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Equal parts of this and that

Equal parts of this and that

My mini sabbatical had several different parts to it: I’ll be writing more about it at some point.  One of the parts was focused on the scholarly part of my life.  Like McCoy in Star Trek, I often want to say something to the effect of…”Jim, I’m a historian, not an organizer”.  I’m happier at [...]

Doors, doors, doors

Doors, doors, doors

Over the past ten days I have gone past all sorts of doors.  Some more photogenic than others.   This first door led to the Scholar’s Retreat at Berkeley.  A couple of treasure filled days – surrounded by all sorts of academic wonders.  Gloves necessary, information flowing from primary sources, pencil only places.   Letters [...]

A room of my own

A room of my own

I’ll be leaving this Scholar’s Retreat tomorrow early in the morning. It’s been a rewarding time.  Funny how much work one can do when truly not interrupted. Heartening to reconnect with my place in academia. And fun to look at the charming, if compressed view.

Greetings from life in the slow lane

Greetings from life in the slow lane

I hadn’t planned to write while I was on my mini sabbatical.  Going off to do research isn’t technically a vacation, but it is a way of refreshing my energies.  But here I am and I have net access today. So yesterday I’m on the road to Santa Clara and I see the signs for [...]

It’s off to the archives and more

It’s off to the archives and more

Love writing to you, truly I do.  But this week I’m off  doing some research.  I’ll be giving a talk at The Blacker House on June 26.  It’s one of the At Home Series Event coordinated by Pasadena Museum of History. I’ll primarily be talking about some of the earliest days of Pasadena via the [...]

The candidates at the Forum

The candidates at the Forum

There is something in the lighting of the Crawford Family Forum at KPCC that just doesn’t balance the great sound that exists in that auditorium.  They were each very focused on what they were about to say and were animated when they shared their thoughts.   That having been said, here are the candidates for [...]

May graduates

May graduates

The first week of May was filled with events that had to do with Cinco de mayo.  In part because of recent work by Dr. David Hayes-Bautista.  His work, El Cinco de Mayo, An American Tradition, recently published by University of California Press, adresses a question that often comes up every year.  Why is Cinco [...]

Mother’s Day Brunch 2012

Mother’s Day Brunch 2012

At a certain point Mother’s Day changes meaning.  Well, perhaps not for everyone, but it has at the Martinez/Grimes household. Sharing our time with Leia and her favorite past time is a great way to spend a laid back morning.  Yogurt is good for the coat and tasty, too.  Then there is time for portraits [...]

Adios Gaby

Adios Gaby

Last night was the series end for Desperate Housewives.  I became a viewer when it was well into its run.  I wouldn’t say I couldn’t wait for Sunday at 9, but I enjoyed the show most Sundays, with a glass of wine. The husbands and wives of Wisteria Lane had complex marriages; in some ways [...]

Grand, just grand.

Grand, just grand.

There’s a lot of good work that takes place in any town.  People are willing to help each other and often are more than willing to help those who travel in very different circles.  Talents are shared, volunteer hours accrue, and in Pasadena, houses are made ready.   Last week I was volunteering my time [...]

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