For this Memorial Day, I decided to participate in artist, Susan Silton’s “forceful call to action” project: MAY DAY! MAY DAY! MAY DAY!  This protest memorial, conceived and organized by artist Susan Silton, asks us to honor someone who has lost their life to Covid-19 by adding their name to this “Memorial Protest digital wall”, and then to take it a step further by sending their name on a postcard (or in an envelope) to the White House. This way we’re not only memorializing and honoring those who have lost their lives to this virus, but we’re also helping out the U.S. Postal Service.

As Silton says on her website:  MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY! was created in home-shelter to register not just our outraged voices, but the voices of those who are no longer able to speak. This is just one of many monuments for urgent times. We cannot, we must not, be silenced. And we cannot, we must not, lose the U.S. Postal Service to this President’s malevolent intentions.

“If we’re not able to deliver body bags to this President, let’s deliver bags of handwritten names of those we’ve lost.”

I chose to honor and add Kious Kelly to Silton’s wall. Kelly was a 48-year-old nurse manager from Mt. Sinai West hospital, and is thought to be one of the first nurses in New York City to have lost their life to Covid-19. Had Kious Kelly had adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) while he was helping others, he may still be among us today.

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Susan Silton is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her projects incorporate photography, video, installation, performance, sound and language. Her work is exhibited in museums, galleries, and often is in public spaces, such as her contribution to the exhibition How Many Billboards? Art in Stead and her operatic work,A Sublime Madness in the Soul, which presented through the windows of her studio in downtown Los Angeles and was visible from the Sixth Street Viaduct just prior to its being demolished and reconstructed.

In 1995, she won a James D. Phelan Art Award in Photography.



Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there. This is the one day of the year where moms should be showered with appreciation.

Here are some ideas for mom, breakfast in bed (home made), or if you like, Redbird is doing a special “Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed” package this weekend. And to those who cannot be with their moms this year, maybe you could deliver your mom a lovely breakfast.

Pickup is available Saturday evening to then heat and serve up to celebrate mom on Sunday morning. The experience includes all of the following for two from Chef Neal Fraser and team:

choice of:
and for dessert

$38 per person


Guests can, of course, add on additional packages above TBD on the size of the family, plus extras below:
+ DIY MIMOSAS & BLOODY MARYS by Bar Director Tobin Shea
+ ADDITIONAL BOTTLED COCKTAILS (ie- Turf Club, Old Fashioned, Good Morning Vietnam + Housemade Tonic)

+ WINE LIST (40% off list prices, including rare and allocated labels) from Wine Director Josh Wibbenmeyer

And here are some other ideas for Mother’s Day and for the upcoming Father’s Day.

Elevate CBD Cosmetics – Award-winning, clean, luxury CBD beauty and CBD skincare scientifically formulated with US-grown cannabis Sativa (hemp). Elevate features an innovative skincare booster that mixes with existing products to enhance your skincare regimen to brighten, even skin tone, reduce inflammation and hydrate.

KT Recovery+® Ice/Heat Massage Ball – is an innovative approach to the traditional therapeutic rollerball that combines the benefits of hot therapy deep tissue massage and helps to relieve pain and inflammation with cold therapy. The unique design allows for two different easily interchangeable hot and cold inserts—one designed to retain heat, and one designed to retain coldness. Users can easily switch between the two as needed to address a range of muscle treatment needs.

The Money Nerve – With the tagline, “you deserve a healthy relationship with money, you’ve earned it,” comes a book from Los Angeles-based CPA, Bob Wheeler, who swears that his job is 90% psychotherapy and 10% accounting. The Money Nerve unravels how our emotions underpin our relationship with money. – The Dirty Little Digger replaces six common garden hand tools into one; a cultivator, trowel, weeder, scoop, Hori Hori knife and bulb digger. Made from durable 12-gauge stainless steel, the digger has sharp, serrated edges for easy cutting of roots and vines and a pointed tip to break up rocky soil and make trenches and furrows for planting seeds. The easy-grip handle provides comfort and the spoon-shaped scoop is etched with measurements of 1 – 4 inches for correct planting depth of seeds and bulbs.

