Malaga Cove Library

A library is the delivery room
for the birth of ideas,
a place where history comes to life.”
Norman Cousins

The Malaga Cove Library

Libraries have always been such a big part of my life. This morning I made a visit to one of my favorite hide-a-ways, the Malaga Cove Library. When I visit this particular library, it’s always such an inspiration. I leave there with all these new ideas popping into my head, and my creative juices flowing. It’s such a magical place.

Tucked away behind the Malaga Cove Plaza shopping area, this charming  library was built in the 1920s. Designed by Pasadena-based architect Myron Hunt, the library was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

The grounds surrounding the library are another reason I take such pleasure in visiting this library. If I’m in need of a quiet spot to enjoy nature, this is where you can find me. It’s also where you’re sure to catch sight of the popular peacocks who like to roam the grounds.

The peacocks of Malaga Cove

Malaga Cove is only .66 square miles with approximately 2,000 residents. It’s a charming area that, still retains an old-world charm and small-town feel.

The Olmstead Brothers helped with the initial design of the Malaga Cove Plaza and were responsible for the park-like feel of the city. At the time of the city’s incorporation in 1939, the business and shop area around Malaga Cove contained almost all of the Peninsula’s earlier buildings.

malagaplaza

Malaga Cove Plaza serves as the official entry point into Palos Verdes Estates and features beautiful Spanish Renaissance architecture and elegant archways.

On weekends the Plaza holds art exhibits for local artists. The library has weekly and yearly events as well, which are free of charge.

They say “the best things in life are free.” Today, that usually isn’t the case. Except when it comes to visiting the Malaga Cove Library.

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Think Before We Speak

“Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates.
At the first gate, ask yourself, ‘Is it true?’
At the second ask, ‘Is it necessary?’
At the third gate ask ‘Is it kind?”
Rumi

Think Before We Speak

Looking south from the Esplanade to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The quote from Rumi I read on a blog I recently was introduced to. The blog is by Pat Cegan at Source of Inspiration. I wanted to give a call out to her. It’s a must read blog with beautiful poetry and words of inspiration.

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Our Lives

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth,
so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.
To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again.
To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over
the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
Henry David Thoreau

Esplanade at four pmMosaic ShellMosaic SnMosaic StarfishMosaic Sea Shell

On my afternoon walk, I noticed that the city of Redondo Beach added more mosaics to the pillars along the Esplanade. I took some photos and just had to share these beautiful works of art. Click on the pictures to see a more detailed photo of the mosaic.

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Windows of Your Mind

What you really want for yourself is always trying to break through,
just as a cooling breeze flows through an open window on a hot day.
Your part is to open the windows of your mind.”
Vernon Howard

Windows of Your Mind

Canyonlands National Park in the southeastern town of Moah in Utah.

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