A Pasadena Latina


Portland beginnings

Portland beginnings

Our Portland branch of our familia has moved into a new home.  Impetus was a stolen car and the need for a second bathroom.  Too long a story, but the outcome was a move.  Lili and Cheli still share a room, but it is now about five to six times bigger than the room they’ve [...]

Alejandro Stuart, presente

Alejandro Stuart, presente

There are some people who can compress a life changing experience into an afternoon and evening.  You meet them and in the space of a few hours your life is changed. Alejandro Stuart was one of those folks.  He was larger than life and bolder than some dreams. James and I were going to the [...]

Three on a sofa

Three on a sofa

Well, two that matter…if you look really hard, you’ll see I’m there, too.

Worker Pride

Worker Pride

When I was little, and for most of my youth, my dad would share the following.  If I was going to be a ditch digger, I should be the best ditch digger.   He wasn’t speaking about my being the best of the ditch diggers.  No, he was talking about taking pride in one’s work, [...]

Women’s Equality Day and National Dog Day

Women’s Equality Day and National Dog Day

Could say lots about this.  Have to wonder which will receive greater general coverage.Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington – the event from which we known Dr. Marin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. Wondering if we know some of the speeches of the women who were martyrs for the [...]

A Merrrier We*

A Merrrier We*

It can be dangerous to go to reunions.  Okay, maybe not dangerous; perhaps boring is a better word?  Especially if you are the accompanying spouse or partner.  I thought about this as we drove to meet friends I went to school with in East  L.A.  Steve F. referred to this as a Junior High reunion. [...]

In Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and Bookstore

In Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and Bookstore

Seeing the penacho on the lovely Mexica lets folks know part of the focus at Tia Chucha’s.  Sections in the book store include Spanish, Bilingual, Chicano, picture books…and so on.   There is a part of the store that is very clearly art/crafting space and jaranas hang on the wall. There are other aspects that [...]

Gaze into my eyes

Gaze into my eyes

“An eye can threaten like a loaded and leveled gun,  or it can insult like hissing or kicking; or, in its altered mood, by beams of kindness, it can make the heart dance for joy.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Or it can let you know from the depths of its soul that kibble is expected.

Special Days, special times, special Loves

Special Days, special times, special Loves

Yesterday, August 15th,  Kate and her husband Matt celebrated their 15th Anniversary.   Today, August 16th, James and I celebrate our 33rd Anniversary.  Tomorrow, August 17th,  Matthew celebrates his 28th year.   Not too surprising that I’ve been thinking about weddings and how we are usually focused on the couple or a blended family.  But [...]

Wasn’t planning to write this week, but had to

Wasn’t planning to write this week, but had to

I’ve been feeling unusual since last Saturday.  No health related issues, just dealing with an expired driver license. Typically my calendar is based on meetings, research, and whim.  I don’t want to get a ticket so I’ve not taken a chance on driving.   As a result I’ve felt tremendously limited – like a shut-in. I [...]

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