|Sign on the gate of the property in West Los Angeles where Ray Bradbury once lived.|
In this time of the corona virus, almost all travel is suspended. For myself, all upcoming trips have been cancelled. Among the pleasures of travel is the surprise of a new place, a different experience, a new way to view the world. Now, as I shelter in place, my only travel is a daily walk about my neighborhood to get some exercise. As I move about on foot, I am suddenly seeing my neighborhood with new eyes.
|Landscaping in front of the property.|
|View of the house from the front gate|
Ray Bradbury, American author and screen-writer, wrote many of his greatest works in the home that once stood on this site. To pay homage to his life and spirit, the design of this gate incorporates his words.
“Living at risk is jumping off a cliff and building your wings on the way down.”
"I never ask anyone else's opinion. They don't count."
"Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity."
“Stuff you eyes with wonder,” he said, “live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds.”
"Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said."
Then, as I looked closely, I could see the words embedded in the gate design. While individual words and letters are discernible, it is a bit hard to distinguish the whole quotes among the surrounding metal. Even so, the fact that they are there to connect us with Ray Bradbury and his work means he is still part of our neighborhood.
|The front gate and sign.|
|A side gate to the property is also embedded with Ray Bradbury's words. Behind it is a glimpse into the densely planted garden surrounding the house.|
|Real Estate photo of Ray Bradbury's house at 10265 Cheviot Drive in Los Angeles, before it was knocked down.|