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Bungalows & Craftsman

Bungalows & Craftsman

Driving the streets of Los Angeles last month, cutting down side streets to avoid the traffic, we remembered the years we lived around the Wilshire District and West Hollywood; the lovely neighborhoods just off busy boulevards, small to medium houses with tidy lawns and constant blooms—and of every architectural style: Spanish, English Tudor, Victorian, Georgian […]

Holiday Ornament Contest

Holiday Ornament Contest

We realize competition isn’t a characteristic of the holiday spirit, but creating with our hands and spreading cheer is! So, let’s make some ornaments. Margaret Tonapetyan and Jenna Gibson have opened Art/work/space in a lovely lemon yellow cottage on Fremont Avenue in South Pasadena. Art/work/place is the result of their dream to have an art […]

Holiday Take Home

Holiday Take Home

Do pending holiday meals bring feelings of joy and expectation, as well as jolts of anxiety and dread? Once again, Girl Friday and Urban Kitchen have teamed up to create a holiday “to go” menu that includes helpful sides and desserts to take the stress out of holiday cooking and for folks who will be […]

Whisky & Poetry Salon: Three Years!

Whisky & Poetry Salon: Three Years!

How time flies. We’re struggling to acknowledge that it’s been three years (we blinked!) since we walked up six flights of stairs—though with a 3rd landing whisky pick-me-up—to a building-wide penthouse that was surprisingly open and intimate and where in a small corner of the space, mix-matched chairs and a sofa circled around a table […]

Prophetic Yearning

Prophetic Yearning

                              Prophetic Yearning by Nicole Stranz Oh, Absent lover, Yarn for day Foibles damned Tryst entwined Folly forth Tongue sincere Sweat of rose Restraint defined Forgotten made Aged with Youth Wisdom solved Forever mine     Copyright © 2015 “Prophetic Yearning” […]

You’re the Best: The Satellite Sisters Celebrate Friendship

You’re the Best: The Satellite Sisters Celebrate Friendship

Pasadena’s Lian Dolan has won us with her humor and observations, first with Helen of Pasadena, followed by Elizabeth the First Wife, and with all of her public service appearances, such as the moderator at Pasadena Magazine’s Women in Business luncheon and most recently as emcee for the Cancer Support Community gala fundraiser. On November […]

Open Mic of All Kinds, For All Ages

Open Mic of All Kinds, For All Ages

Joe Normal and Gigi Hutchinson never thought they’d be working together. In the same place; within the same space. Primarily because Joe is a musician and Gigi is a hairdresser. Ah, po-tay-to, po-tah-to. Music and hair styling are vastly different arts, but they’re not polar opposites. Perhaps, they are perfect foils. When the opportunity arose, […]

John Cleese

John Cleese

The really good ideas is always traceable back to quite a long way, often to a not very good idea, which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting. —John Cleese, writer, actor & tall person […]

Jackalope Arts in November

Jackalope Arts in November

Jackalope Art & Craft Fair debuted this past April and has received rave reviews from buyers and vendors alike. Our friend Emily Akers of Candle Stash said it was perfectly organized and she was blown away by the vendors, and the quality and variety of the products. November 7-8, Jackalope will rise again in Central […]

The Diaries of Adam & Eve

The Diaries of Adam & Eve

We seem to be on an apple bent in Talk of Our Towns this week, as Saturday is the time for the Hard Core Cider Tour at Brookside Park, and apples always bring to mind the story about the first of our kind, Adam and Eve.… SATURDAY.–I am almost a whole day old, now. I […]

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