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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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The City of Porterville is located in California's San Joaquin Valley, which has some of the worst air pollution in the United States. So the benefits of deploying the EV350 all-electric buses are huge and include cleaner air and quieter... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Chasing Clean Air
"Will you join me and my wife Nola on a 10-day Grand Princess Mexican Cruise? We need help." I considered my elderly father's request against claustrophobia, motion sickness, and stuck-with-people-I-might-not-like syndrome. And love of father won. I threw my fears... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at Chasing Clean Air
With fire comes smoke with smoke comes masks (selling out in California hardware stores), with masks come the desire for breathing clean air and using indoor air purifiers. My favorite air purifier company, Swiss-based IQAir, just introduced Atem, a personal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Chasing Clean Air
The Self-Sufficiency Handbook by Alan and Gill Bridgewater: Your Complete Guide To A Self-Sufficient Home, Garden, and Kitchen is an eye-opening book that dovetails Walden by Henry David Thoreau and Cottage Economy by William Cobbett, showcasing modern ideas on how... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at Chasing Clean Air
Mom Loves Elephant in Africa Mom taught me to love animals and fellow-human beings, and to promote understanding and wellness for all. Ideals sorely at odds with the Trump administration, promoting the unthinkable. Update this Friday evening: Trump will think... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Chasing Clean Air
Learn about air pollution and leaf blowers on KCET. Socal Connected investigates motorized outdoor equipment including leaf blowers and lawnmowers, which may surpass cars as California's top pollutant. In a joint investigation with FairWarning, SoCal Connected looks at the politics... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Chasing Clean Air
San Francisco Bay, Clean Air Day More livable cities. We all want them. San Francisco, New York, and Boston made the 2017 Smart Cities Index, a culmination of the top 100 cities worldwide based on research at the forefront of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Chasing Clean Air
It is heart-wrenching to watch fires eat away at beautiful Mendocino, Sonoma and Napa Counties -- where tourism and wineries normally flourish. I read that strong winds combined with drought conditions, and downed power lines may be the mix that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Chasing Clean Air
Hey, Californians! There's a new commuter train in town! And it's SMART. The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit - SMART train - starts service this Friday, August 25, 2017. Free rides are offered opening day on their route between Marin's downtown... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Chasing Clean Air
Redwoods of Mendocino Giant Sequoia National Monument is one of 27 National Monuments under scrutiny by Trump's team in charge of the parks. You must comment by July 10, 2017 and tell them under no conditions should they stop protecting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Chasing Clean Air
Thank you, Irene. Yes, my mom was very intelligent, creative, liberal, and upbeat with a song in her voice.
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Joyce Elaine Barnett "I sure had fun getting old!" Mom reflected after a diagnosis that would take her life within two months. My blog and travel writing stopped and I became Mom's caregiver. She was my inspiration for all things... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Chasing Clean Air
Swiss-made IQAir Healthpro Plus is my trusted air purifier. Situated in my bedroom, I feel safer breathing at night because living in the city of angels and traffic is, let's face it, dirty. I was recently in need of new... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Chasing Clean Air
Welcome to Mendocino's Premier Pinot Noir Region and Lula Cellars A great bottle of wine is no fluff. When I was a "fine dining" waitress during college earning tips at the French Gourmet, I was exposed to fine wines that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Chasing Clean Air
Point Reyes National Seashore On December, 28, 2016 National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis invited the concrete jungle into our national parks by approving Director’s Order #21. The law drops the intent of our parks - to remain wild and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Chasing Clean Air
Merrell Sugarbush Waterproof Boot Comfortable, sturdy and reliable. Day one in my Merrell Sugarbush Waterproof boots, I walked seven miles up and down San Francisco's hills with my athletic mother. We sauntered along Chestnut Street and through Fort Mason headed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
'Less Meat Less Heat' starring Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (WILDAID | 5 To Do Today) from WildAid on Vimeo. Entertainment industry icons and climate activists Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron and Li Bingbing star in a series of public service announcements... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
Waterfowl take flight at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge I have a published piece in this month's Birdwatching Magazine, included in section about Bird lists, tips, maps, and directions for four birding hotspots in California. The November-December 2016 issue of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
Tule Elk Bachelors and Hiker on Tomales Point Trail An hour drive north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, 700-pound Tule elk roam a magical land with a power to transport tranquility-seekers back thousands of years to a time when... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
Meet my new go-to vacuum! Electrolux UltraFlex Vacuum after cleaning bedroom carpet and emptying dust cup. Powerful, versatile and light! Shopping for a vacuum? I highly recommend the powerful and light Electrolux UltraFlex vacuum, which works well on plush carpets,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
Sun rays bathe path leading to the Redwoods of Big Hendy Grove. Hendy Woods State Park, California. Always on the lookout for clean air destinations, Coastal Mendocino tops my California list. I loved how the clean air, vivid natural colors,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
A suitcase to rely on... I am always on the lookout to pack more efficiently for travel. Bring only necessities, (if only I understood what they were for changing weather and lifestyle conditions) and use the best suitcase for carry-on--which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
Victorinox Spectra Expandable Compact Global Carry-On with Baggallini Tote Pack it right! Packing well is more than utilizing a quality suitcase or backpack, it's knowing what to bring and how to roll, align and pack. Don't get me wrong, using... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
Capra Bolt Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot by Merrell ($140) proved true to size and comfortable right out of the box. One pair of light hiking socks for Southern California heat, and I was off on the gravelly Santa Monica Mountain... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
Buy a beautiful, unique tote made by disadvantaged Cambodian women. Perfect for travel, these "Netty Bags" are repurposed plastic netting and transformed into colorful, functional bags. Highly individual with a look unlike anything I've seen. I love the texture. I... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air