Los Angeles: Meeting Miriam and the Getty

One of the true joys of blogging are the friendships I’ve made. I tell people about my “blog friends,” and how I know details of lives of complete strangers who aren’t really strangers. So to meet a blog friend in person is a special treat. Knowing I had a couple days in Los Angeles, I contacted Miriam Hendeles who shares her experiences being a mother -in- law, mother and grandmother in her blog, Bubbly Joys and Oys.

Like similar meet-ups  I’ve had with other blog friends, we immediately fell into conversation as if we’ve known each other for years and shared stories about families, work, and of course writing. Miriam is an accomplished musician, and shares her talents as  a music therapist with hospice patients. She drove me around a bit in LA and we ate grilled fish and toured the Museum of Tolerance.

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On my second day, she had about an hour in her busy schedule and we stopped by the La Brea Tar Pits and then headed to an area called the Grove, an outdoor shopping plaza. At the Coffee Bean, a west coast icon, two of her former high school students recognized her and recalled how she taught them Shakespeare and other literature. The students had to remind Miriam who they were. I shared how I too usually have trouble remembering the names of former students I encounter.

In the morning, I wanted to take a walk around the neighborhood. Walking isn’t really done much in LA; it’s a driving city. Daunted about crossing four lanes of traffic without a stoplight, I waited until someone else appeared who wanted to cross. Safety in numbers, I figured, or at least, the locals must know how to do things. A young man joined me and we crossed together, and started talking. Mark, as I found out, is originally from NYC and has settled in Los Angeles, where he manages a hair salon in West Hollywood. We chatted while walking; I admired the local architecture and of course, how both the climate and vegetation provided a welcome change from the cold we left behind. IMG_0704 IMG_0703 IMG_0702

The next day we took a few hours before our flight to San Francisco to tour the Getty Museum.  Unlike any art museum I’ve ever seen, the Getty comprises five pavilions set atop a mountain. A tram takes guests to the top and back and both the tram and museum are free. Panoramic views of the city and coast, meticulous gardens and waterfalls, indoor art and outdoor sculpture, it’s truly a peaceful escape from the sprawling city.  IMG_0708 IMG_0713 IMG_0712IMG_0181IMG_0191

Onto San Francisco for a day to see our daughter and meet our grand-dog, Tyson Chandler, and then grabbing a couple days biking in Sonoma. Ah, to live in a climate where one can bike year round.

 

 

 

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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19 Responses to Los Angeles: Meeting Miriam and the Getty

  1. Great post, Lisa. It was a treat to meet you.

    Makes me wish I didn’t follow you to the Getty and even San Francisco. Wonderful photos you captured of the Getty.

    Come back soon to California…enjoy the biking and your grand-doggie.

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  2. As long as our daughter is in CA, we’ll be coming back— that could be a long time! Next time, we’ll tackle LACMA if we can focus enough and not talk the entire time! Thanks again for being such a wonderful tour guide and companion.

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  3. Bunch of fun. Enjoy Northern California.

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  5. Sounds like a lovely meet-up (I went over and checked out Miriam’s account as well) One of the things I miss the most about my 20 year job is the yearly January conferences in LA and the lovely weather. I felt rather reminiscent reading this post. ❤
    Diana xo

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  6. We loved the Getty. Love how the museum incororates all of the city in it’s atistry: the highways, the rairoads, the topography. It was thought then that the museum was more excitin than it’s collection. I’m sure this isn’t true any more. I’m sure the collection has developed and matured.

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  7. Colline says:

    You saw some beautiful sights together.

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  8. susanissima says:

    Sounds like a sweet trip, and your photos make L.A. look so much lovelier than I remember when I lived there (long ago). You have a good eye, Lisa!

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  9. I have to thank my husband for many of the good photos.

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  10. jmgoyder says:

    What a lovely experience!

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  11. Coming East says:

    So fun to meet blogging friends in the flesh. And what a great trip! Looks like you had lovely weather.

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  12. Yes, a pleasant change and fun.

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  13. hugmamma says:

    How wonderful of you to meet up with blogging friends. Please let me know if you’re ever in my neck of the woods.

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  14. Will do! Of course! Would love to! hugs!!!

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  15. I always love traveling vicariously with you. 😉

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