Very Pasadena: Where the Not-So-Elite Meet

My Very Pasadena Column From Pasadena Magazine’s Power Issue Where the Not-So-Elite Meet It’s easy to assume that all the power in Pasadena gathers behind the closed doors of select private clubs, socializing with Scotch and doubling down on the value of perpetuity. You know, the ones with the green awnings, chintz couches in the ladies’ room and tasteful California Plein Air paintings on the wall, where the membership eschews informal footwear and the use of cash. Pasadena is dotted with clubs as old as the city itself, basking in tradition and the promise of a beautiful reception venue for your … Read more…

Please Don’t Show Me your Open Wound and Other Medical Etiquette Thoughts

My Very Pasadena column From Pasadena Magazine Top Docs 2017: In honor of the Top Doc issue, I thought I’d weigh in on few pressing medical etiquette issues.  I’m not a doctor, but I did grow up with a mother who lived by the motto, “No elbows on the table,” indicative of a genetic predisposition to manners.  Plus, I once wrote an advice column for O, the Oprah Magazine, so that should qualify me for an advanced degree in something, like “Extreme Emotional Awareness” or “Feeling all the Feelings.”  Here goes: Should you post photos of your rash on Facebook? … Read more…