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Oprah Winfrey surprises guests at Pasadena restaurant

They thought it was just going to be a winter harvest community dinner hosted by True Food Kitchen in Pasadena, featuring produce from investor Oprah Winfrey’s farm. Before they could sit down for the four-course meal, the 45 guests who had signed up for the event quickly learned the real treat of the night as Winfrey herself walked in from an adjoining room. “Special investor,” Winfrey said in her iconic tone, “having dinner with you.” Oprah Winfrey speaks during the Winter Harvest Communit...
Tags: Food, Celebrities, Instagram, California, Restaurants, Sport, Soccer, Oprah Winfrey, Pasadena, Local News, Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, Maui, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Pasadena California


The Best Work I Saw at the Medium Festival of Photography: Part 2

  I never set out to be an opinion columnist. It’s true. Hell, before 2008, if you’d told me I’d become a professional blogger, much less do the job for nearly 9 years, I’d have taken you for a crazy person. But everything realigned 10 years ago, in the eye-teeth of The Great Recession, and frankly, I don’t think the world has been the same since. It’s funny, reading the papers, following the discussions about whether the 10 year bull market has finally turned bear. Will the stock market’s tumbl...
Tags: Photography, Florida, Obama, California, China, Massachusetts, Russia, America, Fbi, Portland, San Diego, Monsanto, Rob, Mcdonalds, New Mexico, Vietnam


Critic’s Pick: Ansel Adams in a New Light

The National Parks are in partial shutdown. But America’s wilderness shines in a show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston that reveals how human intervention has changed purple mountains’ majesty.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, California, Boston, America, Ansel Adams, Adams, Museum of Fine Arts, Ansel, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, Wilderness Areas, Yosemite National Park (Calif


This Is Chris Pratt & Katherine Schwarzenegger's Combined Net Worth

This morning, Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger announced to the world that they are engaged. Their whirlwind romance kicked off during this past Summer Of Love, and since then, we have seen them scootering around L.A., strolling in matching athleisure wear, and eating ice cream with Pratt's son, Jack.By all accounts, they are in love. And according to Instagram, he calls her "Chief."Based on their track record thus far, they seem to move quickly (Pratt and his ex-wife, Anna Faris, only ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hollywood, Instagram, California, Hawaii, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kylie Jenner, Jfk, Chris Pratt, Jack, Anna Faris, Parks, Forbes, Schwarzenegger, Pratt


The Best Work I Saw at the Medium Festival of Photography: Part 1

  My kids are 6 and 11. Right in that sweet spot where all the older people you meet say, “Cherish this time. It goes by so quickly.” Seriously. I’ve heard that a lot. My wife and I are trying to appreciate it, but as my son told me the other day, (with respect to the natural beauty that surrounds him in Taos,) it’s hard not to take it for granted. One thing I’ve discovered, one trick to make it last, is to try to make more memories. To do it on purpose. As a photographer, I’ll be honest, I don’...
Tags: Photography, Colorado, California, La, America, Chicago, San Diego, Luigi, Jesus, Brian, Working, North Carolina, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Baby Boomers, Wayne


Open Mike: Evidence-Based Nutrition

[Ed. Note: "Open Mike" is the anything-goes, often off-topic editorial page of TOP, wherein we let Yr. Hmbl. Ed. off the leash and allow him to indulge in tracking behavior*. When all is well and the moon is in the Seventh House, "Open Mike" appears on Wednesdays.] There's lots of putative information on the Web about nutrition, probably 90% of it misinformation. If you're curious, possibly the most reliable site, in my opinion, is NutritionFacts.org. Michael Gregor, a rock star in the WFPB (who...
Tags: Photography, California, America, Fda, Lundberg, Off-topic Posts, Open Mike, Rice, Michael Johnston, Mike, Brown, Michael C Johnston, Gregor, Old South, United Stated, WFPB


Top 10 Lifestyle Influencers and Bloggers You Must Follow

Becoming an online influencer seems like a fun and profitable venture. Because 90% of marketers say that in 2017, it makes sense for you to jump in and get your slice of the influencer pie. However, due to the thousands of influencers coming from the woodwork, the competition gets tougher each passing day. Therefore, if you want to be one of the most sought-after lifestyle influencers in the market, then you need to learn from the best. Below are ten of the most influential lifestyle onlin...
Tags: New York, Sweden, Instagram, California, Youtube, Advertising, Social Media, Barcelona, Dubai, Anna, Mia, Sephora, Macy, Meghan, Adam, Huda


