Archive for ‘March, 2011’


Holding elementary school kids back, in hope of a better future

Holding elementary school kids back, in hope of a better future

Whether it makes sense to hold struggling students back a year, in hopes that they’ll do better the second time around, is a hotly debated and contentious education issue. No one likes the idea of being “held back.” But if extra tutoring or time in summer school isn’t enough to improve academic performance, retention might […]

Amalia’s Guatemalan

Amalia’s Guatemalan

WHY For an unexpected taste of Latin America. WHAT A graceful dining room inside an old California Bungalow serves Guatemala’s national turkey dish, kakik de pavo, a mole-like thick soup, and pollo en crema, rich and sharp with the tang of buttery cultured cream. Enchiladas topped with a tower of shredded beef, beet salad, and […]

Photography by Walt keeps you in the picture

Photography by Walt keeps you in the picture

by Lizze Slocum Walt Trepashko has been a photographer for 25 years – the last 17 of them in his family portrait studio on Lake and Mariposa right here in Altadena. This native of New York City and Long Island got his early professional experience at the New York Daily News. He worked in Washington, […]

Storm Watching

Storm Watching

The parrots chattered more than usual before the storm blew in. As for the weather forecast, winter doesn’t want to leave Los Angeles just yet, despite the vernal equinox. Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena

Bloggers Picnic

Bloggers Picnic

The 2011 Bloggers Picnic was yesterday (Saturday) at Farnsworth Park in Altadena. There were about 40 people who came throughout the day, including the merry bunch above. Enter and sign in, please: So many of my fellow bloggers have doubled as citizen reporters from time to time via their sites, often about City of Pasadena […]

Zen Monday: #138

Zen Monday: #138

On Zen Monday, we experience the photo and share, in the comments, what we’ve learned. Well, I don’t. You hear from me all week. Monday is your turn. (Your first Zen Monday? Tell us what the photo makes you think of. There’s no right or wrong, no hidden secret, no prize. Just have fun.) Read […]

Stormwatch: burn area forest roads closed

Stormwatch: burn area forest roads closed

Got the following from the LA County Dept. of Public works: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works has announced that based on the forecast of heavy rain, it will close public access to all County roads within the Station Fire burn area at 11:59 PM Saturday, March 19, 2011. As a result, the […]

La Cachette Bistro

La Cachette Bistro

WHY A prime location on Ocean near the hotels, serving a market-based menu of sophisticated Cal-French bistro dishes and stylish mixologist-designed cocktails. WHAT Accomplished French chef Jean François Meteigner left his posh Century City dining room for this more informal beach-adjacent spot with a large patio, comfortable bar and handsome bistro décor. His cooking is […]

Make mine a double

Make mine a double

The Allee family has been visited by the Kindergarten Rhinovirus Fairy yet again, so I’m fresh out of ideas and feeling mighty cranky. Plus, it’s been so long since I’ve been to a bar, I had to refresh my memory with this picture from my files. (It’s from Carmines. Just look at how much fun […]

Doggie Tranq

Doggie Tranq

Somebody’s been getting all his sleeping done during the day. At night he’s up–tick-tick-ticking from room to room, tapping out his nighttime nerves on the floorboards until one of us comes to calm him, pet him, talk him to sleep. Experts are consulted. Advanced technologies are researched. Wallets are opened and emptied. Tired humans are […]

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