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Frank Schaeffer’s “Patience with God”

Frank Schaeffer’s “Patience with God”

Frank Schaeffer found himself equally disgusted by right-wing evangelists as by “uber liberal New Atheists.” In “Patience with God,” he searches for a middle ground between the polarizing forces of religion—and anti-religion—in America. In this critical look at the goals and strategies of both fundamentalism and New Atheism, Schaeffer offers a kind of spirituality for […]

Ed Sullivan’s America

Ed Sullivan’s America

"Tonight, we have a really big show…" Gerald Nachman's book "Right Here on Our Stage Tonight!" explores the history of the Ed Sullivan Show and its place as an American institution. As kingmaker (and tastemaker) of American pop culture in the mid-20th century, looking at the Ed Sullivan Show means looking at our own history. […]

Random Thoughts on throwing the Office Holiday Party

Random Thoughts on throwing the Office Holiday Party

The empties are in the recycling. The guys just came to pick-up the heaters and standing cocktail tables. And the dog is back from the "ranch." The Office Holiday Party must be over!That’s right, Chaos Crew, we hosted about 50 co-workers and spouses/boyfriends/girlfriends last night on behalf on my husband’s company. My husband is in […]

The Gorbals

The Gorbals

WHY Inventive, comforting combinations that work well without being gimmicky or overpriced — the most expensive dish is $15. WHAT Helmed by Top Chef season-two winner Ilan Hall, this has been a long time coming and greatly touted. But it’s anything but flashy — a sparse, candlelit room tucked away into the aging Alexandria Hotel, […]

"Circa Sometime" show at McGinty’s Jan. 9-31

"Circa Sometime" show at McGinty’s Jan. 9-31

McGinty’s Gallery at the End of the World is pleased to present Circa Sometime, an exhibition of selected works by six artists working in assemblage and collage. Circa Sometime marks the first such show at the gallery and includes collaborative and individual installation works. Described by Altadena Heritage as "the epicenter of the art scene […]

Tidings of Great Joy

Tidings of Great Joy

Then wherefore in these merry daysShould we, I pray, be duller?No, let us sing some roundelaysTo make our mirth the fuller.And whilst we thus inspired sing,Let all the streets with echoes ring;Woods, and hills, and everythingBear witness we are merry. — George Wither Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena

First day of winter

First day of winter

Faithful skywatcher Bill Westphal reminds us: The Winter Solstice occurs on Mon. Dec. 21 at 9:47 a.m. At that moment the Sun, in its apparent path around the Earth, reaches its farthest point in the South. This marks the beginning of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of Summer in the Southern Hemisphere. […]

Zen Monday: #77

Zen Monday: #77

Zen Monday is the day you experience the photo and give us your thoughts rather than me telling you what I think the photo’s about. There’s no right or wrong. It is what it is, whatever that means to you. I look for a photo worth contemplating or, failing that, something odd or silly. And […]

First-hand report of Saturday burglary

First-hand report of Saturday burglary

Matt Bogaard sent out this message on an incident he participated in yesterday: On Saturday, December 19 at 3:40pm, I was driving southbound on Porter approaching Mendocino in the 2300 blk.  I saw a male Black / 18-20 years of age / sitting in the driver’s seat of a Honda Accord.  The engine was running […]

Your early morning wake-up call [UPDATED]

Your early morning wake-up call [UPDATED]

… for those of us on the east side of town, around 6:20 — the whirlybird was in pursuit of a burglary suspect, says the sheriff's station. Per scanner, it had to break off to handle a gun-related incident elsewhere (no details on that), but sheriff units are still in the neighborhoods as of 6:40. […]

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