Looking Through Lens of Tragedy Brings Closure

Photo courtesy Douglas R. Burrows
In a self-portrait, photographer Doug Burrows posed with the Los Angeles skyline in the background. A La Cañada High School graduate, Burrows had more than 300 photos run in major publications around the world before his death in 1993.

Last December, the Los Angeles Times ran a pair of photos of the iconic rap group N.W.A. with stories on a new book chronicling its cultural impact. In the photos, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella and MC Ren pose, fists raised, thick gold chains glinting, their expressions stern beneath their ball caps.
Those lasting images of the provocative group were captured in 1989 by La Cañada High School graduate Doug Burrows, a passionate photojournalist who was born with a life-threatening cleft lip and cleft palate that required 30 surgeries, and who emerged from those challenges with a can-do spirit that helped establish him as a top young talent in his field.
Twenty-five years ago this month, Burrows was killed when the Toyota Celica he was driving on a quiet side street in downtown L.A was broadsided by an 18-wheeler that ran a red light. He was 29. Continue reading “Looking Through Lens of Tragedy Brings Closure”

Local Author Takes on Trump

Don Sheppard, a longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident, said he did not write his recently released book “The Dividends of Decency: How Values-Based Leadership Will Help Business Flourish in Trump’s America” to make money, but to “be part of the resistance.”

La Cañada Flintridge resident Don Sheppard offers a stinging businessman’s critique of President Donald Trump in his new book, “The Dividends of Decency: How Values-Based Leadership Will Help Business Flourish in Trump’s America.”
The book is different from the many other recent releases about the president, Sheppard said, because it’s written from the perspective of a 70-year-old white male Republican.
In the book’s prologue, Sheppard states: “As stunning as it may seem to those who accept Donald Trump’s actions and values as appropriate business practices, there is more to be gained in the long run by behaving decently than there is to be gained from assuming the business world is some Wild West fantasy.”
Sheppard — a native Canadian who built and sold an employee communications consulting firm, Sheppard Associates — said he’s been stunned by some of the responses he’s received, both to the book and to recent opinion pieces published on various political news websites. Continue reading “Local Author Takes on Trump”

LCHS Twins, Dad Publish Comedic Coming-of-Age Novel

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Daylen and Kai Larsen (front row, from left) got help from Shiu Shiu, Seth and Sumo Larsen as they teamed up to write, illustrate and publish their first book, “The View From Mars.”

If you’re looking for a good summer read, don’t look too far. La Cañada Flintridge’s first-time authors Daylen and Kai Larsen — La Cañada High School 7th-grade twins — and their dad Seth Larsen have just put out a book: “The View From Mars.”
It’s a coming-of-age tale about a 12-year-old boy named Mars who invites readers along as he learns about the importance of family, friendship, speaking your mind and the quest for a perfect comeback.
The results are downright funny, with a poignancy that sneaks up.

Don’t judge me until you’ve walked a mile in my shoes.
Actually, it’s best that you don’t walk a mile in my shoes. You’d just be tired, and I’d probably want my shoes back.

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