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Cheers to Mr. & Mrs. Nails

Cheers to Mr. & Mrs. Nails

Bleakness took its final breaths. Bowed gracefully from my life asyou stepped smiling in. Your lack of punctuation meant something, andI finally understood the significance of rosy-cheeked. It is the glow andhealthy circulation of one who is well and thoroughly loved. The broken elevator faced us. We wondered for a while together. Puddle hopped the niceties required of new acquaintances […]

Cookbook Swap at Altadena Farmers’ Market

Cookbook Swap at Altadena Farmers’ Market

Joseph Shuldiner of the Institute of Domestic Technology is partnering with the Altadena Farmers’ Market on October 1st, to present the inaugural Fall Cookbook Swap. Every type of cuisine-related books are welcome: cookbooks, cooking reference books, and even food memoirs. Whatever number of books are donated are the number that one is allowed to swap out. […]

Honoring the Fallen

Honoring the Fallen

Some of you may know that I serve on the Citizen Support Group for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Center in Pasadena—2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, commonly known as 2/23. The center will be open to the public Thursday, Oct. 2, at 5 p.m. for the dedication of a memorial to fallen U.S. Marines who made the ultimate […]

Limited Use, Discard Thereafter: Finding Pasadena’s Past in Old Receipts

Limited Use, Discard Thereafter: Finding Pasadena’s Past in Old Receipts

Rarely do I save grocery receipts. As soon as possible, I shred and recycle those slick strips of white thermal paper that some magical tabulating machine generated with a click and a whir and a generic, “ Thank you. Please visit our website at….” These seemingly bland records of purchase are nonetheless bits of true […]

Singing Scientists

Singing Scientists

Have you heard the singing scientists? Fifty-three JPLers gather every Wednesday evening to rehearse under the tutelage of Donald Brinegar, the Pasadena Symphony’s Director of Choruses. These men of the lab, who actually include scientists, engineers, administrators, software and business folks, tackle tunes by Bernstein and Sondheim, Alan Menken, and Rodgers and Hart. On October 4th, the […]

Girl Friday Book Club

Girl Friday Book Club

Common Thread Studio wants you to “exercise your creativity.” How about “Sip and Sew” on October 17th, where the Japanese art of tie-dyeing called Shibori may be learned while sipping complimentary wine and noshing on cheese. Or sign up for classes like “Poolside Dress,” “Slouchy Pants,” “Honeycomb Ottoman,” and “Woodland Pals.” Or, mix the literary with […]

Michelle’s Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt) Sauce

Michelle’s Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt) Sauce

Those Greeks got it goin’ on in the food department. I mean seriously: the olives, the meats, the vegetables; pita dipped in the most delicious sauces… which brings us to this month’s recipe from my house to yours. As the rest of the country is sliding into fall, here in the foothills of Southern California we have […]

The Circle

The Circle

I’m a little late to the party on this book, and it’s maddeningly shallow, but what a lucid, fast take on a timely, important subject. Extremely readable, if it weren’t for a few graphic sex scenes and liberal profanity it could (should?) be compulsory reading for every seventh grader. The book’s message is as crystal-clear […]

Getting Down with Patrick Gothard

Getting Down with Patrick Gothard

  Walking up Patrick Gothard’s driveway, it’s clear an artist lives at the end. Not only is it located high up in Altadena, where pine needles line the streets in all seasons and painted rocks mark house numbers, but the yard is filled with empty easels and paintings are scattered underneath the carport. A cat […]

Being Earnest As Only Wilde Can Be

Being Earnest As Only Wilde Can Be

“To be born, or at any rate bred, in a hand-bag, whether it had handles or not, seems to me to display a contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life that reminds one of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.” “You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would dream of allowing […]

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