Leo Politi’s “Moy Moy” Celebrated

  Originally published 1.21.15 in “A Stone’s Throw” Column in the South Pasadena Review Last Thursday, dancing lions roamed the streets of South Pasadena, winding through the farmer’s market, blinking lit-up eyes, flapping wiggly ears and ushering a crowd into the community room of the public library. As the lively percussion band and lion dancers…

CERT Classes Empower People to Prepare for Emergencies

  Part 1 of 2: Published 9.24.15, South Pasadena Review When disaster strikes, it’s too late to prepare. And in California, an earthquake, a fire, a windstorm or even your car breaking down on the way to Vegas in 100-degree heat can turn into an emergency situation very quickly. We know this, and yet many,…

A Very Special Olympics

Originally published in “A Stone’s Throw” Column, South Pasadena Review 8.6.15 By Ann Suk Wang After the last note of the floor exercise played and the final pose held, a gymnast sprinted off, into an excited embrace with her coach. Together they almost fell over, twirling with joy as the athlete’s legs and arms wound…

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…

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 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….