Saturday Special: A Haiku

His heart chooses a rhythm 

It beats much too fast

She is making her way here


Griffith Observatory 2/7/17

After sitting through La La Land and scanning positive yelp reviews I insisted my local friend take me to Griffith Observatory despite the gloomy forecast. Apparently, dreary clouds and drizzling skies are atypical of LA. If the movies are anything to go by, this must be true. On the bright but less sunny side, the recent rains had cut the drought and painted a livelier geography than the usual dusty colors.


See how green the shrubs are? We drove up a winding road to reach the observatory.


We made it to the top! As you can see, you cannot see the sun.
Overcast day view. Notice the photo shoot happening in the corner. Yes I discreetly watched them for a bit.


Behold, the periodic table lit up in fancy lights.




Located in the underground portion of the museum is the “Cosmic Connection”, a very long ribbon of star brooches and jewelry. I liked the sun and moon kissing.

We spent a good couple hours perusing the museum, selectively reading fun facts, and watching the free exhibits. I discovered that I only weigh about 20 pounds on our moon. The museum is worth the visit on a sunnier day and clearer night to take advantage of the solar and Zeiss telescopes.

By the time we thought it should be dark enough to see the night city lights we glanced outside…and witness the heavens crying. I stepped out into the rain to see what I could. It wasn’t much and we decided it was time to head out. I had missed the famous night cityscape.  I still took pictures on our way to the car.


Here’s the view..
And from another side in case the first one wasn’t clear enough.
Fog for all!

The thick ethereal mist clouded out the horizon and gave our downhill drive a sense of adventure!

It was a fun trip especially because of the friends I was with. But the hazy view and the Getty Center are both solid reasons for me to return to LA one day.

Home Again

A quiet dirge rose from my heart as I said goodbye to someone else’s mother. When I came home it was like returning from a beloved childhood memory. Already the past week has taken a nostalgic dreamlike quality, polaroid images with hazy transitions.  My warm bed invites me to sleep but I fear they will challenge my sweet memories when I wake up.

Love as You Do

My dear,
These roses are red
And violets so blue.
Why won’t you love me
As I have loved you?

Oh dear,
Though your roses are red
And violets so blue,
These stems are too thorny
And the blossoms too few.

Sammie Oh

Brief Adieu


dear friend

I will miss you

once more.

-Sammie Oh

A Button Story

Several Tuesdays ago I spent the better part of the day on a treasure hunt. I visited the Textile Discount Outlet, best friend of seamstresses, fashion designer students, and DIY clothes makers. I was here to help a lady find a couple buttons but couldn’t seem to find the right one in the large button selection on the first floor. The lady called someone for help and that person called over Mario.

Mario, the chill self-proclaimed button man, led us past aisles of hundreds of fabrics and costume materials. The rolls, patterns, and textures available were endless! Sequins and lace, Velcro and elastic ribbons, rhinestones and tassels, you could find them all here. Button Guy has us ride the industrial elevator to the topmost floor to button depot.Read More »


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