I ventured off my usual course while walking Willow today. I recalled a street in my neighborhood where there were a number of houses that time stood still, a kind of authentic Old School way of beingness. I made that word up because it just fits the visual and the essence of one of my neighbors, Mr. Kameyama. He shares that Kame means turtle and Yama means mountain.
Sr. Kameyama arrived on mainland Hawaii in the later part of the eighteenth century from Japan and ultimately moved Concord California where the Sr. Kameyama was employed by wealthy landowners.
My neighbor Mr. Kameyama grew up in special quarters for hired help with his own daily responsibilities.
He told me that he would help with the breakfast in the mornings by milking the cows and gathering the eggs.
He attended what he described as a three room school house in the afternoons and in the evening after chores one of the mistresses of the house would teach him english.
Today he laments he has little time for the garden since his wife passed away last October. They were married 66 years. The couple moved to his home in Jefferson Park in 1948 from Concord California.
No doubt he will share more of his life with me on future walks. I look forward to it.
A sturdy man of 93, Mr. Kameyama walks three miles a day, changing routes on certain days.
He says he looks forward to visits from his grandson who cheers him up!
You never know when you wake up each day what's going to happen that will change your perspective in a good way.
Mr. Kameyama shows me another layer of the wonders of culture and human nature, right here in my own neighborhood! Oh, he thought Willow as pretty cool, he thought she was a Beagle, I shared that she is a Tri-colored Coon Hound.
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Inspired by Emma Goldman's quote, "I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck", I founded Urbanscapes a landscape design company in 1996 servicing the Los Angeles area.
My specialty is drought tolerant gardens. I have always thought L.A. to be a desert thus creating gardens that thrive in our arid landscape. With each project my goal is to create master plans utilizing my reduce, reuse and recycle philosophy of conservation.
Since the formation of Urbanscapes I have created a few other sustainable design concepts, Rumplesacs, a reusable shopping bag line, Reconstruction, a found objects jewelry line, and of course Old School Brand Laundry Soap, an amazing laundry soap that really get's your clothes refreshingly clean with no junk added!
These projects are but a few ways I give back to community.
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