Archive for September 2012




Photos and blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

I believe there is something for everyone in Southern California.

In the few remaining minutes of September 2012, where our choices last week ranged from a Taste of Beer to Lang Lang to All Hogs Go to Heaven and back – in my community alone – we had no excuse but to try some of the fun stuff out.

Before we get started, I must confess.  I love the name Lang Lang.

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Out of Deep Muddy Waters…

blog and photos by Robyn Wyman-Dill

Because there is so much information to read these days, rather than impress you with our limited knowledge of the Lotus flower’s 1,300 year history and wax poetry about enlightenment and Buddha sitting on a lotus in bloom or announce it is the national flower of both India and Vietnam and strongly recommend you try stir-fried lotus roots or the lotus leaf wrap, we decided to post some calming images of deep muddy waters where the purity of a Lotus springs from – feeling fully quenched on a hot September day.


Elephant Killers

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

Last week, elephants made International Herald Tribune/New York Times headlines. They reported 10,000 or more are killed by poachers each year.  (Current estimates  of elephants in the wild are between 300,000 – 600,000.) It’s a massacre that is going to get worse.

From military style copters, poachers gun down elephants herds, often wounding children(who bare no tusks) while on the ground, teams carrying power saws finish off the job.  Some elephants are not quite dead before the blade saws their face off.  It’s a grisly scene.  After hacking off the tusks, the elephants are left to rot. The carcasses will decay and later get picked over by hyenas and vultures.  Read the rest of this entry »

Red Hot Tasty

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

With half of its nine million residents – Latino – Los Angeles has an endless selection of good Mexican restaurants.  At gastronome status, however, their numbers are few.  In just two years, Red O has managed to rank among them.  A huge accomplishment in a picky eater town.   Read the rest of this entry »