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Imagine pulling up to your house at night. As you approach, something feels odd, out of place, amiss. It's dark as the familiar lights on your street guide you along, though you don't notice because you're on automatic pilot. But, something has changed and your brain can't quite fill in the blanks, so much so that you nearly pass your house entirely until you recognize the Christmas tree in your front window. You catch yourself at the last minute, so that you're fully alert, no longer on auto-pilot. You pull into the driveway, get out of the car and cautiously turn back toward the street. That's when you realize that the 40-year-old California Oak Tree that graced the front of your yard has been chopped. To the ground. With barely a stump to recognize its memory. That's exactly what happened to me recently. It was a big beautiful tree owned... Read more →

"You've been given a great gift, George. The chance to see what the world would be like without you." ~ Clarence in "It's a Wonderful Life" What a great line from an iconic movie. I saw the Frank Capra film on the big screen for the first time this year at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. It was such a treat seeing it as a feature film with 300 other rapt moviegoers, popcorn and all. The comment we made as we left the historic theatre was "they don't make movies like that anymore." Then, last night a friend took me to see "West Side Story" at the Pantages Theatre. It's truly the perfect evening of musical theatre, the brilliant re-telling of Romeo & Juliet set to music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. After seeing both of these treasures that have stood the test of time and whose... Read more →