Snuggle-Pedic – Sleep has always been important in maintaining overall good health and now, more than ever, we need to make sure we’re getting optimal sleep. As seen on GMA’s sleep segment, Snuggle-Pedic products provide the ultimate in support and comfort and aid in a good night’s rest. Chiropractor-designed and manufactured in the USA, with over 15,000 4 1/2 star reviews on Amazon, the Snuggle-Pedic pillow makes for the perfect Mother’s or Father’s Day gift

Unselfish and Unselfish Kids – are coffee table books that debuted as an antidote to Kim Kardashian’s “Selfish.” The books contain inspiring stories of people and kids putting others before themselves. The books celebrate extraordinary sacrifices of regular people and celebrities. U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Julie Foudy says: “let’s make this mandatory reading for all ages.

Can Medical Ozone Therapy help fight Covid-19?

Can Medical Ozone Therapy help fight Covid-19?

Photo courtesy of Neomed Institute of Wellness and Rehabilitation

If I were to get infected with Covid-19, the first thing I’d do is have an Integrative Medicine Ozone Infusion. Why? Well, what I’m going to try and do here is lay out all the facts for you, so that you can decide for yourself what the potential of Medical Ozone Therapy is. I’m not touting it as a cure, but I sure am curious about the potential of Ozone Therapy and why the benefits of it aren’t being more deeply explored.

Firstly, what is Ozone Therapy?

As far back as 1840, ozone was used to disinfect operating rooms and sterilize surgical instruments. Then, during the First World War, ozone was found to be effective in cleaning wounds due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties. Later on, because of its excellent disinfection and oxidation qualities, ozone became the way to safely treat drinking water. In Europe, since the 1950s, ozone has been used in treating chronic diseases, like cancer, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disease, lyme disease and heart disease. There are various ways in which ozone can be administered, but for Covid-19 we’re mainly looking at the infusion of ozone into your bloodstream. It’s called Major Auto-Hemotherapy (MAHT) which involves the patient having up to 250ml of their blood drawn into an IV bag which is then injected with ozone. That ozonated blood is then returned to the patient’s body via an IV drip. To read about other ways to infuse the body with Ozone click here.

Can Ozone Therapy successfully treat Covid-19?

As it turns out, yes it can. Many practitioners in Europe are already using Ozone Therapy (MAHT) on Covid-19 patients. These patients showed clinical improvement in 1-2 days of receiving one infusion, one time a day. The earlier the person was treated, the better the results they had. (Source article)

“In Spain, we have begun to administer ozone with the mandatory authorization of the Quality Committee of the hospital centre, and the results have been spectacular,” says Dr. Alberto Hernández, Assistant Physician for Anaesthesia and Resuscitation at the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Polyclinic in Ibiza. “We have registered a clinical trial, but we need to tell the world that Ozone is a very effective and beneficial therapy in these patients and that we must immediately incorporate it into the treatment of these patients.” (Source article)

Concerning the results, professor Dong Ming reported that “four Covid-19 positive patients, including one critical case, one serious case and two normal cases, have been treated with Oxygen Ozone Therapy. After the treatments, the symptoms of dyspnea, severe cough, chest anguish and asthenia subsided until they disappeared. In particular, the critically ill patient recovered without using invasive mechanical ventilation or intensive care treatment. All four patients recovered and were discharged without problems after verifying the viral inactivation (“viral clearance”) of Covid-19.” (Source article)

At the Santa Maria della Misericordia University Hospital in Udine, Italy, 36 patients with Covid-19 pneumonia who had respiratory failure were administered ozone therapy. Only 3% required intubation compared to the usual 15%. There is a high mortality of intubated patients and a given a fifth were spared intubation; it is an achievement to highlight. (Source article)

Then why isn’t Ozone Therapy in every hospital ward?

That’s a good question, and one that I’m hoping to bring your attention to. Why can’t we add a proven virus fighting method to our medicinal arsenal against Covid-19?

Ozone’s challenge is that it does not bring profit to justify private research to advance it towards regulatory agency “approval”, a process requiring many years and tens of millions of USD. Hence, few in the field are aware of it, and fewer will consider “unapproved” therapy even to save lives. Virtually all use is in private offices, where practitioners have no access to an institutional review board, now a requirement to gain acceptance of research for publication. Hence, advancement of the therapy languishes.(Source article)

Medical ozone is not patentable for profit; thus, corporate interests have no incentive to develop and disseminate it. Consequently, few formal studies have been performed. Yet many scientific articles have been published on research conducted in Germany, Russia, Italy, Cuba and elsewhere, demonstrating powerful biochemical effects.” (Source article)

“Simply put, ozone therapy isn’t approved by the FDA for two main reasons: it isn’t patentable, and there’s not enough money to get it through the approval process.” (Source Article)

So the answer as to why there isn’t ozone therapy available in regular medical settings seems to boil down to money and profit. And just so you know, the pharmaceutical industry is a trillion dollar business, and in 2019, the pharmaceuticals and health products industry in the United States spent more on lobbying efforts than any other industry, totaling about 295.17 million dollars.

