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Our Invisible Selves

Our Invisible Selves

photo by John Sandel In yesterday’s post I said, “I’m sorry some kids don’t have art class in school today.” I was referring obliquely to school budget cuts, not to any school district specifically. The first comment that came in was from J+P, who some of you know is my husband. I was asleep when, [...]

Mess Up Your Paintbox

Mess Up Your Paintbox

When I was a kid there was always art class in school. From fingerpainting in kindergarten to more sophisticated projects later on, my classmates and I had a chance during the school day to make something. My junior high school art teacher was an unperturbable man with silver hair and dark-rimmed glasses who moved slowly [...]

Literary Lane

Literary Lane

It would be tempting to move in at this corner just for the cachet of it. One pictures thatched roofs and stone garden walls overgrown with vining roses. Alas, although this San Marino corner is mere blocks from the Huntington Library and Gardens (a stroll through which evokes images of 19th century Europe), this corner [...]

Zen Monday: #112

Zen Monday: #112

Zen Monday is the day you experience the photo and give us your thoughts rather than me telling you what I think the photo’s about. I look for a photo worth contemplating or, failing that, something unusual or silly. And unless I absolutely must say something I stay out of the comments box to avoid [...]

No Matter What

No Matter What

I took this one (from the car, obviously) some time ago. (Don’t worry, I pulled over.) Today’s a fine day to post it. Westminster Presbyterian Church, at Pasadena’s border with Altadena, is a magnificent building. I’ve been remiss in not posting many, many photos of it. Of course it’s the first thing most people photograph [...]

Anniversary

Anniversary

I believe in our beautiful America.I believe in the principles offreedom of religion,freedom of the press,freedom of expression,and the right of every citizen to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.I believe it’s every citizen’s duty to take these freedoms seriously and use them wisely, without infringing upon the freedoms of others. I also believe [...]

No Way Arch

No Way Arch

I’ve always had a thing about archways. I find the shape compelling in a way I find hard to describe. When I returned from England some years ago I had a collection of photos of archways–a small arch leads from one Oxford courtyard to another; the arch of a ruined cathedral wall frames the view [...]

Paint

Paint

Our house is in good shape for an 86-year-old. But bits of paint have peeled, so we’re having some work done. I took this close-up of one of the shutters once the sanding and scraping began. I wonder if that screw is original. On the windowsills and other trim, we discovered redwood under the paint. [...]

Doors, 2

Doors, 2

Many Pasadena doors are difficult to photograph because they’re shaded by awnings, pergolas or little roofs. It’s a necessary evil to protect the doors and people from summer’s heat, which is fine for the selfish inhabitants but unfortunate for photographers trying to do a series about doors. I have a fondness for this crazy door. [...]

Shiny Penny

Shiny Penny

Penny for Your Thoughts is my favorite shop in Pasadena. I’ve said it before: there’s no other store like it. Vintage garden items, handmade clothes, old books, jewelry, china–plus coffee, food and free wifi–it’s where you go to get a gift for someone who has everything, even if that someone is you. When I stopped [...]

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