Author Scott M B Gustafson

Rebuilding Hope

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Maison Orion puts a portion of its design fees towards microfinance loans to help people in developing countries achieve their dreams. Today I made another loan to a mother with a family in Palestine.

Borrower Profile from Kiva

Naseema is a mother of 7 children, one of whom is disabled. She has one room in her poorly built house. Naseema is asking for a loan to build a new room and repair the damaged parts in her house. She was hoping to create comfortable environment for her kids and make a space for her disabled child.

Winter in California


I often hear people who live in other parts of the country deride Southern California’s climatic monotony by saying we don’t seasons. I reply that we do have seasons, but we just got rid of all the shitty ones. I didn’t come up with that witty retort, but still enjoy using it. Two decades of living in the Great Lakes region was enough for me! When I lived in the Sonoran Desert city of Tucson, Arizona after college, I learned about and experienced the five distinct seasons that occur there. I don’t know the number for Southern California – it’s probably less than four and more than one. What matters to me is that is beautiful all year round. The colors of winter are a bit muted but never dormant, and the pink Bougainvillea were already getting a head start on Spring.

These photos were taken in the last few weeks in Ojai, the Los Padres National Forest, Culver City and the central Los Angeles neighborhood of Larchmont.













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Under the Sea of Sky

Sometimes you just have to stop the car and admire a tree dancing in the wind.

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