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Kids for Animals

Kids for Animals

The unconditional love one experiences from dogs instills joy, fun, silliness, and healing. Even the conditional love from cats can be a salve for the soul. Having pets in our life growing up (two dogs, three cats) taught us patience, consideration, compassion (thunder storm freak outs!), and what it means to be responsible for something that’s […]

A Smorgasbord of Roses—at The Huntington & Descanso Rose Festival

A Smorgasbord of Roses—at The Huntington & Descanso Rose Festival

After we indulged in the scrumptious Afternoon Tea at The Huntington last week, we strolled around the rose garden. If roses are a perennial you enjoy, this year’s blooming is not to be missed. Just the various perfumes are remarkable—from intense licorice and floral to spicy, lemony and plum-like—let alone the colors, coloring, shapes and sizes. It’s a luscious […]

Jo Nesbo @ All Saints

Jo Nesbo @ All Saints

We first became attached to Harry Hole, Oslo detective, in The Snowman. Of course, that’s no. 7 in the Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole (“Hoo-leh”) series, so we’ve had to backtrack, as well as catchup. The newest release is The Thirst and Vroman’s presents Nesbo in conversation with Hollywood Reporter editor Andy Lewis at All Saints […]

The Aymars: “Spring” & “The New Face of Old Age”

The Aymars: “Spring” & “The New Face of Old Age”

Geoff Aymar is a fellow Connecticut transplant. He’s an exemplary jazz musician, and not the only family member bursting with creative talent. To begin with, his grandfather Gordon C. Aymar is a 1914 Yale graduate, avid sailor, photographer, portraitist, author, art editor for Harper’s Weekly and Vanity Fair, and a poet…   Spring by Gordon C. Aymar, April […]

Afternoon Tea Among the Roses

Afternoon Tea Among the Roses

It had been a long day, so we are cheered when a friend suggests we meet and take a walk in the Huntington Gardens. Even better as it turns out (since our long day has not been accompanied by sustenance) that upon meeting our friend she expresses an insistent hunger and wonders, would we care […]

Pot Luck & Plant Exchange at La Casita del Arroyo

Pot Luck & Plant Exchange at La Casita del Arroyo

The Mediterranean Garden Society welcomes everyone to its 2nd Annual Pot Luck Luncheon & Plant Exchange at La Casita del Arroyo on May 20. We’ll let MGS do the explaining… Our wonderful winter rains have spurred exuberant spring growth in our gardens. Start now saving those cuttings—succulents, summer-dry plants, any of your favorites—as you do your spring garden clean-up. […]

Lois Stelzer, Master Quilter

Lois Stelzer, Master Quilter

“Painting with fibers and fabric.” This is how the labor-intensive and meticulously crafted quilts made by Lois Stelzer have been described. Mrs. Stelzer began her art career in 1993 after she retired from elementary teaching in Garvey Unified School District. She had been a photographer, but did not care for the chemicals involved. Her first […]

Wilma Wednesday & Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Wilma Wednesday & Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Depending on your web search, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is somewhere between this Saturday, April 29th and next Sunday, May 7th. So let’s just say every day this coming week is Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. With so many sweet, loving animals living in shelters (please spay and neuter your pets!), why buy at a […]

In the Pool

In the Pool

We were delighted to visit old friends at their home in Palm Springs. While taking a break from work one morning, we strolled the lawn, side-stepping mammoth grapefruits while harvesting some for our breakfast. The rising sun was already blinding and warm, the raging winds from the evening before had unfortunately moved on; the water […]

Restoring the Historic Robinson House

Restoring the Historic Robinson House

Laurabelle Arms Robinson, heiress to a Youngstown, Ohio, iron fortune, married attorney Henry M. Robinson, protegé of her uncle, David Tod Ford. Henry Robinson was instrumental in developing the Huntington Library, California Institute of Technology, and the Mount Palomar Observatory. He was a domestic and international advisor for 30 years to Presidents Wilson, Coolidge, and Hoover, […]

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