A Pasadena Latina


How Pasadena Grew

How Pasadena Grew

In preparation for this year’s Latino Heritage Parade and jamaica I’ve been doing research that I hope will provide me with a sense of who was living in Pasadena from 1912-1932.   Because we don’t have an existing Latino Heritage collection I get to explore the archives.   Among the more interesting tools available is [...]

A political feat

A political feat

I value those who run for office.  Well, mostly I do.   On occasion at a political event my mind, or at least my eyes, will wander.  Loved seeing all of these shoes. Women supporting a woman candidate in heels on a hot day in an artist’s studio. Bet you knew that the candidate was [...]

Leibeslieder means Love songs

Leibeslieder means Love songs

A chamber singing group is a fairly small group of singers. While a good sized concert choir might have anywhere from 30-100 voices an average chamber signing group has 16-24 voices.  That’s 2-3 people singing per part. The former can be an experience in vocal dynamics – great energy, dense lines, and lots of volume. [...]

Who were these people?

Who were these people?

I’m about midway through the 1910 Census report for Pasadena.  Learned a lot of things; most of the things learned are accompanied by even more questions. I began looking in the 1910 Census to get a feel for the number of blacks and Latinos that were in the city at the time.  Wanted to use [...]

Feliz cumple, Dr. Francis H. Baxter

Feliz cumple, Dr. Francis H. Baxter

Sometimes when I mention that I grew up in East L.A. people will make a comment that feels a little too full of compassion.   Yes, there was poverty.  Yes, there were gangs, but there were also folks who shared riches that I, and others, still enjoy.   Comida, color, a will to make the [...]

Another Larry Tale

Another Larry Tale

Up close  and personal.

Raymond Rodriguez, presente

Raymond Rodriguez, presente

My family came to the United States between 1903 and 1906.  I’m sure I’ve relatives in Mexico, but I wouldn’t know where to look to find them.  I know so many of their stories; to a one they all take place in the U.S. I feel we are lucky that we know our stories and [...]

Viking excursion in La Cañada

Viking excursion in La Cañada

Scop.  Love the word.  First heard it when I was in an English class and we were reading an English translation of Beowolf.  The idea that a scop (storyteller) would have a special place in Viking society was an appealing thought.  In communities the storyteller is also a main culture bearer.   When I stopped [...]

Portraits, formal and otherwise

Portraits, formal and otherwise

Lili was the one who started it.  She liked snugs.  As a tiny bit of a thing she would come and snuggle with her family as she was waking up.  That was a snug. Pánfilo must have picked up on this with no example and no training because he beat the girls to James for [...]

Near the ones we love

Near the ones we love

Our daughter and grand daughters are coming to town this week, so I’ll not be posting on Pasadena Latina until at least next Monday.   Don’t know exactly what we’ll do while they are here, but I am sure we’ll be spending time together.   So it seemed fitting that I share the following images [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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