Take ‘em to the Bridge: Visiting the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge

There are hundreds of bridges in Los Angeles County. They cross rivers, creeks, ravines, roads, train tracks, and other obstacles. If there’s a bridge you’d like to see me visit for this series, Take ’em to the Bridge, contact me to let me know or leave a comment.Trip, trap, trip, trap! ***** The Glendale-Hyperion Bridge … Continue reading Take ‘em to the Bridge: Visiting the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge

No Enclave — Exploring English Los Angeles

Diversity has long been part of the fabric of Los Angeles and Southern California. Humans first arrived here at least 13,000 years ago and more than twenty Native American nations made their home here before the Spanish Conquest. The Spanish pueblo of Los Angeles was itself founded by people of Native, African, European, and mixed ancestries and … Continue reading No Enclave — Exploring English Los Angeles

There It Is, Revitalize It — Visiting the Silver Lake Reservoir

The other night (24 June), the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and outgoing (in both senses of the word) city council member Tom LaBonge arranged to have the gates of the Silver Lake Reservoir unlocked for a few hours and thus the South Dam was briefly opened to the public. Despite the … Continue reading There It Is, Revitalize It — Visiting the Silver Lake Reservoir

Where Fools Fear to Tread

Occasionally I get to explore places outside of California. If you’d like to fund my travel to any corner of the globe, do speak up. An Albany Snapshot A Cabo San Lucas Snapshot A Snapshot of Scotland (Glasgow) A London Snapshot A Snapshot of Mexico (Tulum, Teotihuacan & Mexico City) A Montreal Snapshot A Paris Snapshot (coming soon) … Continue reading Where Fools Fear to Tread

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography

Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, essayist, rambler, explorer, cartographer, and guerrilla gardener who is always seeking paid writing, speaking, traveling, and art opportunities. He is not interested in generating advertorials, cranking out clickbait, or laboring away in a listicle mill “for exposure.” Brightwell has written for Angels Walk LA, Amoeblog, Boom: A Journal of California, diaCRITICS, Hidden Los Angeles, and KCET Departures. His art has … Continue reading Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography

Black Hillbilly

The first non-Native American settlers of Appalachia and later, the Ozarks, were of primarily of three ethnicities: Scots-Irish, English, and German. These hard-working farmers and craftsmen created a distinct culture which in the 19th Century came to be named “hillbilly.” Although the Northern European roots of hillbilly are routinely acknowledged, even scholars on the culture … Continue reading Black Hillbilly