A Pasadena Latina


The crazy hazy days beginning in May

The crazy hazy days beginning in May

I think I’ve been writing so much because the next couple of weeks will be crazy busy with other things.  Mostly with preparations and presentations.  It’s a lucky life I lead that I am invited to participate in a lot of different venues and do a lot of different things. This work week will be [...]

Tasty bits of history

Tasty bits of history

While at LA Plaza on Sunday, I wandered through the exhibit, and saw this book – Pio Pico’s Spanish/English Conversation Manual - on display.  Seeing items like this excites most historians.  We like, political wonks, have some sort of coding in the DNA that not only allows for this response in what some think a dry [...]

What you’re supposed to be doing

What you’re supposed to be doing

Saturday was a very full day.   It began with a quick visit to Adelante Mujer Latina at PCC.  2,000 young women – with mentors, mothers, and role models learning about or sharing the value of higher education.  It’s the eighteenth year of the conference.  It was brought back from the edge by dedicated work [...]

Fidel B. Vargas, presente

Fidel B. Vargas, presente

As a young Catholic Chicana growing up in the 50s and 60s our family calendar was full; Saturday and Sundays were filled with Baptisms, First Communions, and Confirmations.  Nowadays folks I know don’t seem to have as many kids, and they are as likely as not to get married.  There goes about 3/4 of the [...]

On an almost clear day

On an almost clear day

It seems hard to keep up with the weather.  The past couple of days have had the sort of heat that kills plants that haven’t become established.  As proof at our house there are several alyssum that will never live to seed another day.     It was just a week ago Friday that I [...]

Pasadena Latino Coalition

Pasadena Latino Coalition

It is an interesting thing to note that every third person in Pasadena identifies as a Latina or Latino.  The  range of education, experience, and political party can be as varied as their linguistic ability in either English or Spanish.  There are folks who are members of the Job Center and those who are members [...]

TACO U.S.A. How Mexican Food Conquered America

TACO U.S.A. How Mexican Food Conquered America

To say Gustavo Arellano is an animated speaker is a little like saying the desert can be hot.  This first picture is intentionally blurry because it captures the energy that he displayed Tuesday night at LA Plaza.  It was his first book signing for his new book Taco USA.  And he shared that, even though [...]

Larry and James s.l.ee.p.i.n.g

Larry and James s.l.ee.p.i.n.g

Larry and James share a special bond.  It’s more than James being open to being a super pillow for Larry. Although at times it does seem like that is the role that is savored by Larry.   No, there is more to it than that.   We were reminded of this last night.   James [...]

A refreshing weekend

A refreshing weekend

Whether you are about to sit to Pesach Prep for Easter  Or have a beer on the weekend Here’s hoping that you enjoy a moment when you are as refreshed as this rose. 

Lili’s 8th birthday

Lili’s 8th birthday

Being 8 is about running in the fields without falling learning in more detail about the complicated parts of the world showing off on the monkey bars and sharing long distance sillies… Long Distance Nana: You need to brush your teeth. Long Distance Nieta: i just did. next time you see me they’ll be purple. [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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