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Journey of a Lifetime

Journey of a Lifetime
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A youth development volunteer is needed in the Dominican Republic. An agri-business educator in Cameroon, a secondary school science teacher in Tanzania, and a math teacher in Lesotho. Timor-Leste needs a health extension volunteer, a coastal resources management volunteer, and English teachers. Macedonia could use an NGO adviser and a special education teacher. From Tonga […]

Make Your Own Bitters

Make Your Own Bitters

Woodsy and spicy or anise-scented? Angostura or Peychaud’s? Along with orange, Thomas Parsons calls this “the holy trinity” of bitters.¹ Many people know bitters as a classic ingredient for cocktails. We did not know that originally bitters were medicinal tonics. Supposedly in 1838, Antoine Amedie Peychaud, a pharmacist and Creole immigrant from Haiti, “began dispensing […]

Nosferatu, Accompanied

Nosferatu, Accompanied

Brandt Sponseller of Classic-Horror writes that “nosferatu” is a modernization of a Slavic term, which is itself a modernization of the Greek “nosophoros,” or “plague carrier.” Director Freidrich Wilhelm Murnau, in the 1922 classic silent film Nosferatu, embraces this idea, having his Orlock (Dracula) appear rather rat-like with pointed teeth, nose, and those famously pointed […]

Gardening in Difficult Times

Gardening in Difficult Times

Too hot, too dry, too steep, too shady. The obstacles to a thriving garden are many, but help has arrived at Thursday Garden Talks with Lili Singer. On October 29, come learn how to harvest rain, through time-tested techniques and new methods, “including current legal uses for collected water, from an acclaimed local garden designer.” […]

2015 Halloween: Fun & Frightful

2015 Halloween: Fun & Frightful

Trick or treating, movies, a Fall Fest, and a Mad Monster Party. It’s Halloween 2015. In case plans are still in flux, here are a few options… Tricks, a Flick & (Free) Family Pix, Saturday, Oct. 31st, 5-8 p.m. One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena. One Colorado in Old Pasadena welcomes costumed kids to meet […]

Shakespeare’s Night of Terror

Shakespeare’s Night of Terror

This is not Freddy Kruger terror or Stephen King horror, but after a bit of knifing, roaring, and disemboweling, the Ensemble Shakespeare Theater‘s “Night of Terror” steps into the truly terrifying… Emcee Fred Cross addresses an audience member and asks, “What is more frightening than blood and gore?” The man considers, then answers: “The mind.” […]

Welcome to the Drought

Welcome to the Drought

Although the condominium I used to share with my Eventual Ex is located in the urban heart of Old Pasadena, the grounds resembling a set from “The Secret Garden.” Behind the gates, like a seascape sculpted for a Rose Parade float, are pastel dunes of blossoms, a clock tower, fountains, and streams that course over […]

Fabulous Fashions

Fabulous Fashions

At one point in time, from the mid-1890s, women donned, worked, entertained, and paraded in dresses with sleeves in the shape of a leg of lamb. Leg o’ mutton sleeves they were, and apparently the size of the top-leg part of the sleeve continued to balloon in size until finally falling out of favor around […]

Cajun Shrimp and Rice Remoulade

Cajun Shrimp and Rice Remoulade

I went to New Orleans a few years ago and fell in love with the food. It’s truly impossible not to. Since then- using Cajun spices and the same flavor profiles has become a small part of my cooking technique. It’s something I hope I can only expand on. Does anyone have a Nola grandma […]

AltaEats’ Farm-to-Table Supper

AltaEats’ Farm-to-Table Supper

AltaEats, the “up, up the hill” little neighborhood restaurant located in Pasadena—but feels like it’s in Altadena—is the creation of Paul Ragan and Angela Visca. AltaEats has been praised as being ambitious, intriguing, and fun by Gayot and Jessica Ritz of LA Weekly writes, “What isn’t really up for debate is this team’s dedication to […]

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