Apricity. Such a beautiful word, the way it rolls off the tongue, and yet your spell-checker will tell you it doesn’t exist… at least, not anymore. Stemming from the Latin word apricus, meaning “exposed to the sun,” apricity describes that exhilarative energy we all experience on a clear, crisp day: the warmth of the sun [...]
This story, adapted from “Anekdote zur Senkung der Arbeitsmoral,” (“Anecdote Concerning the Lowering of Productivity”) is one of the most famous short stories from German writer Heinrich Böll. It’s one little story with many little lessons that mean many different things to all kinds of people. For me, it’s an authentic reminder that happiness is [...]
There is no doubt about it: I live in one of the greatest cities on earth. Los Angeles, while home to nearly four million, is actually a hidden gem within itself. I’m convinced that the people who give LA a lot of flak have either a) never visited, b) visited the wrong places, or c) [...]
Once upon a time, before I became “too busy,” I used to keep a daily journal. I actually cheated a little and used Keel’s Simple Diary, because at the end of a long day, the last thing I wanted to do was think too much and simply filling in the blanks was fun and brainless [...]
If you follow my Facebook page, you may have noticed a few recent posts from my new project, This Is La Buena Vida, which launched this past weekend! The site aggregates all of the images from my new Instagram account @GardenBetty. As a photo-centric blog, This Is La Buena Vida is my personal pinboard for [...]
It’s almost summer, and Country Living magazine just posted their can’t-miss travel guide “50 Things to Do in 50 States.” They asked 50 bloggers across the country to pick their favorite off-the-beaten-path places in their home states, and they asked Garden Betty to represent California! It was incredibly hard to narrow down all my favorite [...]
My last weekend culminated in the solar eclipse peaking over the barren Baja desert. But there were plenty of other beautiful moments before that. In Baja, life is simple. Life is slow. Life is about living in the present and enjoying every minuscule moment as it happens.