Friday, May 22, 2015

I'm only responsible for 95% of all this clutter, I mean, color


...that is our bedroom.

I can always tell when I have had a wide variety of events for which I need to do some writing, or presenting, or some such thing.  

I need to figure out what to wear.  Does it express what I mean to share?  Does it still fit?  Will it be comfy?  Will I be able to dance in it?  How cool will the night be?


Ove the past couple of weeks there's been bunches.    

If my mom was still around she'd be rolling her eyes 
and a small puff of disapproval would be heard.

I look at this, laugh, sigh, and now will make things right.

Tomorrow we'll be back to the norm.

P.S. If this bothers you, you don't want to know what my jewelry stack looks like.

P. P. S. After an hour of uninterrupted work. Whew.



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Quite the family

I should be working on the formal presentation for my lecture tomorrow, but I am struck by how fascinating the history of the Elliott family is and felt compelled to share this with you.

Helen Agnes Brown  - born to a mom who had the woman's pioneer experience of traveling from one place to the other, with an infant, and somehow didn't miss a beat.  She also has an experience where her husband who is Sheriff is not in town and sees a face staring in her window.  She reads the face well and decides rather than panic, she moves the curtains so the potential intruder can see her calmly going about her business.

The family later learns that there were thieves in the area who chose not to come to Brown house since she looked so calm and they assumed "the man of the house" must have been present.

It is daughter Helen Elliott, who tells those hesitant Hoosiers, unsure of their move to establish the California Colony of Indiana, that "“I’m going anyway, even if no one else does”.  
 
Helen Brown Elliott
Courtesy Archives of The Pasadena Museum of History
Her husband, Thomas Balch Elliott, is remarkable as well.  He is committed to what we would now call "social justice" issues.  Among those issues are the needs of those who are, again using current terminology, marginalized.

He is the only man to vote "Free Soil Party" in the state of Indiana.  While he is president of the school board of Indianapolis, he is one of four men who offer a formal appeal for "The Education of Colored Person".  As a result free schools for "negroes" are established.

Okay, I shall take a deep breath and go back to the work to be done.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Latina Lecturing at the Library

Getting to view the treasures in an archive is a wonder to me.    Those of us who are history nerds view this as a bit of Nirvana.  Truly.  I find being in an archive both invigorating and soothing. It is place of bliss.

Every once in a while I get to share my discoveries with a larger group.  A couple of years ago I shared images that I "discovered" in the holdings of the Huntington Library.  These were images that had been donated in the 1920s and hadn't been seen for perhaps some 60 years.

The pictures were of the folks I'll be talking about this coming Thursday at a free lecture I'll be giving at the Huntington Library.

The Elliott family came from Indiana  - informed by the sentiments of the time that were in support of women's suffrage, abolition, care of the mentally ill, who also had knowledge of, and experience in, business.


The Bandini family came from Perú and México.  They were a part of the aristocracy that we know as the Californios.   They were landed gentry, the younger generation educated in two cultures and able to share insights into to the life lived in the early 19th century in California.

The interactions between these families exemplifies a good deal of what was being experienced at the end of the19th century and the beginning of the 20th century in the San Gabriel Valley and in the City of Pasadena.

Please join me at the lecture.  I'll share some serious facts and some chuckles along the way.  I believe there'll be some time for questions, too.  If the pattern of the past remains true, we're all likely learn a thing or two.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

PLAC Scholarship Dinner

Tonight is the annual Pasadena City College President's Latino Advisory Committee scholarship dinner.  15 students will be awarded scholarships this evening. Awardees majors include the fields of Chemistry, Liberal Studies, Engineering, Psychology, Biology, Environmental science, Nursing, Physics, and Radio/Television/ Film.
The acceptance speeches given by the students are always moving. 

There are a few seats left - tickets to be purchased at the door.
The cost for the evening is $40. An informal reception begins at 6 PM. 
Dinner and awards ceremony begins at 7 PM
At Brookside Golf Club.
1133 Rosemont Avenue, Pasadena 91103.

Our emcee for the evening will be Dan Guerrero.
I wrote about Dan earlier this year when he performed ¡Gaytino! at Westerbeck Hall.
What A fellow.
Actor, Director, producer, raconteur, and and all around charmer.



Our keynote speaker for this evening will be Dr. Alma Martinez. She directed the staged reading of "Stand and Deliver" at PCC. The reading featured professional actors and student actors performing together.  

You may recognize her from her work on television or the big screen. her career was launched with her first performance Zoot Suit.  Some of her more recent performances have have been seen in "Cake" and in the Peabody award-winning drama, "The Bridge".

Alma holds a PhD in drama from Stanford University, and M.F.A. In acting from the University of seven California, and a B.A. in theater from Whittier College. She has trained at the Royal Academy of dramatic art and at the Centro Universitario De Teatro (CUT) at the National University of Mexico.
She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Adios, Portwenn

earlier in Pasadena...

late middle-aged woman trips and falls - shatters wrist, surgery scheduled

day of surgery
4:30 wake up, 5:00 drive to Good Samaritan, 5:30 prompt arrival for pre-op check-in
6:30 wheeled to operating room - hi, doc, hi, drape, high 'berta
back from snooze land
"you can take off the tourniquet"
arm is like a sausage in a sling  - very present, totally non-responsive
repeatedly reminded to leave arm in sling and
DO NOT GET NEAR A STOVE OR SHARP OBJECTS

home again
nerve block still present, arm might as well be sausage since there is no, null, niente sensation
i move fingers of right hand with left hand
understand now why stove and sharp object comments made
it would be too easy to have an incident similar to the Lucy, William Holden, false nose moment

every once in a while try to will fingers to move -eventually they do move, have no idea whether or not trying to will them made a difference

when fingers begin to tingle percoset became a friend; then used only as needed

wonder when the color of my right hand will match my left hand
wonder when the swelling of right hand will decrease

recovery
there are techniques needed when your dominant hand can't participate in one's taking a bath
the elbow can be a good substitute - who knew?
it is good to have a partner who can help with many things like cutting your food or
recovering the many things the left hand may drop

time for intimate moments with my housemates

Zen Master Larry

Knight of the Woeful Countenance Panfi

Lali, Queen of All She Sees

thanks to roku i have binged
House of Cards - bbc and netflix versions; The West Wing - all 156 episodes; movies i've been meaning to see..tinker, tailor, soldier...; a single man; iron lady; the way...

Doc Martin-almost all episodes - character study, telenovela, comedy set in beautiful Cornwall
Auntie, James Henry, Luisa, Bert, Al, and the rest of the characters of the village have been a part of my day to day life

they've been all been a part of the heavy duty "I can't lift a book" time of recuperation

I'm about ready to transition to the "use only as needed" stage

it is the end of the blue stitch era


stitches are gone
on to a new chapter  
Huntington Library lecture in less than a month

Sunday, April 5, 2015

It's Easter at Casa Martínez Grimes

Easter came to our house via our dear friend Daisy.  Classy and kind soul that she is.






The folks from the Pasadena Senior Center sent the get well flower arrangement.  


went well with peek a boo eggs



as well as the pisanki and pajaro mexicano.

Wishing you and yours much love at this time of year.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Saran serpent

Last Friday I tripped and fell on a concrete walkway.
Spent the week end thinking my my arm was broken - compression fracture.  
Found out Monday - it was my wrist not my arm.  
Tomorrow I'll have surgery to fix the broken bones.
This will be a part of my fashion statement for a while.


I'll be on a blogcation for a while.   Too hard to type with one hand.
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