I know that everyone is writing 2011 in review posts right now, but at the moment I am all about looking forward because this year is off to such a fantastic start! I kind of can’t believe it. So far in 2012 I’ve…
+ Rang in the new year at a beautiful old house in Echo Park with my lovely friend Cassandra. Post-midnight countdown we sat in a park across the street looking out over all of Los Angeles, loads of stars, and watching random fireworks go off down below. It was a magical beginning to 2012.
Yesterday I was having one of those days where it just felt like nothing was going right. Instead of sitting around feeling down about it, I decided to talk a walk over to my favorite coffee shop for an iced mocha and then walk around Anderson Park for a little while. By the end, I was feeling much better and fortunately, today looks like it’s going to be great! Here are some snapshots I took along the way:
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to visit a truly extraordinary place called The Gentle Barn with my family. My mom has been talking about what a wonderful organization it is for a while now and we finally made the drive out to Santa Clarita for a visit. Here is a description of the organization, taken from their website:
The Gentle Barn was founded by Ellie Laks in 1999 and now run by Ellie and her husband Jay Weiner who joined forces in 2002. The Gentle Barn is currently home to 130 animals who are rescued from severe abuse, neglect or slaughter. Once the animals are rehabilitated they stay at the barn for the rest of their lives and serve as ambassadors helping to heal abused children. The Gentle Barn is host to kids in foster care, on probation, in gangs, on drugs and from the inner city, as well as school groups and special needs kids and adults. Through the interactions with the animals and their stories, kids learn kindness, compassion, confidence and reverence for all life.
It’s truly wonderful what they do. They are open to the public on Sunday mornings between 10am and 2pm. The rest of the week, the animals are free to be animals and the organization hosts field trips, groups of special needs children, etc. The obvious care and love that goes into rehabilitating these animals is astounding. Not only are they given food, shelter, and warmth, The Gentle Barn uses treatments like massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture to help even those animals in the most dire straits to make a full recovery to health and happiness.
As a lifelong animal-lover, it was such a treat to be able to interact with all of the wonderful animals at The Gentle Barn. I’ve been fortunate to meet and love many animals in my life, but I can honestly say I’d never given a turkey a butt-rub (apparently that was this particular turkey’s favorite!), petted a 1000 pound pig, or hugged a cow. I sure have now! The following are the photos I took of just a few of the wonderful creatures I met that day.
I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful a place The Gentle Barn is. If you’d like more information on the organization or how to visit or donate, The Gentle Barn can be found at GentleBarn.com ; Twitter.com/gentlebarn; YouTube.com/gentlebarn ; Facebook.com/TheGentleBarn ; The Gentle Barn’s blog.
For more information on all of their wonderful animals, check out their Virtual Barn. Donations can be made via their website and information on visiting can be found here. I hope that you’ll take the time to look into this wonderful place! I will certainly be going back.
A few weeks back, my mom told me that a preview of the Elizabeth Taylor collection to be auctioned through Christie’s before the end of the year would be showing at the MOCA portion of the Pacific Design Center and asked if I’d want to go. My response? Absolutely I would!
So yesterday was the day. We weren’t sure what to expect, but we headed up to West Hollywood around noon. They have you line up outside the building where you wait for your appointed time and they really monitor how many people are inside at once, which was actually perfect because it allows for you to see everything. Once we got inside, it was filled with magical things. We came to the conclusion that they chose the perfect amount of items for the exhibit. It certainly wasn’t everything that will be in the auction, but it was just the right combination of jewelry, fashion, art, and other items like a couple scripts and her Oscars. Much more and it would have been too overwhelming. Plus everything they chose was absolutely exquisite! I can say with certainty that’s the closest I’ll be getting to that kind of jewelry. Holy moly. Another really neat thing is that all proceeds from the auction as well as half the proceeds of the tickets for this exhibit are going to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (with the other half of the ticket price going to MOCA).
I wasn’t sure if we’d be allowed to take photos, so I didn’t bring my real digital camera, but I did end up taking a bunch of iPhone photos, so here’s a peek inside The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor:
Posing with The Dame herself.