Posted in Let's Get Visual, Travel

Oh Yeah, I’m Gone

This blog is officially CHIUSO PER FERIE until 14 May 2008.

But I’m going to England, not Italy. That’s Norwich castle above. I’ll be spending an afternoon in Norwich (pronounced Nor-itch).

I’ll also be in York for three days. York is so old they don’t even bother to distinguish themselves from the new one. This is York Minster, the second largest Gothic cathedral in Europe (after Cologne Cathedral).

But it’s not all imposing Norman castles and Gothic Cathedrals across the pond. Britain is also the land of the Bacon Butty (photo courtesy of London Daily Photo):

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,–
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.

William Shakespeare, King Richard II, Act 2, Scene 1

Posted in Around Town, Issues

Welcome YWCA Pasadena Blog

A quick post to welcome Pasadena’s newest blog:

What’s the Difference?

Black or brown? Yellow or white? Male or female? “What’s the Difference?” will explore the assumptions we make based on race and gender and other attributes that make us different from one another. Will we learn that we’re not so different after all?

An interesting topic of discussion. We all make assumptions about each other. At the same time, we’re all unique individuals. So yes, we will learn that we’re different from each other. But those differences do not have to be divisive. The Scout likes to call it “Unity in Diversity.”

The whole thing starts early, though. When a baby is born, where does everybody look first?

Posted in Around Town

Cleveland’s Big Sunday

I wasn’t there, but I hear that Cleveland Elementary School in Pasadena received some spit and polish yesterday thanks to community volunteers. The event was organized in part by Big Sunday. Their mission:

Big Sunday mobilizes and empowers volunteers to build community through community service. This mission is driven by the belief that everyone has some way to help someone else.

Go by and check out the new tile mural created by students on the south side.

Cleveland Elementary
524 Palisade Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

One of these days, they’ll we’ll rename it Jackie Robinson Elementary.