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Tales of a Ragged Doll

Tales of a Ragged Doll

Kat Renee is an artist and illustrator. After graduate school at Fuller Theological Seminary’s Brehm Center, “an institute devoted to the integrated study of art, theology, and culture,” she became a self-employed commercial artist. Recently, in an effort to create more meaningful artwork, Kat Renee began painting a collection of illustrations dedicated to the transcription […]

The Brilliance & Whimsy of Beatrice Wood

The Brilliance & Whimsy of Beatrice Wood

To finish off our seasonal side trip (see “Ojai Marvels” and “Ojai Olive Oil Company“), we head to the studio of the late great Beatrice Wood. Many may only know Wood as one of the trifecta that inspired Francois Truffaut’s film Jules et Jim in 1962, which we saw decades ago, and before we knew anything of the celebrated […]

Future Awake in Mouth of NOW

Future Awake in Mouth of NOW

Gerda Govine Ituarte is a woman we’ve come to know; initially over a bowl of soup at Euro Pane (the original) and subsequently via quick chats at events, some phone calls, and email. She’s a businesswoman, a consultant, an activist, a supporter, and a poet. We admit readily that we are not learned when it comes […]

Ojai Olive Oil

Ojai Olive Oil

One finds Ojai Olive Oil Company at the end of a dirt, rut-filled road. It’s a bit bumpy, but after the meandering up through the neighborhoods, the tight u-turn after a missed turnoff, and the increasing lushness and ever-crowding foliage we enter another world. The day is overcast and the main building looks more barrack […]

Sondheim’s Company

Sondheim’s Company

Thank you, dear friend, who informed us of the newest production in rehearsal at Theater Arts Caltech, Company by Stephen Sondheim opens February 24 and runs through March 4. (Text courtesy of TAC on FB.) Theater Arts Caltech, a diverse group of Caltech undergrads/grads/staff/alums, JPL and associated community members, dives headfirst into the Sondheim revival with a contemporary spin […]

Baklava on the Kitchen Table

Baklava on the Kitchen Table

Fruit flies hovered over the ooze of the honey syrup. Crumbled walnuts mimicked broken teeth. No one touched them. The paper thin filo dough became wrinkled, and Mother kept pushing the plate to the center of the table. During breakfast, I placed olive seeds next to the fallen pistachios. Mother removed them with irritation and […]

BHM Feb. 13 – Mar. 19

BHM Feb. 13 – Mar. 19

Details below thanks to the City of Pasadena… February 1-28: “Black History Month Displays” —38th Annual Pasadena Martin Luther King Community Coalition’s Art Contest Winners featuring artwork of students grade 4 through 12. Central Library/Centennial Room, 285 E. Walnut Street. —A historical view of African-American families as seen through African-American literature and the Civil Rights Movement. […]

Yvonne’s Basic Pruning Overview

Yvonne’s Basic Pruning Overview

What a great way to end 2016 and begin 2017—with lots of rain! Yay! So glorious to relish each gentle drop over long hours so the soil was able to absorb all the goodness… and then have those downpours that really filled the soil’s air pores so the moisture could sink deeply down into rootzones. Love it! With the promise […]

Hot Red Bus

Hot Red Bus

We were in the mood for some chicken tikka masala and our local go-to was closed (we’d missed lunch and was too early for dinner). On a late afternoon run to Alhambra we came across Hot Red Bus, “L. A.’s first British Indian chip shop.” We thought the combo of Brit and Indian might satisfy. And, […]

Artichokes + Fresh Peas with Mint and Sage

Artichokes + Fresh Peas with Mint and Sage

This is a dish I savor while in Sicily. Within days of my arrival, I can always be found sitting jet-lagged at the dining room table throwing back a bowl of this regional, homegrown dish. It is at that moment, that I know I have finally arrived in my beloved Sicily. My mother-in-law is a […]

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