Change of plans

I spent weeks trying to decide if I should start a new blog or merely rename the old one. I decided to start a new blog (this one) but it set off a chain reaction of unforeseen events that I truly don’t want to deal with.

So I am shutting down this site. If you are already a follower of One Good Life in Los Angeles, you don’t have to do anything. You will see the title RMW: the blog pop up at that location.

While I was at the Getty yesterday (post coming soon on RMW: the blog) in the back of my mind I was thinking maybe I made the wrong decision… but I didn’t want to make things even more confusing for my readers by changing plans again.

But, as fate will have it, when I got home and checked my email, there was a suggestion from Greg-in-Washington that I do just that! So, thanks Greg for helping me make the decision.

The short and simple version is that if you are already following One Good Life in Los Angeles, you don’t have to do anything. You will see the new title of RMW: the blog but WordPress will still recognize the old address of

As I mentioned before, One Good Life in Los Angeles, One Good life Travels and Hot Out of the Kiln will now all be under one umbrella site, RMW: the blog

So thanks for those of you who took the time to follow me on this site but I will be shutting it down as of now…. and life will go on. Aaargh… such decisions!

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Last day of Extreme Mammals

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It’s been a while since I posted anything on WordPress. Several reasons, which I won’t go into! Let’s just say I needed a rest.

So many things have happened since my last post on my old blog, One Good Life Los Angeles, that I decided to work backwards with the latest happenings first for the most part.

I seem to have a habit of leaving things to the last minute. This includes museum exhibits. Often I attend exhibits on the last day even though I know about them months in advance. So, my visit to Extreme Mammals at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum (NHM for short) was on September 10, the last day.

I didn’t know for sure I was really going up until about an hour before I left for the train. But as I’m a member I hate to miss any exhibits that are part of my membership. So I went on my own (except for the company of my Inner Child, of course).

From the website:  For over 200 million years, mammals have inhabited the Earth. In this epic evolutionary journey, mammals lived with—and even ate—dinosaurs, swam in the ocean, flew in the air, and became the fastest land animals of all time!

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The photo at the top of the page is of an Indricotherium, the largest mammal to ever walk the earth. It weighed up to 20 tons and lived about 23 million years ago. However, a larger mammal lives today: the Blue Whale, ten to twenty times the size of the Indricotheriume . It can grow that large due to the buoyancy of water. The Blue Whale is the largest animal, mammal or otherwise, ever known!

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Batodonoides was the smallest mammal, living about 50 million years ago. It could climb up your pencil (if you were around 50 million years ago and there were pencils) and was as light as a dollar bill.

As the sign states, there are more than 5,400 species of mammals alive today.


This sign board explains a lot!


This Synthetocerus tricornatus doesn’t look terribly cuddly. In all instances, horns evolved in animals whose ancestors had no headgear at all.



For millions of years plant-eating glyptodonts the size of cars roamed North and South America. Their closest living relatives are armadillos.



This Macrauchenia was known for being very nosy… sorry…


Yes, a walking whale!




Mammoths living on the islands off the coast of Ventura (just north of Los Angeles) were half the size of mammoths on the mainland due to their isolation, lack of big predators and limited food resources.



Jaws of a Columbian Mammoth and a Pygmy Mammoth.


Ellsmere Island, a mere 600 miles from the North Pole, 50 million years ago. A great stopping place for a cruise.


Beautifully preserved Scarrittia lived in Argentina 29 to 24 million years ago.


Paleontologists have unearthed more than three million fossils at La Brea Tar Pits (next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, shells, and plants.


Ninety-nine percent of all mammals and other species that have ever lived on Earth are extinct.

Pretty soon it’s going to be 100% including you and me! Maybe not quite 100%… the cockroaches will survive…




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My new blog

I decided to start a new blog to combine my three blogs: One Good Life in Los Angeles, One Good Life Travels and Hot Out of the Kiln.

I started One Good Life Los Angeles during my tour guiding days as an adjunct to my tour guide website. But I no longer have the website and the blog ended up being more about me and everything I do. I still love living in LA… and Culver City… but I wanted to change the focus.

One of my greatest pleasures remains showing people my city… I will always be a tour guide, officially or informally. But my focus is now more on photography. I need to spend more time on getting my photos accepted by stock agencies or selling them as art.

And during the past year I have started re-writing some of my short stories from the 1980s. My goal is to have my stories out there in the universe before I leave the planet.

And one of my stories has evidently decided to turn itself into a novel. I’m really enjoying letting the characters live their lives!

I apologize for giving you extra work now that you have to follow another blog. I debated keeping the One Good Life blog and merely changing the name. But I wanted to keep that intact and start afresh.

So I hope the old gang will come on over… and some new followers too!



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