Archive for ‘February, 2012’


Could dwindling resources instigate a socioeconomic war across America?

Could dwindling resources instigate a socioeconomic war across America?

Aren’t there studies about what happens when rats run out of water, or food, or space – and turn on their fellow rats? What if that were to happen in the United States, the land of plenty? Could we be looking at a breakdown… Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Room With a View

Room With a View

I tend to look out of this window a lot when I need to think about something. (And sometimes the subject of my thinking renders the scene decidedly more bleak than the sunny, blue-skied view I present today.) I don’t know what it is about antique lace curtains over my 112 year old water glass […]

We Have Weather

We Have Weather

We do get weather in Pasadena. I haven’t seen snow, although we often see it in the mountains above town and it’s been known to happen here in the lowlands. But hail is common here, at least in my experience. Once a year or so it comes crashing down for a few thrilling minutes. IT […]

Bringing Art Out Into the Open

Bringing Art Out Into the Open

The city of Pasadena is taking art to the streets. Nine works of art have been installed in each of the city’s council districts as part of the inaugural Rotating Public Art Exhibition that’s described as the public’s “outdoor art gallery.” Cultural Nexus (part of the city’s Cultural Master Plan) is a way to “enliven […]

Slice of History: Vice President Lyndon Johnson Visits JPL

Slice of History: Vice President Lyndon Johnson Visits JPL

By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Vice President Lyndon Johnson Visits JPL — Photograph Number P-1723A On October 4, 1961, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson visited NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, […]

Open thread: the buzz is the Ralphs petition

Open thread: the buzz is the Ralphs petition

by Timothy Rutt Yes, the Ralphs grocery store on Lake near Mendocino is the place you want to go if you’d like to flash back to a 1970’s grocery store. But why would you want to do that? Harsh fluorescent lighting, no amenities like a deli or coffee cart, possibly the worst carts in the […]

Los Deportados – some stories

Los Deportados – some stories

My parents shared stories that were filled with the WPA, the CCCs, high school dances, and making tortillas. From my parents I heard stories about the Charleston, being stationed in Japan, dealing with Pancho Villa, as well as rubber and sugar rationing. The stories that were shared yesterday were every bit as specific but were […]

Losing and finding love, American Muslim style

Losing and finding love, American Muslim style

Do Muslim women fall in love, or do all of them succumb to arranged marriages? Is an arranged marriage completely loveless in the first place? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Anne Rice talks about her return to the supernatural

Anne Rice talks about her return to the supernatural

After nearly a decade of novels based on the gospels and the life of Christ, Anne Rice has returned to the genre that made her famous: Gothic horror. In her newest work, “The Wolf Gift,” the best-selling author of “Interview… Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Dry Spell

Dry Spell

“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. To ”Why am I here?” To uselessness. It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make […]

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