Dangerous, Common And Treatable

Originally published in The Quarterly Magazine, Spring 2015 issue A deadly disease lurks in the blood of nearly 1 in 50 people in Los Angeles. The silent killer is the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). And a simple blood test for those who are more prone can easily be the first step in eliminating the devastating […]

Grief in Good Times Through the Holidays

Originally printed in the South Pasadena Review 12/18/14; for my column, “A Stone’s Throw” This is a season of celebration and joy. It’s seen in stores and along Fair Oaks. It’s heard on the radio and in churches. You can smell it from kitchens. We feel it in the air. But for those who have […]

Olympic Freeway Murals Come Alive Again

Originally published in Fall 2014 Quarterly Magazine Larger-than-life faces, a child frozen in a handstand, flying mythical columns, and colorful cartoon cars stream by on concrete walls as commuters and visitors from around the world speed or crawl by restored murals. This is Los Angeles, “mural capital of the world,” and home to the 10 […]

The Edible Pumpkin Patch

Originally published in “A Stone’s Throw” column in the South Pasadena Review newspaper, October 2014. Fall is by far my favorite season. There’s a chill in the air (however faint this year), leaves turn a brilliant yellow and orange, and whiffs of pumpkin waft all around. Pumpkins! I adore this autumn gourd. Consider these pumpkin […]

The Magnificent and Mysterious Monarch Migration

The moment I laid eyes on a chunky yellow, black and white-striped monarch caterpillar (larva), I was hooked. It is colorful, peaceful and eats a lot. It’s mesmerizing to observe. But all this munching is in preparation for something profound, a phenomenon known as the monarch butterfly migration, a fierce journey of up to 3,000 […]

The True Tragedy

Original publication in The South Pasadena Review, “A Stone’s Throw” Column, September 11, 2014 A few weeks ago, our community sighed in relief having averted a potential school shooting. But after the relief, comes reality. This scary scenario points to wounds that not only exist in our city, but among many teens around the US. […]

Raising Monarchs

This past spring I witnessed the beauty and mystery of monarch butterflies in my garden. At first, I was skeptical any would flutter by. How would they find my two small milkweed plants? When they did find it, I was concerned about my lack of ability and time to raise them. Now that I’ve come […]

Parents of South Pasadena Students React to Planned Shooting

We hear about school shootings around the US and are angry and sad for the pain it causes. When the threat comes directly into our own community (for me, less than a block away), the concern deepens.

Fun and Fascinating School Creatures

Originally from my column “A Stone’s Throw” in the South Pasadena Review (June 2014) Throughout the school year, students learn best by experience. This is especially true of live creatures in the classroom; and I’m not talking about the kids. It’s good to study about the world from a book; but bring it to life […]