A Pasadena Latina


By morning’s light

By morning’s light
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In our household the days growing longer and cooler triggers the mental transition from fall to winter.   The holidays and days of remembrance change color codes from the browns, oranges, and purples of fall and Día de los muertos to the blue and white of Hannukah accompanied by the green, red, white and black […]

The road to be traveled

The road to be traveled

I have been on a bit a of a mission over the last two years; long before our son left the premises and long before the cancer chapter.  I’m getting older and developing a taste for having less.  This has been informed by philosophy, developing practice, and the deep desire to spend less time cleaning. […]

TBT – DdlM style

TBT – DdlM style

Oh, I wish I could recall where  or who did the calavera.   So simple and so elegant.  Loved it. It’s been about fifteen years since the artist did this work. I’m reminded by the difference what we wear and how much we share of ourselves can lead to two really different “reads”.

TBT delayed or Definitely not Día de los Muertos

TBT delayed or Definitely not Día de los Muertos

Couple of conclusions –    I was fascinated by the idea and the technique of wax resist. I guess I had seen too many Halloweeny movies by fifth grade.

Y luego…

Y luego…

Much as I’d like to fool myself into believing that I am forever-after cancer free, I know that I will need to keep meeting with my oncologist every six months.  For the next five years. Heavy stuff.  Mortality is a heavy topic.  Dealing with one’s own mortality is sort of tonalicious.But, I think about the […]

Precipitation and anticipation

Precipitation and anticipation

10/8/14 What has consistently surprised me throughout this whole cancer chapter has been how the existence of the blog has made my life easier.  Combine this with Facebook and you save yourself a lot of phone calls.  There are few things more taxing than sharing negative news  – again and again.  Using the blog and […]

It’s Thursday. There seems to be a pattern here

It’s Thursday. There seems to be a pattern here

For the bulk of this convalescent period I’ve mostly been at home.  Except for Thursdays.   Last week it was very brief speaking engagement.   Tonight I’m going to the El Centro fundraiser.   And Dr. Cynthia Olivo is the reason. Cynthia has been at Pasadena City College for six years and in that time […]

The view of my room; or what could be better than grade one, stage one

The view of my room; or what could be better than grade one, stage one

I don’t know.  How about grade IA and stage one. Yes.  Good news.  They got all the cancer. I need to return for a check-up every six months for the next five years.  Feeling fortunate to have healthcare; happy that doctors were pro-active; lucky to experience the kindness, love, and good food folks have shared […]

A double throwback

A double throwback

From an era where the colors were darker than I was (trying to be). Sophomore or Junior year at Garfield High School, East Los. From a time when I was glad to be here. Last weekend, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA

Stage one, grade one – good news when it comes to cancer

Stage one, grade one – good news when it comes to cancer

Thanks all for your caring.  Back home.  Focusing on healing by resting this week. Surgery was a success.  Folks at Huntington were superb.  Don’t yet know if I’ll need chemo or radiation.  I’ll have final details soon, but the initial report was as good as it could be. Wrote this before I went in to […]

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