A visit to the Rancho Mirage Super Carwash

Face it, when you get to be a citizen of a certain age, elephants in rooms are inevitable.  Copious cocktails combined with embarrassing encounters with exasperating exes are enough to elicit said jumbo Dumbo. To witness a tusker sans tequila, just drive down Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage.   The beast of which I speak resides…

Betty Ford Center

Rancho Mirage’s Betty Ford Center Carries On Late, Great First Lady’s Legacy

Feisty, feminist, former First Lady.  Controversial cancer conqueror.  Pro-choice pacifist.  Award-winning addiction advocate.  There are so many wonderful words to describe the late, great  Elizabeth Ann Bloomer Warren Ford.  But here in the Palm Springs Valley, our Betty is best beloved for co-founding, in 1982, alongside Ambassador Leonard Firestone, The Betty Ford Center, a non-profit…

Idyllwild Jazz

Jamming with the Jazz-lovers in Idyllwild

I’m such a sucker for a super fundraiser—especially one as fantastic as the “Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines” event.  Not only have the organizers done a heck of a job for the past 17 years raising money for the Idyllwild Arts Academy and all their ancillary summer activities, but the festival also foists a truly…