Okay, I’m curious – where can I get an Ozone treatment?

There are literally hundreds of integrative, functional and regenerative medicine practitioners across America who offer Ozone Therapy. There are several in So Cal, but I’m only going to mention two places, because I’ve been to both facilities, and know both these doctors. These are two caring, concerned, decent human beings, who are absolutely not trying to bamboozle anyone. There’s Drs. Alice Pien MD & Asher Milgrom PhD of AMA Regenerative Medicines (with offices in Irvine and Beverly Hills), and Dr. Yoshi Rahm D.O. of the Oasis Family Medicine (in Glendale). I asked them about Ozone Therapy and here is what they said:

Dr. Milgrom: “A growing number of Integrative physicians are seeing the same incongruence between the
actual disease (Covid-19) and conventional treatments typically used for infectious pneumonia. It is not a typical
pneumonia. It appears to be a cytokine storm induced by an out of control immune response. The lung tissue is
inflamed and drowning in inflammatory fluids… impairing the flow of O2 into the tissues. Studies in Europe
show that ozone treatments are having a positive effect on hospitalized patients… helping to quickly turn
people around away from the need for ventilation, and back out of the ICU.  It is cheap and fast, and hospitals throughout the county could have a working ozone generator in a matter of days.  Of course, it is important to emphasize that CV19 is a new virus that we have never seen before. Therefore, here in the US, just as in Europe, studies managed by the CDC and FDA would need to be implemented to study any new potential treatments in order to verify the efficacy and safety of these treatments utilized specifically for this disease and under these conditions. 

Dr. Yoshi: “I am a huge advocate of ozone.  Based on preliminary medical studies done in Europe for COVID-19, ozone is showing effective results.  Many studies show that not only does medical ozone improve oxygenation, modulate immune response, improve blood quality metrics, but also attacks viruses that have lipid membranes, like coronaviruses.  Ozone is misunderstood by much of the U.S. medical community yet is such an amazing healing modality with minimal side effects.  It is surprising to me that more doctors in the U.S. aren’t at least giving ozone a try in COVID-19 patients.  Please include the petition.”

The petition that Dr. Yoshi mentions here has been signed (and circulated) by both Dr. Milgrom and Dr. Yoshi. And I strongly urge you to do the same. Sign the petition and circulate it to your family and friends. It could help save a life.

Lastly, what else can Ozone do?

To get a more in depth look at what Ozone treatment is, and what else it can do for you, here’s a link to AMA Regenerative Medicines. And below is a quick list of the health benefits of ozone therapy.

  • Ozone limits the effects of bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast, and protozoa
  • Speeds up the healing process by stimulating the immune system
  • Cleans up the arteries and veins and in turn, improves the circulation
  • Purifies the blood
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • helps normalize the production of hormones and enzymes
  • Aids in reducing pain, helps prevent shock as well as helps to stop bleeding
  • Reduces the risk and complications associated with diabetes and stroke
  • Promotes brain functions and improves memory
  • Helps reduce abnormal heart rhythm or cardiac arrhythmia

Of special note:  AMA is offering FREE OF CHARGE ozone and Vit IV to Firefighters and Police/Sheriffs etc. in their First Responder Campaign. If you know any first line responders who could benefit from this, please spread the word.

Okay, that about covers it. Here’s to your good health!

Construction Equipment for a Clean Future

Construction Equipment for a Clean Future

(Volvo CE) was awarded a $2 million grant for a commercial pilot of the company’s electric, zero emission excavator and electric wheel loader in California. The grant, administered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD), is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Targeted Air Shed Grant Program, which helps agencies develop plans and conduct projects to reduce air pollution in areas with the highest level of smog and soot in the United States. South Coast AQMD is responsible for attaining state and federal standards by improving air quality in the South Coast Air Basin of California.

