Poppies in the Antelope Valley

I had the opportunity to visit the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve recently and admire these "cups of gold" in their natural surroundings. In honor of the occasion, here's an 1893 poem written by poet Grace Hibbard, a prominent California writer in her time. Wild Poppies THE STATE FLOWER OF CALIFORNIA BEAUTIFUL, golden wild poppies,That nod... Continue Reading →

Singing Sea Chanties in San Pedro

Sea chanties have been in the media spotlight for the past few weeks, a cheery respite from the grim news cycle of January 2021. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of joining Pomona College professor Gibb Schreffler and his Maritime Music class on a sailboat as students practiced singing sea chanties while hoisting... Continue Reading →

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