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Meditation, Writing & Halotherapy at The Salt Studio

Meditation, Writing & Halotherapy at The Salt Studio
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Dr. Davina Kotulski is a psychologist, a life coach, and an author. She also uses writing to awaken one’s spirituality, holds a tele-class called “Courageous Heart: From Fear to Fulfillment,” and organizes 7-day writing workshops and retreats (the last being March 2016 in Venice, Italy). She’s been an activist for marriage equality as well as LGBT rights, […]

Intermediate Wheel Throwing

Intermediate Wheel Throwing

Sharon Mann of Mann Handmade ceramics is one of our favorite local ceramicists. Her work is functional and yet our meals look definitively more impressive—and appealing—on Mann’s plates. Our dining room table is a very simple pine and a Mann bowl, ceramic spoon, coffee cup, vase, or pitcher adds color, warmth, and depth to the table, […]

Rockin’ for the Homeless 5k

Rockin’ for the Homeless 5k

Not everyone will consider running a 5 kilometer route the makings of a rockin’ good time, but how about a walk? It’s the 2nd annual Rockin’ for the Homeless 5k, and it’s a run or walk. Could even be a stroll. There’s even a kiddie dash and all participants, of every age, are encouraged to […]

Tots, Tweens & Teens

Tots, Tweens & Teens

Over 30 authors and illustrators will be on site at the Tots, Tweens & Teens Book Festival on May 14. Pasadena High School hosts this free event, noon to 6 p.m. Three stages—Picture Book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult—feature books, authors, and illustrators for hours and hours! Authors include Pseudonymous Bosch of the Secret Series and […]

Live Well, by Bike

Live Well, by Bike

What could be better than popping in here and there—cafés, restaurants, bakeries, and specialty shops—from the Pasadena Playhouse District to Old Pasadena and sampling delicious treats and burning calories as you go? Not much in our estimation. One of our happiest times was as a young woman of seventeen and fresh out of high school. We roamed […]

Dishing with Gold

Dishing with Gold

“In a lot of ways, I think food is starting to take the place in (our) culture that rock and roll took 30 years ago.” —Jonathan Gold Have you seen City of Gold yet? If yes, yes? What did you think? If no, why not? Go. Go! Because how could a movie about food make us want to […]

Gamma Yog’Art Nature Jam

Gamma Yog’Art Nature Jam

It’s a yoga art jam. In the park. Or a garden. On May 15, Landa Curtis hosts another Gamma Yog’Art Nature Jam, this time at Arlington Garden. Last month, folks practiced yoga and painted. This month it’s time for rock mandalas and spiral graphs (and yoga). Curtis says it’s BYOR, bring your own rock, though when […]

Poppies, Cacti & Cats in Trees

Poppies, Cacti & Cats in Trees

We continue our joy of spring. All the growing and flourishing. The vibrancy and hues. The shapes big, small… and humongous. We’re not sure why we are especially taken with this spring—maybe it’s the seesaw from blistering heat that reminds one of late August to the nippy days requiring sweaters, or the stillness and quiet in an […]

“Lila” by Marilynne Robinson

“Lila” by Marilynne Robinson

A friend was about to return Lila to the library, then thought we might enjoy the story. We did. The first we know of little Lila, she’s been dragged from her hiding place under the table and set out onto the stoop and told not to try to sneak back inside. The weather is foul and getting worse. […]

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

The South Pasadena Public Library’s community room was packed. Chairs miraculously appeared a full fifteen minutes into the evening’s history lecture. Local residents, reflecting the area’s diverse ethnicity and cultural backgrounds, had gathered for Matt Hormann’s “The Darkest Night.” It was a quiet room as Matt launched into his presentation, a lecture accompanied by slides. The topic: Pasadena’s […]

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