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Laurie Kallevig’s Survivor Girl Ukulele Project

Laurie Kallevig’s Survivor Girl Ukulele Project

For most of us, human trafficking is a grim statistic in the news. For Laurie Kallevig, it’s up-close-and-personal. She works with survivors of human trafficking in India. Laurie’s work is unique; she brings ukuleles to India and teaches girls (and more recently, boys) to play the instruments. She hopes, eventually, these young survivors will “write [...]

A Perfect Paring

A Perfect Paring

Sip a glass of handcrafted wine while browsing works by twelve area artists at Avenue 50 Studio’s wine and art fundraiser to celebrate “15 years of Art, Poetry and Community!” Francisco Fernández is a longtime home winemaker and he is contributing 12 bottles from his “wine library—non-commercial quality wines he has personally crafted over the [...]

The Deflowering of Silence

The Deflowering of Silence

I. I don’t think I like you much. For starters, you have me at a disadvantage. I am not at all used to sitting at the dining hall table, on a bench beneath a tree, or beside a brook amongst tall grasses wearing not a stitch – not one! Although I suppose we could skinny [...]

Our Common Roots

Our Common Roots

Nuestra mismas raices. Our common roots. This is the theme for the 16th Annual Latino Heritage Parade and “jamaica,” celebrating the diversity that is within the Latino community. Beginning at Los Robles Avenue at Howard Street, the parade will continue to La Pintoresca Park. World Boxing Council champion Mia St. John is the Grand Marshall and longtime Pasadena [...]

Ferment: Exploding the Boundaries

Ferment: Exploding the Boundaries

This is not a local event, and actually it’s a bit of a hike, but it includes Altadena’s own Joseph Shuldiner of the Institute of Domestic Technology and we think the idea sounds fascinating so carve out some time and gas up the car. Shuldiner has collaborated for the last six months with Cal State [...]

Deep Down Dark

Deep Down Dark

The men who work inside the San José Mine are divided into two shifts, A and B, each working seven days at a time, and all of these men have been assigned to A shift. The A shift, in turn, is divided into twelve-hour-long night and day shifts that keep the mine working around the [...]

A Silk Floss Tree: The Pod

A Silk Floss Tree: The Pod

“The pod, by the way, was ‘low hanging fruit’ from a silk floss tree in the parking lot of the Hastings Ranch Ralph’s in Pasadena,” says Susan Strother Carrier who has kindly shared her pictures and the evolution of the pod. The silk floss tree or Chorisia speciosa has one of the “most unique trunks [...]

Thai Crab Fried Rice

Thai Crab Fried Rice

A few years ago, when I worked at a small marketing communications firm in Old Pasadena, I became a regular at a local Thai restaurant. A colleague and I never grew tired of sharing the lunch special four times a week at our desks. The owner Sue, aware of our frugal ways, would always slip in [...]

Morning

Morning

The muted colors of a misty morning are quite lovely as the rising sun strikes low-lying clouds hovering above the San Gabriels. Taken just after sunrise on Walnut Avenue in Pasadena.   The dome of Pasadena City Hall with a morning moon…

Holiday Memory Writing Workshop

Holiday Memory Writing Workshop

Writing your life, two pages at a time. James E. Birren was a man immersed in aging. The study of aging. Gerontology. Mortality and well-being. After decades in this career, his thoughts seem to have naturally evolved… I found myself increasingly interested in topics that were outside conventional psychology. In my graduate seminar, I introduced [...]

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