Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena

A Pasadena Latina


Music abounding

Music abounding

To say I was absorbed in my prep for my talk is a little like saying Jello can be jiggly.  It was great to share the talk and being a Reader at the Huntington allows me access to great resources.  But there is so much going in Pasadena it’s hard not to transition from the [...]

Pasadena General Plan Update

Pasadena General Plan Update

Okay, I’ve just broken all sorts of rules.  Very, very unsexy title for this topic.   But like brushing your teeth, if you don’t attend to the task, things begin to fall apart.    I’m hoping that you’ll find the information and the colors on the page a little intriguing. Beyond being colorful they respresent [...]

It was a Cloudy Day yesterday

It was a Cloudy Day yesterday

This weekend the American Library Association is having their annual conference in Anaheim.  Last year about this time I posted images of a competition that involved librarians and bookcarts.   Who know what will take place this year? Yesterday things were hopping at the Central Library.  Beth Walker, Principal Librarian at Pasadena Public Library and [...]

Pasadena: Unexpected Roots

Pasadena: Unexpected Roots

When I first began to explore the history of Pasadena, I was focused primarily on Latinos.  There was a paucity of facts on members of the community and there were a lot folks who had really interesting lives that weren’t well known.  Like most other folks who delve or dive into archives it quickly became [...]

June 18, 2012

June 18, 2012

I love my birthday.  In our family the birthday girl or boy was royalty for their day.  Every couple of years James and I look for an excuse for a PARTY.  Well, it’s usually me looking and James is fine with the whole PARTY idea. Ten years ago we celebrated my turning 50 with a [...]

Father’s Day 2012

Father’s Day 2012

Hats off to all the Fathers   who let us fly  when we’re ready to land by ourselves  and who are there   to help us fly  until we can do it on our own. photos – James Grimes

A scholar’s retreat

A scholar’s retreat

I had a dear friend, actually a couple of friends, ask me to write about my Scholar’s Retreat.  I think they meant the place I stayed while I was doing research at Berkeley as much as the experience I had in my role of scholar.  Big ol’ Venn overlap in that. Having a room or [...]

Calistoga’s Russian Orthodox Church

Calistoga’s Russian Orthodox Church

A friend asked me what is the most northern mission in Alta California.  It was a Bambi moment, you know deer in headlights analogy: because it was an unexpected question, because I didn’t have a real answer.  So out came a non-answer answer; to the effect that where you stop hearing Spanish names for places, [...]

Looks we’ve been adopted

Looks we’ve been adopted

He started as a feral and looked this side of starving.   Larry thought he had the right credentials so he let him  hang around.  Leia figures he’s okay – for a cat.  After all, he’s not Larry, who has the heart of a dog in a cat’s skin.  Perhaps Leia knows Larry’s exceptional.   [...]

Napa Valley tripping

Napa Valley tripping

Never having been to Napa, Sonoma, or Mendocino, and being of a certain age, I talked James into spending time there. I remember old Sunset Magazines that spoke of this place in almost mystical terms.  Had no idea what we’d find. In brief – we found nature at all stages a bit of eco/Disney tiny [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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