Volvo CE will invest another $1.5 million on top of the awarded amount, which will raise the total project amount to $3.5 million.

The grant aims to accelerate the deployment of zero emission technologies for off-road mobile equipment, which is one of the major contributors to nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in the South Coast Air Basin. The South Coast AQMD region includes Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, including the Coachella Valley.

Off-Road Construction equipment accounts for 43 tons per day of NOx emissions in the South Coast Air Basin,” said Wayne Nastri, executive officer for South Coast AQMD. “We look forward to working with Volvo as they pave the way for the development of zero emission technologies in this sector.”

Volvo CE’s electric compact ECR25 excavator and L25 wheel loader are currently being developed and tested in Europe.They both benefit from zero exhaust emissions and low noise levels and vibrations, making them the perfect accompaniment for inner city job sites.  Electric compact excavators and wheel loaders – less noise, fewer vibrations and no exhaust fumes.

“We are honored to be awarded this grant. It is a recognition of Volvo CE’s commitment to building a more sustainable future,” said Stephen Roy, senior vice president for the Americas, Volvo CE. “We are also excited for the opportunity to bring these prototypes to our customers in the U.S. after our big success with customers in Europe, and show that these machines are not only key tools to reduce emissions, they are also great for business, as they deliver low noise levels, high efficiency and reduced energy costs.”

Volvo CE was the first construction equipment manufacturer to announce the production of entire ranges of electric compact excavators and wheel loaders to replace their diesel engine-based models. Last year at the bauma tradeshow, in Germany, the company launched both the ECR25 excavator and L25 loader prototypes.

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Photo credit: Vince Novo @novophotos on Instagram

I recently read through various astrological predictions for 2020 that were written before this year even started. The reason so many astrologers and psychics were paying attention to 2020 is that Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto were coming together for “the Great Transformation”—a planetary alignment not seen in 2000 years. Everything I read pointed to something really BIG about to happen; a tectonic shift in political, financial, and personal realms.
One blog post in particular grabbed my attention because it was written in 2018—and to read it now is eerie. This blogger, known as Astro Drew, wrote these thoughts in 2018 (and I’m only listing the things that stood out):
“The conjunction of Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn, is a mind-blowing sound of change. This is the energy shifter of all energy shifters. It will be a time of restructuring values. Many Americans values — and the world’s values — will be called into question. The upheaval will have incredibly strong economic consequences. Good luck to the stock market. China, interestingly enough, may have some new role to play in the fray. Something paranormal / difficult to explain will occur that will shift the public consciousness and add weight to the question of what is meaningful in life. The aspects are so strong that I’m worried about massive earthquakes and ground-shaking phenomena. I worry about the loss of life. Something on an alien level may occur, with some sort of revealing of other life forms not previously known.” (note: think Covid-19 for the “previously unknown life form.)

It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it, to think that was written in 2018.
Okay, so YES, we’re in a major transformational period. The human race just got a sharp smack in the face. This is our loud and unpleasant wake up call. All of a sudden we’re in a metamorphosis of sorts and, as we know, transformation is no easy thing. Think of the major alteration that caterpillars go through to turn into butterflies. It’s their power to change so radically that has made them symbolic of the human spirit. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and resurrection.
Isn’t it uncanny then, that we’re all locked in our homes right now—our cocoons. It’s like the universe is forcing us to examine ourselves, and compelling us to morph into the more beautiful “butterfly” version of ourselves. And just so you know, while inside a chrysalis, a caterpillar’s body digests itself from the inside out. The same juices it used to digest food as a larva, it now uses to break down its own body! So yeah, we’re digesting our own selves right now, whilst sitting in our own muck.

In a way, this virus is showing us what we’re made of and who we really are. We see our government rushing to roll back EPA protections, basically to give the major polluters a free pass during this pandemic even though this is the complete opposite of what should be happening. We see the senators guilty of insider-trading and dumping stocks after coronavirus briefings. We see hoarding and xenophobia, and people who refuse to stay home because they want to party. This is the ugly side of human nature—the greedy, self-centered, uncaring, dishonest side.
BUT, we’re also witnessing the incredible courage of doctors and nurses everywhere; the bravery of the frontline workers; the kindness, caring and solidarity emerging as people lift each other up. There’s the creative spreading of love, like the children’s stuffed bear hunt that’s going global, and the Italians singing to each other from their balconies. People everywhere offering to sew face-masks; families, celebrities and businesses donating whatever and however they can. Suddenly we understand how much we need each other and how incredibly precious life is.
So…how will this pandemic transform you? The choice is yours.

