Archive for ‘December, 2009’


Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

We celebrate the Nativity of the Lord in our household today, and wish you the best of the season, whatever you call it and however you choose to celebrate it.  Blogging will be light or nonexistent today, and we are rerunning last year's piece: About 15 years ago, we were looking for a creche — […]

Goodwill Toward You

Goodwill Toward You

In America it’s politically correct to say “Happy Holidays” from late November through December because people of so many cultures and religious backgrounds live here. I’m not a Christian myself but I don’t mind hearing “Merry Christmas,” nor do I worry much about getting the greeting right as long as people are of good cheer. […]

I heard the bells on Christmas Day…

I heard the bells on Christmas Day…

…and wild and sweetthe words repeatof peace on earth, good-will to men. Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena

A Big Little Life – That’s Trixie, A Joyful Dog

A Big Little Life – That’s Trixie, A Joyful Dog

Fiction writer Dean Koontz had everything he could want — a happy marriage in Southern California and a successful career with more than twenty #1 New York Times best-selling novels to his credit. And then along came Trixie, a retired service dog, and he found a new window on life. Koontz joins Patt with his […]

Shop-hop happy

Shop-hop happy

Today at Steve's Bike Shop was the drawing for everyone who participated in last weekend's Altadena Arts Coalition North Lake Pole Shop Hop, and it was a nice addition to the Christmas season. Top: Rosie Rutt (with brother Jake and Ben McGinty) draws the grand prize winner of a bike from Steve's Bike Shop.  Bottom: […]

John Henry Faulk: More than a Storyteller

John Henry Faulk: More than a Storyteller

It was more than forty years ago that story-teller and radio host John Henry Faulk first recorded his “Christmas Story.” Since then it’s become an NPR Christmas tradition. But Faulk was more than a story teller. Among other things, he was an activist, author, playwright, and husband. Faulk was branded a communist in the late […]

Holiday dining out

Holiday dining out

Yesterday we dished about cooking and recipes, but what if you’re not in the mood to slave away in the kitchen? Fear not. Los Angeles has plenty of culinary neighborhoods to explore, brunch places to impress visiting relatives and street food to satisfy even the hungriest of souls. And we have three LA food experts […]

Merry Still

Merry Still

Heap on the wood!The wind is chill;But let it whistle as it will,We’ll keep our Christmas merry still.–Sir Walter Scott Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena

Memory and Christmas Tree Lane

Memory and Christmas Tree Lane

Hmm. Now that I upload the photo it looks a little abstract. But click to enlarge it and you see it’s a tree-lined street. Not just any street, but Santa Rosa Avenue in Altadena, better known as Christmas Tree Lane. I parked myself and my tripod in the gully at the end of a driveway […]

Avoid the “Gaffes of 2009” List: Party Etiquette 101

Avoid the “Gaffes of 2009” List: Party Etiquette 101

Whether if be an office holiday party, a black-tie winter soiree, or treading unknown territory in a cultural celebration, most people have at some point experienced an embarrassing faux pas at this time of year. Etiquette connoisseurs — and — discuss dos and don’ts and take callers’ questions and tales of caution to help you […]

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