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Deep Down Dark

Deep Down Dark

The men who work inside the San José Mine are divided into two shifts, A and B, each working seven days at a time, and all of these men have been assigned to A shift. The A shift, in turn, is divided into twelve-hour-long night and day shifts that keep the mine working around the […]

A Silk Floss Tree: The Pod

A Silk Floss Tree: The Pod

“The pod, by the way, was ‘low hanging fruit’ from a silk floss tree in the parking lot of the Hastings Ranch Ralph’s in Pasadena,” says Susan Strother Carrier who has kindly shared her pictures and the evolution of the pod. The silk floss tree or Chorisia speciosa has one of the “most unique trunks […]

Thai Crab Fried Rice

Thai Crab Fried Rice

A few years ago, when I worked at a small marketing communications firm in Old Pasadena, I became a regular at a local Thai restaurant. A colleague and I never grew tired of sharing the lunch special four times a week at our desks. The owner Sue, aware of our frugal ways, would always slip in […]

Morning

Morning

The muted colors of a misty morning are quite lovely as the rising sun strikes low-lying clouds hovering above the San Gabriels. Taken just after sunrise on Walnut Avenue in Pasadena.   The dome of Pasadena City Hall with a morning moon…

Holiday Memory Writing Workshop

Holiday Memory Writing Workshop

Writing your life, two pages at a time. James E. Birren was a man immersed in aging. The study of aging. Gerontology. Mortality and well-being. After decades in this career, his thoughts seem to have naturally evolved… I found myself increasingly interested in topics that were outside conventional psychology. In my graduate seminar, I introduced […]

Funerary Art & Candlelit Cemetery Tour

Funerary Art & Candlelit Cemetery Tour

From pyramid mausoleums to Art Nouveau-style headstones. From two fieldstone graves—one for lady J. van Aefferden that is closest to the dividing wall in the Protestant part of the cemetery while her husband’s is closest to the wall in the Catholic part—joined for all eternity by stone hands reaching across the top of the wall to a […]

Opera Animata Goes GOCAAP – Cxled

Opera Animata Goes GOCAAP – Cxled

How does one preserve an art form that’s over 500 years old? How does one maintain the interest of current audiences and for modern sensibilities? What if the art form to be preserved is opera and the vehicle for restoring its popularity and significance in today’s world is an opera à la…a beauty pageant? Opera Animata made its […]

Lowriders & Pakistani Jingle Trucks

Lowriders & Pakistani Jingle Trucks

They’re known as “moving art”—trucks and buses that Pakistani owners have tricked out and dressed to the nines. Amazing Stuff writes: “All across Pakistan, this rolling folk art has turned village lanes, city streets, and long-distance highways in a national gallery without walls…a free-form, kaleidoscopic exhibition in perpetual motion.” It is said that “as early as […]

Mystery History No. 31

Mystery History No. 31

Where are we? And what’s happening? I stumped everyone this week. See what happens when you don’t see an exhibition at Pasadena Museum of History?I shot this photo straight from the wall in the north gallery, where the exhibition Crown City Jubilee celebrated institutions in Pasadena’s history. One section was about schools and included the photo below. The […]

Week Without Violence

Week Without Violence

Nearly 20 years ago, YWCA USA created “Week Without Violence” in order to “mobilize people in communities across the United States to take action against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs” (YWCA.org). Eliminating racism, empowering women. Week Without Violence is this week, October 13th-18th, with events, workshops, screenings, and social get-togethers organized by YWCA […]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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