Willy Porter

Willy Porter

I’m a big fan of Willy Porter and was thrilled to get to watch him perform at the renowned McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. From the first note, Willy Porter, a contemporary American rock musician and singer-songwriter from Mequon, Wisconsin, had his audience mesmerized. Porter has a unique finger-picking, guitar thumping-slapping-hammer-on style, uses tunings of all manners, and sometimes even places two capos on his fret board at once. The magical tone of his guitar and his soulful lyrics mixed in with his heartwarming humor make his show something pretty damn special. At one point, on strumming his guitar, Porter pointed out that all the other stringed instruments hanging on the walls of McCabe’s were resonating. It’s called Synchronized Resonance or Sympathetic Vibrations. I love that, as I think “sympathetic vibrations” describes Porter’s music and his being quite succinctly.

As Porter performs you feel like you’re hanging with a good friend. A warm, sincere, decent fellow that you cherish as a rare find. His music wraps you in a loving blanket that invites you to relax and join in.

After talking about the importance of good stewardship of mother earth, he invited the audience to sing along to “Akasha Winds”, a song penned by L.J. Booth. The song is included on Mnemonic, Porter’s latest CD. Not that Porter usually does cover songs, he’s a prolific songwriter, with 12 CD’s released. He makes songwriting appear easy, so easy in fact, that he co-write a song on the spot with the audience. “Call out some ideas”, he encouraged. We ended up with a song that included the words: hitchhiking, Ramen noodles, cheese curds, kittens, hypocrisy and folk alliance. Tricky words to slip into a song, but Porter did it artfully while making us all laugh.

Porter was described to me as: not only a consummate musician, but one of the most genuine, truly wonderful people on the planet, who performs molecule-rearranging shows. Now, doesn’t that sound like someone you’d like to hangout with? Well, you can because Willy will be leading a tour to Ireland in August 2020 (bring your instruments) – you can find more info on that at  You can also find Porter’s most requested guitar tunings at his site. How cool is that!

I got to ask Willy some questions and below are his answers – enjoy!

1) Your guitar sounds so full and rich. What guitar are you using and how many different tunings are you dealing with?
I’m currently playing a Jason Kostal 6-String.  It is a remarkable instrument for its overall tonal balance, intonation and playability.  I tune down a whole step, D to D, then open-tune from there. So a very familiar open-tuning fro many guitarists, “DADGAD” for me is CGCFGC. From there I’ll use a lot of different variations on Bb, F, and combine open-tunings with partial capos, etc.  I use medium gauge strings (.013-.56), so the really low tunings are still fairly stable to work with. I’ll go through about 6 or 7 different tunings in the course of a night, but it all depends on where the night goes musically.

2) How old were you when you first picked up a guitar?
I started playing when I was 12.

3) What’s your craziest on stage experience?
Sound-checking in Texas while Paul Simon was on-stage watching and asking me questions about what I was doing was probably the craziest moment for me.

4) What song of yours is your favorite?
The one I just finished, whatever that might be. I do like to play “Bears Ears &The Great Law” a lot these days though.

5) Which musician would you go to see perform if you could (dead or alive)?
David Gilmour

6) Has your songwriting style changed over the years, and how many CD’s do you have available to date?
I think I’m more patient with the process of writing than I was when I started. Some music takes a long time to write, other songs happen very, very quickly. Through time and effort I’ve learned to let that process be what it is in the moment.

7) If you were interviewing you, what question would you ask?
I’d ask “When was the moment that music really spoke to you for the first time?” And it was hearing my dad play the piano.

8) What’s next for you?
I’m looking forward to working and writing with drummer Dave Schoepke and bassist Eric Madunic.  We’ve had fun as a trio and I think we have some nice musical terrain ahead of us. I’m excited to see where the music might take us.

Photo Credits: Cover photo by Leeann Flynn
Insert B&W photo by Mark Waite

The Golden Hour – Comvita’s Longevity Panel

The Golden Hour – Comvita’s Longevity Panel

I was excited to attend Expo West 2020 and interview Alan Bougen founder of Comvita, the #1 maker of Maunka Honey, but sadly the expo was cancelled due to “social distancing” in an attempt to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.

