The first thing I wanted to do on a recent trip to West Hollywood was to seek out the Wisdom Tree. It sounds like something you'd be more likely to stumble upon in San Francisco rather than L.A., but I was fascinated by the story that has transformed this lone tree into a budding tourist attraction.
Heather Magee is a digital strategist and freelance writer, currently living in Los Angeles. More of her stories can be found at thelasessions.com.
I get it, Playboy is a men's lifestyle magazine, it's not the New Yorker. And I love and appreciate the female form just as much as the next guy (or girl). But the clever balance between sex and smart story-telling, art and entertainment, politics and satire has shifted. Like a viral celebrity sex tape or a generation desensitized by the internet, the thrill is gone.
03/29/2015 10:45 EDT
Situated just 70 kilometers east of Nicaragua's Caribbean coast, Big and Little Corn Islands have become a mandatory stop for travelers making their way across Central America. Deserted stretches of white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, lush jungle and abundant sea life make it almost irresistible to anyone passing through the region. And many people overstay. Some never leave.
02/09/2015 12:48 EST
I have them. You have them. There's nothing foreign or particularly shocking about them. So why, in 2014, are we still faced with so much controversy over the nipple? When will we finally acknowledge they're just nipples?
12/05/2014 12:38 EST
While crowdfunding sites were created to give the underdog a chance and essentially foster free enterprise where start-ups are concerned, it never occurred to me to use these platforms as an opportunity to raise funds for personal pursuits. Especially something as personal as adopting a baby. But does that make it wrong, unethical or crass, even? What do you think? If you had a friend or family member crowdfunding an adoption, would you contribute?
11/15/2014 11:42 EST
Hear me out.
10/20/2014 05:52 EDT
I knew "Dallas Buyers Club" was a film that was about 25 years in the making, but I had no idea how the story originally came to be.
10/09/2014 03:47 EDT
"Noble" will appeal to just about anyone, because the story is too triumphant to pass up.
10/06/2014 05:42 EDT
"October Gale," written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Ruba Nadda, tells the story of two people lost, but who together are somehow found. Helen and Will live in completely different realities, but find solace in each other's vulnerabilities and mutual attraction.
09/30/2014 08:37 EDT
You'll like this film if you enjoy exploring the psychology behind what motivates us to choose one path over another.
09/29/2014 05:16 EDT
The 33rd Annual Vancouver International Film Festival kicked off last night with the gala screening of "Wild," directed by Canada's own Jean-Marc Vallée. Although he and his cast were not in attendance -- VIFF rarely sees the level of glitterati our sister festival to the east receives -- the audience was electric.
09/27/2014 02:12 EDT
Choosing what to see if always a bit daunting, as it's hard to squeeze 341 films into the span of two weeks. So to help you prepare your VIFF viewing schedule, here's five films I wouldn't miss.
09/22/2014 06:11 EDT
Temperatures are rising across the country as snowbirds flock north to settle in until the weather turns come fall. The thought of 40+ degree temperatures may not appeal to some, but if you're looking for an extra hot holiday for half the price, now is the perfect time to escape to Palm Springs.
07/01/2014 07:51 EDT
The film festival season unofficially begins in snowy Sundance followed by Tribeca, Cannes and all of the corresponding hype that follows. Come fall, it's Canada's turn to host the glitterati and a roster of impressive filmmakers beginning in September with TIFF, followed by two fests on the West Coast that filmsters flock to.
05/26/2014 06:16 EDT
I now travel with a smartphone and like many of us, I'm completely guilty of being connected while away. It's nice to check-in for a flight on your way to the airport or book hotels on the fly. Yet it's hard to be fully aware of your surroundings while you're so busy capturing them to brag to everyone at home.
05/05/2014 12:59 EDT
For nothing more than a laugh, my husband and I signed up for a local agency responsible for wrangling movie extras. And we get called -- a lot. Our availability limits what we can do, as we both have 9-5 day gigs, but I happened to have this past Monday off which co-ordinated nicely with an extra opportunity for a feature film.
04/26/2014 11:42 EDT
My 20s were all about three things: hustling, partying and traveling. Hustling to move forward in my career, partying with my ever-growing network of friends, and traveling as much as my bank account would stretch. My values and motives haven't shifted too much in my 30s, but my approach to travel most certainly has.
03/28/2014 12:11 EDT
Choosing the right place to stay is daunting, because Goa is huge and each beach town has a completely different flavor. I spent hours scouring the web trying to piece it together. My conclusion: if you crave some peace and quiet, but with reasonable access to nightlife, head to Candolim Beach.
03/14/2014 12:34 EDT
London is one of my favorite places to play on the planet. Every time I travel to Europe, or anywhere in the vicinity, I try to squeeze in a detour to soak in a bit of the energy. And while Londontown is teeming with fine eateries, it's the drinking that sets it worlds apart from most North American cities.
03/14/2014 11:05 EDT
Save your pennies until you hit Jaipur, because this is mecca if you've got a bit of cash to burn. Known for precious and semi-precious gemstones, block-printing textiles, and superbly tailored garments, all for a fraction of what you'd pay at home. It felt good to buy directly from local artisans and manufacturers as well.
03/13/2014 01:18 EDT
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