Archive for ‘August, 2009’


Monday Firewatch: Mt. Wilson in danger, evacuation apparently lifted

Monday Firewatch: Mt. Wilson in danger, evacuation apparently lifted

You are here. "I don't like Mondays …"  The Boomtown Rats Welcome to another day of firefighting, news, and rumor control! For those new to this news site, please  note that the news section is like an iceberg — only 10% is exposed.  Much of the most valuable information is in the comments we get […]

Vroman's Bestsellers 08/31/09

Vroman's Bestsellers 08/31/09

Hardcover Fiction Help, Kathryn Stockett Inherent Vice, Thomas Pynchon South of Broad, Pat Conroy That Old Cape Magic, Richard Russo Shanghai Girls, Lisa See Even Money, Dick Francis White Queen, Philippa Gregory Await Your Reply, Dan Chaon WWW Wake, Robert Sawyer Elephant Keeper, Christopher Nicholson Hardcover Non-Fiction Lighting Their Fires, Rafe Esquith Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell […]

Free Art on Friday

Free Art on Friday

This Friday is the first one of the month, which means admission is free to the Pasadena Museum of California Art — and two exhibitions on view right now are well worth seeing. The first focuses on the life of visionary ceramicist Edith Heath and her influence on design, mid-century modernism and California pottery. The […]

Mt. Wilson Threatened; Station Fire Update

Mt. Wilson Threatened; Station Fire Update

It looks like the hillside residential neighborhoods from La Crescenta and La Canada to La Vina and north Altadena are in less peril as of Monday morning; concern is more focused on the homes in and near Acton, where at least 18 structures have burned, and Mt. Wilson, home to many telecommunications towers that serve […]

Michelle Huneven

Michelle Huneven

Altadena resident (and native) Michelle Huneven is one of our finest writers, and if you doubt it for a moment, pick up her third novel, Blame, just published by Farrar Straus Giroux. A quietly captivating tale of a talented and beautiful Pasadena professor who struggles with alcoholism, men and, most of all, the guilt for […]

Stand Up, Sit Down, Eat Eat Eat — for Kids

Stand Up, Sit Down, Eat Eat Eat — for Kids

Slow Food USA has declared this Labor Day a national “day of action” to demand better nutrition and better quality food in the nation’s public schools. Because this day was organized by food lovers, it is, of course, built primarily around eating. As of now about 230 potluck eat-ins are scheduled at parks and public […]

Woodrow Wilson Speaks to Pasadena

Woodrow Wilson Speaks to Pasadena

Here are the remarks made by Governor Woodrow Wilson to the people of Pasadena on May 11, 1911 (printed in the Pasadena Daily News later that day): I am delighted to be among friends. I know friends when I see them. The interesting thing about you is that you are a cross-section of American society. […]

Two Los Angeles County Firefighters Killed While Fighting Wildfire

Two  Los Angeles County Firefighters Killed While Fighting Wildfire

Update: Sunday night: Officials say two Los Angels County Firefighters firefighters have been killed when their vehicle rolled off a mountainside while fighting the wildfire in northern Los Angeles County. County Deputy Fire Chief Mike Bryant said at a news conference that the two men were amid intense fire near Mt. … FULL STORY: http://pasadenaindependent.com/latest_news/two-los-angeles-county-firefighters-killed-while-fighting-wildfire/

Smoldering Sunset

Smoldering Sunset

The Station Fire rages on, but it appears to be moving more toward Acton and Sunland. (And right toward the telecommunications towers and historic observatory on Mount Wilson.) While I am glad not to see as many mountainside bonfires from South Pasadena’s vantage point, I know the 42,000+ acre inferno is very much out of […]

Zen Monday: #61

Zen Monday: #61

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