Last week, the city of Pasadena adopted me. The city of Pasadena doesn't exactly know that it adopted me, but it did.
I like to find the origin of circumstance. Going back to the roots of such and then looking from the bottom up gives an understanding of cause and effect.
I’d like to thank and applaud the news media and fellow resident William Lee for alerting the left-in-the dark public about pending plans for La Cañada...
In 1964 I had three ambitions: to win Amia Divia's heart, to attend the Naval Academy, and to become the golden gloves lightweight champion of New York City.
For those of us who look forward to Thanksgiving, it's hard to imagine the appeal of a $99 big-screen TV or an extreme discount on socks and underwear, but Black Friday has now moved to Thanksgiving Day and shoppers are already camped out at box stores, waiting for Thanksgiving sales.
Roughly 14 months from now I expect a howl of outrage will roll across Burbank, one angry enough to ignite politics, enrage residents, terrify many who've bought homes, and create a tsunami of activists with furious charges of corruption, double-dealing and government secrecy.
I've kept a journal since 1961. And, since my children were born, I've been telling the story of their lives. Each day I run my fingers through the pages to see how far they've journeyed.
La Cañadans Joani Bartoli-Porto and Sherry Morton will never forget the events of Friday, Nov. 22, 1963. Porto was in her tenth-grade home economics class at the newly opened La Cañada High School.
Dish Network, its shares up 50% since March, soared to new highs on Wednesday just hours before its Blockbuster employees were showing up for work in the middle of the night for the opening day of the liquidation sale of DVDs and video games in the last 500 of what once was a 9,000-store chain.
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition — the moratorium is over! After two months of staying mum due to the school board elections, I can finally write my wife's name, Kaitzer.
Despite their lame ad campaign (“Calling all Maxxinistas!”), our local T.J.Maxx is the jackpot for inexpensive fashion.
Mark Totten, the head reference librarian and manager of the La Cañada Flintridge branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library, mentioned in passing that the library’s collection of Civil War books gets a lot of use during Civil War homework season. The teachers, it seems, want...
I was sitting in Starbucks writing poetry into Seamus O’Grady’s character, making him worthy of Ophelia Hawkins’ love. Brooklyn had just brewed a cup of tea; she knows I prefer a ceramic cup.
Because La Cañada doesn't have a Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 11, my husband, Len, and I have joined the four-city Pasadena Veterans Day 2013 Committee.
I never wait for inspiration's nudge, or for somebody to kiss me on the forehead, to pay attention. Being attentive connects us to others and to circumstance. Consequently, I keep a watchful eye and look for the Zen in my surroundings. It's amazing what we learn.
In 1970, a classmate left the UCLA law school after dark. She was kidnapped at gunpoint, raped repeatedly, and released at 3 a.m. She called the police. The male officers took her to the ER where she was seen by a male resident. She cried during the exam.
After 10 months of writing and researching five hours a day, umpteen thousand words and 66 chapters, I'm pages away from completing my book. I'm hoping to finish today; however I must complete this column, teach at the Leadership Institute in San Francisco, and bring back in one piece each of the...
A year after graduating from Hoover High School, where he was a star pitcher who attracted attention from major league scouts, Seaman Apprentice James Kerr found himself sitting on a dock at Subic Bay, near Manila, chatting with Signalman Stephen Kraus as they waited to go out to their ship, the...
After Dr. Melissa Johnson gave a program on girls and cliques for the La Cañada Unified School District last year, I invited her to speak to the La Cañada Thursday Club.
As the students enter Bill Lively's AP Euro class at La Cañada High School, they take a moment to rub a sign hanging on the wall in room 305. “Play like a Champion Today,” it says. I wanted to understand the essence of a teacher who would have such a mantra.
In 2007, a constituent from Burbank wrote to me with an incredibly personal and painful story. After being sexually assaulted, she was prescribed a routine antidepressant by the attending physician — a prescription she filled once. Years later, she was denied health insurance coverage. The...
Our canine companion, a Labrador retriever named Miss Audrey Hepburn, has a new love interest.
In 1962 my brother Fred started a band called the Perfections. They were rockers. When the heat and the beat got up on a Saturday night, he brought the house down and the East Cost Swing dancers would take off and hit the moon.
