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This week’s Photo Op comes thanks to ceramist and maker of things, artist Dave Lovejoy… My son David, in Japan, just randomly sent me these pushpin figures. And they look to be the perfect size and attitude for my new escalator piece, for which I had not yet found correctly sized figures. Thanks, David!   [...]

Xiem

Xiem

When he was 14 years old, Kevin Xiem Nguyen fled Vietnam in a boat with his parents and five siblings. They became lost at sea with no food or water. Eventually they were rescued and in 1986, arrived in Orange County. Kevin’s first job was to learn English he told Susan Heeger in “The Shape of Things [...]

Draw On, Pasadena

Draw On, Pasadena

Was it just this past weekend or do you have to dig deep, going back years or even decades to remember drawing on the sidewalk or watching as your child or grandchild did? On Saturday, October 25th, kids of all ages are invited to grab some chalk and draw on the sidewalk during “Draw On, Pasadena” presented by Big Draw L.A. [...]

An English Garden, California Style

An English Garden, California Style

What is a habitat garden? A peaceful refuge for ourselves and food, water and cover for birds, butterflies, beetles, and other creatures with whom we share the land. What have habitat gardens? Development and fire has reduced the capacity of wild lands in recent years. Humans have a complicated and reciprocal arrangement with many insect [...]

Mystery History No. 30

Mystery History No. 30

Where are we? What’s happening? In this 1930 photo, right, a delivery man poses with an American Austin coupe in front of the Royal Laundry complex at 443 S. Raymond Ave. at Bellevue Street.         Here is the original photo before I retouched it (badly) and cropped it:   Established in 1910 just down [...]

So L.A., a Season for All Seasons

So L.A., a Season for All Seasons

                Right about now I need waders to rake my front yard, so much exquisite, pure, unabashed, falling down, crunching, spreading out, on top of piles, piles on top of roofs, piles piling up, piling piles piling, up, down, up, autumn, it’s a lot to take in, autumn, [...]

The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar

“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” The opening sentence of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar reflects the ambivalence of her main character, a young and talented woman who’s discovering that what she wants (to be a great writer) [...]

Minced Chicken in a Lettuce Leaf or Cup

Minced Chicken in a Lettuce Leaf or Cup

I used to crave the lettuce cups we could order at Chi Dynasty in Los Feliz and decided I would make my own variation at home based on a mash up of different ones I had tried at various restaurants over the years. The result is a crunchy, crisp, salty, savory bite with a variety [...]

Don’t Throw Out the Bathwater

Don’t Throw Out the Bathwater

(Official text) Interested in learning how to install your own simple greywater irrigation system? Greywater Corps offers a greywater class and hands-on workshop on Saturday, October 4th, where you will learn all about greywater and then participate in installing a laundry-to-landscape system, converting a washing machine to safe, legal greywater use. This type of system may [...]

Wiggle Waggle 2014

Wiggle Waggle 2014

Every year, the Pasadena Humane Society’s Wiggle Waggle Walk unites families and dogs to raise funds in support of dogs that don’t have families. There will be a fashion show and a look-alike contest. I don’t much resemble Wilma except in lounging posture, and neither of us is ready to be in such a big crowd. [...]

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