A Pasadena Latina


Gaze into my eyes

Gaze into my eyes

“An eye can threaten like a loaded and leveled gun,  or it can insult like hissing or kicking; or, in its altered mood, by beams of kindness, it can make the heart dance for joy.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Or it can let you know from the depths of its soul that kibble is expected.

Special Days, special times, special Loves

Special Days, special times, special Loves

Yesterday, August 15th,  Kate and her husband Matt celebrated their 15th Anniversary.   Today, August 16th, James and I celebrate our 33rd Anniversary.  Tomorrow, August 17th,  Matthew celebrates his 28th year.   Not too surprising that I’ve been thinking about weddings and how we are usually focused on the couple or a blended family.  But […]

Wasn’t planning to write this week, but had to

Wasn’t planning to write this week, but had to

I’ve been feeling unusual since last Saturday.  No health related issues, just dealing with an expired driver license. Typically my calendar is based on meetings, research, and whim.  I don’t want to get a ticket so I’ve not taken a chance on driving.   As a result I’ve felt tremendously limited – like a shut-in. I […]

Gonna be a busy week – must be time for cat and dog photos

Gonna be a busy week – must be time for cat and dog photos

When we brought P├ínfilo home last fall we knew we’d need the Larry seal of approval.   Seal given; dog stayed. Nowadays we have no doubt that it’s reciprocal.  Never have seen a cat and dog be such buddies. See you next week.

Mr. Albert G. Thurston, of Thurston’s Directory

Mr. Albert G. Thurston, of Thurston’s Directory

The other day I mentioned Mr. Thurston.   It turns out that he and business partner, Mr. Leonard, produced and published their first directory of Pasadena and local environs in 1902-03.  All sorts of bits of information are found in the work that took them “more than three months’ painstaking labor”.   The Introduction continues, […]

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 […]

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