How I Research My Solo Travel Destinations

Posted: 1/2/2019 | January 2nd, 2019 Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes our regular column on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice for other women travelers to help cover the topics important and specific to them! In this month’s article, she shows you how she researches and plans her trips! What’s the best way to go about researching your next trip when all of the decisions will fall to you as a solo travel...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Europe, Japan, Pinterest, Instagram, Bali, Indonesia, California, China, India, SIM, Thailand, South Africa, Antarctica


Best Photos of 2018 by Jim M. Goldstein

2018 has been quite the year. You wouldn’t know it from my blog, but it’s been one of the most hectic years I’ve had in a long time. Much of that centered around establishing a new home base for my family, albeit in the same area. Uprooting a family of 4 in the SF bay area is not for the light hearted. Luckily everyone has been quite excited about our move, but it has taken up most of my free time. I’m happy to say that I’m starting to get my nose above water and eager to do a bit more photog...
Tags: Photography, California, Updates & Announcements, Best Of Photos, Jim M Goldstein, Best of 2018, CALPHOTO, Yosemite Valley Rays of Sun, Redwoods National Forest Family Fun Someone


The biggest ways 2018 changed food

A lot changed about the way we eat — and the way we think about food — in 2018. We lost Anthony Bourdain, a man who opened people’s eyes to other cultures and changed the way we think about how food and culture interact. Samin Nosrat, the author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and host of a show of the same name, taught everyone with a Netflix account a new way to think about cooking around the world. There was more authenticity in restaurants, and some places the media had written off for dead were...
Tags: Travel, Food, New York, Instagram, California, La, America, European Union, Netflix, Harvey Weinstein, Portland, Starbucks, Seattle, Denver, Kfc, Alice


The best photographs of 2018 – and the stories behind them

From California wildfires and an erupting volcano to a close-up crocodile snap – photographers recall how they captured some of the defining images of the year. Selected by Sarah GilbertIndia decriminalises homosexualityAbhishek Chinnappa/Reuters Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Media, California, Culture, News photography, Art and design, Sarah GilbertIndia, Chinnappa Reuters Continue


A ban on airbrushing?

Jameela Jamil (“The Good Place”) wants to ban airbrushing in magazines and advertisements, warning BBC readers that, “If you buy the products airbrushing is used to advertise, you won’t look like the person in the photograph.” “If this comes as a surprise to you, please exercise caution before stepping out of doors or in front of a mirror,” I reply in my new op-ed in southern California newspapers. “Here in the land of liberty, fortunately, we recognize that to ban display of someone’s airbrushe...
Tags: Photography, Celebrities, Law, California, Uncategorized, Advertising, Bbc, Publishers, Jameela Jamil, WO writings


A Pioneering Photographer, Bare in the Back Country

Walking on the wild side in California, Anne Brigman became one with nature through her body and spunk. A century later, she is being recognized.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, California, Georgia, Museums, Alfred, O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Nevada Museum of Art, Lake Tahoe (Nev, Anne Brigman


Rose Parade 2019: Bands from around the globe ready to march down Colorado Boulevard

Community service and helping others are hallmarks of many of the bands performing in the Rose Parade. Perhaps that’s best illustrated by the students from two communities (Mercer Island, Wash., and Pickerington, Ohio) who reached out to Banda Escolar de Guayanilla in Puerto Rico. In 2017, about two weeks after all three bands were selected for the 2019 Rose Parade, the island nation was devastated by back-to-back category 5 hurricanes. “A lot of families were having to decide whether they wante...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Florida, Texas, London, Instagram, California, Washington, America, Los Angeles, West Virginia, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Ozzy Osbourne, Hawaii


Beyond the Wall at Mexico’s Border: Six Photojournalists’ Perspectives

The idea of building a border wall remains a central flash point of the Trump era. But as Times photojournalists have seen for themselves, a wall already exists, and it takes many forms.
Tags: Photography, News, California, Mexico, Asylum, Smuggling, New Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Central America, Trump, Illegal Immigration, Todd, Rio Grande River, Heisler, Addario


10 Celebrity Couple Tattoos We'll Never Get Over

Remember when becoming "Facebook official" was a thing? That was cute. Nowadays (and now that we know the social-media stalwart allegedly handed out our personal information to big tech companies), couples everywhere are confirming their relationship statuses with the much more dramatic — and permanent — display of matching tattoos. And if anyone takes their ink-worthy relationships seriously, it's celebrities.The one thing stars enjoy more than getting tattoos dedicated to their partners (of s...
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Music, Hollywood, Instagram, California, Snapchat, Graham, Melbourne, Jay, Jonah Hill, Jonas, Turner, Jenner, Scott, Justin


