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Life in the Time of Coronavirus

Today, Monday, March 16, 2020 is the first day of what the high schoolers are calling Corona Break.  At the end of what was a tough week both personally and professionally, what with the week beginning with a time change, a full moon, Mercury in retrograde, and ending in Friday the 13th, the decision was… Continue reading Life in the Time of Coronavirus

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From Pasadena, California: The 131st Tournament of Roses

It doesn’t get much more Pasadena, California than enjoying the Tournament of Roses parade on a brisk, sunny New Year’s Day. To kick off the new year and new decade, we headed up the road to Colorado Boulevard dark and early for the parade. This year’s theme was “The Power of Hope,” and we saw […]

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The Lower Arroyo Seco Trails

An iconic Southern California landmark is the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, running alongside Highway 134 and Interstate 210, and spanning what is known as the Arroyo Seco.  Translated from Spanish to mean "dry stream," the Arroyo Seco is a stream and watershed in Los Angeles County.  It begins in the San Gabriel Mountains, and… Continue reading The Lower Arroyo Seco Trails

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Hiking Mt. Baden-Powell

Last year, Emily and I had the opportunity to complete what could be considered a Scout rite of passage.  We hiked from Vincent Gap, up forty unrelenting switchbacks, and made it to the peak of Mt. Baden-Powell in the Angeles National Forest in Southern California. Named for Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the British Army officer who… Continue reading Hiking Mt. Baden-Powell

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Descanso Gardens

Los Angeles County is home to many lovely parks and green spaces. One such place that I would recommend to anyone, whether local or visitor is Descanso Gardens, located in La Canada-Flintridge off Interstate 210, west of Pasadena. Described as "an urban retreat 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles," the gardens boast 150 acres of… Continue reading Descanso Gardens