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Last Day, December 2009

Last Day, December 2009

On the last day of September I began this monthly theme: a photo of the same spot from the same angle. The idea is to view it at different seasons and watch it change over time. I’ve taken lots of pictures from this spot overlooking Johnson Field at Hahamongna Watershed Park. I chose this for […]

2010 Rose Parade is Merely Hours Away

2010 Rose Parade is Merely Hours Away

Each year Pasadena is host to hundreds of thousands of visitors, many of whom come to see the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl football game(s). Over the past few months the city has been preparing for the single biggest day of the year, Jan. 1 2010. The Pasadena Independent has covered many events leading […]

The Ice Cream Snowman Cometh

The Ice Cream Snowman Cometh

Finally, finally– the Ice Cream Snowmen arrived in my inbox from makinglifebetter.com as part of the 31 Days of Confection Perfection! I saw this little guy when I got a sneak peak of the 31 days calendar way back in October. That, I thought, is right up my alley. It’s the only snowmen we’ll have […]

The American public has spoken: college football needs playoffs, not bowls!

The American public has spoken: college football needs playoffs, not bowls!

As college football’s “Bowl Season” descends on a football mad country, the debate around the dinner table will reach beyond a national championship for Alabama or Texas, or even the mediocre records of USC and UCLA—instead the Bowl games brings back the debate over a true playoff system for college football, in place of the […]

Best & worst movies of the noughties

Best & worst movies of the noughties

District 9, The Lives of Others, and Pan’s Labyrinth are just three of the best films since 2000, according to users of Internet Movie Database (IMDB). As the noughties come to a close, guest host David Lazarus and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig of USA Today and Wade Major of boxoffice.com look back at the […]

Keep The Police Chief

Keep The Police Chief

I went back into my files for this image of South Pasadena police chief Dan Watson driving a vintage squad car in the last 4th of July parade. It’s a great example of our chief’s personal involvement in our city. (I’ve even heard a rumor that he manned the beer tap at one of the […]

Horse Crazy

Horse Crazy

Horses have been part of the Tournament of Roses Parade since its beginning in 1890. This year is no exception: 23 different equestrian groups will prance down Colorado Blvd. with the floats on New Year’s day. As kids we watched all the big holiday parades–the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with its huge balloons, the Hollywood […]

Ready to March

Ready to March

We aren’t crazy about every aspect of the Rose Parade — as the parents of teenage daughters, for instance, we’re a little disturbed by the message that the Rose Princess thing sends out. And while the floats are astonishing displays of technical and floral accomplishment, the more corporate ones are, well, a little too corporate. […]

A double major in modern dance and…fat studies? Emerging academic fields

A double major in modern dance and…fat studies? Emerging academic fields

Fat liberation, fat politics, fat science—it’s a new and, yes, growing area of academia. As more Americans join the ranks of the obese, scholars are reevaluating fat as a health issue, and as a social and cultural one. The new field aims to take a critical lens to fat stereotypes, question media messages about weight […]

Replanting the forest

Replanting the forest

We were asked to pass on this information from the National Forest Service about volunteer efforts to restore the trees in the forest.  The graphics are a letter from Supervisor Jody Noiron (yeah, we know, settle down over there!), and information on the Plant a Tree program, after the jump. Much of our response to […]

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