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Through a Carvellas Eye

Through a Carvellas Eye

Artist Kate Carvellas creates assemblages and paints. We are in awe of her productivity. And, she has an intriguing eye…                         ~~~     Kate Carvellas, in her own words: I am a self-taught artist who lives and creates in Pasadena, CA.  In 2004, […]

Some Luck

Some Luck

Some Luck by Jane Smiley is the first installment in a trilogy, the second of which, Early Warning, has just been released. In Some Luck, Smiley has chosen to have every chapter cover one year; the first year being 1920 and the last 1953; thirty-three years in 395 pages in which a couple marry, have […]

Shiv

Shiv

Lord Shiva is readily known as a Hindu deity, as Shiva the destroyer, “the dissolving force in life.” But Shiva dissolves in order to create, since death is the medium for rebirth into a new life. So the opposites of life and death, and creation and destruction both reside in his character. (Hinduism) On July […]

Storm & Lakeside

Storm & Lakeside

Storm Mother Nature in pain. Throws new red shiny stiletto heels across the sky. Smacks Santa Ana’s face: Eyes blacken, mouth swells, sneezes, coughs. Santa Ana up chucks fast-moving frosty wind. Howl loud and long. Cause sleepless nights. Uprooted age old trees drop like matchsticks. Electric lines snap spin spread darkness. Red-eyed candle light welcome […]

Center Circle

Center Circle

In this moment, drought-tolerant and water-wise gardens and lawns are the new normal. Is creating one yourself a temptation about which you’re eager and excited or does the idea lead to head shaking and slumped shoulders—where to begin? Descanso Gardens’ Center Circle is located just inside the garden gate and has been created to illustrate […]

Clara Who? Meet Clara Shortridge Foltz

Clara Who? Meet Clara Shortridge Foltz

For two weeks my home away from home was the 17-story criminal courts building in downtown Los Angeles. Notable trials here have included the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, the murder trial of Phil Spector and the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray for the death of Michael Jackson, among hundreds and hundreds of others. Technically, […]

Oatmeal Pancakes with Bananas Foster Compote

Oatmeal Pancakes with Bananas Foster Compote

This recipe was created out of a strong desire for pancakes, the fact that it was brunch on Sunday, and there was no syrup to be found. And, I must say, it turned out pretty darn delicious. The pancakes solo are great but the combination of the sweet soft bananas are excellent! Add this one […]

A World All Its Own: Zorthian Ranch

A World All Its Own: Zorthian Ranch

A commune. An art studio. A junkyard. A personal Utopia. Beatniks, intellectuals, bohemians. “The Dionysus of the Altadena foothills”¹ During the Open Studios weekend at the beginning of June, we entered the world of Zorthian Ranch. That was 2½ hours that easily could’ve been all day. We imagine we looked like the 6-year-old feels walking […]

Cactus Woe

Cactus Woe

We’re calling this “Cactus Woe” as we may be the only person on the planet that manages to kill cacti. Going back decades to a lovely specimen we had sophomore year at UCSB when we lived off-campus in a small house in Isla Vista, we were the doubting “Thomas” amidst three other young women—a Catholic, […]

These Carnations Defy Language

These Carnations Defy Language

“Accept the challenge things offer to language. These carnations, for instance, defy language. I won’t rest till I have drawn together a few words that will compel anyone reading or hearing them to say: this has to do with something like a carnation.” (Francis Ponge) The poetic words above were written on precious paper during […]

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