Because of you, I am beginning again to believe in miracles. Because in the depth of despair over losing your beloved son you took me into your arms and guided me back onto a track where love is real, positive thinking is a choice that saves us, and miracles do happen.
Four years ago this week, BP's Deepwater Horizon drill platform exploded. Eleven workers died that day. Their bodies were never found. Over the next 87 days, 210 million gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. It fouled fishing grounds, ravaged the coastline, and shut down tourism. The world got an ugly look at some of the terrible hidden costs of fossil fuels. Spill-related health problems plague the people and the wildlife of the Gulf to this very day. I personally hoped that we, as a nation, would quickly learn from this tragedy and move swiftly to prevent a repeat disaster in our most vulnerable coastal environments. So it boggles the mind that Shell Oil is still determined to drill in one of the most fragile and remote ecosystems on Earth: the Arctic Ocean -- the last bastion of America's polar bears, endangered bowhead whales and other rare wildlife.
If California Assembly Member Mike Gatto has his way, cats who enter shelters without identification will be immediately taken from their families and given to for-profit companies, including potentially, companies who sell animals to research labs.
Despite warnings and near-constant reminders, many governments and first-responder agencies haven't thought thoroughly about communicating with the public during a crisis. In fact, most haven't even written a crisis communications plan.
Although it is not described that way so much anymore, California may be a good indicator of what the US will look like in the next decades.
While Don considers his future, with one foot in New York and the other in California, and neither on especially solid ground, another New Yorker has made a fast adjustment to the California lifestyle.
I don't hold you personally responsible for what's going on in my life but, as a citizen in your country, I'd love you to know what's happening at ground level. For people like me, who bought insurance through the Affordable Care Act. And. It's a mess. A crazy frustrating mess.
Best moment: Arcade Fire's post-closing parade. In typical Arcade Fire fashion and more reminiscent of a Vietnam protest than a Coachella headliner, they refused to let the midnight sound cutoff cramp their style.
There are obvious hurdles to any gun control advocacy group. There are a lot of single-issue, pro-gun voters in America but not a lot of single-issue, pro-gun-control voters.
Unlike protests or even poisoned water and soil, earthquakes are shutting down fracking drills all over the world. And that's more "earth-shattering" than anything Harvard divestment or economic arguments can do.
Whoa. There is a lot going on in here. The kitchen is behind glass walls, blending the activity going on in the kitchen with the bustling flavor of the dining room.
The old adage is, "Everybody has two businesses: their own and show business." If we don't pay better attention to the middle-class jobs generated by the entertainment industry, Los Angeles will be down to only one business.
If you ever run into Big Sleeps on the mean streets of Los Angeles, you might be somewhat intimidated. He specializes in regional cholo lettering, a Los Angeles nativist tradition with its roots in gang culture dating back to the 1940s.
Southern California, one of the world's largest and most diverse urban areas, is rapidly becoming a region of profound economic inequality. The changing demography across this vast urban sprawl has led to sharp divisions in the population's educational, social and racial profile.
In my travels around the cities near dessert and along the water's edge I have found so many people who came to this land seeking those same freedom to reinvent themselves and restarts their lives.
To have any hope of modernizing our energy production and distribution, we urgently need to rethink the way that we approve infrastructure projects in America.
Whether you're celebrating Spring Break or the spring holidays, it's a weekend for togetherness.
Starting on September 16, of this year, California drivers must keep their cars at least three feet away from bikes they pass on the street. The law is bound to increase the friction between bikes and cars.