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Dr. Dolittle in Topanga Canyon 

Books were a very important part of my childhood. TV had not been invented so we learned from books and listening to the radio. And…

Into the Weeds
A Green Tsunami 

A green tsunami of weeds is rising throughout the Santa Monica Mountains this spring. This living tide of vegetation threatens to drown the native plants,…

Dangerous Mushrooms 

The abundant rains this spring have been a blessing for mushroom enthusiasts in the Santa Monica Mountains. Foraging is so popular this season that it…

A Season for Toads 

The record rain California received in January is a boon for the Western toad, Anaxyrus borea (California has its own subspecies, Anaxyrus borea halophilus). This…

They were the original hippies, a generation before the world was coined. Meet the bearded, barefoot Nature Boys, who brought higher consciousness, vegetarianism, meditation and an organic back-to-nature philosophy to Topanga, long before the postmodern revolution. Cultural historian Emmeline Summerton, the creator of the popular Instagram account Lost Canyons LA, shares the story with TNT’s readers—don’t panic, it’s organic!


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