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The Brilliance & Whimsy of Beatrice Wood

The Brilliance & Whimsy of Beatrice Wood

To finish off our seasonal side trip (see “Ojai Marvels” and “Ojai Olive Oil Company“), we head to the studio of the late great Beatrice Wood. Many may only know Wood as one of the trifecta that inspired Francois Truffaut’s film Jules et Jim in 1962, which we saw decades ago, and before we knew anything of the celebrated […]

Future Awake in Mouth of NOW

Future Awake in Mouth of NOW

Gerda Govine Ituarte is a woman we’ve come to know; initially over a bowl of soup at Euro Pane (the original) and subsequently via quick chats at events, some phone calls, and email. She’s a businesswoman, a consultant, an activist, a supporter, and a poet. We admit readily that we are not learned when it comes […]

Ojai Olive Oil

Ojai Olive Oil

One finds Ojai Olive Oil Company at the end of a dirt, rut-filled road. It’s a bit bumpy, but after the meandering up through the neighborhoods, the tight u-turn after a missed turnoff, and the increasing lushness and ever-crowding foliage we enter another world. The day is overcast and the main building looks more barrack […]

Sondheim’s Company

Sondheim’s Company

Thank you, dear friend, who informed us of the newest production in rehearsal at Theater Arts Caltech, Company by Stephen Sondheim opens February 24 and runs through March 4. (Text courtesy of TAC on FB.) Theater Arts Caltech, a diverse group of Caltech undergrads/grads/staff/alums, JPL and associated community members, dives headfirst into the Sondheim revival with a contemporary spin […]

Yvonne’s Basic Pruning Overview

Yvonne’s Basic Pruning Overview

What a great way to end 2016 and begin 2017—with lots of rain! Yay! So glorious to relish each gentle drop over long hours so the soil was able to absorb all the goodness… and then have those downpours that really filled the soil’s air pores so the moisture could sink deeply down into rootzones. Love it! With the promise […]

Hot Red Bus

Hot Red Bus

We were in the mood for some chicken tikka masala and our local go-to was closed (we’d missed lunch and was too early for dinner). On a late afternoon run to Alhambra we came across Hot Red Bus, “L. A.’s first British Indian chip shop.” We thought the combo of Brit and Indian might satisfy. And, […]

Hot Lips’s SwitHearts

Hot Lips’s SwitHearts

As most people know, Loretta Swit is famous for her role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan on the iconic M*A*S*H TV show from 1972 until the series ended in 1983. Since then, Swit has been a guest star on TV series’, hosted the 26-part series Those Incredible Animals on the Discovery Channel, written a […]

Trike Squadron

Trike Squadron

We’ve learned they’re called “recumbent tadpole bicycles.” Thank you, Trike Asylum. Of course, this name doesn’t make me think any less that this is a sport for chillin’ aquatic larvae that are systematically going insane, but that seems not to be the truth and we don’t want to promulgate alternative facts. Not only is a Trike […]

Strolling the Campus

Strolling the Campus

After we roamed, bedazzled by the ceramics at the Scripps College 73rd Ceramic Annual exhibit—and even though we were somewhat oversaturated and overstimulated by the sumptuous art work—we decided to take a stroll… One of our first sites was this memorial to Harriett Tubman, with a note tucked in her arm. It reads, “What makes her heroic?”     […]

Stunning Ceramics at Scripps

Stunning Ceramics at Scripps

We would like to thank Rosey Bell, realtor with Coldwell Banker, for this lead, which prompted us to undertake a spur-of-the-moment midday trip to see the Scripps College 73rd Ceramic Annual exhibit. From Pasadena to exit 25B in Claremont, it was a quick half hour drive, which provided a constant backdrop of snowcapped mountains defying the open driver’s side window and […]

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