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  • #myLAcommute I wish the city would help the homeless

    2 weeks ago

    DOLORES APARICIO

    I sell leather accessories in the Fashion District. My commute is long, but I wouldn’t want to live in the middle of L.A. It’s too polluted and everything is too fast-paced. Arcadia is beautiful. We have lots of tree-lined streets.

    I wish the city would do something to help the homeless. I walk by Skid Row every day, and it breaks my heart to see children growing up around drugs, prostitution, and so much violence.

    San Pedro Street to Santa Clara Street

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • Hebrew word of the week: Pistachios

    2 weeks ago

    The spelling with the initial “f” sound suggests a borrowing from Arabic.* However, the original name is preserved better in the English pistachio, from the Italian pistacchio, from the Latin pistacium, from the Greek pistakion, from the original Persian pestah — the original...

  • #myLAcommute I sketch people on the train

    January 11, 2016 | 12:59 pm

    JAMIE FERGUSON

    I’m a graphic designer, but I really want to be a children’s book illustrator. I didn’t go to art school so I’m teaching myself life drawing, figure drawing, perspective, that kind of stuff. I’m getting a lot better. When I’m on the train, I sketch the people in front of me. Sometimes they notice and I feel embarrassed, but I secretly wish they would ask me for their drawing.

    Halstead Street to Marmion Way

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • #myLAcommute I want to see it all

    January 8, 2016 | 12:01 pm

    LEA DAVIDSON

    I’m originally from Washington D.C. I moved away from home because there is so much to explore in the world. I want to see it all.

    Grand Ave. to Jefferson Blvd.

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

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  • #myLAcommute Aquafaba is magical

    January 7, 2016 | 3:21 pm

    BRITNEY L.

    I run my own vegan catering business. I like to cook curries. I make vegan sausages and cookies with chickpea brine—or aquafaba. It whips up like meringue. It’s so magical. I’ve been vegan for 11 years. I was in the punk rock scene and a lot of my friends were hippies. So I decided to try being a vegan. I lost a lot of weight. My skin cleared up. I felt amazing. I stick to what works!

    8th Street to Long Beach Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • #myLAcommute I never get bored in class

    December 11, 2015 | 12:03 pm

    ERNESTO SANTIZO

    I’ve been doing this commute since August 24th. I remember the exact date because it was the first day of school. I’m a kinesiology student—that’s the study of body movement. It’s so interesting. I never get bored in class. Today, I learned that once you get a concussion, you’re never the same again. You can actually lose a learned skill. So don’t play football or rugby! It’s bad for your head.

    Nordhoff Street to Normandie Avenue

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • #myLAcommute I drink Folgers all day

    December 8, 2015 | 9:37 am

    KEOKA TURNER

    I pray for an open seat on the train so I can read the Bible and listen to music. I work as a telemarketer, so I talk to people all day long. When someone is angry, I don’t even try to diffuse the situation. I just wish them a nice day. I can’t turn their day around, and I don’t take it personally. To do my job, I need to have a lot of spontaneous responses, enthusiasm, and cheerfulness. I drink Folgers all day to get me hyper.

    88th Street to 6th Street

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • #myLAcommute My job brings out my inner detective

    December 7, 2015 | 11:29 am

    JEFF T.

    I monitor clients’ bank accounts. You know when you get that email about unusual activity in your account? That’s me looking out for you and making sure you’re not a victim of fraud. I really enjoy my job. It brings out my inner detective.

    Arroyo Parkway to 1st Street

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute I find my zen on the train

    November 30, 2015 | 12:08 pm

    JACKIE P.

    It’s better to find your zen on the train than to sit in traffic. I work as a secretary for a doctor. I like being busy. I never have time to get bored. I make sure that everything runs smoothly. When a patient isn’t happy, I speak to them in a very soft and gentle voice, like a whisper.

    Larchmont Blvd. to Monterey Road

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • Embracing the Broken in Our Communities

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 3, 2015 | 10:51 am

    The one thing I surely know about myself and the Jews that I serve is that we are Americans.  Yes, we love baseball, apple pie, and Hollywood.  We have unequivocally benefited from all of the rights and security that America has granted, and we appreciate them.  And, in a way,...

  • East and west in Israeli music

    By Elad Massuri

    September 10, 2015 | 1:13 pm

    Recently, a wide variety of Israeli singers have come to Los Angeles to perform: Mizrahi-style singers such as Eyal Golan, Lior Narkis and Avihu Medina, and Israeli pop singers such as Rami Kleinstein, Arkadi Duchin and Harel Skaat.

    Their audiences missed hearing good music in...

  • The Betzavta Method: Turning Conflict into an Opportunity for Growth

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    August 31, 2015 | 11:14 pm

    "Conflict is a different form of aliveness" ~ Wendel Meldrum

    After gaining invaluable experiences and skills in conflict resolution, my perception of everyday conflicts and misunderstandings is increasingly met as a chance for gaining greater self-awareness, self-transformation,...

