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Altadena “La Solana” Home Tour

Altadena “La Solana” Home Tour

In 1926 23 houses were built on La Solana Drive as “a residential connection to the nearby golf and country club.” While every house on the street has a red tile roof, white Mediterranean-style exteriors, 12-inch thick walls and hardwood floors, no two floor plans are alike. In 1926, the purchase of a house on [...]

Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro

At writing class at UCLA extension, I stare at figures on a table. A clay face figure on this table disturbs me. Its three clear blue eyes gaze out. “Who are we behind our eyes?” I used to ask that of Jeff when we hung out in the UCI cafeteria, Jeff, putting salt and  pepper [...]

It’s a Big Night Out

It’s a Big Night Out

Start your evening of fine dining at the 12,000 square foot Stratford Manor, a French Normandy estate situated on 4 acres in La Cañada-Flintridge that has a “woodsy backyard with several bridges” and “a breathtaking view of the San Gabriel Mountain Range.” Chat, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, peruse the silent auction, raise your hand [...]

My Mother’s Voice

My Mother’s Voice

“Becoming an orphan after losing her family in the Armenian Genocide, my mother took a chance that the man in the picture would make a good husband…” The Armenian Genocide was a planned campaign by the Young Turk government to annihilate the Christian Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire. Embarked upon in 1915, during WWI, [...]

Winsome Home No. 1

Winsome Home No. 1

We often step on the brake and turn our head (for a second too long) when a house or garden attracts our attention. Now that we’ve joined the 21st century and own an iPhone, and consequently no longer curse and scold ourselves for forgetting our camera, we have begun to safely pull over to the [...]

SpringTopia & Buffalo Migration

SpringTopia & Buffalo Migration

Can you imagine the music created by a band called Earthworm Ensemble? Or Swinging Eight Balls? Panjive? Earthworm Ensemble was started by Shawn and Sherri Nourse and their 3-year-old son Nolan. This family trio has been joined by Paul Lacques of I See Hawks in L.A., Victoria Jacobs, and Denny Moynahan. Instruments used:  fiddles, mandolins, [...]

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Louie started smoking at five years old, drinking at eight, stole anything edible, jumped off a moving train, greased the rails to get back at a railcar conductor, deflated a teacher’s car tires for disciplining him, rigged the bell at a local church rousing the whole area including the police and fire department, rigged a [...]

World Book Night with Shakespeare

World Book Night with Shakespeare

As mentioned in last week’s post about World Book Night, the California Shakespeare Ensemble—who has been partnering with Pasadena LEARNS—spent the evening of April 23rd with John Muir High School students who have joined the after school Drama club. HP:  What was the idea behind your involvement with World Book Night and the John Muir [...]

REDCAT for Kids

REDCAT for Kids

The arts center is called REDCAT and stands for the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, operating within the Disney Concert Hall complex. REDCAT continues the tradition of the California Institute of the Arts, its parent organization, by encouraging experimentation, discovery, and lively civid discourse. (Redcat.org) But, what about fun? Fun comes in the manner of [...]

Turmeric Rice with Vegetables (and Chicken, If You Like)

Turmeric Rice with Vegetables (and Chicken, If You Like)

In case you haven’t heard, tumeric is not only delicious, it’s a very healthy addition to our diet. “Yellow” rice, famously Indian, may be made with saffron also—but tumeric is far less expensive and just as tasty! Ingredients: 2 tbsp. olive oil 1-2 tbsp. butter (optional) 1 cup basmati or jasmin white rice 2 cups [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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