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A Zorthian Winter Solstice

A Zorthian Winter Solstice
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Apparently, we have Winter Solstice on the brain as this is the third article in this week’s edition of Hometown Pasadena in which we mention this “shortest day of light.” Christina Sirgun Powers of Yoga for Balance in Altadena has been teaching kundalini yoga for twelve years and on December 19, she’ll be up at […]

Festive & Fashionable!

Festive & Fashionable!

We are easily lured by the baubles and lights of the holiday season. Some may even call us suckers, but that’s too humbug for our merry mood, so we shall ho ho ho and prance along on our way. One holiday event to which we shall prance is Pasadena Museum of History‘s holiday open house—”Festive […]

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

When you startle awake in the dark morning heart pounding breathing fast sitting bolt upright staring into dark whirlpool black hole feeling its suction Get out of bed knock at the door of your nearest friend ask to lie down ask to be held Listen while whispered words turn the hole into deep night sky […]

Wacky Winter Adventure & The Mousecracker

Wacky Winter Adventure & The Mousecracker

It’s being touted as The Nutcracker with mice, “and maybe some cheese.” It’s the “Wacky Winter Adventure” puppet show presented by Luce Puppet Company at One Colorado on December 22. It that’s not enough Nutcracker for the kiddies, as evening descends the Old Pasadena, the courtyard will be the location for The Mousecracker. This 1998 […]

A Winter Solstice Party, Intentions & BS Bonfire

A Winter Solstice Party, Intentions & BS Bonfire

Lori and Scott Webster of Hoopla! in Altadena invite the public to celebrate Yule and “welcome back our progression toward light on the longest night of the year!” Additionally, Kristin Dwan will lead guests on a “Winter Solstice intentioning.” Says Lori… We’ll make a list of the things and thoughts you’d like to let go […]

The Zen of Suiseki

The Zen of Suiseki

It’s such an odd concept: viewing stones. And yet, after the hectic holiday schedule a dose of zen stone viewing may be just the ticket as we ready ourselves for a new year. The California Aiseki Kai presents its 26th annual show, which runs through January 3, 2016. Over 100 examples of suiseki or viewing […]

Pine Boughs & Flowers

Pine Boughs & Flowers

One of the aspects of the holidays that charm and warm our heart is holiday decorations. Wreaths on front doors—from the classic pine boughs with pine cones, berries, and a red ribbon to more modern wreaths made out of ribbon stripes, hand cut paper leaves, balls of felt, wraps of bark, bunched burlap, thistle, kale, […]

Soda Bread & Dreams of Ireland

Soda Bread & Dreams of Ireland

From Laura’s Mobile Kitchen, September 21, 2015: I tend to organize my memories by meals. Chances are if I’ve been on a journey of any kind, I can remember what I ate every day of the trip. I guess it comes along with having a food- oriented brain—when I’m out of my everyday life, flavors […]

Pasadena Architectural Treasures: Walking Tour

Pasadena Architectural Treasures: Walking Tour

Henry H. Markham was a United States Representative from 1885 to 1887, and Governor of California from 1891 to 1895. The idea of having a Congressman and state governor as one’s neighbor must have been tantalizing as Markham’s presence brought eager home buyers to the area. Unfortunately, the Markham home at 703 S. Pasadena Avenue […]

Echo Mountain Festival of Lights

Echo Mountain Festival of Lights

Hometown Pasadena received a Facebook message from Mike Simms a few weeks back. He was hoping we would help spread the word about the December 20th inaugural—and first annual—Echo Mountain Festival of Lights. We are happy to do so… Mike Simms is the curator of the Echo Mountain ruins above Altadena. “For over a year, […]

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