Instead, however, I was invited to a much more intimate gathering of like-minded souls for Comvita’s Golden Hour: an evening of discussion and celebration on how to create a longer, more sustainable life and business. As Americans continue to invest more in wellness and the promise of living longer, healthier, more engaged and effective lives – what can be learned from tried and true expertise in the space?

First off, there was the most beautifully presented food that I’ve ever come across created by Sarah Cat from Mood Boards LA, who specialize in mood-enhancing nourishment. Sarah Cat prepares organic, nutrient-dense foods, makes dips using adaptogens, includes CBD to enhance well-being, and utilizes ingredients that enhance immunity and longevity like Spirulina and mushrooms (complete with edible glitter on). Sarah’s food display was truly a work of art and scrumptious.

To go with the food, there was a “toxin free” wine tasting of Antipodean wines provided by New Zealand Wine Navigator 

For our ears, Trevor Exter played cello and sang, preforming a delightful repertoire and strumming his cello more like a guitar while singing.  Click here for a sample of his music.

The evening started with a mindfulness mediation led by yoga instructor and psychotherapist, Ashley Turner. During the meditation, we were each given a teaspoon of Manuka honey and invited to close our eyes to really taste, feel and savor this treat.

And then the main event: a panel and Q&A with the longevity industry’s thought leaders in functional medicine, natural wellness, media and business. Panelists participating were:

Alan Bougen, Comvita Co-Founder and wellness industry pioneer (from NZ!)

Dr. Mary Pardee, a specialist in gut/brain health and Functional Medicine Doctor

David Stewart, an authority on 50+ living and Founder and CEO of Ageist

Agatha Achindu, an Integrative Nutrition Coach and Founder of Yummy Spoonfuls.

The topics ranged from nutrition to hormones to immunology, but the thing that fascinated me most was the power of Manuka Honey.


So, here is what I learned about health and Manuka honey:

Did you know that 70% of your immune system is in your gut? Or that your micro-biome can be affected by childhood trauma? Or that stress can damage our gut? And that it isn’t the stress that’s the issue – but how you deal with and perceive the stress.

If we know this, then a good place to start in building a strong immune system is by what we eat.

Manuka honey is a type of honey native to New Zealand that has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It cab be used for wound healing, soothing sore throats, preventing tooth decay and improving digestive issues. The antibacterial and antioxidant properties, maintain a moist wound environment and form a protective barrier, which prevents microbial infections in a wound.

Manuka honey has proven effective in healing diabetic ulcers, and helping burn patients by amplifying the regeneration of tissue and decreasing pain.

Will any honey do? Not really. Manuka honey has a UMF® rating – a Unique Manuka Factor that measures the antimicrobial ability of the honey. Comvita’s UMF® strength ranges from 5+ to 20+, with 20+ indicating the highest level of beneficial compounds. The UMF rating is a rigorous rating to receive so when you buy Manuka honey you know you are buying quality.

Here’s a great Comvita blog article that tells you “All you need to know about Manuka Honey”.

Propolis is another interesting bee product that also has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. This bee product appears to provide protection from bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

And then there’s Bee Pollen. Here’s a list of what that can do for you.

  • relieve inflammation
  • work as an antioxidant
  • boost liver health
  • strengthen the immune system
  • work as a dietary supplement
  • ease symptoms of menopause
  • reduce stress
  • speed up healing

And of course, Do NOT take if you are allergic to bees.

Visit Comvita for many immune-boosting natural products. What better time to fortify yourself than right now given our state of emergency?




$3.99 OG Margaritas All-Day! What a deal!

Who:       National Margarita Day at Trejo’s Tacos/Cantina.

What:      Trejo’s will be offering $3.99 OG Margaritas all-day!

When:     Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

Where:    At all Trejo’s locations.

