The Museum’s Origami Holiday Tree is back to ring in the season! This year, groups of animals adorn the tree.
In the wild, many animals—even solitary ones, such as owls—spend at least some of their time with others of their species, whether for mating, protection, or feeding. So it’s no wonder that, over time, farmers, scientists, perhaps even poets, developed terms—sometimes whimsical—for animals in groups.
A group of owls is sometimes called a “parliament.” A group of zebras is sometimes fancifully called a “zeal.” Come see the many other groupings, like a “tower” of giraffes, a “smack” of jellyfish, and more.
© AMNH/R. Mickens
I want to painstakingly make these for my own orphan holiday celebrations. LOVE the look of this tree! Feels like Noah’s ark is set up in your living room.
My latest piece for Whole Life Times Mag is perfect timing for my first weekend at the Loyola Marymount University yoga teacher certification course. Trying ashtanga vinyasa, kundalini, power yoga, meditation, pranayama, and much more with some of today’s best yoga masters.
Enjoy a peak into the journey that brought me there.
Healthy Alternative Meal
I’m a born and raised California girl; therefore, my comfort food is Mexican all the way! And while I am a fan of everything burrito, enchilada, taco, fajita, and quesadilla- most of it can leave you in a catatonic state. Some Mexican meals end up being more like two! So here is a way I get my Mexican food fix with a few simple substitutions (you wont find cheese or rice) but you will find a plethora of filling veggies!
(Substitute, add, or delete as you feel necessary!)
- Baby Leaf lettuce
- Black Beans
- Chicken (Substitute ideas: tofu or shrimp)
- Whole Sweet Corn Kernels
- Green Bell Pepper
- Your choice of salsa
Use the salsa as a dressing, throw ingredients into a bowl and enjoy! It’s really that easy :)
Written by: Leslie Schipper
I totally support some tofu or extra black beans. Yum!
This is your Library is a series of late-night talk show-style events occurring after-hours at the historic Central Library downtown. Guests include Harryette Mullen, Cheech Marin, Lol Tolhurst and Dian Hanson. Downtown LA Central Library, June 2 at 7pm. More info.
Yessssss. I hear the library.
Just now had out of body experience while texting back to a time before the invention of texting. Woah
Crashing at my lovely and impossibly hospitable friend Anna’s apartment.
Realized that she is the type of person that keeps her vitamins in the freezer, hair products in staggered rows with labels out and organizes the clothes in her closet by type.
I am the type of person who hugged a ripping plastic bag on way upstairs, so wet clothes/vitamins would not fall out of it. That watched as collected recycling scattered in piles on the ground when I tried to drop it in its designated dumpster. That left perishable groceries in the car for six hours today while “working,” but don’t worry I parked in the shade for most of it.
I’m one of the those people that is really lucky to have a friend like her.
Take a moment to soak that in…
We could indeed follow Germany’s lead. And we could even do it without the burden of increased costs—if only we could eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and direct them towards renewables. To further illustrate my point, I will now subject you to an infographic. But don’t worry, it’s simple, and short (the full thing is here):
About 20 people sit cross-legged in meditation on the north steps of Los Angeles city hall. Despite the roar of marching protesters, Paloma Mallmann remains unmoved, eyes closed, deep in meditation. She is part of a MedMob, or meditation flash mob, during an Occupy Los Angeles march last November 11.
As part of a meditation mob, Mallmann and others showed a different way of being “fierce” for the Occupy movement. Whether downtown or on the Westside with Occupy Venice, she practices what she describes as an “internal revolution” in tune with the Occupy Universe.
“If you can teach meditation or calm, it is as important as organizing a protest, “ Mallmann said. “Then it becomes part of every day.”
Read the rest of the article about how not all protests are done by marching, sometimes the most effective acts is to not be moved.
Meditation Mobs Whole Life TImes by Katherine Peach
Speaking of whales, I ventured to see some blue whales that just wanted to left to get their groove on. I went for Weekend Sherpa to brave the open seas and take photos at Dana Point near Newport Beach, CA.
Thanks to the nutrient-rich waters and embarking at the height of the mating season, we caught four (though I am willing to bet it was the same two twice!), and a thousand common dolphins leaping in all directions. You heard right, a thousand. Pair that with more Flipper-esq dolphins that you can shake a stick at and I would call that a success.
Read where to go at WeekendSherpa.com
Season is upon us July-Sept. Ocean Institute Blue Whale Safari