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Cactus Woe

Cactus Woe
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We’re calling this “Cactus Woe” as we may be the only person on the planet that manages to kill cacti. Going back decades to a lovely specimen we had sophomore year at UCSB when we lived off-campus in a small house in Isla Vista, we were the doubting “Thomas” amidst three other young women—a Catholic, […]

These Carnations Defy Language

These Carnations Defy Language

“Accept the challenge things offer to language. These carnations, for instance, defy language. I won’t rest till I have drawn together a few words that will compel anyone reading or hearing them to say: this has to do with something like a carnation.” (Francis Ponge) The poetic words above were written on precious paper during […]

M. D.’s Florist Comes to South Pas

M. D.’s Florist Comes to South Pas

It’s small and cozy, traditional and also reflective of our California flora. M. D.’s Florist, which has had a home in Arcadia for some time has recently opened a second location in South Pasadena. And it’s right next to Cookies & Cream—ice cream sandwiches with housemade cookies (chocolate chip and red velvet) and specialty ice […]

Disaster Preparedness: Do You Have a Ham?

Disaster Preparedness: Do You Have a Ham?

Thanks to the Pasadena Radio Club (W6KA) for the following information… When the 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated parts of Nepal on April 25th, Amateur Radio provided communication for responders working in remote regions and served to help locate missing people and report casualties. That spirit of public service is why members of the Pasadena Radio […]

Distinguished Poets: First Up…

Distinguished Poets: First Up…

We first met Luivette Resto at the Allendale Branch Library’s inaugural Holiday Literary Fest in December 2012. We enjoyed an evening of listening to poignant, humorous, raucous, irreverent, and nostalgic poetry, followed by joining the crowd outside and watching the lighting of the towering holiday tree. Afterwards, Luivette was kind enough to listen to our […]

Urban Nature Fest

Urban Nature Fest

  It’s a 2-day celebration of nature—nature surviving and thriving in the big city. It’s the the inaugural “L. A. Urban Nature Fest” sponsored by LADWP and the Natural Museum of History on June 27th and 28th. Coyotes cross Sunset Boulevard. Lizards scale manzanitas. P-22, Los Angeles’ resident mountain lion, explores Griffith Park. Vaux’s swifts […]

Mystery Lit at The Huntington

Mystery Lit at The Huntington

  It’s Sherlock Holmes times three in a fiendishly clever mash-up of stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, including “A Scandal in Bohemia,” “The Red-Headed League,” and “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.” Follow three different versions of Doyle’s iconic Baker Street detective through a literary labyrinth of clues and misdirection in a script-in-hand performance […]

Empty Bowls Summer 2015

Empty Bowls Summer 2015

The devoted, enthusiastic potters of Wheelhouse Ceramics are looking to break a record. Last year, at their Empty Bowls event—where 500 bowls were sold at $10 apiece—they raised $5,000 to benefit Foothill Unity Center. This year, they want to break $6,000…one ten-dollar bowl at a time. Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement for hunger relief […]

Community Garden Annual Picnic

Community Garden Annual Picnic

It’s an open house! More accurately, it’s the open house concept applied to a community garden, the Altadena Community Garden in fact. Located in the foothills, near the top of Lincoln Avenue, ACG is opening for the public on June 27th. Tickets are only ten dollars and there will be live music, raffles (gift certificates […]

Gardening Shears

Gardening Shears

“Gardening Shears” by Amy Uyematsu   Anyone who truly knows Southern California understands the longheld secret about “my Japanese gardener”— the handiwork of issei and nisei gardeners still showcased from the tract homes of West Los Angeles to the manicured pines and cypress trees of wealthy Hancock Park estates. This wasn’t true before the war, […]

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