Leap Year Disco in Santa Monica

Leap Year Disco in Santa Monica

Dance the Night Away at a Leap Day Silent Disco in Downtown Santa Monica

Enjoy a free silent disco, dueling DJs and leap day birthday treats from Carlo’s Bakery at Third Street Promenade

Saturday, February 29 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Dance like no one is watching in Downtown Santa Monica during a free Leap Day Silent Disco on Saturday, February 29 from 6 – 9 p.m at Third Street Promenade. Celebrate February’s extra day with friends, families, and loved ones making memories that last a lifetime while enjoying unlimited dancing, dueling DJs, free treats and Carlo’s Bakery cupcakes for all the leap day babies.
Grab your dancing shoes and get your groove on to one of three live DJ sets with a personal light-up headset at this exciting leap day festivity. Attendees celebrating their leap day birthday will be given a free cupcake and birthday treats from Carlo’s Bakery, as featured on Cake Boss, with valid Photo ID. No matter your age, all are invited to experience a fun evening dancing under the night sky on Third Street Promenade to bring in 2020’s long awaited extra day.
Saturday, February 29 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
1300 Block of the Third Street Promenade
Parking is widely available in the downtown structures including the Santa Monica Public Library or Parking Structures 9 and 10 just north of Wilshire Boulevard. Biking, walking and public transit are encouraged.
Leap Day Silent Disco is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required to use the headsets. For more information, visit or follow along on social media on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.
Cover photo: provided courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
02-15-2020 Catalina Island Museum : Project Azorian

02-15-2020 Catalina Island Museum : Project Azorian

Catalina Island Museum presents Project Azorian: The CIA’s Greatest Covert Operation, a lecture detailing the story of the highly secret and elaborate 6-year effort to retrieve a sunken Soviet submarine from the Pacific Ocean floor through mission artifacts and a slideshow on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Ackerman Family Amphitheater.

In 1968 at the height of the Cold War, K-129, a Russian submarine on patrol in the North Pacific was lost. The Russians searched for the sub but could find no trace of it. The U.S. located the submarine on the ocean floor 16,800 feet below water.

The CIA was desperate to recover the submarine and especially its contents to determine if the submarine carried nuclear weapons and what krypto equipment was recoverable. But the Russians were watching closely. Using Howard Hughes mining the ocean floor as a cover, the CIA built a 650-foot ship, the Hughes Glomar Explorer with the goal of secretly raising the submarine from the ocean floor – some 3 miles deep – without the Soviets knowing. The mission, codenamed Project Azorian, was one of the most complex, expensive and secretive intelligence operations of the Cold War.

Local Catalina Island resident, Charlie Canby, a naval architect and marine engineer, worked on the design of the ship and sailed on the Hughes Glomar Explorer in the capacities of an ordinary seaman and welder. Canby served as the Resident Naval Architect on the actual recovery mission in 1974. During the lecture, Canby will take attendees on a journey telling the story of this 6-year mission through artifacts and a slideshow lecture including the conceptual design of the ship, the cover story and the recovery mission itself. He will also detail the mysteries of why the Hughes Glomar Explorer anchored four times at the Isthmus (Two Harbors) at Catalina Island.

Saturday, February 15 | 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.)

Ackerman Family Amphitheater
Catalina Island Museum, 217 Metropole Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704

Members: $10
Non-Members: $17
Children (ages 3-15): Free with paid adult admission
About Catalina Island Museum
The Catalina Island Museum offers the best in art and history exhibitions, music and dance performances, lectures by guest speakers from all over the world, and the finest in silent, documentary and international film. Open seven days a week, the new Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building is located in the heart of Avalon at 217 Metropole Avenue. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website:
Oh so Grand!

Oh so Grand!

Recently, Zuke Oshiro (SoCal’s travel editor) and myself were invited to get a bird’s eye view of the beginnings of something rather grand. Looking out from the 44th floor of the Wells Fargo Tower, we could see not only helio-pads on multiple rooftops, and amazing views of the San Gabriel mountains, but also the auspicious foundations of the future GRAND.

The GRAND, located at the epicenter of Grand Ave’s Arts corridor in DTLA, is designed by 90-year-old, Frank Gehry—the man who revolutionized architecture’s aesthetics. This newest Frank Gehry project is being constructed right across the street from his famous Walt Disney Hall, and this is the first time that Gehry has designed a second building alongside one of his own. Not only that, but a third design is in the works for the Colburn School of Music expansion. That means Los Angeles will boast three Frank Gehry designed buildings in a row. The rest of the dream team signed on to bring this vision to life is: the Rockwell Group, Tara Bernard and Tony Ingrao.

The GRAND will be a dynamic destination for shopping, dining and entertainment, with chef–driven restaurants, and name brand stores— as well as being a paradigm-shifting place to live.

