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Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Gray Water & Pushing the Limits

Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Gray Water & Pushing the Limits
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Hint: These little guys flap their wings 50 times per second, which also allows them to fly backwards at “speeds exceeding 34mph.” Answer: Hummingbirds. Allen’s hummingbird, Anna’s hummingbird, Antillean mango, Black jacobin, Frilled coquette, Sooty barbthroat, and Mexican hermit are the few binomial names of the 325-350 species of hummingbirds. Hint: They can’t fly in […]

The Smart Set

The Smart Set

When Eva Fenyes took her four little dogs to their photo session at Kohler Photo Studio on East Colorado Boulevard, Fairy, Prince, and Non se sa were composed and cooperative, sitting up nice and straight before the camera. Pinta, however, fidgeted and became distracted by something on the floor below his pedestal. His attention could […]

Zeffirelli & Rossellini: Day Tripping to Italy

Zeffirelli & Rossellini: Day Tripping to Italy

Stunning locations, a cast of icons, a smidgen of history-lite, and a large dose of Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. On July 31st, Distant Lands hosts the viewing of Tea with Mussolini, starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Lily Tomlin, Joan Plowright, and Cher as part of the annual Old Pasadena Film Festival. Tea with Mussolini is […]

Scribblings: Week 39 – Welcome to Boot Camp

Scribblings: Week 39 – Welcome to Boot Camp

Considering that I have been likened to an Obsessive on Uppers, my rather intense relationship with my Fitbit surprises no one. Yet for all ‘the Fitbitch’ has cracked her whip at me this past week, I have managed only about 20 to 50 steps a day, depending on bathroom runs. A bus outside my hotel […]

I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle

How do you put into words the anguish and ecstasy of first love? Dodie Smith managed that and much more in her 1948 novel, I Capture the Castle, a YA (young adult) novel of the first rate, written long before the term was coined. It’s 1930’s England. Teenaged Cassandra Mortmain lives with her impoverished though […]

Music Ed App

Music Ed App

Musicians Brandon Bernstein and Terry Carter believe in “equal access” and their creation of the free app BandBlast is the product of that belief. Now, with funds from the Pasadena Arts Council, BandBlast has been released by Bernstein and Carter’s organization Music Lifeboat. According to AppBrain.com, BandBlast is an easy-to-use, interactive tool for kids, students, […]

Katura Reynolds’ Chaucerian Calligraphy

Katura Reynolds’ Chaucerian Calligraphy

Portland, Oregon-based artist Katura Reynolds was aiming for “something that felt like a sort of mad tea party, Huntington-style,” writes Christine Quach on The Huntington blog. What Reynolds is alluding to is the art work she created for the front windows of the Maple Orientation Gallery. Quach calls them “a snapshot of The Huntington’s library, […]

Wanderlust, Loving the Macabre & Dancing Under Rainbows

Wanderlust, Loving the Macabre & Dancing Under Rainbows

High tea at the Rose Garden, an afternoon break alongside the lily ponds, wandering the new Chinese Garden. Been there, done that? One way to see the “old” with new eyes is by taking a “Quirky Tour” of The Huntington. Huntington intern Sara Schacht writes about self-guided tours for those who want to focus their […]

Mexican Street Salad

Mexican Street Salad

Everywhere you turn these days there is a taco stand, a taco bar, a taco restaurant or a taco truck. And I am not complaining—bring on the tacos!! But one of my favorite things to order at these taco joints is the Mexican street corn on the cob. It is this delicious combo of mayo, […]

Always…Patsy Cline

Always…Patsy Cline

Houston housewife Louise Seger first heard Patsy Cline in 1957 on the Arthur Godfrey show and became an instant fan. The two met before a 1961 concert, struck it off immediately, and passed the whole night chatting in Louise’s kitchen. After that night, they kept up an active pen-pal relationship. Years after the 1963 plane […]

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