Archive for ‘January, 2009’


Doo Dah Wrap Up

Doo Dah Wrap Up

As always, the parade was memorable. Since words do no justice, here are a few pictures I took on Sunday. So I think that about sums it up. Anyone have any particular fun stories from the event?

Vroman's Bestsellers 01/19/09

Vroman's Bestsellers 01/19/09

Hardcover Fiction Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Shaffer A Mercy, Toni Morrison Knit Two, Kate Jacobs Scarpetta, Patricia Cornwell Piano Teacher, Janice Lee Private Patient, P D James Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, Charlie Huston Comfort Food, Kate Jacobs Beat the Reaper, Josh Bazell From Dead to Worse, Charlaine […]

Great Scott, It's a Great Egret!

Great Scott, It's a Great Egret!

This weekend as the TV brought us the (fabulous) Inaugural concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and the Steelers playing in Pittsburgh, I watched people shivering in the bitter cold and reflected on yesterday’s walk in the Arroyo. My friend Bob Goldstein had never walked in the Arroyo before, so Molly the labradoodle […]

Fashionista Action in San Marino

Fashionista Action in San Marino

There’s a little section of Mission Street in San Marino that’s really happening. You read that right: San Marino! Three stores — deVelle, e.g page and Single Stone — have suddenly made this one of the most fashion-focused blocks in the whole San Gabriel Valley. DeVelle, a well-established women’s clothing store known for its personalized […]

Back to (Adult) School

Back to (Adult) School

  Yeah, there’s a $2 convenience charge for registering online. So worth it! Monrovia Community Adult Ed makes it easy and affordable for the over-18 set to learn new stuff, like computer programming, sewing, cake decorating, model fabrication or workplace Spanish. Classes are held two nights a week, and for most classes, you get 18 […]

The 32nd "Ocassional" Doo Dah Parade

The 32nd "Ocassional" Doo Dah Parade

It is nearly impossible to explain the Doo Dah Parade. It is one of those special things in life that you have to see for yourself. The parade tries to distance itself from its proper cousin, the Rose Parade, and there is no question as to whether or not it succeeds. A look at this […]

Vroman's Bestseller 01/12/09

Vroman's Bestseller 01/12/09

Hardcover Fiction College Girl, Patricia Weitz Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie, Mary Shaffer Private Patient, PD James Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri City of Thieves, David Benioff Black Ops, WEB Griffin Beat The Reaper, Josh Bazell Netherland, Joseph O’Neill Price of Butchers’ Meat, Reginald HIll The Host, Stephenie Meyer Hardcover Non-Fiction  Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell Making […]

New Mother at 56 — Failed to Heed Warnings from Loving Friends…

New Mother at 56 — Failed to Heed Warnings from Loving Friends…

The day after Thanksgiving — bedeviled by too much turkey and a savvy Internet search conducted by my 25-year-old son (home from Chicago where he works in the indie music business — yes, insanity runs in the family) — we: mother, father, first-born — adopted a baby girl. She was eight pounds, five ounces on […]

Alchemy

Alchemy

In just a few months, South Pasadena’s new Space Arts Center and Gallery has become the hot arts spot in town, home to lectures, workshops for children and adults, and openings that draw big crowds. The next opening is sure to pack ’em in, too. Assemblage artist Annie Helms works with found materials, and her […]

Solar 101

Solar 101

At Colleen’s suggestion, I’m going to chronicle the installation of solar panels at my house in Altadena. It’s something I’ve been interested in doing for a while now. I have always been one to put my money where my (big) mouth is.  I am what I would call an amateur/dilettante conservationist — I bought a hybrid […]

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