Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree National Park is where two worlds collide. The park is sprawling- nearly 800,000 acres, and the landscape is diverse. Depending on the season, you can expect strong winds, sudden bursts of rain, and climatic extremes. We visited in March ’17, after an unexpectedly heavy and long rainy spring. So the desert was in BLOOM. It was perfect weather. Two desert […]

The California Hippie Soap with (almost) 1000 uses

  Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap  can do just about anything. Not actually made in California, but loved by hippies everywhere.   It comes in lots of groovy scents: Peppermint, Lavender, Almond, Citrus, Tea Tree, Hemp Rose (in my shower right now), Eucalyptus + Unscented   They call it All- One! Concentrated, biodegradable, versatile and effective. […]

Doesn’t Translate: “Self-Conscious”

Some American words simply don’t translate. To simplify linguistics, some words have too much history, culture, connotation and popularity associated to the word to make a simple word for word substitution. Self-Conscious: a :  conscious of one’s own acts or states as belonging to or originating in oneself :  aware of oneself as an individual […]