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Superfluous Detail: Underfoot

Superfluous Detail: Underfoot

A sidewalk grate on the Caltech campus. Do most places go to this kind of trouble for sidewalk grates? This thing is above and– –no– –below and beyond. To me, a superfluous detail is something beautiful that doesn’t have to be–something that enhances the look of a functional item, just for the sake of art. [...]

Self Portrait at Macy’s Parking Lot

Self Portrait at Macy’s Parking Lot

What can I say? I’m a square. Who knew? (Don’t answer that.) I spent way too much time in my young life trying to keep up with trends, be cool and say and do what I thought other people wanted me to say and do. I worked so hard at it I fooled myself into [...]

Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens

Here’s one of the realities of living in Southern California: People want to visit you. In the summer, when the kids are out of school. In the winter, when the snowbirds need someplace warm. People who don’t even know your surname will call or write—and call again—asking if they can come visit. Out-of-town visitors are [...]

Zen Monday: #130

Zen Monday: #130

Students of Zen learn through experience. Please experience the photo and tell us, in the comments, what you have learned. (Your first Zen Monday? Just have fun.) Read the Full Story at Pasadena Daily Photo

The Darling Buds of January

The Darling Buds of January

With apologies to William Shakespeare: Shall I compare this to a summer’s day?It is more comfy and more temperate:Hot sun doth bake the darling buds of May,And summer’s heat hath all too long a date;Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,And often is his gold complexion dimmed;And every day the heat doth make us [...]

The Backsides

The Backsides

I like the backsides of places no one expects you to look where the old curtains are hung, if anywhere they paint one less layer because it’s cheaperwhere ducts spit hot dust onto dead grasswhere rusty, unwanted things wait by the trash because that’s what’s really happening. Read the Full Story at Pasadena Daily Photo

Que?

Que?

It’s been a couple of years since I took this photo of the Curtin House on the grounds of the Pasadena Museum of History. The Curtin House was designed in 1915 by Sylvanus Marston, one of those early architects Pasadena is grateful for. Today’s a good day to post this because I want to wet [...]

Four Stars, To Be Exact

Four Stars, To Be Exact

I learned from the 1/17/11 issue of Wired Women, Monica Hubbard’s packed-with-Pasadena e-newsletter, that the Pasadena Public Library earned a four star rating from the The Library Journal “for providing exceptional response to patrons and superior customer service.” The Library Journal, a trade publication for libraries (as opposed to, say, itinerant rodeo riders), was founded [...]

Lights, Camera…

Lights, Camera…

When John came home and told me he’d seen inside our sewers, I had to go look. Woohoo! The Advanced Sewer Technology truck had appeared on our street like the Wells Fargo Wagon, spreading excitement, joy and sewer video. Hey, this stuff doesn’t happen every day. The monitor in the upper left of the photo [...]

On the Map

On the Map

Civitates Orbis Terrarum “I’m one of those people who get dizzy just being in a bookshop, so you can imagine what these rare books did to me.” Thus spake Barbara Ellis, aka Bellis, about how it felt to assist the head of Caltech’s Archives and Special Collections in putting together an exhibit of rare maps [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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