Archive for ‘August, 2010’


Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 11

Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 11

When our wayward cat takes a dump it’s a prolonged affair. I know most cats are fastidious, but Cozy’s burial rituals would make the builders of Giza blush. Her large plastic box shakes and echoes with banging, digging and scratching. The sounds of construction will stop for just a second only to resume with renewed ferocity. Having scraped every Trader Joe’s pine pellet into a near-perfect pyramid, she emerges, City of the Dead complete.

We’ll never know…

We’ll never know…

“I swear it’s him.” A young woman standing on the train platform next to me ducked behind her friend. “It’s not him.” “No, I think it’s him.” The friend took off her sunglasses and squinted. “Huh. Maybe it is him.” “Ok, I have to hide.” The young woman moved behind a lamp post. “Don’t be […]

Idyllwild, Tamed

Idyllwild, Tamed

“You sound plaintive,” John said when he read my August 20th post where I complained of needing a road trip. “Let’s just go.” If I’d known it was going to be that easy, I’d have blogged about it sooner. Many of you suggested the beach, but as we chose to spontaneously skip town on a […]

Special Editions: are they worth your time and money?

Special Editions: are they worth your time and money?

“Directors Cut,” “Special Edition,” “Expanded Edition,”… no matter what you call them, are repacked releases a gimmick? In light of Avatar’s theatrical re-release as a special edition with additional footage, David Lazarus takes your calls about Special Edition releases to theaters and home video….are they worth it? Which have you liked, or not? Read the […]

Tales of two school districts: LAUSD’s huge disparities & how to fix them

Tales of two school districts: LAUSD’s huge disparities & how to fix them

Student A attends El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, one of the top-achieving public schools in the state, a school that is a regular finalist in national Academic Decathlon competitions with plenty of advanced placement classes available, located in a bucolic upper-middle class neighborhood. Student B attends Belmont Senior High School in Westlake, […]

Back-To-School To Do List : Drive Safely

Back-To-School To Do List : Drive Safely

Hi, Chaos Crew… A heart-felt reminder and a great give-away today! Keep reading. This week’s To Do List is very simple: Drive Safely in School Zones. Yes, I am a nudge about safe driving in school zones and here’s why. Ten years ago, there was a traffic accident at my children’s school during an event. […]

Millard Canyon: Almost a burnt-out case

Millard Canyon: Almost a burnt-out case

Monday morning Lawren Markle of the Arroyo & Foothills Conservancy board and I took our dogs for a hike above Millard Canyon along Sunset Ridge. We were going to go up Rubio Canyon in celebration of the conservancy’s recent option to buy another 21 acres of open space at the canyon mouth, keeping yet more […]

"Mrs. Altadena" turns 100 at Pasadena Now

"Mrs. Altadena" turns 100 at Pasadena Now

Check out the great feature today on Mama Rosa, aka Mrs. Altadena, aka Rosa Johnson, on the Pasadena Now website.  Lynne Eodice's interview looks at Johnson's varied and interesting life — which will cross the 100 year mark on Aug. 30.  (We're big fans of women who make it to 100).  Read it all! Read […]

On lost dogs, five year olds and philosophical ponderings…

On lost dogs, five year olds and philosophical ponderings…

“Can we keep him? Can we keep him? Can we keep him?” Little Bit was jumping up and down. The him in question was jumping, too. “We can’t do that, ” Jon said. “He already has a family who probably misses him. I’ll go call the number.” “I’m not so sure Daddy’s right,” Little Bit […]

I Scream, You Scream…

I Scream, You Scream…

City Manager Michael Beck‘s ice cream social for employees Tuesday was a big hit on a very hot day. The servers were mostly members of the executive staff. In the photo above, Fire Chief Dennis Downs and his executive secretary, Peggy Palmer, stand at the ready to scoop the creamy confectionery at this second annual […]

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