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You Haven’t Got Mail

You Haven’t Got Mail
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My name is Petrea and I am an email addict. 23 years ago I had the help of Nicotine Anonymous to quit smoking. I consider myself an addict still because I know if I smoked just one cigarette I’d be a regular smoker again. When you’re addicted to a substance, even one as seemingly benign […]

Sunday Gardener

Sunday Gardener

My neighbor Dale and I are planting food in my back yard. This is going to be a potato. I don’t mind sharing the leaves with a hungry bug as long as it leaves the potatoes for me. We had three tomatoes growing as of yesterday. Probably more today. They are determined, and in the […]

Reading to a Friend

Reading to a Friend

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Apron Strings

Apron Strings

Karen is a professional baker. Her business, Apron Strings, is small. When you visit her sweet Craftsman house you smell fresh bread. Always. Knowing she was going to offer bread and I was going to accept, the other day I took Karen some fig preserves from Super King Market in Altadena. Fig was not an […]

Pasadena Is in Shape

Pasadena Is in Shape

Pasadenans can feel good about this one: we’ve been named one of the 10 Healthiest Mid-Size Cities by MyLife.com. Click the link to find out how we rate, and who beat us to #1. You might be surprised to see which of our neighbor cities are listed in the top 10 as well. MyLife has […]

Simple Needs

Simple Needs

We had some rain last night. Not a lot, but it was nice to listen to for a while before I fell back to sleep. This sounds like what I heard. Thanks to Paula Johnson for that, via Monica Hubbard. Lots of water flowing out at Hahamongna today. A lake and a river. Wind, sun, […]

Night Wanderer

Night Wanderer

photo by John Sandel It’s 9:18 pm. Late for me but tame for anyone else. Tame time, tame night, tame street.  I step outside. My crappy slippers from Sears, with the cardboard bottoms, give the cold cement sidewalk direct access to my soles. I huddle my arms around myself, though I’m wearing a sweater. When […]

Pharrell Makes His Mark and it’s a Plus Sign

Pharrell Makes His Mark and it’s a Plus Sign

By now you’ve heard Pharrell Williams’s worldwide phenomenon, “Happy.” The song, from the film “Despicable Me 2” was nominated for a 2014 Oscar. I have a feeling Mr. Williams doesn’t mind that he didn’t take the prize. Do you remember the song that won? I don’t. I knew nothing about the International Day of Happiness, […]

Boz Goes to Sleep

Boz Goes to Sleep

Today marks six months since Boz died. For posterity’s sake, I want to write down a few things about him. Also for myself. So, a tale, one last time. ***** The first night we brought Boz home from the shelter to live with us, he had a good meal and passed out from exhaustion on […]

10 Things You Should Do If You Meet King Arthur In A Dark Forest

10 Things You Should Do If You Meet King Arthur In A Dark Forest

You have time-traveled to southwest Britain in 500AD. (You probably drank too much on the plane.) You’ve landed in the woods and there’s this guy with a bloody sword. What do you do? 1.    Duck.       (He has a sword.) 2.    Cover.       (See item 1.) 3.    Speak in soothing tones like you would to an angry […]

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