How to keep pets safe during July 4th fireworks

Nicole Santa Cruz 2020-07-01 06:51:45 A firework pops outside. The family dog becomes terrified, barking and running back and forth. The cat slinks off to a hiding place.For our pets, the Fourth of July holiday can be stressful and traumatic. Shelters each year see a rise in lost pets around the holiday. Veterinarians field calls from worried pet owners.And yes,...

The Huntington is reopening. Act fast if you want to visit

Jeanette Marantos 2020-07-01 05:59:13 After more than three months of keeping people away due to coronavirus concerns, the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens is finally reopening tomorrow to a limited number of people with advance reservations. Translation: If you want to visit this week, you’d better make your reservations quick. Interest was so high today that when...

How Christopher Griffin became the Instagram plant kween

Martina Ibáñez-Baldor 2020-06-30 07:13:29 This is part of our series PLANT PPL, where we interview people of color in the plant world.Back in 2016, the PlantKween of Instagram noticed something: “I didn’t see any Black, queer, femme, nonbinary folks expressing their joy,” @PlantKween, a.k.a. Christopher Griffin, told us. So Griffin, who uses the gender-neutral pronoun “they,” started sharing...

Dating stories: I’m learning how to say it out loud — I’m into guys and girls

Christian Weissmann 2020-06-27 19:30:09 A breakup rocked me to my very core. Not that it was obvious. I was doing pretty well to start off, going out all the time, running around with my friends and not paying attention to my real feelings. The whole “I just went through something traumatic, so I deserve to do whatever I want” mentality...

As offices reopen, can you request WFH or other options?

Jessica Roy 2020-06-26 21:34:17 Your boss wants you back at the office. But you’re worried.Maybe coronavirus cases are rising in your area. Maybe you don’t know whether your workplace plans to enforce any safety precautions. Maybe your boss has mentioned the global pandemic in a way that makes you think they aren’t taking it particularly seriously.As offices reopen, employees are...

Review: The Nugg Club cannabis subscription box

Adam Tschorn 2020-06-26 20:30:24 The subscription-box format is supposed to be a win-win. Subscribers get a curated assortment of goodies regularly delivered to their doorstep at a less-than-full-retail price, and the brands in the box get much-needed exposure to potential long-term customers. In reality, it can be a tricky thing to get right.The road to success for the likes of...

How police violence made me rethink myself and Pride Month

Frank Rojas 2020-06-26 03:36:27 As a gay man of color, I feel that there aren’t a lot of places for me to unpack my queer identity. Being gay was never really discussed while I was growing up closeted in my Mexican American household. And the few times it came up, it was in the context of a joke or just...

Garden Marcus shares gardening tips and positivity on TikTok

Micah Fluellen, Martina Ibáñez-Baldor 2020-06-25 06:57:30 This past April a friend sent me a link to a TikTok by @gardenmarcus. The video started out with Marcus posing in his garden, then cut to him churning his backyard compost and tending to his plants. I was initially confused as to why my friend sent this to me. I was waiting for...

Safety tips for social gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Jeanette Marantos 2020-06-25 05:17:38 Safe and sane Fourth of July celebrations used to be about managing fireworks and sparklers. Nowadays, the bigger question is whether it’s safe or sane for friends and family to gather during a pandemic.With more and more people venturing out in public, the answer is personal: You must weigh the risk versus the reward, and...

15 places in L.A. offering the best trees with shade

Lisa Boone 2020-06-25 01:45:17 Trees can solve so many problems.On the hottest of summer days, their evergreen canopies cool our homes and streets and shelter us from ultraviolet rays.Anyone who has gotten lost in the intricate details of an ancient African Cape chestnut tree in Elysian Park or the thick bark of a coast live oak in La Cañada Flintridge...