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In the first week of the new year

In the first week of the new year

Because the blog is about the city I live in as much as my experiences in the city, there are weeks where lots is happening that I want to share. To choose, to choose, what to choose – not choosing, here you go. There are two things I want to share before the excitement of […]

Oscar Palmer, May 1, 1947 – December 25, 2011

Oscar Palmer, May 1, 1947 – December 25, 2011

I met Oscar Palmer when he was the principal of Rose City. Like many others in our community I learned a lot from Oscar in a very brief time. He is pictured here with his wife of 33 years, Lydia Palmer, the photo taken at a local fundraiser. There were there lending there support – […]

Boxing Day 2011

Boxing Day 2011

Happy Boxing Day or we could call it Unbagging Day in NW Pasadena. It’s a great stretch, but the two could be seen as being related. Near as I can tell the origins of Boxing Day had to do with the upper classes giving tokens of appreciation to those of the lower classes. “Good King […]

Getting ready

Getting ready

Advent – 40 days of getting ready for the celebration of the birth of Christ. As a child I didn’t quite understand the connection to liturgical season, although I saw the preparations taking place all around me. In our house we had a corner dedicated to Saints. Because our house measured about 600 square feet, […]

Cheli and Lili are here for an advent visit

Cheli and Lili are here for an advent visit

The Holidays are here which means that the girls are here and we will spend time with family friends like Susan get the house in order and take the opportunity to place our ducks all in a row.

Louie…Louie…Luis

Louie…Louie…Luis

How does one get from there to here? I guess that’s one of the eternal questions that gets asked again and again. The answer could probably also be boiled down to something inane. Like plots for a TV show or movie there are some stock variations. But if the writing is really good, or the […]

With or without a Christmas bow

With or without a Christmas bow

Some years James and I have been very predictable in our Christmas gift desires. This year I asked for something that is low in twinkle factor but will offer great returns. In the past I’ve tried growing an avocado tree from a pit and have had no luck. Actually I’ve tried several times and failed […]

Miracle of miracles, in the Martinez/Grimes yard

Miracle of miracles, in the Martinez/Grimes yard

James let me know I needed to go out to the backyard. Had to wonder why. It’s a miracle – a small one – but, it’s a miracle. He fixed the swing! Happy, happy me. This left me thankful to James and with a need to hear a little Fiddler on the Roof Miracle of […]

La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inanztin

La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inanztin

This year is the 10th anninversary of the paresenation of the La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin at the Los Angeles Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The performance will begin at 7:30, but I’ll need to arrive considerably earlier because the 3,000 seats will be filled and this may be the last year […]

Una cronista in Pasadena

Una cronista in Pasadena

Yesterday I shared the sentiment that things happen at their own pace and sometimes this can be an ideal thing. My column Pasadena Chronicles/Las Crónicas de Pasadena is an example of this. I’d been thinking about writing a bit more, but didn’t know how that might happen. I also had the opportunity to share some […]

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