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So L.A., a Season for All Seasons

So L.A., a Season for All Seasons

                Right about now I need waders to rake my front yard, so much exquisite, pure, unabashed, falling down, crunching, spreading out, on top of piles, piles on top of roofs, piles piling up, piling piles piling, up, down, up, autumn, it’s a lot to take in, autumn, […]

The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar

“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” The opening sentence of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar reflects the ambivalence of her main character, a young and talented woman who’s discovering that what she wants (to be a great writer) […]

Minced Chicken in a Lettuce Leaf or Cup

Minced Chicken in a Lettuce Leaf or Cup

I used to crave the lettuce cups we could order at Chi Dynasty in Los Feliz and decided I would make my own variation at home based on a mash up of different ones I had tried at various restaurants over the years. The result is a crunchy, crisp, salty, savory bite with a variety […]

Don’t Throw Out the Bathwater

Don’t Throw Out the Bathwater

(Official text) Interested in learning how to install your own simple greywater irrigation system? Greywater Corps offers a greywater class and hands-on workshop on Saturday, October 4th, where you will learn all about greywater and then participate in installing a laundry-to-landscape system, converting a washing machine to safe, legal greywater use. This type of system may […]

Wiggle Waggle 2014

Wiggle Waggle 2014

Every year, the Pasadena Humane Society’s Wiggle Waggle Walk unites families and dogs to raise funds in support of dogs that don’t have families. There will be a fashion show and a look-alike contest. I don’t much resemble Wilma except in lounging posture, and neither of us is ready to be in such a big crowd. […]

Cook the Book

Cook the Book

Whole grains. Everyone is cashing in on the wealth of health in regard to whole grains. General Mills is pushing the whole grain factor of their Lucky Charms, Trix, Coco Puffs, and Reese’s Puffs cereals, and though we’re not doubting their claim, the benefits may—kinda, most probably, very likely—be outweighed by the inclusion of hefty doses […]

Random II

Random II

More random pics as we walked here and there…                                  

When South Pasadena Was For Whites Only

When South Pasadena Was For Whites Only

“In South Pasadena, restrictive racial covenants, denying persons not of the Caucasian race the right to live within its municipal boundaries, are a matter of official policy. […] Of course, persons not of Caucasian ancestry will not be completely barred from residence in South Pasadena. The restrictive covenants specify that non-Caucasians may reside in the […]

Sex World by Ron Koertge

Sex World by Ron Koertge

“He teases out lyricism from the most mundane words, and significance from the most mundane situations,” says author Gene Yang. He is speaking about Ron Koertge, the highly prolific South Pasadenan author who’s newest book is a collection of flash fiction titled Sex World. The title story, it turns out, isn’t about sex at all […]

The Curious Art of Origami

The Curious Art of Origami

Continuing with the curious axis theme of the week, as in AxS Festival “Curiosity,” we were happily informed of another noteworthy event: “The Curious Art of Origami.” Curator Meher McArthur has brought together several distinct origamists: laser physicist Robert Lang; fashion, animated, and connecting cranes” artist Linda Mihara; and Vietnamese architect Giang Dinh. Though Robert […]

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