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A Piece of the World

A Piece of the World

Orphan Train brought her fame. A Piece of the World brings us Andrew Wyeth. Andrew Wyeth’s 1948 painting Christina’s World is the impetus for Christina Baker Kline’s new novel. She will be discussing and signing A Piece of the World at Vroman’s on March 17. As with her bestseller, A Piece of the World moves back […]

Harry Potter Immersion

Harry Potter Immersion

Do you have kids or grandchildren who are Harry Potter fans? Perhaps you’re a fan too? We didn’t pick up any of J. K. Rowling’s books until the first movie was made. Subsequently, we devoured them. Finally, we shared them with our girl, first reading to her and then taking turns as she learned to read. […]

Kenneth Village Eats

Kenneth Village Eats

We decided the back way home would be best after dropping off our sister at Burbank Airport and seeing on the way that the south 5 was going to be a patience-bending bear. So, we meandered. We zigzagged our way to the other side of the 5 until we hit a dead end at the […]

Emerging From the Shadows

Emerging From the Shadows

Women artists. From 1860 to 1960. From realism of the 19th century to the modernism of the 20th century. Painters, sculptors, illustrators, printmakers, and ceramicists. Over 2,000 images. And covering 320 female artists. This is Emerging from the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists in California, 1860-1960 by Maurine St. Gaudens. The Creative Arts Group in […]

Poppy Super BOOM

Poppy Super BOOM

We are grateful to Ralph DeFelice of DayTripsLA for more stunning photography. Ralph and his kids found a “poppy super BOOM,” as he calls it, in Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore. This year’s California poppy boom may be found about 62+ miles south of us, down along the I-15 between Alberhill and Lake Elsinore. Though the […]

“Modern Works” Spring Home Tour

“Modern Works” Spring Home Tour

Pasadena Heritage is embracing the modern world. Well, modern architecture that is, and modern meaning post 1945. (We are talking about our heritage here.) The houses on the Pasadena Heritage Spring Home Tour, on March 26, spans from “hyper-contemporary” to experimental and from “Mid-Century post-and-beam to late modern glass-and-steel wonders.” This is a drive-yourself tour. You […]

Planting Tomatoes

Planting Tomatoes

With these 80-degree daytime temperatures, I hope you’re inspired to start planting your spring and summer garden. I already have six different varieties of tomatoes in their beds. My nasturtium groundcover has literally turned my hillside garden into an ocean of green, with blooms popping up amongst 5-inch-round leaves, thanks to all that rain! Other bloomers—including […]

Light Through the Apertures

Light Through the Apertures

    Light Through the Apertures Want to enjoy your travel?… pack little of your belongings Want to enjoy life?… keep to a minimum your yearnings We foolishly think that the foothold of earth is quite strong Haven’t we ever experienced slipping on a marble floor? Don’t take this mortal life so seriously… dear partner […]

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Enjoy this pie—it’s so easy. Especially if you cheat and use Trader Joe’s pie crust (my fave since they use real butter in it).   Fridge: 3 eggs 5 Tbs butter, melted Freezer: Pie crust of your choice- I use Trader Joe’s Pantry: 1 1/4 cup chopped pecans 1 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips […]

The Immigrant Artist Group Show

The Immigrant Artist Group Show

Now more than ever, the topic of immigrants has been on most people’s lips. Our family’s immigrant story begins with our great-great-great grandfather Hugh Ward who came to America, sailing aboard the ship “Charlotte” from Belfast, Ireland on July 28, 1885. His son, Robert Boyd Ward, became a first generation American success story, founding the Ward Baking […]

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