Elon Musk's first Boring Company tunnel is about to open its doors — here's everything we know so far

The Boring Company's first tunnel is due to be unveiled in California on Tuesday. The opening of the Hawthorne tunnel has been hotly anticipated, with Boring Company founder Elon Musk stoking the fires on social media. Here's everything we know about the project so far. Elon Musk's Boring Company is due to unveil its first subterranean transportation tunnel to the world on Tuesday. Musk added to the anticipation on Monday by tweeting a poster for it. pic.twitter.com/E8fhyjN0pD — Elo...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Instagram, California, La, Trends, Tesla, Ars Technica, Nasa, Monty Python, Musk, Hawthorne, Culver City, Joe Rogan, Washington Boulevard, Hyperloop Musk


Podcast: A Delicious Ritual to Reduce Stress

  Living in our fast-paced world, many of us find ourselves stressed out, and many others don’t even realize how stressed they’ve become. Many people choose to ignore their stress, others use meditation, exercise, or other endeavors to reduce stress. This episode shares the story of a woman whose solution to stress involves regularly making challah, a traditional Jewish bread. Not only does the ritual of the making of the bread reduce stress, but the history and tradition of the bread are ...
Tags: Psychology, Amazon, General, Instagram, Wales, California, Stephen King, Los Angeles, Stress, Mindfulness, Ohio, University of Pennsylvania, Kitchenaid, Vincent, Gabe Howard, Don


Nat Geo's Incredible 2018 Photo Contest Finalists (Which Can Be Downloaded as Free Wallpapers, BTW)

National Geographic's photo contests always draw incredible submissions from around the world, and this year is no different. Perhaps the best part is that entrants willingly yield the rights to their photos, allowing NG to make each one freely downloadable as wallpapers for your desktop, tablet or phone.You can check out the 2018 Finalists here. We've just gone through the list, and here are our ten favorites. (The captions are written by the photographers themselves, with our enlightening comm...
Tags: Photography, Design, California, Athens, Volkswagen, Madagascar, Audi, Dhaka, Van Gogh, Nat Geo, U S Environmental Protection Agency, ATHENS Greece, Tornado Alley, Texas Panhandle, Ashy Larry, Mojave Desert Models




The 2018 Golden Dukes Awards Nominees Are Here!

When it comes to scandals, 2018 was a doozy. Between the expansive Russia probe, the near-constant cabinet secretary snafus, and a wild midterm election, it’s hard to keep track of all the muck. And so, as we do every year, we’ve rounded up some of the best instances of corruption, stupidity and craziness for the 12th Annual Golden Duke Awards! The awards are named after former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, as Josh recounted last week. Duke Cunningham revolutionized corruption in his time, an...
Tags: Google, News, Instagram, Minnesota, Mississippi, Maryland, Supreme Court, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Congress, California, Washington Post, Washington, Mexico, Kentucky, Senate


The Daily Edit – California Sunday Magazine

Cover photograph by Ricardo Nagaoka Roscoe Mitchell, Oakland, CA: David Black Hope Jimmerson & Najave Jimmerson, Denver, CO: Widline Cadet Derrick Washington & Kurt Gramm, Los Angeles, CA: Erica Deeman Debbie Austin, Portland, OR: Lauren Angalis Field Elisabeth Gambrell, Gerlach, NV: Katy Grannan Dennis Yang, San Francisco, CA: Talia Herman Teira Church, Los Angeles, CA: Texas Isaiah Zyrria Rosales, Oakland, CA: Taylor Kay Johnson Jasson Kyser, Longview, WA: Andrew Miksys ...
Tags: Utah, Photography, California, Oregon, New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Rocky Mountains, The Daily Edit, Joy, San Francisco CA, Roberts, Jacqueline, Leo Jung, Jacqueline Bates, Carlos Chavarría


Houseplanters Who Do YouTube

Monika’s houseplant-filled terrace somewhere in India The article “Meet the Plantfluencers” in the New York Times seemed to demonstrate that the much-pursued Millennials DO garden – just not outdoors. They love houseplants and they show that love on Instagram. So I wondered if these popular plant “influencers” are using video, and found about half of them with channels on YouTube (as revealed in the first 10 pages of YouTube search results for the term “house plant”). To my surprise, the hou...
Tags: Gardening, London, Instagram, California, India, New York Times, Connecticut, Truth, Times, Tucson, Logee, Susan Harris, Monika, Deya, Summer Rayne Oakes, Rayne Oakes


L.A. Hooker Known As “Pretty Hoe” Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking, Faces At Least 15 Years in Prison

