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Pasadena Independent – February 25th, 2010

Pasadena Independent – February 25th, 2010

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Climbing the health care summit: President, Republicans grapple with reform

Climbing the health care summit: President, Republicans grapple with reform

The made-for-TV health care reform summit, called by President Obama, should be wrapping up by late Thursday afternoon—while all of the combatants, from cabinet secretaries to Republican Congressional leadership and the President himself, will have had their say on the health reform debate, will we be any closer to a new policy on health care? […]

A chat with Mark Ruffalo

A chat with Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo garnered critical attention with his role in the 2000 film "You Can Count on Me," and later appeared in movies including "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Collateral." In Martin Scorsese's psychological thriller "Shutter Island," Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio play U.S. Marshals investigating the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for […]

Do-Good Dining

Do-Good Dining

Do you want to do good by dining out?  On Wednesday night, March 3, more than 30 restaurants, mostly in Pasadena (as well as Joachim Splichal’s three Downtown restaurants), will particpate in Dinners from the Heart. Proceeds go to Hathaway-Sycamores, a venerable family-services agency headquartered in Pasadena. Now in its 19th year, Dinners from the Heart […]

The Different Child

The Different Child

HBO’s current film, Temple Grandin, stars Claire Danes as the noted author, animal husbandry expert, and unlikely heroine for many families affected by autism. I found the film spellbinding on several levels. As a teacher, I love any uplifting portrayal of the educator who never gives up, one who sees potential in even the most […]

Jonathan Gold in the Driver’s Seat

Jonathan Gold in the Driver’s Seat

Like a famous film director, L.A. Weekly’s star food critic gets his name above the title these days. “Jonathan Gold Presents” is what it says on the paper’s announcement of this Sunday’s tasting event at the Petersen Automotive Museum. And why not? The party coincides with Gold’s annual round-up of restaurant recommendations, a list that legions of L.A. […]

Happiness is Free

Happiness is Free

Just ask two cousins playing tag in the park. I stumbled across this photo when I was looking through my files from last summer. Here is an image of my daughter and nephew as they ran circles around each other in the little grassy area beneath Mission Station. We had just come from Busters Ice […]

New Blog in Town

New Blog in Town

Do you know what a “Preventorium” was? Roberta Martinez does, and you’ll find a 1922 photo of of one on page 60 in her book, Latinos in Pasadena. I finally bought my copy of the book and I’ve been nosing through it. Pasadena’s Latino history goes way back to before Pasadena was Pasadena. Roberta’s book […]

NAACP picks new chairman – Ms. Roslyn Brock

NAACP picks new chairman – Ms. Roslyn Brock

Every organization goes through generational shifts in leadership over time and after 101 years, the NAACP has elected their youngest chairman ever. Roslyn Brock, as the new chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, is both the youngest person and fourth woman to hold the post. Patt talks to Ms. Brock about the new generation […]

Settling for Mr. Good Enough

Settling for Mr. Good Enough

Lori Gottlieb planned to hold out on marriage until she found Mr. Right. But as she reached age 40 and found the pool of eligible men get increasingly narrow, Gottlieb wondered if she should reevaluate her criteria for a suitable partner. Instead of looking for her “type,” she considered looking foremost for a man who […]

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