A Pasadena Latina


Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Okay, I admit it. I was sitting on the sofa with guys and I couldn’t help myself.  Maybe Larry wouldn’t leave immediately and I’d have a fun picture.   Soo the paw was placed.  And remained for a bit – enough for me to take several pix.  The phony posed picture of the placed paw. […]

Carmen Zapata and Luis Avalos, presente

Carmen Zapata and Luis Avalos, presente

We lost some very talented folks last month.  Still reeling from the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and while it wasn’t surprising that 94 year old Pete Seeger passed, it is a blow to know that he is no longer with us in body.  He was a bit like a cloud for me.  I didn’t […]

"Yoo hoo! Is anybody?"

"Yoo hoo!  Is anybody?"

If you remember really EARLY TV you may remember Mrs. Goldberg.  In her signature opening she spoke from her window and wondering if anyone was home in one of the nearby apartments.  Is anybody became shorthand for “Is anybody there?” Image from Popmatters blog I feel a bit Mrs. Goldberg; it’s been a long time […]

Falling into winter

Falling into winter

I was prepared to write with some frequency this fall.  There was to be a return to some reflection followed by writing.  The Parade & jamaica took place, the lead had been handed over to the city, and a new role, a new focus for me awaited for me. Then my computer died.   The […]

Second week of Advent

Second week of Advent

So much going on.  So much has gone on… in the last month. In the world great folks and folks dear to us have died.  We have remembered them and taken time to reflect on their gifts – in a variety of ways. We’ve planted our fall plants.  We’re now covering our delicate plants at […]

La Filipina, touching the heart

La Filipina, touching the heart

This being Veteran’s Day I was going to find something about the Mexicanos, Mexican Americans, Chicanos, or Latinos that had been in the Service.   But I find I can not stop but thinking on the people of the Philippines.  Like so many others I fear for those who are struggling to survive.  Please check […]

Nellie Harriet Martinez, 1912-2001

Nellie Harriet Martinez, 1912-2001

My mom was in her early to mid-70s when this picture was taken.  Most folks who met her when she moved here thought of her as the grandma of either Kate or Matthew.  Invariably the first word they would use to describe her was sweet.   Sweetness and light born from a life that was […]

Día de los muertos, 2013

Día de los muertos, 2013

This is the first time in years that we’ve not have an ofrenda for Dia de los muertos at our house.   We have all the elements, but I think I’m still recovering from the last 15 years.  Well, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. So the marigolds will have to just be […]

Halloween Traditions

Halloween Traditions

Lots of blogs to read that will give background on Halloween.   As a child I think I only Trick or Treated once.  Don’t know why, just the way it was.  It all seemed a bit odd to me.  In some ways it still does.   Mind you I love an excuse for going all […]

A Day of Light Bliss and Cheap Thrills

A Day of Light Bliss and Cheap Thrills

I’ve often told James that he’s a lucky man because I’m such a cheap date.   Not self-deprecating – just calling it as it is.  Sometimes it takes so little to give me a thrill. Case in hand – I made the last golf cart shuttle to the far parking lot at Brookside after spending […]

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