The infamous California prostitute known as “Pretty Hoe” has admitted to luring teens into sex trafficking and coercing at least one victim into getting her pimp’s name tattooed on her face, officials said. , instead of going to trial, 23-year-old Melanie Denae Williams—a Los Angeles native who often describes herself as “The Most Hated Hoe in L.A.”—pleaded guilty to sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion in Los Angeles federal court. PREVIOUSLY: Fast Facts About “Pretty Hoe” Melanie Denae ...
Tags: Crime, News, Instagram, California, Prostitution, Los Angeles, Williams, Jazz, Melanie Denae Williams, Pretty Hoe, Plea Deals, Pimping Little Girls Federal


Getting in the Fight for Cultural Engagement

Getting in the Fight for Cultural Engagement U.S.A. –(AmmoLand.com)- When we discuss the social stigmatization of the Second Amendment, not to mention efforts at corporate gun control, one thing makes those things easier: The fact that those who seek to take away our Second Amendment rights have allies who have a lot of sway in our pop culture.The NRA is largely off the pop culture battlefield, and that is a mistake. In some ways, it is a tough hill to climb. Hollywood is one place where suppo...
Tags: Hollywood, Shonda Rhimes, Instagram, Guns, California, Time, Alyssa Milano, Social Media, Reagan, Bloomberg, Netflix, Gun Control, Dianne Feinstein, Michael Bloomberg, Gun Rights, Justice Department


A 33-Year-Old's $889.36 Weekend Trip To California With The In-Laws

Welcome to Away Game, a Refinery29 series where we tag along as real millennial women embark on trips around the world and track their travel expenses down to the last cent. Here, we offer a detailed, intimate account of when, where, and how our peers spend their vacation days and disposable income: all the meals, adventures, indulgences, setbacks, and surprises.This week's travel diary: A 33-year-old business analyst heads to the Bay Area to attend her spouse's grandma's 90th birthday party.Op...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Instagram, Etsy, California, San Francisco, Elephants, Thailand, Portland, Airbnb, Oakland, Richmond, Bay Area, Marin, Bay, Sausalito


Open Mike: Life Without TV

I've just passed four years without a television. It's the longest time I've ever gone without one. I've had several stints in my life without a TV, starting in about 1982 when I went for a a little over a year without one. I ended up hastily buying one a few days before the local-to-me Washington Redskins made their first appearance in the Super Bowl. It was worth it—Joe Gibbs, Art Monk, Joe Theismann, Big Dave Butz, John Riggins, and and "the Hogs" and the rest of them routed the Miami Dolphin...
Tags: Photography, Downton Abbey, California, Earth, Maggie Smith, Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, Oscar Wilde, Clara, Gertrude Stein, Off-topic Posts, Open Mike, Michael Johnston, Oakland California, Michael C Johnston, Jim


Lens: Unraveling the Mysteries of Dorothea Lange’s ‘Migrant Mother’

The history behind Ms. Lange’s photograph of Florence Owens Thompson has intrigued academics and photographers for decades. But a new book sheds fresh light on the portrait’s little-explored details.
Tags: Photography, News, California, Museum of Modern Art, Florence, Lange, Dorothea Lange, Meister, Dorothea, Migrant Labor (Agriculture, Farm Security Administration, Sarah H (1972-, Dorothea Lange: Migrant Mother (Book, Owens Thompson


Twitter’s (And Uncle Mike’s) Banana Bread

Yes. This is THE banana bread. The bread that launched a million tweets and a hundred thousand Instagram tags, and had people all along the California coast offering to trade their brownest bananas for a makeup palette, a pair of John’s used underwear (it was clean; I’m not an animal), and the chance to meet my trusty assistant/mom, @PepperThai2. Perfecting this single recipe took me nearly a year. That’s why I needed so many damn bananas. It was a fine, yummy banana bread. But something wasn’t ...
Tags: Crafts, UK, Instagram, California, John, Mike, Ten Speed Press


17 beautiful images of Samoa

I f “Garden of Eden” vibes are what you’re aiming for on your next vacation, add Samoa to your list. It’s lush and exotic, sure, but it’s about as “middle of nowhere” as anywhere can get, too — set in the turquoise expanse of the South Pacific, it’s 3,500 miles from Australia and nearly 5,000 miles from California. The nation’s two main islands remain off the radar of most travelers — but after checking out these images, you might not be one of them for long. 1 ...
Tags: Travel, Images, Photos, Australia, California, Things To Do, South Pacific, Resorts, Beaches, All, Trip Planning, Don, Samoa, Apia, Shamu, Taga



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