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Our Recent Graduate

Our Recent Graduate

Living on the streets and counting on the kindness of strangers can lead to a minimalized range of social skills.  We’ve learned about this second hand via Pánfilo.  We think he was in a home and then was a stray for some period of time before being taken in by the good nuns. Near as [...]

The Pine Stands Alone

The Pine Stands Alone

James and I have finally succumbed to the 21st Century. As I travel I send him a brief image and a text from each of my stops.  He worries less this way.  In some respects this is better than radar. Sometimes the views are expansive: more than my simple picture takes could capture, but best [...]

To and From Portland-2,240 miles of so much to see

To and From Portland-2,240 miles of so much to see

I admire folks that have Daily Photo blogs; I read Pasadena Daily Photo almost daily. It’s enlightening and/or fun to read Petrea Burchard’s thoughts. Karin Bugge and lots of other folks regularly write and share their very cool pix on their blogs, too.  There’s a consistency about knowing they are there that’s comforting.   As [...]

A Great Day for Picking Up Poo

A Great Day for Picking Up Poo

Portland is not Pasadena.  I repeat, Portland is not Pasadena.  It’s not Portlandia, either, but I swear the title for this post is an actual quote from my daughter.   You live in a place where it rains, is gloomy, or where the sun is theoretically evident most days in winter and you find yourself [...]

Fred Korematsu Day in Pasadena, January 30th

Fred Korematsu Day in Pasadena, January 30th

Civil Rights has all too often been portrayed as a Black and White issue.  I’m sure there a lot of white women who would share that gender bias is a point of civil rights, too.  Folks seem to be learning that civil rights, or the lack thereof, has been an issue for many American citizens [...]

The Pánfilo Tales – End of January update

The Pánfilo Tales – End of January update

We have adjusted well to us being a pack/family.  There is a clear sense that Mr. P is comfortable with us.  We are deeply in love with him.   Larry strikes poses get him to play.  Light hissing and light growling are a part of this.  Mr. P used to bark and Larry used to [...]

World Class

World Class

This past weekend I wandered in and out of the Land of the Special.  Originally I thought of the word Royal, but I know that at least two of the folks who I would write about would not want that word used.  It’s like calling yourself World Class.  I’ve never met Yo Yo Ma, but [...]

Gracias, Vroman’s

Gracias, Vroman’s

Yesterday I joined about thousand folks in line for a book signing.  For the quick read – readers.I was in line for close to two hours and met Justice Sotomayor twice.  Books were given to two special young women in my life, two more are ready to be sent to Oregon and a fifth will [...]

Candidate Forum

Candidate Forum

So I promised something last night.  I’m a late date.   Here is the flyer for a Candidate Forum that will be taking place this coming Sunday at the Jackie Robinson Center in Pasadena.   The Pasadena Latino Coalition is composed of about a dozen groups that meet to support each other in the work [...]

Spring elections

Spring elections

A fire in one’s belly.  That’s what it takes to decide to run for office.  Or at least that is what it should take.  There was fire in my belly back in 2007;  following are mostly from that run. Photo – Annie Whitcomb During the campaign I learned as much from the folks who would [...]

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