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The Mars 2020 Oxygen Experiment At JPL

Nohtal Partansky, 26, is my downstairs neighbor. He’s also a mechanical engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena. He grew up in South Pasadena. So did he used to look at the stars as a kid?  “No, but I used to build stuff, K’Nex and Legos. [Remote control] cars,...

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Montecito’s Center For Spiritual Renewal

The Center for Spiritual Renewal, located on the grounds of the nonprofit retreat center La Casa de Maria in Montecito near Santa Barbara, is a house designated for personal retreats. A ministry of the Immaculate Heart Community, the center is located on El Bosque Road — “el bosque” means...

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Donald Evans And His Fantastic World Of Postage Stamps

Donald Evans (1945-1977) “put his whole life and everything that interested him into the stamps of his fantasy world.” So says Willy Eisenhart, author of the wonderful “The World of Donald Evans.”  Evans was born in Morristown, New Jersey, to Dorothy and Charles Evans. An only child, he...

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‘God’s Hotel’ By Victoria Sweet, M.D.

“God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine” is a 2012 memoir by San Francisco-based physician Victoria Sweet. The subject is Laguna Honda, a long-term Bay Area hospital that for years was known as “the last almshouse in the country.” When Dr. Sweet began...

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The Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area

My friend Dave, an artist and a walker, has an unerring nose for out-of-the-way spots to explore at leisure. A few months ago he started talking about a place with quarries and riverbeds and hiking trails by the confluence of the 210 and the 605 freeways. It was in Duarte, he said. He took the...

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Peace Pilgrim

In 1953, a woman from Vermont named Mildred Lisette Norman gave up all her worldly belongings, took on the name “Peace Pilgrim” and started walking.  She described the picture that formed in her mind of the garb she should wear: a simple tunic with pockets for a toothbrush, comb, pen and a...

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‘Batchelder: Tilemaker’ At The Pasadena Museum Of History

The Pasadena Museum of History is featuring an exhibit, extended by popular demand through March 12, called “Batchelder: Tilemaker.” Ernest A. Batchelder (1875-1957) was an Arts and Crafts tilemaker who lived in Pasadena’s Lower Arroyo Seco and made fountains, fireplaces and fixtures that can...

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The Ramones At The Grammy Museum

Talking to my little brother Joe on the phone recently, we began reminiscing about growing up on the coast of New Hampshire. Five years apart, we’d never known that, as teenagers, we’d both kept a beat-up radio under our bed that we’d listen to, at the lowest possible volume so our parents...

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The Monarch Butterflies Of Pismo Beach

The Pismo State Beach Butterfly Grove stakes its claim as the largest monarch butterfly grove on the West Coast. Each year when it begins to get cold, the monarchs begin a migration of up to 2,500 miles, from as far north as Canada to as far south as Mexico. A smallish grove of eucalyptus trees...

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Pittance Chamber Music Ensemble

Compared to grossest salaries, A pittance is our fee. But pit is where we make great art, Where inspiration’s free. – Rowena Hammill Pittance Chamber Music comprises small ensembles of members of the L.A. Opera Orchestra. The name is a play on words, deriving from the pit where they...

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Skater Christopher Bowman

Christopher Bowman (1967-2008) was a flamboyant, profoundly talented figure skater from Southern California who blazed bright, burned out fast and died young. He was known during his brief career as Bowman the Showman. His drinking, drug use and erratic, unpredictable behavior infuriated and...

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Limb From Limb: A Christmas Story

My father was so obsessively modest that it was a standing family joke that the only parts of his body my five brothers, two sisters and I had ever seen were his hands, neck and face. He kept the rest swathed, even in the midst of a New England heat wave, in a long-sleeved chambray work shirt,...

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Caryll Houselander: The Little Way Of The Infant Jesus

Caryll Houselander (1901-1954) was a British mystic, poet and spiritual teacher who wore a pair of big round tortoiseshell glasses, lived in London during the Blitz and, until she died at 53 from breast cancer, apparently barely slept or ate. A friend observed: “She used to cover her face with...

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The Virgin Of Guadalupe: Images In Colonial Mexico At The Bowers Museum

Years ago, I attended a retreat led by a priest named Father Bill. Father Bill combined high intelligence, a black sense of humor and a tender heart. He’d been educated, among other places, in Rome. He’d studied with the pope. He’d come back to Southern California and landed at a parish where...

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Manzanar

In 1942, the U.S. government ordered more than 120,000 men, women and children from their homes and detained them indefinitely in 10 isolated, military-style camps they called “War Relocation Centers.” Manzanar — a four-hour drive from Los Angeles, through the Angeles Forest, the Mojave Desert...