Archive for ‘August, 2010’


The Chaos Chronicles Ten Things to Like: Back to School Edition August 2010

The Chaos Chronicles Ten Things to Like: Back to School Edition August 2010

A Chaotic school drop-off this morning — forgotten books, homework, mandatory shirt and tie!– signaling that school really is back in session even if my family isn’t really back in session yet! We will get it together by next Monday. How are you managing the transition from summer to school? Maybe some of the  items […]

May the Best Rattlesnake Win

May the Best Rattlesnake Win

photo by Michael Schwartz For the second day in a row I’m posting a photo taken by someone else. Call me a slacker, I don’t care. When the photos are this remarkable, you can call me whatever you want to. Many thanks to Michael Schwartz for this one. You know Michael–he and his family are […]

Thursday morning jolt

Thursday morning jolt

Fire safe: As we approach the one year anniversary of the Station Fire, the Insurance Information Network of California, the Calif. Dept. of Insurance, and the LA County Fire Dept. held a demonstration of fire protection measures and fire-safe landscaping over in the Meadows.  The Insurance Institute has this press release of the event. Bongs […]

Ryan Scott Oliver, Composer & Lyricist

Ryan Scott Oliver, Composer & Lyricist

One doesn’t always associate Pasadena with bicoastal living—Beverly Hills or Malibu are more associated with a New York and a glamorous show-business dual residence. But Ryan Scott Oliver is not glamorous—people who grow up in East Pasadena and Sierra Madre rarely are, and thank goodness for that. He is, however, in show business, specifically as […]

Searching for meaning in a throwaway world

Searching for meaning in a throwaway world

Nerds of today don’t simply toil away in front of computer screens. Many have harnessed the information push of the internet to learn how to do—and make—just about everything from bikes to musical instruments to traditional crafts. The commercial success of sites like Etsy is only one indicator of an increasing demand for things made […]

Conversations with California’s congressmen and women – Rep. Adam Schiff

Conversations with California’s congressmen and women – Rep. Adam Schiff

As members of Congress get ready to go back to DC after their recess ends in early September, they're preparing to deal with a number of issues. Among them are the unprecedented rate of unemployment, the continuing economic downturn, and foreign relations issues. To top it all, mid-term elections are rapidly approaching, elections which could […]

The Play’s the Thing

The Play’s the Thing

Arroyo Seco Park is one of South Pasadena’s tucked-away treasures. It spans 19.9 acres of parkland and includes soccer fields, baseball diamonds, horse and hiking trails, picnic tables, barbecues, undeveloped wooded areas and a flood channel. It’s a quiet, breezy getaway curving along the Arroyo Seco with the skate park, racquet center and wonderfully retro […]

At the Entrance to Plato’s Cave

At the Entrance to Plato’s Cave

In or out? What a quandary. Photo by John Sandel Read the Full Story at Pasadena Daily Photo

Still excessive heat warning today

Still excessive heat warning today

Still 105 degrees predicted for today (altho' our reliable weather-watchers said it only got up to about 102-103 yesterday, practically balmy!) Plug your ears, here comes the National Weather Service: ..EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM PDT WEDNESDAY… AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM PDT WEDNESDAY. * TEMPERATURE: […]

Topless Protest in Venice Coincides with 90th Anniversary of Womens’ Right To Vote

Topless Protest in Venice Coincides with 90th Anniversary of Womens’ Right To Vote

A red headed Karen Heaven carries a sign down the boardwalk as she and about 20 other women exposed their breasts ( well almost ) during a topless.org protest at Venice Beach on Sunday. The women and men ( who wore red bikini tops in solidarity with the women) are fighting for gender equality and […]

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