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The Different Child

The Different Child

HBO’s current film, Temple Grandin, stars Claire Danes as the noted author, animal husbandry expert, and unlikely heroine for many families affected by autism. I found the film spellbinding on several levels. As a teacher, I love any uplifting portrayal of the educator who never gives up, one who sees potential in even the most [...]

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena Playhouse

By now we are all aware that our solid old “always there” Pasadena Playhouse is on precarious footing. She’s the grand dame of Pasadena culture. We are shocked and distressed to hear of her misfortune, even if we are not playgoers. How can we make sense of her decline, and is there anything that we [...]

Remembering Avery

Remembering Avery

By mid-December the ginkgos lining south Allen Avenue toward the Huntington Library are dropping their leaves, so many yellow potato chips settling beneath each tree. Comes the showy end of another cycle of a landscaping staple in our neighborhoods: the ginkgo, whose nascent green ushers spring, whose fan-shaped leaves quietly deepen over summer, whose gold [...]

Daisy Mint, Parson’s Nose and Thou…

Daisy Mint, Parson’s Nose and Thou…

About two weeks ago I met my pal Pat Atkins for some evening fun. We used to teach high school together. Pat has since retired, but her avocation is that of character actress. In fact, I’ll bet you’ve seen Pat in Nestle or Hallmark commercials. She’s the kindly matriarch who beams over a cup of [...]

The Thanksgiving Lady

The Thanksgiving Lady

With this post we’re welcoming new Hometown Pasadena contributor Jean Gillis, who’s sharing some of her posts from her terrific new blog, Dating Yourself in Pasadena. If you recognize the name Gillis, that’s because she’s the sister of Hometown Pasadenan Sandy Gillis, and she’s every bit the good writer her sister is. Jean teaches at [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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