Saturday, March 20, 2010

Holy Hopscotch

You'll probably have to enlarge this one.

I found this chalk work in front of the David Allan Hubbard Library of the Fuller Theological Seminary as I traversed the campus yesterday.

This calls up everything from philosophical arguments to historical discussions to cheap jokes, not to mention high praise for whoever did this fine work. Don't even get me started.

Wait--yes, please do.

P.S. Don't forget the bloggers' potluck today. You're invited. Don't worry, it's not as pagan as it looks.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Blogging for Your Business

One of the perks of having a blog is that when I have something to promote I get free advertising!

I'll be giving a salon-type talk (comfy/cozy) on Blogging for Your Business: Ten Tips for Putting Your Best Cyberfoot Forward, Thursday, April 1st at the Pasadena Women's City Club. If you've been thinking about starting a blog, or if you've already been blogging but nobody's reading, come join us. We'll discuss:

how to use a blog as PR;
can your blog make a living on its own?
blogging as online networking;
blogging etiquette
and more.

Please come! I'd love to see you. The cost is $6.00 and it includes the talk and tasty appetizers. You can't beat that! There's also a cash bar (this is part of the comfy/cozy). You can come as early as 6:00pm for networking, but be sure and drift in no later than 7:00 when the talk begins. We should be finished by about 8:00.

This is also a good time to check out the Women's City Club if you've been thinking about joining. It's a great place for business women to network, bring clients, and create and participate in programs. They're having a membership drive the first part of this year with discounts and perks (click on the red shoe to learn more).

Reserve now for my talk on April 1st: (626) 796-0560 or The Women's City Club is at the edge of the Fuller Theological Seminary campus, 160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. There's free parking in the rear. Enter the second driveway south of Walnut on Madison on the west side of the street. Dress is business casual (no jeans).

Any questions? Oh yeah--it may be a women's club but men are more than welcome. It is my talk, after all.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Henry's Back Yard: Part Three

Continued from Tuesday and Wednesday...

Karin the Altadena Hiker is a docent at the Huntington Library and Gardens, which privileges her to explore parts of the grounds that aren't open to the public. Inside Karin beats the heart of an explorer; give her a piece of ground and she will seek out its every corner.

Karin's favorite part of the Huntington Gardens is the Desert Garden, and this part of the Desert Garden is closed to the public. The stairs above and this walkway, both made with river rocks, are in the oldest part of the garden and were probably installed before 1910. Many specimens in the Desert Garden are over 100 years old.

I'm grateful to Henry and Arabella Huntington for having the foresight and generosity to leave their home and collections as a legacy to us. I'm grateful to those who work and volunteer at the Huntington for making it such a magnificent place to visit. I'm grateful to those who contribute financially--donations large and small--so this unique institution can thrive. And I'm especially grateful to Karin, the decent docent, for the unique tour she gave me of the quiet, private places in the gardens.

There's more to see, so much more. I've got to think of a way to return the favor to Karin so I won't feel guilty begging her for a chance to see it again.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Henry's Back Yard: Part Two

Continued from yesterday...

Backroads wander through hidden parts of the Huntington property, unfolding the story of those who lived there a hundred years ago and of those who live there now.

This old, stone culvert begins at the northern end of the unused acres. Huntington decent docent Karin and I passed it early in our ramble. Next came expensive private homes, lining the fence just outside the property. Through thick foliage we glimpsed tennis courts, gazebos and private gardens. It would be abusing my privilege to show them to you. People pay a lot of money to live exclusively, and I'm not that kind of blogger. (But I enjoyed my glimpses.)

I thought you'd like another flower shot. The place is rife with wildflowers.

At the southern end of the property we found the other end of the culvert. At least I think it was the same one. It appeared outside the most exclusive home of all. There's a grounds-keeper's cottage--not really a cottage, but a lovely home, very private. Can you imagine?--being able to wander the grounds alone in the midst of all this glory?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Henry's Back Yard: Part One

Down a secret road, where the public isn't allowed...

...a grove of orange trees grows. The trees are about a hundred years old, I figure. Big, fluffy trees with branches that droop to the ground, where little purple wildflowers reach up to kiss the oranges.

The trees are precious and well cared for. They grow in the part of the Huntington Library and Gardens that most people don't see. The Huntington property is about 250 acres but 100 or so of those acres are closed to visitors.

Last week, on a cool, overcast day, I got to wander those quiet acres because I know a person in high places: a docent we'll call the Altadena Hiker.

More to come.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Zen Monday: #87

Zen Monday is the day you experience the photo and give us your thoughts rather than me telling you what I think the photo's about. There's no right or wrong. It means what you think it means, or what you want it to mean.

I look for a photo worth contemplating or, failing that, something odd or silly. And unless I absolutely must say something I stay out of the comments box to avoid influencing the intellectual path of the discussion, because when I get in there everything goes downhill.

As I post each new Zen Monday photo I add
a label to last week's to identify it if necessary.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Saving Daylight

I'm one of those creatures who needs sun. So is Boz. Like the kitty in this photo, every morning Boz positions himself in a sunny spot by the window and soaks up the rays. Our rainy season affects him so badly that on gray days he gets downright depressed. You've never seen such misery in a spoiled pet.

Today is one of my favorite days of the year because we set our clocks forward one hour. Now we can finally get a few extra rays of sunlight each day.

Daylight Saving Time was invented by a New Zealand entomologist named George Vernon Hudson. He wanted more daylight hours after work at his day job for collecting bugs. (The things you learn on Wikipedia!)

Fine with me. What I can't figure out is why we have to set our clocks back in the fall.