A Pasadena Latina


Near Routt Avenue, on either side of Canal Street

Near Routt Avenue, on either side of Canal Street

My TBT is a fairly recent one.  Last week I was finishing research in Pueblo, CO.  I’m going to write a book about my family and how their lives in the Southwest reflects specific experiences set in particular social contexts.  Reading that last sentence makes a bit of smoke come out of my ears and […]

Ed Almanza, presente

Ed Almanza, presente

I spent the better part of the day looking for images of Ed.  I was reminded how very many pictures Ed had taken of the adventures he, Rita, James, and I had been a part of over nearly 20 years. My first recollection of his work had nothing to do with photographs.  James and I […]

I’m only responsible for 95% of all this clutter, I mean color

I’m only responsible for 95% of all this clutter, I mean color

…that is our bedroom. I can always tell when I have had a wide variety of events for which I need to do some writing, or presenting, or some such thing.   I need to figure out what to wear.  Does it express what I mean to share?  Does it still fit?  Will it be […]

I’m only responsible for 95% of all this clutter, I mean, color

I’m only responsible for 95% of all this clutter, I mean, color

…that is our bedroom. I can always tell when I have had a wide variety of events for which I need to do some writing, or presenting, or some such thing.   I need to figure out what to wear.  Does it express what I mean to share?  Does it still fit?  Will it be […]

Quite the family

Quite the family

I should be working on the formal presentation for my lecture tomorrow, but I am struck by how fascinating the history of the Elliott family is and felt compelled to share this with you. Helen Agnes Brown  – born to a mom who had the woman’s pioneer experience of traveling from one place to the […]

A Latina Lecturing at the Library

A Latina Lecturing at the Library

Getting to view the treasures in an archive is a wonder to me.    Those of us who are history nerds view this as a bit of Nirvana.  Truly.  I find being in an archive both invigorating and soothing. It is place of bliss. Every once in a while I get to share my discoveries […]

PLAC Scholarship Dinner

PLAC Scholarship Dinner

Tonight is the annual Pasadena City College President’s Latino Advisory Committee scholarship dinner.  15 students will be awarded scholarships this evening. Awardees majors include the fields of Chemistry, Liberal Studies, Engineering, Psychology, Biology, Environmental science, Nursing, Physics, and Radio/Television/ Film. The acceptance speeches given by the students are always moving.  There are a few seats […]

Adios, Portwenn

Adios, Portwenn

earlier in Pasadena… late middle-aged woman trips and falls – shatters wrist, surgery scheduled day of surgery4:30 wake up, 5:00 drive to Good Samaritan, 5:30 prompt arrival for pre-op check-in6:30 wheeled to operating room – hi, doc, hi, drape, high ‘bertaback from snooze land“you can take off the tourniquet” arm is like a sausage in […]

It’s Easter at Casa Martínez Grimes

It’s Easter at Casa Martínez Grimes

Easter came to our house via our dear friend Daisy.  Classy and kind soul that she is. The folks from the Pasadena Senior Center sent the get well flower arrangement.   went well with peek a boo eggs as well as the pisanki and pajaro mexicano. Wishing you and yours much love at this time […]

Saran serpent

Saran serpent

Last Friday I tripped and fell on a concrete walkway. Spent the week end thinking my my arm was broken – compression fracture.   Found out Monday – it was my wrist not my arm.   Tomorrow I’ll have surgery to fix the broken bones. This will be a part of my fashion statement for […]

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