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In Autumn

In Autumn

Janie starts insisting that we need two cords of wood to get us through the winter. We have lived in our wood-heated house in Waitsfield, Vermont under the green foothills of Glen Ellen Mountain all spring, summer, and early fall awaiting the birth of Janie’s baby. We moved here together so I could help her […]

Chalkland for Kids

Chalkland for Kids

It’s time once again to experience Pasadena’s world recording holding Chalk Festival, and this year kids may express their creative side in Kid’s Chalkland, where they may also make Father’s Day cards for dad (which is Sunday, June 15th, in case this “holiday” is relevant to your life and the date slipped your mind, as it does […]

Repair at Pas. Humane Society

Repair at Pas. Humane Society

Tinkers and tailors, experts and the hobbyist. Repair Cafe. Do you have a faulty toaster or a blender that screeches instead of purées? Have a favorite necklace that’s broken clasp keeps it trapped despondently in your jewelry box? Do you grumble when you have to cut tomatoes, sawing back and forth with a dull knife on the fruit’s resistant […]

Depressed Cake Shop

Depressed Cake Shop

Not just feeling sad, but feeling empty. Not just short-tempered and irritable, but bursting with anger over little, minor hiccups. Loss of interest. Loss of pleasure. Nights awake, hyper-alert, careening, disconnecting thoughts unable to be herded and calmed. Exhausted days. Foggy brain. Depleted energy. Immobile body. These are some of the symptoms of depression. A […]

2014 Pasadena Chalk Festival

2014 Pasadena Chalk Festival

The event made their way into the Guinness World Record™ in 2010 as the largest street painting festival in the world. It attracts 600 artists and more than 120,000 folks will view works of art in chalk over Father’s Day weekend, June 14th-15th. Last year, Jem-Arlou Somo created Kissing Couple (right, partial) and won Best in […]

National Donut (Not Doughnut) Day

National Donut (Not Doughnut) Day

In 1917 young Helen Purviance, an ensign in the Salvation Army, was sent to France to work with the American First Division. Putting her Hoosier ingenuity to work, she and a fellow officer, Ensign Margaret Sheldon, patted the first dough into shape by hand, but soon employed an ordinary wine bottle as a rolling pin. […]

A Grill Apron for Dad

A Grill Apron for Dad

Yes, Orchard Supply Hardware is a chain, but we like the idea: make a personalized grill apron for Pops in honor of Father’s Day. Orchard in Pasadena and South Pasadena are inviting kids to come in, choose from a grab bag of markers, and create an apron that shouts, “He’s my dad and I love […]

Crossings Melts In Your Mouth

Crossings Melts In Your Mouth

An impromptu invite and we found ourselves seated at the bar on the second story of Crossings restaurant in South Pasadena. The small, cozy front room can be seen from Mission Street with white on white tables (tablecloths, napkins and dinnerware), u-shaped ribbed beige booth and matching chairs backed by the open kitchen and sided […]

May I…?

May I…?

May I Have This Last Dance, Mr. Banana Nose? I cannot remember not loathing Sunday school. And much of that loathing, more than likely, stemmed from the fact that I wasn’t a cool kid. I was as far from cool as a screaming tea kettle from a popsicle – a shy, socially awkward, irremediably klutzy, […]

Make Music Pasadena 2014

Make Music Pasadena 2014

It’s twelve hours of rock ‘n roll, chamber music, acoustic guitar, pop, soul, blues, and country. It’s Make Music Pasadena. Dozens of individuals and groups will play their rhythms and songs, all for free, from Cal State L.A., Fuller Seminary and Bar Celona to Beyond Hair, the Armory, the Paseo and Vroman’s Bookstore. Vertical Wine […]

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