Dream Homes . a story by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 24 July 2013; published on 25 July 2013; revised on 28 June 2018


Dear Ones,

I did a video on dreams and life, houses and trees, nature and nurture. I had concerns about putting a video up, with people’s homes in it. But then I realized it is likely ok to show the front yards and fronts of homes of people from the street in this movie because similar views of front yards and fronts of homes are offered on Redfin and on Google Maps. In addition, the addresses are not provided, so that should be all ok.

Beneath the video is a Summary …



Hello, Dear Ones! Check out the shades! … [points to sunglasses] … It’s Alice.

I’m over here in Santa Monica, on a street north of Wilshire, a residential street. And I was reminded … For 20 years I lived in Santa Monica, and I lived in a tiny, rent-controlled apartment. And I worked at UCLA as a secretary.

And I used to walk on this street. And I used to think: Wow! If I just had a place like this … or if I lived on this street … I would be really happy! Maybe one day I’ll be able to live there.

So when I retired, I could not afford to live on a street like this, which I am going to show you in a minute. But I moved to a house in the less expensive ‘burbs. And it was bigger, and it was closer to nature. And at first I was really happy, because I had achieved my dream. You know? … To move into a house in a kind of rural setting.

And then, a year or so went by, and I started to notice that everything was kind of really the same … except that I had more yard work to do. [laughs] So I thought I would show you this street a little bit. So, let’s see what I can do … Ok, here we go … All right, so I am just going to show you a couple of places here. [shows a well-manicured yard] This is one house here. It has a winding, brick walkway, and secret little places inside.

And we are going along the walk, here … facing the ocean. The ocean is just over the cliffs, at the end of the street. And you see the street is lined with beautiful, old magnolia trees. They grow pretty well here. They grow bigger down South, in the United States. Kind of beautiful … beautiful, white blossoms. Hardly any traffic on this street. Beautiful, green grass …

And the next house we are coming to … The houses are all very different here. The next house we’re coming to, is easier on the water. [shows xeriscape garden] You know, water in California is very expensive. If you look at the landscaping … and a completely different kind of house here … kind of a Spanish culture house [shows house] … and the grounds are a mixture of water and sand, with water-tolerant or low-water plants in it. Completely different. I learned a lot about plants on this one.

And then this next house [shows house] is a modern house … And that is an example of hardscape and concrete, and it hardly requires any water. And when you look closely, there are just a few drought-tolerant plants in the yard. Very modern.

So, three different kinds of houses. And there are a lot of other kinds of houses on this street. [pans around street, and to a magnolia tree] So I just thought I would mention, you know, I don’t know how much money is tied up on this street. But, quite a bit, probably.

But when push comes to shove … I mean, the houses are beautiful, but to my way of thinking, it is really the trees that are the most beautiful thing. And trees are free to walk under, everywhere.

That is all I have to say today. Blessings!

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars


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