Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena, known for the rest of the year as Santa Rosa Avenue, is a Southern California holiday tradition. The approximately .7 mile stretch, between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive, is lined on both sides by Deodar Cedars (Cedrus deodara) that, during December, are festooned with over 10,000 lights. Its association claims […]
Assuming he recorded it near December 25, I would have been five months old when Dylan Thomas read this version of his “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” I listened to the story last night, alone in my bed, after the Vigil Christmas Eve Mass, and after the final prep of home, kitchen, living room, bathroom, […]
My dear friend Greg Camacho from San Antonio, Texas, wrote yesterday morning quoting Gerard Manley Hopkins, from the poem “Inversnaid”: What would the world be, once bereft Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet; Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.
From Angelus News this week: my column! McManus & Morgan, established in 1923, is in its 94th year. Owner Gary Wolin has been its brains and heart for around the last 50. Located at 2506 W. 7th Street, just west of MacArthur Park, this cultural treasure occupies a ground-floor space in a 1924 Spanish Revival […]
High up near the ceiling at Fire Station #6 in Livermore, California, burns an electric bulb that has continuously thrown light for over a hundred years. Known as the Centennial Light Bulb, this small object, approximately 2 ½ inches in diameter and 4 inches long, has been the subject of the late, great Huell Howser’s […]
“Vigils, sleep, agony, death–God shares all of these states of the human condition with us because He was also a man, but a man present everywhere because He was God. He is present first of all in the Church; he is present by His grace within us as He is present in the Sacrament on […]