Grandparenting in Magical Santa Barbara

Dear Parents,
At the end of the day, it is the trusting relationship one builds and maintains with a child that matters most. This was the conclusion I came to as I stood on the end of the Santa Barbara pier with grandchildren Ivy and Everett, watching the sun set on the first day of a new year. I quietly sang taps to them: “Day is done, gone the sun . . . safely rest, God is nigh.” None of us wanted to leave, but it was getting dark. Continue reading “Grandparenting in Magical Santa Barbara”

Staying Safe on Rainy Roads

With the force of El Niño storms already descending on the southland, drivers who’ve grown accustomed to the bone-dry climate of the California’s drought may find themselves in high water when they hit the road. While the wet weather will certainly slow down many Angelenos’ commutes, the dangers of driving in the rain far outweigh the inconvenience. Auto accident rates increase dramatically in rainy conditions because of wet roads, poor visibility and debris and standing water that present dangerous obstacles for drivers. Continue reading “Staying Safe on Rainy Roads”

50 Years of Peeking Inside the Gamble House

In a city rich with grand homes and architectural beauty, one structure bears the honor of being uniquely synonymous with Pasadena. It’s been more than a century since the Gamble House first came to stand on 4 Westmoreland Place, but it’s during the second half of that existence that the imposing Craftsman truly became a cultural icon of its home city. That’s all thanks to James N. Gamble (preferably called “Jim”), who, 50 years ago this week, bequeathed his family’s historical Greene & Greene home to the city of Pasadena and USC for public use. Since then, some 30,000 visitors have made their way to the Gamble House each year, completing the pilgrimage to a shrine of the American Arts and Crafts movement widely regarded as the Greene brothers’ most authentic and fully realized work. Continue reading “50 Years of Peeking Inside the Gamble House”

PCF Urges Prospective Endowment Builders to ‘Be 1 in 100’

For more than six decades, the Pasadena Community Foundation has provided funding to the city’s nonprofit sector through the generosity of a small group of individuals, families and businesses known as its Endowment Builders. They support all of the grant-making PCF does in the Pasadena area each spring — money that stays in the community and helps sustain the resources and services that make the city great. Continue reading “PCF Urges Prospective Endowment Builders to ‘Be 1 in 100’”