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “Not all who wander are lost.” He might well have been referring to me as I navigate the labyrinth of classrooms at LCHS back-to-school night looking for Mr. Lively's class, room 305. I'm about to throw in the towel and head to McDonald's for a chocolate shake...
This year's annual Veterans Day celebration has moved to a new location. The ceremony will be held in front of Pasadena City Hall, at Centennial Plaza, on Monday, Nov. 11, from 10 to 11:11 a.m.
A casual observer of La Cañada affairs taking a glance at the Valley Sun might wonder what it is about our public school system that draws so much community interest. Indeed, a host of stories in recent weeks has centered on our lauded school district.
I arrive early for the barbecue at Twelve Oaks Retirement Home, which is nestled in a grove of 100-year-old oaks in La Crescenta. My intention was to walk the grounds and meander between the quaint cottages and gardens searching for the zen of the story that I would write. With every breath and step...
Every so often I post like crazy on Facebook.
I've had reason to consider the role of the crossing guard recently. There is a particular crossing guard here in town who has developed some bad habits regarding the treatment of motorists. Habits unbecoming the job. There are stern admonishments for encroaching too near the lines, obnoxious eye-...
I was the officer of the day at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, a stopover for Marines coming from and going to Vietnam. I was going. Since I was junior, I pulled the duty.
Ever since Lisa Dupuy reviewed the “new” Café Solé we've been eager to check it out. The new owners are Salvatore and Alessandra Attanasio.
One of the most common questions I get is: Which is correct: X or Y? The X and Y don't matter much. They change from email to email.
It's a parent's worst nightmare to lose a child. But every five days in Los Angeles County a baby suffocates while sleeping, making bed-sharing and unsafe sleep environments the leading preventable cause of infant death in the county.
After a photographer caught him playing iPhone poker during a Senate committee hearing on Syria, Sen John McCain (R-Arizona) tried to pass the incident off as a joke.
My name is Dr. Joe and I'm a reformed male chauvinist.
Despite the virtually unlivable traffic conditions on the west side of Los Angeles, most Westside Angelenos posit that their neighborhoods are the best in the county.
My sophomore English teacher, Brother Raymond, once asked, “What do you want to become?”
The man suspected of driving a car from which a woman fell onto the Foothill (210) Freeway and was killed this week turned himself in at the Glendale Police Department headquarters on Saturday.
It was the dark of night. I was reading “The Iliad” for the umpteenth time, consumed by the battle between Hector and Achilles. I had hoped to tutor my daughter Simone as she prepared for the challenge of Ms. Moore's summer reading assignment. How can the sophomores of La Cañada...
There's always a La Cañada connection.
At just after 10 Monday morning, I hiked up the steep steps of a Megabus coach outside the downtown Burbank Metrolink station.
For the past 30 years, parents in the Sagebrush area, a residential band west of Palm Crest Elementary School, inside the city limits of La Cañada Flintridge, have sought to be included in the La Cañada Unified School District.
I had been teaching since Christ was a corporal. That’s a long time. In retrospect, one of the most appealing aspects of teaching was mentoring kids according to the parameters of the animated character Buzz Lightyear: “To infinity and beyond!”
This is a tale of two cities — yours and mine, each with its own water and power utility companies.
If I were to write that coffee smells good, I wouldn’t hear a word about it. If I wrote that I am happy, Emily seems nice, pizza sounds delicious, liver tastes bad or all men are created equal, none of those statements would incite the grammar cops.
I decide on the spur of the moment to go on a kid hunt. The weather is warm, but not quite its usual hot August self. It feels like it's in the low 80s as I stand in our driveway experiencing a tiny gust of wind, a preview of the afternoon breezes that are guaranteed to sweep through in a couple...
Summers in La Cañada Flintridge are lovely. The weather is gorgeous. Some nights, there are meteor showers. Traffic is lighter.
I never thought of myself as a citizen of the world. I was raised by men and women from the Greatest Generation who were definitively American. That was my inheritance.
About five years ago, a Burbank friend of mine dragged me out the house one night for an esoteric piece of only-in-Los-Angeles weirdness called the "Neon Cruise."
Suddenly, La Cañada Flintridge is au courant. This week, the USDA kicked off National Farmers Market Week with an updated version of their National Farmers Market Directory. The directory is published online at