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Painting California: “…A Very Valuable Thing…”

Painting California: “…A Very Valuable Thing…”
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“It seems to me it would be a very valuable thing if you could carry out your plan to make accurate water-color studies of the old buildings in this region. Accuracy is the first requirement; and such a series would have serious historic value. I hope you may be able to realize this plan….”[1] Charles […]

Outdoor Lighting Design

Outdoor Lighting Design

Does the garden you’ve labored over, sweated into, sworn towards yet nurtured, hated and loved, need to be under a spotlight? Soft pools of light around the garden create a completely different and magical experience at night. A light shining up into a tree adds a sophisticated sparkle. Whether from the windows in winter or […]

Scribblings: Week 15

Scribblings: Week 15

My walks through Eden, the transcendent little park across the street from my apartment, are normally in wide loops around a lagoon. But, today, as I was moseying along, thinking about doors, of all things – why some slam shut and others open, if only a crack – a barricade of yellow tape and I […]

Celebrating the Table with Heirloom

Celebrating the Table with Heirloom

Cooking at the Arboretum means “Creating the Table” and this week, Valentine’s Day week, Sally Cook of Heirloom Bakery & Cafe in South Pasadena will be whipping up a Valentine’s Day tea. The afternoon menu will include: Currant, buttermilk, and lemon scone with fast “clotted” cream Bacon, green onion and aged white cheddar scone (variation […]

Racing, From the Heart, Dinner Onstage & White Night

Racing, From the Heart, Dinner Onstage & White Night

A Day at the Races, Villa Esperanza Guild’s 17th Annual Day of Thoroughbred Racing, Santa Anita Park, Club Terrace House, Saturday, Feb. 28th, 11 a.m. First race, 12:30 p.m. Tickets: $125 (purchase here). Price of ticket includes valet parking, park admission and official program, seating at table of four with personal television, choice of lunch […]

The Madwoman of Chaillot

The Madwoman of Chaillot

How relevant when one considers the insidious, infectious elements of current society—the “now, me, and more” constituency—a story about a  woman considered mad, eccentric, and an idealist who would prefer to live in a happy, beautiful world, yet finds herself among men of power who are willing to destroy a precious jewel, the city of […]

Avocado Fries

Avocado Fries

We would like to thank Hans Röckenwagner for sharing his ever-popular avocado fries recipe, as may be seen in his latest cookbook Das Cookbook. Avocado fries are one of those ambidextrous snacks, equally at home when dressed up on a party platter with Fire-Roasted Salsa and Herb Mayonnaise, or happy to hang out as a […]

Cupcakes: A Sweet Valentine at Auntie Em’s

Cupcakes: A Sweet Valentine at Auntie Em’s

We have a loved one who is mad about red velvet anything, so when we say Auntie Em’s touting their red velvet cupcakes, and as Valentine’s Day shall soon be here and we might want a V-Day treat for said loved one, we headed toward Eagle Rock Boulevard ready for a taste test. Little did […]

It’s Spring!…Isn’t It?

It’s Spring!…Isn’t It?

Today, our sister in New Hampshire—where the estimated snow accumulation is 48 inches—had to shovel her snow banks because they’re too high. After clearing an older relative’s driveway, which she’s done repeatedly these past weeks, she came home to shovel the snowbanks, to bring ’em down a notch in anticipation of another storm. She was […]

All You Need Is Love: John Lennon

All You Need Is Love: John Lennon

He say, “I know you; you know me” One thing I can tell you is you got to be free Come together, right now, over me “Come Together,” by John Lennon, Abby Road (1969) “Everything is clearer when you’re in love,” Lennon is quoted to have said. He also said, “Creativity is a gift. It […]

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