Archive for May 2014

In Celebration of Dogs

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

There is no greater gift than unconditional love. For it remains steadfast in its devotion to another.  Without boundaries or expectations.

As you might expect, this state of mind is as pure from conceit as fresh, fallen snow.  For unconditional love is infinite, measureless and completely genuine.  Like the everlasting affection,unfaltering loyalty and benevolent concern a dog has for its master. For the sole goal of a dog’s life – after survival – is increasing the welfare of another.  Without retribution.

In celebration of puppy love, we’d like to share some of the countless examples of dogs who love with all their heart – to please their masters.

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Awesome Ayres of Manhattan Beach

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

photos and blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

 

It’s a holiday weekend in Southern California.  Which means beach barbecues and backyard grills will be in full swing, cooking the cuisine I like to call ‘pure Americana’.  (Hamburgers, hot dogs, corn-on-the-cob, cole slaw and potato salads.)   While the ‘barbies’ are being prepped, we head for the sands of Manhattan Beach, a well-heeled coastal community south of  Los Angeles International Airport.  My hometown for 15 years – which I am visiting 14 years later.

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Be Bragg Healthy

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

Every living thing is ducking for cover as temperatures soar in southern California.

The Santa Ana winds are blasting us with a force so strong, it knocks birds right out of the trees. Three hummingbirds seek refuge in the upstairs bedrooms as the Sun beats down on the ground, wilting the foliage. Meanwhile pollen and dust and the smoke from the fires make eyes weep.

Under the tyranny of hot weather, you can expect a lack of energy, a need for napping(I have completed several siestas this week)blog delays and two teary eyes that itch.

While Californians are getting a deeper meaning of weather….I pour a glass of artesian water, adding a tablespoon of raw, unfiltered Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.  It is my morning ritual.  The very first drink of my day – taken with allergy tablets.  As you’d expect, it’s thirst-quenching.  And it cured a boatload of ailments. Read the rest of this entry »

Art Along the Coast

Artists Paul Bond, Fabrice Spies, and Mia Moore

Art Attacks

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

Coming back from pleasurable Palm Springs into the high-wired pockets of Orange and Los Angeles countries has put me in a funk – as I struggle with my soulless surroundings.  Here territories of monotonous tract housing cast shadows of malaise – dulling the breathtaking beauty of the terrain. And native plants – like California Chalk Dudleya – are readily uprooted to make room for non-native English gardens and Cape Cod mansions. Turning landscapes – ripe with character – into manicured perfection.  Maintained by a monopoly of Mexican gardeners.

A marine layer of conservative thinking now hugs the shoreline.  Erasing signs of individualism with Botox injections.

My unsettled senses remain vulnerable to my discontent.  Especially with the people.  Here rudeness is the new polite. Embraced by a stronghold of self-centered, clipped to perfection residents.  And, I ponder…  am I one of them – rude, rushed, self-absorbed and superficial – or is my parachute a completely different color?  

To lighten my funk, I turn my focus away from this republic of rude people to seek the greener pastures of artistic expression here – starting with the Along the Coast Artists Studio Tour.

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