Monthly Archives: March 2023

Joy in Keeping Books Alive at THE LAST BOOKSTORE

Go to the Spring Arts Tower at 5th and Spring in Los Angeles to find more than 250,000 books positioned creatively in a variety of displays across two floors. As a pushback against e-books go and enjoy actual books, including rare books and VINYL records at one of the world’s largest independent bookstores (2005).

Books offer so many benefits:

  • transport us to delightful experiences and lands
  • provide entertainment for individuals
  • teach us about new subjects and topics
  • remind us about our and other histories
  • introduce us to new ideas and concepts
  • challenge us regarding our current beliefs and value systems
  • offer us spiritual guidance so that we may find peace and understanding

I love to touch old books – the tactile experience is great. I love the smell of the pages in old books, as well as the worn pages from readers’ fingers before me. I do not get those sensory experiences from e-books.

The owner of The Last Bookstore has creatively displayed the thousands of books throughout the bookstore – as wall hangings, as a lighted tunnel, as walls, the torn and crumpled pages are displayed as a bush in a pot, as interesting windows through which one may peer and discover, and more.

I found great joy in the visit to The Last Bookstore. Go and check it out! Enjoy, with gratitude.

#gratitudelite

Joy in Discovering Historical Landmark in Los Angeles-Angels Flight Railway

Recently, I took a ride on the 122 year old funicular in Los Angeles from South Hill Street to South Grand Avenue on Bunker Hill. Opening in 1901, Angels Flight is the world’s shortest railway.

Operating on a hillside by cable, the ascending and descending cars of the railroad are counterbalanced. Funiculars are different than cable cars as there are two cars on a steep hill on two opposite cables. As one goes up, the other goes down.

Check out my photos capturing some of the history of this Railway. See how it is hidden within the modern city of Los Angeles. I’m grateful to discover this old gem and take a round trip ride for only $2. You should try it too!

#gratitudelite

Grateful For Snow Capped Mountains

The mountains are beautiful this week in Southern California because of all the snow we had recently. It is an experience to love the snow while at the same time feeling frustrated with each closing of the roads, Yosemite, Lake Arrowhead, and more.

Because of the recent snowfalls grocery stores are out of food, residents can not shovel out of the multiple feet of snow. It gives one mixed feelings… like the contrast of words “Beauty and the Beast”.

This historical snowfall will be remembered in California for the beauty it produced, causing all busy Californians to pause and look up, and be grateful for the snow capped mountains.

#gratitudelite