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The Safety Godmothers

The Safety Godmothers

I wanted a fairy godmother when I was a young Cinderella. A fairy godmother has your happiness in mind. But fairies are hard to find. But now we have The Safety Godmothers, Ellen Snortland and Lisa Gaeta, who have our safety in mind. Their book, The Safety Godmothers: The ABCs of Awareness, Boundaries and Confidence [...]

Baldwin Lake: Lagoon Walking Tour

Baldwin Lake: Lagoon Walking Tour

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 30th, it will be a balmy 87º Fahrenheit, which is a lot kinder than the high of 97º predicted for 2 p.m. So, why not take advantage of the morning’s pleasant, summery temps and join Frank McDonough, the L.A. Arboretum botanical information consultant, who will lead a walk around the lagoon [...]

6 Rms Riv Vu

6 Rms Riv Vu

Are you able to decipher the above code? It’s shorthand for an ad in the New York Times classifieds. Six room apartment available with a view of the Hudson River. In 1972, we’re told, you could find such an apartment, rent controlled no less, for $325. Today on Zillow, a 6 BR, 5.5 BA apartment with [...]

Home Tour in Garfield Heights

Home Tour in Garfield Heights

In 1881, two Iowa farmers, John H. Painter and Benjamin F. Ball, purchased “raw acreage”—2,000 acres in northwest Pasadena for $30,000.¹ In 1904, Block R was registered with the city of Pasadena as Garfield Heights. The Heights is a mere handful of blocks between Washington Boulevard and Mountain Street (north and south), and Marengo and Los Robles [...]

Sip & Munch for Big Cats

Sip & Munch for Big Cats

“In 1986, we saw an ad in the popular Recycler that read ‘Idaho Cougar, 6 weeks, male, $600.’ We were lucky to have a friend with a zookeeper’s license, a large piece of land and a safe, sturdy enclosure. We had lots of animal experience including previous mentorships with big cat and wolf trainers under [...]

Chirp Kids

Chirp Kids

Has it been years since you’ve been able to sit and have a lovely latte without having to keep your third eye on the look-out for a roaming toddler or two? Jennifer Gunn and Carole Fleischman are two moms who thought so, to the point that they have opened Chirp Kids Karaoke Cafe on Colorado [...]

Circle of Lies

Circle of Lies

Spinning back, to the starting ground The one way trip, which brings us down Like one car, doing laps or a jungle, with endless traps No way to win No way to choose A single fate we have to lose The truth is seen yet we pretend it’s not The lie is spilled and we [...]

Can It!

Can It!

Drying, smoking, pickling. Canning, bottling, jellying, and jugging. Have you guessed where we’re headed? Salt, sugar, lye, subterranean burial. Yes, we’re talking about ways to preserve food. Lye? Isn’t that used to unclog drains and used by criminals to make bodies disappear (literally dissolving them; 300 degrees for 3 hours)? Historically, lye has been used to [...]

Whiskey Chops

Whiskey Chops

Oh my goodness, these are sooooo good. OK.  Whiskey Chops. Ingredients: 4 pork chops with bone (always, ALWAYS with bone) ¼-½ cup whiskey (depending on your, uh, target audience) ¼ cup cider vinegar ¼ cup honey 2 tbsp. soy sauce 1 medium onion, sliced 2-4 garlic cloves, crushed 1-2 whole fresh peaches, sliced Slug of [...]

Energy Road Map

Energy Road Map

IRP stands for the Pasadena Water and Power’s Integrated Resource Plan. The idea is for a “long-range blueprint for providing customers with reliable, environmentally responsible electric service, competitive rates, and energy independence over the next two decades.” With our drought not showing any sign of abating, increasing water-wise efforts by all of us will become, hopefully, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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