Lines in The Sky

I imagine what I am about to write about this topic is accurate. An expert would be able to correct what I write, but it makes some sense to me. Los Angeles is a metropolis where the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is located. Overhead on any given day there is a good chance that…

From Inception to Fruition

My forty-first birthday is quickly approaching. What usually happens during this time is that I have heightened sense of the presence of the numbers one, zero, and nine (109, in that order). Like the Punch-buggy game we played as children when we saw a Volkswagon Beetle, I amuse myself when I see these numbers. With…

7 Days in Mexico

We flew United Airlines from LAX to CAN which took roughly five hours. At LAX there were several procedural changes to the check-in process all of which screamed “just do it yourself”. Outside that, there were no extraordinary security precautions related to Covid-19 imposed upon us travelers. We were simply required to wear a mask…

The Waterlust Blog

Dr. Cinda Scott is a marine biologist and Director of The School for Field Studies (SFS) Center for Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies in Bocas del Toro, Panamá. SFS provides transformative, environmental study abroad experiences for undergraduate students. Dr. Scott’s research focuses on mangrove habitat complexity and she is dedicated to shaping and growing the next generation of marine, conservation and policy scientists. You can stay up to date on her travels and interests by visiting her website http://www.cindaseas.world.

Professional Women of Color: Kemi Bennings

by Terry Faulkner Aug 7 · 6 min read So much of what we see on the news and social media is divisive, hateful, and dishonest. To ease much of the dread we experience daily, I’d like to put the spotlight elsewhere. In this edition of Professional Women of Color, let me tell you about…

109 Cigars

I went to La Casa del Habano where I found the Conde 109 Cuban cigars which are rolled specifically in Cancun. What a serendipitous moment it was! The number 109 is only the name of the cigar. Outside the name of the cigars, the number has no significance I was told. Yet that’s bullshit because…

Alfredo Sanchez Regresa

Durante un pandemia, es necesario llevar una mascara y llave los manos muchas veces. Viajar durante para estadounidenses es posible pero las opciones son limitados. Mexico es el único país donde estadounidenses pueden visitar sin limitados. Por lo tanto, Alfredo regresa a Mexico por sol, comida, cultura, y un lección historia. Las vistas son hermosas…

An Echo of Marti

During my travels through Cuba, I learned about the life of José Marti. Upon arriving back home to Los Angeles, I discovered that there is a statue dedicated to Marti in Echo Park, which was erected to commemorate his life as well as the contributions to American society of Cuban immigrants. José Marti was a…

A Short Story: Part One

Mundane. Routine. That morning was just like any other for him. It was about 6am when he awoke from his slumber only to instinctively reach for the cellphone that lay half a foot away from his head. He expected to sleep for another fifteen minutes before getting up, getting dressed, and driving to work. What…

A Good Day to Protest

I learned about the protest last minute, but I still made it a point to participate. Primarily because the Ethiopian Democratic Club of Los Angeles promoted the event, and since the protest route went down Fairfax where Little Ethiopian is located, I wanted to join. My participation in all things Ethiopian in Los Angeles spans…