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Mount Wilson: The 60-Inch Telescope

Mount Wilson: The 60-Inch Telescope
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When I said Craig Woods has the keys to Mount Wilson, I meant he has all the keys. He took us inside the housing for the 60-inch telescope. I love that he can flip a switch and the motorized roof opens like the mouth of a big, mechanical monster. Anyone walking by can hear it […]

Mount Wilson: Solar Telescope

Mount Wilson: Solar Telescope

The Solar Telescope at Mount Wilson is still used for studying sunspots.  Great strides have been made in this science here. The telescope is…tall. And look what a beautiful day it was! I didn’t alter this photo one bit. Craig Woods, our guide, has been up in the elevator. We were forbidden to go. I’m […]

Mount Wilson: Science in Transition

Mount Wilson: Science in Transition

The Mount Wilson Observatory was founded in 1904 by George Ellery Hale, who encouraged the likes of Edwin Hubble and who also had a great deal to do with the way Pasadena looks today. Think the city center plaza and City Hall. Think Caltech. Thank you, Mr. Hale. More than 100 years later important astronomical research continues […]

Birthday Adventure 4

Birthday Adventure 4

This is an engine. I think we can all agree on that. But do you know where this engine is? This is a rheostat. It’s in the room next to the engine. Do you know where that room is? If it’s not obvious what these are, you’re too young to read. But where are they? […]

Litfest Pasadena 2015

Litfest Pasadena 2015

Come on down and join us in the Playhouse District on May 9th. We’re going to have ourselves a Litfest! Litfest is Pasadena’s annual celebration of literature. Starting in the late morning and continuing into the night, there will be panels about everything from poetry to mystery, memoir to YA. I’ll be on the “Adventures […]

Natural City

Natural City

Lost and found.  Conformity. Nature’s spotlight. Read the Full Story at Pasadena Daily Photo

Drought? What Drought?

Drought? What Drought?

Pasadena encourages us to save water. Good god, I can’t water my lawn more than 3 times a week. If I can’t grow grass what am I going to eat? What will I drink? And what will I do a year from now when we don’t have any water anymore? I’ve been pouring my coffeepot […]

This is What 60 Looks Like

This is What 60 Looks Like

I’ve never been one to lie about my age. I’m beginning to consider it, but I don’t think I’m fooling anybody. It’s hard to get used to how I look as I get older. I think we all feel this way, at least around a milestone birthday. Maybe when I turn 61 it won’t hit […]

Ceci n’est pas une cheinne sur un divan

Ceci n’est pas une cheinne sur un divan

A cold is like a mosquito. It’s not the worst thing in the world but it’s an annoyance, and it usually comes along with a lot of other mosquitos to bite your friends and family. If a normal mosquito bites you it raises an itchy bump. If a bad mosquito gets you, you’ve got malaria. […]

Ceci n’est pas une chienne sur un divan

Ceci n’est pas une chienne sur un divan

A cold is like a mosquito. It’s not the worst thing in the world but it’s an annoyance, and it usually comes along with a lot of other mosquitos to bite your friends and family. If a normal mosquito bites you it raises an itchy bump. If a bad mosquito gets you, you’ve got malaria. […]

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