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Share Faire at Farnsworth

Share Faire at Farnsworth

It started as a few neighbors (3 miles above Pasadena, in the foothills) who had too much fruit all at one time. We set up a fruit stand and sold blackberries to passers by. We were amazed at the generosity of our neighbors, who liked to stay and chat, and even return with their own […]

Koertge at Boston Court

Koertge at Boston Court

The drive is okay:  A.C. on high (it’s torrid in Los Angeles, with the usual muslin-yellow sky), radio up, some gratifying amiable/envious/admiring/lubricious glances. At the mall, she has to park at the top of a new structure, following a ramp so circuitous it’s like an inner ear. Is she going to emerge under the invisible […]

Mail Trucks Full of Food

Mail Trucks Full of Food

Clients may pick up a grocery cart full of food, sized for each family. Food is distributed six times a week. Homebound seniors and disabled clients receive food packages in eleven different cities. One hundred-fifty to 180 bag lunches that are substantial enough to last two days are distributed to the homeless or people who […]

World Book Night

World Book Night

At the 2010 Book Industry Conference in London, a round table discussion came up with an intriguing and ambitious concept:  what if bibliophiles shared their favorite books with people who don’t regularly read? As a result, World Book Night was born. Authors of selected books waive royalty fees so WBN can afford to print editions that […]

Going to the Fringe

Going to the Fringe

“Is Shylock really a villain? Is Macbeth?” These are the questions poised by the devotees of Shakespeare who constitute the California Shakespeare Ensemble. Villains, which debuted in November 2013, questions what it means to be a villain and speculates that “The Bard’s more complex villains may actually show us how much evil is in all of […]

Bloomin’ Roses

Bloomin’ Roses

From a delicate individual rose with striated white and scarlet petals to luminescent pearl, sun-backed petals, the roses are in bloom. Strolling the neighborhood, we experienced this week’s cool winds carrying mere hints to intense blasts of rose bouquet.                                 […]

School Garden Need a Facelift? Apply Now

School Garden Need a Facelift?  Apply Now

The salsa company La Victoria is offering to makeover one California school’s garden. Know of one that could use a facelift? Enter by April 30th. The winning school will be the recipient of everything needed to start and maintain a garden, including supplies and tools, expert growing instructions, follow-up visits from a horticulturist, and recipes […]

Diane Keaton: Vroman’s Presents

Diane Keaton:  Vroman’s Presents

Have a child who swims at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center? Then maybe you’ve seen one of America’s most iconic actresses keeping her eyes peeled on a particular lane during a particular race. Diane Keaton. Looking her true age (68) with an endearing smile and none of her onscreen stammer, she usually keeps her trilby-type […]

Gluten Free Chocolate Raisin Muffins

Gluten Free Chocolate Raisin Muffins

I decided to try to make something passable as a muffin, without the flour. I was making this recipe up as I went along and ended up being really happy with the results. Luckily, I wrote down my process. These muffins are made mostly of nuts, seeds and fruit, so they are high in fiber […]

Writing Soup

Writing Soup

I am confused and bewildered in a house whose couches sprawl and sag and whose books give off musty odors as blonde, blue-eyed, white-toothed actresses sit together as on a bus of youth headed towards Pilates, thinking strength and prettiness will gift them the innate poem. I sit across the room near three older women […]

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