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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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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
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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.
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2017 on Mom at Chasing Clean Air
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Lightweight hiking boots that go almost anywhere, most of the time. Keen created a year-round comfortable go-to "hiking boot" for active women in mild climates like Los Angeles. Weighing in at only 10 ounces, Keen's newest addition to its hiking... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
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Photo from my 2007 drive to America's protected rain forest - Hoh Forest in Washington State A tropical rain forest exists - untouched. Trees bath in clouds. Exotic birds and insects dance in a rare paradise. About to be logged.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
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I enjoy clean air on Horny Island, British Columbia, Canada The winner of Super Tuesday is Canada. Clean air. Beautiful land. Free health care for its citizens. Civilized people who smile and say hello. Disappointed by Super Tuesday's results -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
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Who doesn't love dancing Sandhill Cranes? While considering the August 26 -28, 2016 Sandhill Crane Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska, I received an email, highlighting Nebraska's March 2016 Sandhill Crane Festival. 600,000 Sandhill Cranes congregate on Nebraska's Platte River. And you're... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
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Don't fall on that ice! With a large swath of North America suffering severe cold weather with snow and icy conditions, and those of us on the west coast (80s this week!), escaping heat for the snow-capped mountains - consider... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
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Relaxing, uplifting music with Kristin Hoffmann - Today I drove along Sepulveda in West Los Angeles when the disc changer clicked and the most beautiful music wafted to my senses. A calm draped over me. It was Kristin's angelic voice... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
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S. David Freeman Energy and climate change leaders interested in solutions, listen up! Answers to solve our climate and energy problems is comprehensively addressed by leading energy authority and advisor to U.S. Presidents - S. David Freeman - in his... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
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Canoeing Bowron Lakes, Canada I love Canada for its wilderness, open space ratio to few people, and civilized ways, and now the Canadian dollar hit a 13-year low. This summer, I'm headed to Canada's Quebec City and the St. Lawrence... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air