For long-term residents there’s “The Grand Residential Tower”—39 stories boasting 436 residences of which 323 are luxury apartments and 113 are ultra-reserve collection. If all this sounds very luxurious it’s because it is. There’s a swimming pool over-looking the Walt Disney Hall, stunning BBQ areas, 24-hour concierge, 24-hour valet parking, plus a dog sitting facility where you furry friends will be well looked after if you need to go out of town.

For short-term guests, there’s the 20-story, 309 room, Equinox Hotel. This is the third hotel for the luxury fitness company that touts “high performance living” and offers exceptional health and wellness for their guests. Like their flagship hotel in NY, the Grand Equinox will focus on three core concepts: movement, nutrition and regeneration. In line with these principles, there’s a state of the art gym, a pool deck on the 7th floor, restaurants with top chefs (who take your dietary needs to heart), and regeneration? Well, that’s all about getting the perfect night’s sleep. Due to extensive sleep research, Equinox Hotel rooms come equipped with a button you press to hit “sleep mode”. This means your room darkens to zero light, the acoustics bring you noise-free nights, and since apparently the best temperature to sleep in is 66 degrees, your room will stay at that temp for the night (if you so choose).

The Grand Ave Arts Corridor is already home to: MOCA, the Walt Disney Hall, the Broad, The Colburn School of Music and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. In fact, there are more performing arts venues in a 2 block radius than anywhere else in the US.

At the hub of the Grand Ave Arts Corridor, located within walking distance to eight different entertainment and cultural venues, the GRAND aims to fully support the world-class Los Angeles’s performing arts and cultural scene by offering free, curated performance events, multiple public programs and plan on hosting permanent and temporary art installations, too.

The pedestrian walkway and public plaza (which Gehry calls the Urban Room) will have green spaces (using rainwater collection for irrigation purposes), and outdoor benches set amongst olive trees and tranquility. Having incorporated sustainable and innovative features, The GRAND exceeds energy efficiency requirements and further offers guests EV charging stations, on demand EV car sharing, and 150 bicycle parking spaces. The GRAND is also accessible from the Civic Center/Grand Park Metro Rail station, plus there’s a new Grand Ave Arts Station being built—set to open in 2021. There’s even talk of a free Streetcar that will service the DTLA area.

Lastly, an oval outdoor bar at the epicenter of the towers–suspended between floors with an exotic sculpture overhead, promises to be a huge attraction. My favorite thing is that on special occasions, the GRAND will project images and videos of the LA Phil onto the actual Walt Disney Hall itself. Imagine sitting in that oval bar on NYE watching fireworks in the sky while symphonies sweep across the beautiful Walt Disney Hall building. I want to do that. Okay, so when will all this be ready? Roughly, at the end of 2021. I believe the GRAND will most certainly live up to its name.

 Rendered photos courtesy of “Red Leaf, New York”.

A time-lapse video of The Grand’s first concrete foundation pour, in which 13,478 cubic yards of concrete were poured into the foundation of The Grand’s 39-story residential tower. The first pour took place this summer.

Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle


Garden of Flavor (started by Lisa Reed in 2011) is a company that produces organic, cold-pressed energy elixirs made from fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts and berries. Always organic and natural, Garden of Flavor juices are not only delicious but also good for you. In fact, the habit of drinking fresh organic vegetable juice daily is probably the simplest way to transform your body and health. With one of the featured ingredient being the immune-system boosting Vitamin C, these juices concentrate all the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and chlorophyll of the vegetables and fruit that your body needs.

All the drinks are tasty but my favorite is the TURMERIC GINGER ENERGY ELIXIR. This juice has some major zing! Turmeric is one of the most powerful herbs and roots on the planet, and considered the brain and beauty root in Eastern medicine. This cold pressed Energy Elixir has freshly juiced Hawaiian Turmeric Root, Ginger Root, Guayusa and living probiotic cultures for Zen-like focus, energy and well being.

Among other juices offered are MEAN GREENS (a customer favorite) nutrient rich with Kale, Spinach & Parsley along with alkalizing Cucumber, and the WHEATGRASS PINEAPPLE ENERGY ELIXIR that combines fresh organic Wheatgrass with dark leafy organic greens, Pineapple and Mint, blended with Guayusa and Probiotic Cultures.

You could also try the Garden of Flavor cleansing package that supplies a 1 x day, 3 x day or 5 x day juice cleanse.

Garden of Flavor juices are online and available in stores near you., pub-2907176749232271, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0