Mental Health

Here’s what you need to know about the Johari Window, and why you should value authenticity over being ‘right’

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“I never make the same mistake twice. I make it five or six times, just to be sure.”

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Here’s what you need to know about ‘rebel consumers,’ gentrification and why Americans hate the ‘hipster’ label

Indie musicians. Vagabonds. Corporate art aficionados.

Hipsters are complicated members of America’s more recent alternative movements, but not for the reasons non-hipsters might assume. The meaning of the word ‘hipster’ has changed over time. It’s quite humbling to realize that this influential rebel culture isn’t actually as revolutionary as so-called hipsters would like to believe.

Who Were the First Hipsters?

First thing’s first: hipsters aren’t hippies. They aren’t members of the 1950s…

Mental Health

Search the skies, even if you don’t believe in magic

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There’s something about gazing up at the heavens that makes us feel incredibly unimportant, and that unimportance is liberating. I’m easily distracted. The moon reminds me how much time has passed between events that seemed HUGE last month, but now fizzle away like grains of sand.


Too hazy to make out, this cryptid might be closer than it seems.

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Nestled within California’s Santa Lucia Mountains and nearby foggy peaks, 10-foot-tall shadows spooked the Chumash, Spanish colonists and author John Steinbeck


Changing headstones, Duffy’s Cut and podcast recommendations for understanding the importance of ghost legends at home and abroad

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A town’s foundations lain around the bones of Irish victims.
A procession of corpses.
Shifting headstones, and lingering ghost stories.


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The Nature Collective offers detailed information about the life cycle and uses of these plants. The Luisaño ate poppy greens. Spanish settlers called the plant Dormidera, “to fall asleep” because the petals close at night.

Los Angeles

Get ready for 45 seconds of glittering introspection

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With the Edith and Eli Broad Museum reopening on May 26th, visitors will once again enter Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room, a glittering artistic experience that puts the viewer inside the artist’s world — for only 45 seconds.


At university, friends are the family you choose — but even families feud

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Keeping friends close has never been my strong suit.

Los Angeles

Part local myth and part historical legend, could this specter haunt Los Angeles’ rolling hillsides?

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Nestled next to Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park features views of DTLA and a hidden specter. Locals believe that the White Woman of Elysian Park was a Mexican-American woman killed by members of US Navy during World War II.


From freaky folklore to the beastly beverage industry, vampires are versatile creatures. One business wants to change what it means to carry the ‘Vampire’ label. Will they succeed?

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Corpses don’t typically sell luxury products.

Cat Baklarz

|Los Angeles| Environmentalist, Writer, Historian of the Weird. I seek to shield this dimension from ruin, or something.

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