+ A love letter to LA
Season 2 of The Bear is incredible. Episode 7 is one of the most important stories I have seen on any screen. Richie's story is really important, but that episode is so important. I sent an email to my university president that he needs to watch the show just for that episode as it illustrates his view of how we should take care of students. It illustrates for me how we should all take care of each other. I keep thinking about the teachers who are surprised with a free dinner...even though it was fiction...I love the fact that we don't even see them, so we can project on to the scene anyone that we want.
I think it's beautiful that you found the place that was right for you for so long. I have been in San Francisco for 17 years for no other reason than I love it here and I feel so grateful to have found a place like that when many other people don't.
I also think it's beautiful that you recognize it's no longer serving you and are allowing yourself to move on physically and emotionally.
And I couldn't help but think of this song the whole time I was reading:
Great update! Lots of excellent recommendations, too. Hope to see more of these in the coming days.
Have loved following your adventures on IG. Glad I got to link with you before you left LA, so thank you for that! For someone who wasn't born here, I appreciate anyone that can develop a love for the city the way you have. Many blessings on your continuing journey and looking forward to where else you may land.
Also agree on The Bear - it's incredible. The "Fishes" and "Forks" eps were for sure some of the best TV I've seen all year. So dope to see it's getting the love it deserves!
You're back Sara! Love seeing TR in my inbox - keep riding that wave and discovering beauty in places that feel like home
What a wonderful journey you're on, Sara. We were just reading some of Rob's horoscopes and commenting on how spot-on they were. I used to send them as texts to stay in touch with my daughters. After he banned me for 100 yrs from commenting, for saying I didn't think a man should define what feminine intelligence was, I've been more conflicted and did this episode on him, the first in my tonic masculinity series: https://thirdparadigm.substack.com/p/tonic-masculinity-and-feminine-wiles. But I think I should go back to appreciating his genius, because I'm only hurting myself, as you've reminded me with this quote. Thanks for sharing your insights!
I’ve always struggled with the concept of moving to embrace a new place vs. running away from an old place. I’m in that in-between myself. Sounds like you’ve got the embracing down though! My friend/coworker just came back from the Boundary Waters... a healing space to be sure!! Enjoy your journey, esp MN (or anywhere north) during the autumn!
PS LOVE Rob Brezsny! He blows my mind weekly with perfect synchronicities!
I remember whispers of the feeling you’re describing when I left Seattle. And now, to contemplate leaving Ithaca after 22 years! It’s very brave, what you’re doing. Thank you for letting us experience it vicariously with you. I’m sad we didn’t connect when you were Upstate! But all my people who are in the Twin Cities are smitten by it. I hope your time there-- however long-- is fruitful. XO ❤️
OH! Enjoy the Boundary Waters! Lucky you.
As someone who cut ties with NYC after 40 (!!) years in our loft, I can relate to your bittersweet departure from LA. It's gonna be OK...exploring the world is ...liberating. Come spend some time in Europe. I think you'd enjoy it.
“I did undergo a profound transformation, but it was not the one I imagined.” That line really gelled with me. I moved to London as well holding out for many dreams and a radical transformation of my life. Radical transformations ensued but never in the way I could have even imagined.
And because we are so hooked on the things we want not happening, we never realise the other quieter transformation happening.
I wish you all the luck in this new phase of yoru life. Hope it will bring you more unexpected transformations.
Gosh it’s great to read your work again. I love living in LA and I’ve loved living other places too, the one that I miss the most being Kansas City (I lived in a small neighborhood called Fairway on the Kansas side). If you’re still searching for a landing place next year, consider visiting in May, when it’s incredibly green everywhere, except for the thousands of pink peonies and purple lilacs. Eat at Q39 and Heirloom Bakery and don’t skip the Nelson Atkins museum.
So glad to hear you are thriving on the road! Moving tats on making the leap out of LA that no longer felt like a good fit for you. Enjoy the high excitement of learning new places and the people in them, including yourself. As always, love reading your thoughts — sporadically published or not.
so wonderful to read in the hurricane and earthquake afternoon in LA. be safe and send us more soon!