Balboa Park in Bloom: July, 2020

If you’re like many people these days, you’re still partly sheltered-in-place, tired of streaming EVERYTHING and looking for something to do besides your essential job. And you’d really like to make up for those travel plans you cancelled. Why not tour the largest urban park in the United States without leaving your living room? Balboa … Continue reading Balboa Park in Bloom: July, 2020

Balboa Park in Bloom: June, 2020

Take a break from Netflix and enjoy a look at Balboa Park’s flowering trees. You’ll learn a few fun facts about each and get a couple surprises along the way. The Balboa Park trees in bloom, June 2020 are: Tipuana TipuGold MedallionBeestillMexican Palo VerdeMarkhamiaAustralian WillowCrepe MyrtleCockspur CoralJacarandaMagnoliaSweetshadeAustralian Flame Tree ** Tipuana Tipu https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/tipuana-tipu Location(s) in … Continue reading Balboa Park in Bloom: June, 2020

Balboa Park in Bloom: May, 2020

If you’re like many people these days (May, 2020), you’re sheltered-in-place, tired of Netflix and looking for something to do besides your essential job. And you’d really like to make up for those travel plans you cancelled. Why not tour the largest urban park in the United States without leaving your living room? Balboa Park … Continue reading Balboa Park in Bloom: May, 2020

Balboa Park in Bloom: Stop and Smell the Roses

Balboa Park is home to an award-winning rose garden, free and open to the public year-round. The Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden is situated on the eastern edge of Balboa Park’s Central Mesa, along Park Boulevard. It was built in segments, beginning in 1973, and has been recognized multiple times for its beauty. Nationally … Continue reading Balboa Park in Bloom: Stop and Smell the Roses

Lemonade out of Lemons

You’ve heard the saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” It means you should try to make the best of a bad situation. For example, if you’re sheltered in place during a global pandemic, you can use the opportunity to read easygoing, light-hearted books like Crime and Punishment, War and Peace, or Signs Preceding … Continue reading Lemonade out of Lemons

100 Years Ago Today: The More Things Change…

A brash Republican leader with real estate expertise, questionable ethics, a gift for snarky nicknames, and a stunning political victory over a heavily-favored opponent three years earlier, sued a liberal newspaper for libel in a fit of pique after the publication mocked the leader’s failed business dealings. Sound plausible? It happened one hundred years ago … Continue reading 100 Years Ago Today: The More Things Change…