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…

The Good, Scary, Safe Halloween

  I live in a Destination Trick-or-Treat Zone, the kind of neighborhood where ghouls, tiny Elsas and teens with bloody masks and plastic bags come by the hundreds. They come by church bus, by caravans of cars or by foot, like the good old days. My neighborhood In Pasadena, California has sidewalks, streetlights, and a tree canopy that gives off perfect shadows. The houses are just far enough away from each other that the candy don’t come easy. It’s Halloween the way it should be– spooky and safe.   For the most part, our neighborhood steps up to the challenges, with … Read more…