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Cupcakes: A Sweet Valentine at Auntie Em’s

Cupcakes: A Sweet Valentine at Auntie Em’s

We have a loved one who is mad about red velvet anything, so when we say Auntie Em’s touting their red velvet cupcakes, and as Valentine’s Day shall soon be here and we might want a V-Day treat for said loved one, we headed toward Eagle Rock Boulevard ready for a taste test. Little did […]

It’s Spring!…Isn’t It?

It’s Spring!…Isn’t It?

Today, our sister in New Hampshire—where the estimated snow accumulation is 48 inches—had to shovel her snow banks because they’re too high. After clearing an older relative’s driveway, which she’s done repeatedly these past weeks, she came home to shovel the snowbanks, to bring ‘em down a notch in anticipation of another storm. She was […]

Mystery History—On Exhibit!

Mystery History—On Exhibit!

Ann Erdman loves history: the histories of her family, her town. Over years, she has tracked her family tree—sharing many of her findings on AnnErdman.blogspot—and in the depths of the Pasadena Museum of History, she found local photographic treasures. Then she thought it would be fun to put us to the test… Mystery History is […]

What’s That Shroom?

What’s That Shroom?

Love the fungi? Those funny things that pop up here and there—and often where you wish they wouldn’t—that have stipes, caps, and gills? Find a few that look as though they’d make a delectable soup but you’d rather not wipe out the entire family at one sitting? Then the Mushroom Fair at the Arboretum may […]

Michael Stern: It’s a Time Lapse

Michael Stern: It’s a Time Lapse

Michael Stern is a fellow Sequoyah School parent who offered a helping hand when we were begged to take on the job of the yearly student, class, and staff photos. In the years since then—and despite our being a basic natural light photographer and Michael being everything we are not—he has been unstintingly generous with […]

Antique Dealers Gather at the Parking Lot

Antique Dealers Gather at the Parking Lot

The first service in 1890 was held in guest church. Once a name had been decided upon, St. Luke’s Mission, services were held in a rented room on the northwest corner of Myrtle and Palm Avenues in Monrovia. By the turn of the century, the collapse of the land boom and lack of an increase […]

That Lock of Hair

That Lock of Hair

It shone upon —not often— That lock of hair That curled Right at his temple But the light had to be just right And it often —most times— Was not. The flight of a word, Or a tone, Could hinge— Landing hard, Landing softly —on a single note To pierce Or to piece together. Timing […]

Ponci on Lincoln

Ponci on Lincoln

Lety told us to come about 10:30. By the time we arrived around 11 a.m., people were already filing in, lining up to order their choice of tortas, burritos, and tacos. Seasoned pork al pasor, cabeza, chicken chipotle, shrimp cakes with cactus, chile rellenos, chicken and beef fajitas, tongue, pork rinds with green or red […]

Underworld Clown Bar

Underworld Clown Bar

Underworld. Clown. Bar. These three words existing in a single sentence catapults us—instantaneously—down, down, down to a cold, dark place to which we’d rather not go. And, upon further reading, our initial visceral reaction may not be far off. Clown Bar, currently enjoying extended shows at Red White + Bluezz (and in conjunction with the […]

Kids Cooking: U.K.-Style

Kids Cooking: U.K.-Style

The “Fry Up.” Pan roasted thick slices of tomatoes on a plate with fried eggs with bacon—as well as sausage—and toast, maybe mushrooms. That’s the breakfast we remember eating at many a British B&B. Some morning’s we were served “chips” though never hash brown or home fries (so American!) and on one or more occasions […]

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