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Something Wild in My Garden

Something Wild in My Garden

As the summer heat descends—a bit early, mind you; Mother Nature, where’s our “June Gloom”?—and our gardens need attending, Cactus Gallery brings some levity, truth, poignancy, and whimsy into our days with its new exhibit “Something Wild in My Garden.” The show’s featured artist is Olga Ponomarenko: In this series of paintings, I chose wild […]

I Do Exist

I Do Exist

      I Do Exist It’s hard to hear my mom talking baby talk. I’d rather go to sleep than think of this. It seems so fast—from craziness of raising a child alone To carrying a diaper bag for my mom. There is no special shower thrown, in which I receive a diaper bag […]

Watermelon Caprese Salad

Watermelon Caprese Salad

Who doesn’t love a caprese salad? It’s got ripe tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil—topped off with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. It’s summer in a salad. I was having friends over for a BBQ and thought the kids might be more into a watermelon salad than a tomato salad, so I changed my usual caprese into […]

1906 SF Earthquake: Found Pics

1906 SF Earthquake: Found Pics

Though this is not the history of Pasadena or even San Gabriel Valley, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake is a defining moment in our state’s history. I stumbled upon some historic photographs—was gobsmacked—and I can’t resist sharing them. My mother and I were visiting family up in Greenbrae, Marin County. My cousin has a pile of books, ranging […]

A Homecoming, of Sorts

A Homecoming, of Sorts

What would you do if all your stuff went up in smoke?” Megan Edwards knows. In 1993, Megan Edwards‘s house was the first of 200 to burn down in the 1992 Altadena wildfire dubbed “the fire of the future.” Suddenly “stuff-less,” Edwards and her husband decided not to rebuild. Instead, they grabbed the family dog and set out […]

The Soul of Vietnam

The Soul of Vietnam

On June 19, Distant Lands hosts Larry D’Attilio, a photographer and now author of The Soul of Vietnam, which “seamlessly explor(es) from North to South… express(ing) an awareness of subjects from the magnificent to the mundane.” “I had no intention to create a journalistic view of the country,” states Larry D’Attilio, “instead I wanted to describe the […]

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Car Show

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Car Show

We thought the word was “hot rod.” Are we merely misremembering the cars in Rebel Without a Cause and American Graffitti? Appearing at the 5th Annual LA County Sheriff’s Department Altadena Station Car Show (could that name be any longer) is what’s being called “street rods.” Also showing off their goods will be vintage trucks and […]

5 Years, 2 Months, 8 Days

5 Years, 2 Months, 8 Days

Jenna Franks has been waiting five years, two months, and eight days for a kidney transplant. Her mother Karol waits right along with her, next to her; in step, every step of the way. Along the way, Karol takes pictures. Stunning photographs. We’ve shared many, and here are some more. Enjoy. LA’s Venice canals…     […]

Plumeria Grafting

Plumeria Grafting

Apparently grafted plumeria trees bloom in a variety of colors. That’s an interesting idea. But how does one graft? Diana Donnellan leads a hands-on workshop “exploring both the mechanics of grafting as well as best practices” on June 17. Donnellan will show on the grove’s demonstration trees examples of “good” grafting and “bad” grafting, which […]

Mystery Lit: Holmes, Sherlock & the Consulting Detective

Mystery Lit: Holmes, Sherlock & the Consulting Detective

Ellen Dostal writing for Broadway Word calls it a “roguishly handsome production” and an “epic whodunit” with a cast that has “whip-smart abilities. Where Wicked Lit uses the mausoleum to achieve a spooky effect, the train depot plays into the dark and foggy night intrigue of Victorian England. It’s a surprisingly versatile canvas on which […]

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