Sophia Lee

Sophia is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in Los Angeles. Follow Sophia on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

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Backyard nest eggs

Food | Chicken coops and fresh eggs are the latest trend in urban farming
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/19/13, 10:10 am

After a long day, Mike Scott has something to look forward to. 

Often he sits back with a glass of wine in his 1920s Spanish-style home, watching eight chickens scuttle and peck around his verdant backyard while the sun sets over the hazy Los Angeles cityscape. The chickens’ routine is oddly comforting.

“It’s not just the children,” Scott said, gazing down at his flock. “The adults get mesmerized while watching the chickens, too.”

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Confessions of a 25-year-old Christian virgin

Culture | It’s hard being one of the few not ‘doing it’
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/01/13, 09:30 am

When I was in eighth grade, “girl talk” meant blushing cheeks and coy smiles over the latest crush. We passed heart-filled notes marked in glittery pens, agonized over whether the boy returned our affections, and strategized plans to sit next to him. “Being in a relationship” meant linking hands whenever the couple thought nobody was watching.

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Photo by Ryan Robert Miller

Cultivating an urban wilderness

Food | City-dwellers are transforming unused plots into miniature farmland
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/28/13, 02:27 pm

Jeanne Kelley has a big bowl of salad for dinner every night.

She lives across from a giant supermarket in Eagle Rock, a hill-studded neighborhood northeast of Los Angeles. But instead of driving to the store, she walks three minutes down the hill to a community garden called Rockdale, where she picks arugula, lettuce, snow peas, spinach, tomatoes or kale—whatever is in season and ready to harvest.

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