“Taking an undo day has helped me become less addicted to my phone during the rest of the week, because I’ve realized that the world won’t end if I don’t answer that email or text within 5 minutes. It’s not easy, but whenever we disconnect, we feel more connected. To each other and to the moment. When we light the candles on Friday night, we use the candlesticks that my grandmother gave me for my Bat Mitzvah. Her parents brought them from Nazi Germany to Israel, before Israel was even a state. For me, lighting the candles is a way to feel connected to my family; to the women who lit Shabbat candles for generations before me. And for the rest of the 24 hours, with my cell phone off, I can connect to the present.” (Talia Osteen)
We have a new park! The Grand Opening of Grand Park, which runs from The Music Center to City Hall in Downtown, is this weekend. Many festivities are planned to inaugurate the park, including food trucks aplenty, a performance of Cirque Du Soleil’s “Iris” (!!!!) and a celebration of National Dance Day involving, well, dancing (dancing not mandatory). We’ll be there celebrating LA’s efforts at more community space, more green space, and the continued revitalization of Downtown.