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The Pánfilo Tales – It’s part name, part context

The Pánfilo Tales – It’s part name, part context

The good sisters at Self Realization Fellowship expressed a particular fondness for Pánfilo.  We had a brief, somewhat informal interview before they entrusted him to our care.  They sent him with things he liked – food, toiletries and toys.  They sent the Halloween costume he wore and the outfit they had bought for him for [...]

Into the 21st Century

Into the 21st Century

One of my favorite books is “Things Fall Apart” by the African author, Chinua Achebe.  I won’t share much more than that because it might begin to skew what I mean to share with this picture.   Seeing this picture reminds me of a point that comes up repeatedly in the book.  The idea that [...]

Filters all ’round

Filters all ’round

Publisher Hubert Howe Bancroft had a plan.  He wanted to have the stories of the pioneers of California, meaning those that were here before him, preserve their stories.  He would have their recollections recorded.  It was a handy bit of early Oral Histories that are a result of this effort.   Happy to share that [...]

The Pánfilo Tales -Vocabulary

The Pánfilo Tales -Vocabulary

Did you say “walk”?

They came, we saw, they conquered

They came, we saw, they conquered

For the last 5 or 6 years the Pasadena Senior Center has held a tea for the Tournament of Roses Royal Court.  These are busy young women who represent the Tof R at over 150 events, leading up to the Big Day on January 1st.  They are lovely, gracious, and smart.  Based on interactions I [...]

Party of three

Party of three

There must be a lot of birdwealth in the trees.   The pigeons were 3 to a branch on the tree in our easement. They picked, they flew, they picked, they flew. It was Larry who first noticed them.  Seems appropriate that, his being a cat and all. It may have been me who noticed [...]

It’s not always about spelling

It’s not always about spelling

James received this long distance birthday card last January.  Had to share.   “Happy Birthy Dziadziu.  I mis u.  I can’t wat to see u another tim.  Bay*. Wait.I want to say Happy Birthday to u. Happy Birthday to u.  Happy Birthday to Dziadziu Happy Birthday to yuo.  From Liliana” (age 7) *Bye.

2012 World AIDS Day

2012 World AIDS Day

If you had a chance to read about our recent vacation, you were introduced to our buddy Ralph. He is passionate about politics.  I believe he was the head of the California campaign for George McGovern in 1972.  In a ironic way McGovern was a politician who won in the long term, even though he [...]

The Pánfilo Tales -What a difference a week makes

The Pánfilo Tales -What a difference a week makes

The food dish is filled for our tiny dog.  Thanks to the good folks who rescued him, his toys runneth over. Next week we begin a more normal routine.  Larry thinks it’s about time.

Pete R. Martinez, 1912-2005

Pete R. Martinez, 1912-2005

Today would have been my dad’s 100th birthday.  Well, it would have been had he acknowledged his age.  Even to the end of his life – and it was a long one – he fibbed about his age.  The stereotype that is shared about a women not giving her real age…well, my dad must have [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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