A Pasadena Latina


Al fin, Merry Christmas

Al fin, Merry Christmas

Digesting turkey can be hard work.  Ask Larry or  Panfilo, they’ll tell you this is so.   All of the two legged critters in the house would agree.   Good day, good meal.  Leslie, Matthew, and Kevin joined James and me at the Kurisumasu Table.   What a feast!  Scallpped potatoes, brussel sprouts, kale salad, [...]

Posada

Posada

Quite literally posada means shelter. At this time of the year in many, many countries including most of Latin America, there are re-enactments of the end of the journey of Mary and Joseph before they found shelter in the stables in Bethlehem.  They were looking for posada.  Perhaps they found with each other along the [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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