Province Almanac for March 27, 2015

Washington D.C. cherry blossoms via

Washington D.C. cherry blossoms via

I'm writing from Fix Coffee, Echo Park's beloved neighborhood cafe (soon to be cafe + kitchen). It's unusually hot in Los Angeles this week—in the 90's—so our first springtime here catches us off out of suitcases that still hold Chicago's winter jackets.

Today we trust in another day of steady ground, as we recognize the anniversary of the 1964 Alaskan earthquake that killed over 100 people. Dubbed the Good Friday earthquake, it was seismically the largest in American history, though it had far fewer casualties than the 1906 San Francisco quake. Actual footage from the Alaska quake and the resulting tsunami is available at one of my favorite history sites, The Internet Archive.

According to, today in 1912 the first cherry trees were planted in Washington D.C. If you're heading to D.C., they are blooming now and expected to be at their peak over the next few weeks. Speaking of Washington and cherry blossoms- it turns out our first prez never chopped down that cherry tree (nor did he have wooden chompers).

Today is the First Quarter moon. Take a stroll tonight and enjoy its half-light.