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The Ice Cream Snowman Cometh

The Ice Cream Snowman Cometh

Finally, finally– the Ice Cream Snowmen arrived in my inbox from makinglifebetter.com as part of the 31 Days of Confection Perfection! I saw this little guy when I got a sneak peak of the 31 days calendar way back in October. That, I thought, is right up my alley. It’s the only snowmen we’ll have […]

The American public has spoken: college football needs playoffs, not bowls!

The American public has spoken: college football needs playoffs, not bowls!

As college football’s “Bowl Season” descends on a football mad country, the debate around the dinner table will reach beyond a national championship for Alabama or Texas, or even the mediocre records of USC and UCLA—instead the Bowl games brings back the debate over a true playoff system for college football, in place of the […]

Best & worst movies of the noughties

Best & worst movies of the noughties

District 9, The Lives of Others, and Pan’s Labyrinth are just three of the best films since 2000, according to users of Internet Movie Database (IMDB). As the noughties come to a close, guest host David Lazarus and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig of USA Today and Wade Major of boxoffice.com look back at the […]

Keep The Police Chief

Keep The Police Chief

I went back into my files for this image of South Pasadena police chief Dan Watson driving a vintage squad car in the last 4th of July parade. It’s a great example of our chief’s personal involvement in our city. (I’ve even heard a rumor that he manned the beer tap at one of the […]

Horse Crazy

Horse Crazy

Horses have been part of the Tournament of Roses Parade since its beginning in 1890. This year is no exception: 23 different equestrian groups will prance down Colorado Blvd. with the floats on New Year’s day. As kids we watched all the big holiday parades–the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with its huge balloons, the Hollywood […]

A double major in modern dance and…fat studies? Emerging academic fields

A double major in modern dance and…fat studies? Emerging academic fields

Fat liberation, fat politics, fat science—it’s a new and, yes, growing area of academia. As more Americans join the ranks of the obese, scholars are reevaluating fat as a health issue, and as a social and cultural one. The new field aims to take a critical lens to fat stereotypes, question media messages about weight […]

Replanting the forest

Replanting the forest

We were asked to pass on this information from the National Forest Service about volunteer efforts to restore the trees in the forest.  The graphics are a letter from Supervisor Jody Noiron (yeah, we know, settle down over there!), and information on the Plant a Tree program, after the jump. Much of our response to […]

Scenes from the Rose Bowl

Scenes from the Rose Bowl

Preparations for the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl are in full swing. I thought I’d post a few action shots from my walk today. The bands are arriving. The banners are in place. And Gene is selling parking for the Big Game.In the photo below is a member of Gene’s crew manning the folding […]

Top science stories of 2009

Top science stories of 2009

Water on Mars? The discovery of a giant snake that can tell us about climate change? Radiation turns your hair grey? These are just a few of the top science stories of 2009. What other profound, fascinating, and weird discoveries did scientists unearth and unleash this year? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Caption this photo (#25)

Caption this photo (#25)

I’m at a loss for this one… Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena

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