Joshua Tree Rocks

The USofA is a puzzle of national parks, especially once you hit west of the Rockies. But closest to our heart is Joshua Tree National Park – perhaps because of it’s vicinity to Los Angeles – for its epic sunsets, dry heat, looming rock formations and of course, the unforgettable Joshua trees. L.A.-based photographer/writer Faith-Ann Young took on the desert park for a few days with some friends, and she captured the soul of the area with her brilliantly edited images. She won’t tell us all of her secrets, but this is what she had to say about her series: “The whole point was to show the mystical affect of the natural yet surreal terrain of Joshua Tree. It was my first time up there and I was blown away by the beauty – half like walking on the moon, half like being on a roadrunner cartoon set.”

A Midweek Meditation on Zadie Smith’s Literary Brilliance, Michelle Obama’s Grace and Common’s Never-ending Creativity

This week, I’m leaning into love. Love for literature and one of its most brilliant minds. Love for our First Lady who feels like family instead of political royalty. Love for Common, a man whose trademark creative impulse shines on an unofficial remix of “Cranes in the Sky.”

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