that makes sense, let me know... Best wishes, Donna
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How To Live Well Without Owning A Car: Save money, breathe easier, and get more mileage out of life is an informative, inspirational guidebook to going carless. Or car-less, hyphenated, as Chris Balish's 2006 book describes in this gem of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2013 at Chasing Clean Air
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Going carless in Los Angeles for me means a lot of walking. I look to my right! Left! Up. Swooping down. He's hiding! Peek-a-boo! I see you! Focus. Snap. Ahhh! Woody-the-Woodpecker! (Acorn Woodpecker) and Goldie-the-American-Goldfinch! A smorgasboard of colors in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Chasing Clean Air
Thanks for your thoughts and I respectfully disagree. By the way, I'm typing as I ride a Metro bus in Los Angeles. I find LA to be very bus friendly. You'd be surprised. Most cities are set up with buses due to density of population and their needs. Small towns may not have the people and resources to support bus lines adequately.
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Chasing clean air. Being clean air trumps chasing. Let me introduce you to my new carless lifestyle. I solely ride the bus, mostly Big Blue, in Los Angeles. No extra carbon emissions from me! I upgraded my 13-Ride Big Blue... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at Chasing Clean Air
Thanks for your wishes, Irene! It's nice to hear from you!
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