Celebrations

Birthdays, Holidays, Causes for Rejoicing

by Jeff Gates (Smithsonian American Art Museum - @AmericanArt)

Cupcake Love: Obama and Lincoln

YES WE CAKE! or CAKE WE CAN BELIEVE IN: At the Smithsonian museum, cupcake art! It’s like pixellated images, made of 5900 cupcakes: Watch video of the entire image being constructed by Zilly Cakes: UStream Video. You hear all audio of the Zilly Rosen who’s mic-ed during the entire process. I hear from @Smithsonian that […]

Rose Parade Float redux

Greets to all New Year websurfers! I’m staying away from the Rose Parade this year — float construction, visiting, parade, etc. Just not gonna happen for 2008-2009. But I’ve been there, blogged that in the past, so here’s a roundup of Rose Parade float construction, judging from the past, for your viewing pleasure. Click all […]

Happy Feast of Stephen

Last night while doing dishes, I belted out my fave Christmas Carol, Good King Wenceslas. Inspired by mention of how, on Christmas Eve, my dad was singing same. I fell apart on the last verse, and had to say, Well, here’s what happened…” yadda yadda yadda The carol begins, Good King Wenceslas looked out on […]

Debbi goes to Christmas Tree Lane

Debbi Swanson Patrick at Altadena Above It All went to the Christmas Tree Lane festivities Saturday evening. Photo post 1, Photo post 2. (I nearly went. This year we took a hiatus from the new-ish Christmas Tree Lane party tradition. Previously hampered by Mars Won’t Wait mode. Turned out that last weekend was a busy […]

Christmas in the park?

Union Station serves dinner in a park in Pasadena. This might be a thing to do Christmas Day. Story about the Thanksgiving event, and the efforts of the California School of Culinary Art’s participation.

Thanksgiving 72 years ago, in Denver, during the Depression

Today I came across this letter postmarked November 26, 1936. It’s from my great-great-Grandmother to her daughter. ggGrandma resigned a teaching position in Taos and took the bus north to Denver. Here she describes her Thanksgiving dinner. More context and more of the letter at my other site. I have discovered most thrify places to […]

Centenarian Vote

Everybody’s talking about the youth vote, but what about the centenarian vote: Daughters of slaves, all over 100 years old, who voted for Barack. 109 year old Amanda Jones, who lives in Texas, on NPR. Gertrude Baines, 114, in Los Angeles (3rd oldest person in the world) Ann Nixon Cooper, 106, of Atlanta, Georgia. Obama […]

Strawberry Donuts and Moscato

The long wait is over. I’ve now eaten strawberry donuts from the Donut Man in Glendora, the likes of which were praised (and pictured) by Pulitzer-winning Jonathan Gold from the L.A. Weekly. Picture a glazed roll cut nearly in half, stuffed (stuffed!) with fresh strawberries in a light glaze. Or look at the picture at […]

S!p!r!i!n!g!

Happy Vernal Equinox which began last night, actually, when it was March 20 at 5:38 UniversalTime.

Merry Betwixt and Between

Hope your Solstice Yule Christmas Ho Ho Ho has been good. I’ve been hither and yon, logging nearly 1400 car miles with trips to NoCal and to NV to visit various and sundry. And am now home again and in bed with sniffles and coughs.