  • It’s All About Me (and Pluto)

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 17, 2015 | 11:50 am

    NASA scientists celebrated a new landmark in space exploration, and human achievement, early Tuesday morning. After traveling for nine-and-a-half years and a distance of three billion miles, New Horizons — the fastest spacecraft ever to leave earth's orbit — successfully flew past...

  • WATCH: 50 Reasons to love Tel Aviv (and never, ever leave)

    By Simone Wilson

    July 14, 2015 | 9:41 am

    A video version of Simone Wilson's ode to Tel Aviv: We LOVE you, Tel Aviv

  • Confessions of a Jewish Atheist

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 6, 2015 | 11:45 am

    We were seated at a round table at our local Jewish Community Center, awaiting our tax-dollar-funded senior meal, when the man at my left began a conversation (or, shall I say, confrontation). "You know, the first monotheist wasn't Jewish," he bellowed. "He was an Egyptian king who...

  • Not a Fan—a declaration of independence

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 2, 2015 | 10:57 am

    Superhero summer has blasted down among us once again. The past weekend saw some 43,000 Florida Supercon attendees at the Miami Beach Convention Center (established in 2006, it's the largest comic-con-like convention in South Florida). Next week's San Diego Comic-con (the original,...

  • Israel, United States and Television

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 1, 2015 | 8:52 am

    In the past few years, dozens of Israeli TV formats have been sold to US’s leading networks. But while these shows are local hits, most of them never quite took off abroad. Perhaps it has something to do with our little country’s unique culture.

    There is something about American...

  • Jerusalem of the Caucasus: The Legend of the Red Village

    By Milikh Yevdayev

    June 30, 2015 | 9:58 am

    It is just before Shabbat in the Red Village, and sunset will be coming soon. I walk from the New Shul back to my house, and watch as young boys and girls run home to wash up before their meal and call shalom to each other. On Friday of each week, late in the day, I see the sun...

  • Price-Less Art

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 11, 2015 | 10:54 am

    A new musician-friend of mine recently handed me his latest CD, which I happily accepted. It was "Volume 7" in a professionally produced series, all available free of charge. I knew I wasn't on his "preferred recipient" list, as his entire output was also laid out neatly in a box...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 5, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    You spent your adolescence watching Beavis and Butt-head, we spent ours reading Zbeng!

    As young “Tweens,” we were expected to pick educating, enriching books when visiting the library. To our parents’ disappointment, all we ever wanted to borrow was the new Zbeng! book in the...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 29, 2015 | 1:04 pm

    It’s no secret that Israel has one of the best armies in the world, but did you know it also invented plenty of sophisticated solutions to various needs in the battlefield? One of those solutions is the Agilite IPC (Injured Personnel Carrier.) This Israeli invention is designed to...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 17, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    This week’s Israeli creation doesn’t really need an introduction. Balkan Beat Box (BBB,) is one of the most famous Israeli musical groups in the world, and chances are you already know all of their big hits, even if you’ve never actually heard of them before.


    Balkan Beat Box...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 3, 2015 | 12:38 pm

    This week I would like to introduce you to one of the most talented composers of our time. His name is Elai Botner, and after spending years playing and writing for Israel’s most famous singers, in 2011 he started a project of his own, named: Elai Botner and the Outside Children....

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 27, 2015 | 3:54 pm

    Do you enjoy your occasional opera and classical music? Do you enjoy it even better when it’s mixed with modern pop? If so, you must start listening to Israeli singer David D’Or – an Israeli singer, composer and songwriter, who has a vocal range of more than four octaves (which is...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2015 | 2:29 pm

    The best way to describe Israeli singer Shlomo Artzi would probably be “one big, timeless rock star.” With more than 50 years on stage and more than 1.5 million albums sold (big numbers in a country with a population of 7 million,) he is probably the most successful musician in...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 6, 2015 | 3:17 pm

    This week, I would like to introduce you to an Israeli musical group that you may have encountered before during one of your YouTube browses.

    The Fountainheads is a group of young Israeli singers, dancers, and musicians, all graduates and students of the Ein Prat Academy for...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 20, 2015 | 11:26 am

    Zohar Argov was an Israeli singer who took the nation by storm in the 1980’s with his distinctive, deep voice, becoming “The King of Oriental Music.”


    Argov, born Zohar Orkabi, came from a poor socioeconomic background. He was the youngest of ten siblings, and as a child,...

  • I miss Yemen

    February 9, 2015 | 11:42 am

    I miss Yemen.

    That may come as a surprise since whenever the country makes headlines — as it has over the past few weeks — the overwhelming themes are war, violent radicalism, the impending doom of failed statehood and whatever other ominous sounding crisis (water shortages,...

  • Things I’ve learned from my first journey to the Far East.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 4, 2015 | 8:34 am

    I have recently returned from my first trip to the Far East. Besides being a journey through some of the world’s most beautiful sceneries, my two weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia were truly eye-opening, and taught me just how little I know about the world and my place in it.


    When...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 23, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    This weekend, I would like to introduce you to a new revolutionary Israeli app, which takes social networks “tagging” to a whole new level.


    Let’s say you visit a new restaurant, are truly impressed by one of the dishes, and want to share it with others. You could leave a review...

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