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On Distance and Transformation

On Distance and Transformation

Reyna Grande Rodriguez’, “A Distance Between Us”, was the focus of her book signing a couple of weeks ago.  It was a program of Vecinos Unidos of South Pasadena.  Reyna Grande was a young child when her parents immigrated to another country.  Her father left when she was two and her mother less than three [...]

No Day for Discoveries

No Day for Discoveries

Today is their official day of rest.

Starting Monday

Starting Monday

It has been a busy winter and spring.  Trip to Portland, Poet and poetry, digging holes to plant and to get rid of weeds, moving office stuff, getting ceremonies in order.   I’ve done archiving, too, but that’s like complaining when offered a fine dessert.   Sure, I’ll just have to eat that sweet bit [...]

Larry and Nellie’s pillow

Larry and Nellie’s pillow

Embroidery – Nellie Martinez Attitude – Larry Back I go to work on talk. Thursday, May 16, 12-1 PM (CCD Common Area, 2nd Floor Student Services)Roberta Martinez will talk about the Bandini family whose history is a familiar thread woven through the history of Pasadena–from Throop to Caltech. The talk will focus on the intersection [...]

When in doubt, or short of time, post

When in doubt, or short of time, post

vergetables,  fruit,  and a poppy  or two. Cast in order of appearance -  zucchini blossom, baby limes, pomegranate blossoms, poppy flower, California poppy seeds.

Down the hatch

Down the hatch

Or down the rabbit-hole. Surprises, always surprises. Time to find out more about Pedro E. Duarte who graduated from Throop in 1911.   Throop went through several iterations, with a name for each iteration.  It is the root institution for both Polytechnic School and the California Institute of Technology.  But that’s another story. While at [...]

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

My mom was raised by her grandmother.  Her Grandma Aniceta was born in the mid-nineteenth century.  To put this in perspective, my mom was raised by a woman who lived most of her life in the Victorian Era. Mom was nearly 40 when she gave birth to her only child in the mid-twentieth century. I [...]

Feliz Día de la Madres

Feliz Día de la Madres

Not long before our daughter Kate got married, I learned about El Día de Las Madres.  Having grown up with more U.S. than Mexicano customs this holiday was new to me.  I embrace it because, well, why not find another day to celebrate a good thing? I’ve not looked into the origins or the reasons [...]

Reporting from the Caltech Archives

Reporting from the Caltech Archives

A week from tomorrow I’ll be prepped with images and words to share something of the intersection of the experiences and history of the Latino community and Caltech.  I’m still in the midst of the heavy research and will start writing Friday. Loma Karklins, Archives Assistant, has been most generous in her help as I’ve [...]

Into Plowshares

Into Plowshares

Someone shared this unsourced image with me, I now share with you.

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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