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Random Thoughts on London 2012 #2: Ryan Lochte, Archery Rules & Misty and Kerry

Random Thoughts on London 2012 #2: Ryan Lochte, Archery Rules & Misty and Kerry

First full day o’ competition and that meant a full day of TV viewing. I can’t believe I’m saying this: there are almost too many sports and TV options. We were temporarily overwhelmed while we worked out our system of viewing/DVRing. We’ve hand to write out a channel cheat sheet for more efficient clicking. By […]

Skin Deep

Skin Deep

I’ve never been to the Skin Deep Laser Medspa on Fair Oaks. Have you? “Skin deep laser med” doesn’t sound like my style, but “spa” sounds absolutely like the thing I ought to do on a Sunday. I remember, almost twenty years ago, taking a trip with my friend Gretchen through the central California wine […]

See the tree how big it’s grown …

See the tree how big it’s grown …

Our column for the Pasadena Sun is up — we know, "Ding dong, Bard of Avon calling" really gives away our age. Read the Full Story at Altadena Blog

Vroman’s Fine Writing, Gifts, and Stationery gets a new home!

Vroman’s Fine Writing, Gifts, and Stationery gets a new home!

If you’ve been to Vroman’s Bookstore at any point in the past month or two, you know that the store has been under a bit of construction (and we thank you for being so patient during this transition!).  Were you wondering why audiobooks were suddenly not where they used to be, or why we moved […]

Altadena Cash Mobs Saturday: Perry’s Joint

Altadena Cash Mobs Saturday: Perry’s Joint

by Terry Moore The second Altadena Cash Mob will be held this Saturday, July 28 at Perry’s Joint, 2051 N. Lincoln Ave. Pasadena ALL DAY, so there will be plenty of time to get over there! Most Altadenans have either been to Perry’s, have heard of it, or have just driven by and seen it. […]

If swimming is the only sport that can save your life, why are pools closing?

If swimming is the only sport that can save your life, why are pools closing?

A public swimming pool. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images The height of summer conjures images of long lazy days lying by the pool or ocean, dipping in and having fun when the heat gets too much. But the water can be one of the most dangerous places to be – if you don’t know how to […]

Is it ethical to keep brain dead people alive for their organs?

Is it ethical to keep brain dead people alive for their organs?

Two organ donor application leaflets shown in London on January 16, 2008. Credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images At any given time, there are more than 114,000 Americans in need of life-saving organ transplants. And on average, 18 of them lose their lives every day because they did not receive the transplant they need. Even still, there […]

Casper the sleepy Highland Park gang member gets an unwelcome wake up call

Casper the sleepy Highland Park gang member gets an unwelcome wake up call

About 70 parolees were arrested across Los Angeles County early Thursday morning in what was described as the largest “surprise” parole sweep ever,  according to L.A. Now.  But the  majority of the 400 parolees who part of the sweep were not arrested, including a Highland Park gang member named Casper.  Casper apparently did not lose […]

the fig tree languisheth…

the fig tree languisheth…

The Bible sure mentions palm trees a lot. I barely remember this part of my Lutheran elementary school education. In fact, what I remember most about my school Bible studies is the fact that my 6th grade teacher Mrs. Lange told me that I would burn in hell if I kept passing notes to David […]

For Kate

For Kate

Thirty seven years ago I was in the maternity ward of Pomona Valley Hospital.  My ex and I were ready for our baby.  We were post-Lamaze trained; he was ready to coach, I was ready to push.  We were three weeks post-due date when labor began.  Mid-labor all of the training became unnecessary.  We were […]

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