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Helen of Pasadena: Chapter 1

Helen of Pasadena: Chapter 1

Editor’s note: In honor of the Amazon Pre-Order Day (Friday, October 15th) for Helen of Pasadena, and in anticipation of the publication date of November 1, we at Hometown Pasadena are happy to share the first chapter of Lian Dolan’s novel, coming from our publisher, Prospect Park Media.

Etiquette: Job #1

Etiquette: Job #1

As a Mother of Boys — or a MOB — I feel like I have a duty to prepare my sons to take their place in society someday as informed citizens, productive employees, and really excellent dates. While teaching them about voting and completing chores may seem more important than, say, the art of small talk, [...]

To Clean or Not to Clean? I Don’t Really Care

To Clean or Not to Clean? I Don’t Really Care

I am hiding upstairs in my office while my husband supervises the boys in the now-ritualistic Back-in-School Room Clean-up. Today is the day the boys finally “get organized” for school, removing all Legos, Nerf guns and tools from the surface of their desks to make room for Serious Studying. Yes, my older son has been [...]

Chaos Chronicles: Back-to-School Edition

Chaos Chronicles: Back-to-School Edition

A Chaotic school drop-off this morning — forgotten books, homework, mandatory shirt and tie! — signaling that school really is back in session. even if my family isn’t really back in session yet! We will get it together by next Monday. How are you managing the transition from summer to school?

Maybe some of the items on this Ten Things to Like: Back-to-School Edition will help you get back in gear….

Freshman Orientation for Parents

Freshman Orientation for Parents

As our baby gets ready to start her last year of high school next week, we’ve got back-to-school on the brain. You probably do, too. So herewith our neighbor Lian Dolan (author of the upcoming novel Helen of Pasadena) writing from her year-long vantage point as a high-school parent for Oprah.com: When my son started [...]

Books for Sports Parents & Talking Sex with Sons

Books for Sports Parents & Talking Sex with Sons

Our neighbor Lian Dolan, author of the upcoming Helen of Pasadena and mom-blogger/podcaster extraordinaire at the Chaos Chronicles, shares her posts with us from time to time. Here’s her latest, dealing with good books for sports parents, as well as resources for talking to sons about sex. Thanks to Chpliver for reminding me to post [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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