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Bookmarks: Bank of America and Jeezus

Bookmarks: Bank of America and Jeezus
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Don’t mess with Liz Raci. When Liz and her family bought their home during the last housing bubble, they got a 5-year fixed, 25-year adjustable rate loan. Their plan was to refinance before the end of those first five years. (We’re entering a new bubble. Don’t do this.) At the time, many people did the […]

Abbey San Encino

Abbey San Encino

We’re in Highland Park, a not-fancy part of the LA sprawl. The Abbey San Encino, which is not an abbey but a private home, hides quietly behind a chain-link fence as though it has taken a vow of silence. The fence is necessary. The house is too famous to let people approach just any old […]

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

In the darkness, climb the wooden contraption that’s as much stairway as ladder. See the boxes. Here’s one full of important things. Here’s one filled with junk. Here’s an empty one. Move them all aside. Step over the holiday decorations. Turn sideways to inch between Mother’s old files and the shelf where the tax records […]

Plums

Plums

A little over a year ago, John and I planted a plum tree in the back yard. Soon it flowered, and before we knew it we had two plums hanging from the branches. I thought that was pretty good for a brand new tree. I watched the plums grow from little green balls to more […]

Summer Cabin

Summer Cabin

It’s been cloudy and Octoberish for a few days. I’m not a fan of cold weather. I tried to come up with a picture that would give you an idea of how it feels to me, but I changed my mind. I’d rather look at this. Read the Full Story at Pasadena Daily Photo

Zen Monday #238

Zen Monday #238

BettyS sent this photo, saying she was sure I’d run across this in the neighborhood. I haven’t found it, though, so please thank Betty for today’s Zen Monday photo. Read the Full Story at Pasadena Daily Photo

Ferdinand

Ferdinand

Do you remember The Story of Ferdinand? It was published in 1936, written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson. In 1938, Walt Disney made it into a short film that won that year’s Academy Award for best short film cartoon. I hadn’t seen the movie before linking to it for this post, but […]

Bookmarks: Literaries Who Launch

Bookmarks: Literaries Who Launch

photo by John Sandel I went to a book launch party Thursday night and didn’t think to take pictures because I was excited to be one of the book’s authors. Thanks to John, we have this panorama of everyone’s backs. The book we celebrated is Literary Pasadena: The Fiction Edition, published by Prospect Park Books. […]

LunaFest for Bloom Again

LunaFest for Bloom Again

Last weekend I attended a “friendraiser.” In this luxurious garden setting, I had a chance to meet the women involved in Bloom Again.Bloom Again is a local foundation whose mission is to “provide financial assistance to economically vulnerable working women when they need it most, due to personal or family medical emergencies.” We’re talking about […]

On the Way

On the Way

It seems like time for a Boz photo, doesn’t it? This is a close-up of the space between the bucket seats in the “big car.” That’s the car where the jump from the curb isn’t too far for an old dog and there’s room in the back for his bed. But the front entices him. […]

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