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All Aboard! Welcome to My Canoe, My Train, My Plane, My Journey

All Aboard! Welcome to My Canoe, My Train, My Plane, My Journey
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  “So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain     All Aboard! Welcome to my canoe, my train, my plane, my journey I am on airplanes a lot. So I thought I knew what turbulence was when, on my […]

Welcome to Miss Havisham’s House

Welcome to Miss Havisham’s House

I began to suspect that I had made a mistake when I drove through the gates and was forced to maneuver through a film crew, two German Shepherds, assorted cats and kids, and farragoes of discarded furniture and tools. Yet, as Airbnb had promised, the estate was beautiful—albeit it was a disheveled, decrepit beauty; like […]

Scribblings 50: Welcome to My Walk

Scribblings 50: Welcome to My Walk

I am convinced that that there are more great restaurants in Pasadena than there are palm trees. And this is saying something, considering that so many palms were planted in the 1930s that Colorado Boulevard was nearly rechristened the “Street of a Thousand Palms.” Couple this with the facts that 1. my most recent visit […]

Master Chorale on the Prowl

Master Chorale on the Prowl

It is no accident that composing plays as nearly a leading a role in Pasadena Master Chorale’s mission as singing. For starters, founder (and Altadena resident) Jeffrey Bernstein is a composer who has written works that have been performed nationwide and throughout Europe, Japan and Australia. Then, in 2014, PMC commissioned local composers Matthew Brown […]

Welcome to the Drought

Welcome to the Drought

Although the condominium I used to share with my Eventual Ex is located in the urban heart of Old Pasadena, the grounds resembling a set from “The Secret Garden.” Behind the gates, like a seascape sculpted for a Rose Parade float, are pastel dunes of blossoms, a clock tower, fountains, and streams that course over […]

Scribblings 41: Welcome to the Langham!

Scribblings 41: Welcome to the Langham!

Once upon a time, troublesome pre-teens were sent off to the convent. In the summer of 1967, my parents sent me off to my grandparents. This is more than likely a move that my mother – perpetually lamenting my “weirdness” – regrets to this day. For starters, it was my grandparents who introduced me to […]

Scribblings: Week 39 – Welcome to Boot Camp

Scribblings: Week 39 – Welcome to Boot Camp

Considering that I have been likened to an Obsessive on Uppers, my rather intense relationship with my Fitbit surprises no one. Yet for all ‘the Fitbitch’ has cracked her whip at me this past week, I have managed only about 20 to 50 steps a day, depending on bathroom runs. A bus outside my hotel […]

Welcome to Pasadena, Where Everything Is Perfect

Welcome to Pasadena, Where Everything Is Perfect

I live in Dallas now, but until October 15, 2014, and for thirty-two years before that, I lived in Pasadena. To confess that I miss Pasadena is such an understatement that I may as well not even enter the confessional. It is like saying “I like dessert” when the reality is that I would live […]

Oh to Sing

Oh to Sing

Oh to sing! To Eric Whitacre Oh to sing! To have been born with the ability ever so easily to unleash – like the rain, or a Lyre bird, or, in late summer, the cicadas – a cascade of beautiful sound. But that is not my gift. Instead I must rest content to craft my […]

Scribblings: Week 25

Scribblings: Week 25

Back in the day, when I had a yard and a garden, I spent more hours than I ever spent in a church on my knees. And while no organ might boom, no priest intone, no choir sing, and no stained glass window throw rainbows across the back of a pew, I prayed. I prayed […]

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