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Gloria Swanson House (Meaning in the Neighborhood 8)

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This is her real house. The one she bought after she made a fortune in her comeback as the creepy fading movie star in “Sunset Boulevard.”

It was the first house on my many walks to beckon.

What dark secrets hid behind the windows behind the trees?



Originally it was more the mood of the place, not the story.

But I never got a good shot, the majik was there sometimes, but only if I was without camera. It was the perpetual lesson to live in the moment. Just enjoy it while you can, walking your dog in the sunshine, flowers, trees, clouds.

But then, lo. When I thought the weather was finally right to get my shot of the brook heart, and had my camera, there was Gloria in fully Gloria.


Over time it weathered as it passed over two generations. Still the neglected moment called up the glamour and dark myth that is Hollywood, granted from the safer perspective of walking the dog.

Now that I look back on it, I see that it was undergoing a subtle change. First the arc was cut off the eucalyptus tree.  Then the cast behind the windows was different and I no longer saw the old 70’s faded turquoise car in the driveway.



Next the trees got cut back again. The light got even brighter.


Today Canelo and I walked by. The house stood out in the light, clean, orderly.

A BMW in the driveway.

It was over.

Gloria was gone.



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October 29, 2015 at 6:29 pm

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Hansel and Gretel House (MITN 7)

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Yes, I call it the Hansel and Gretel house, even tho it looks like a cute version of the witch’s house. But there is a real witch’s house in the neighborhood that I saw one dark night and haven’t looked for since.

No, H&G built this house years later, when they were still in recovery. Their therapist suggested it, a way to put a positive spin on the magic house. And he or she may have been right, look how fantastically lovely it is.


I don’t know how long H&G stayed there, not long I think.

So now someone else gets to enjoy it.

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June 9, 2015 at 9:06 pm

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The Angels are Baking (MITN5)

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My mother used to say that her mother used to say this:

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March 3, 2012 at 2:37 am

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Meaning in the Neighborhood 3

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One night there was a witching moon…

Witching Moon

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February 19, 2012 at 4:08 am

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Women in Trees (Meaning in the Neighborhood 2)

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This is a vision I had a few years ago. Women seemed to be trapped or escaping from beneath the trees. I tried to relive it in photography, but couldn’t. I had laid out the figure’s outlines on the pavement, (like the homicide outlines of victims) but you couldn’t see the depth.

So I posted nothing and it was like a dam in the flow of the blog. A blank few years.

When I look at them now, I think there is a glimmer there.:

WIT one

This one was like Delacroix’ ” Victory leading the People.”

Then one day not too long ago there was a terrible buzzing outside and ringing, and looking out I saw that these magnificent beasts were being cut down, going extinct.

I feel great sorrow when a tree is cut down. Mixed with great amazement.

That must have been the reason for the long delay: Women in Trees became Men in Trees.

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February 19, 2012 at 3:15 am

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Gulf Wars: Real Slick

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I admit it.  I’m depressed, and angry about it, livid. It seems like they’re going to just let it bleed. They have no plan, the oil will gush on and on.

And I don’t believe that oil is just like butter to the microbes and Nature will take care of it.

That would be like a whole world of butter, which is more than any microbe could take.

We have our own Gulf War here at home.

Waves of destruction. I wonder is it karmic payback for the other one?

Punishment by oil.

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May 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm

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Meaning in the Neighborhood 4

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Lovers Trees:  A Legend about two star-crossed


lovers who die tragically and above their graves grow two beautiful trees whose branches intertwine. Then comes a male and female bird, one nesting in each tree, singing together day and night.
All around and above me was birdsong, and I looked for the birds but could only hear the singing. Still these surely are the trees.


As I walked away I did see birds fly to and fro, but never got a photo. Many more than two were there,
so I think our trees are not just for the lovers,
but for their friends as well.


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July 17, 2009 at 1:24 am

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