Author: Christopher Nyerges

The true meaning of Thanksgiving is lost on our narcissistic culture

Thanksgiving — a uniquely American time when families gather, remember their roots, share a meal and express gratitude — has always been my favorite holiday. But just look at how quickly such a simple and profound observance gets perverted. Today, we hardly know what giving thanks even means, and so the act is lost on most of us. Newscasters talk about “turkey day” as though eating was all there was to this special time. Then, when we have barely taken the time to consider the notion of “giving thanks,” we get up early the following “Black Friday” to rush...

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Learn to recognize and use wild quinoa

These days, everyone wants to eat the hip “new” nutritional foods: kale, chia, quinoa and many others that are found in the latest chef’s restaurant where all the beautiful people go.  Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) is a seed that has been used for centuries in Mexico and South America, and it’s a great food. The seeds and leaves have been used in countless recipes and the plant was highly revered. But did you know that there is a close relative to quinoa that grows wild just about everywhere in Southern California? In fact, it grows pretty much everywhere in the world...

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Nettles are some the most underrated — and tastiest — wild greens out there

During this time of the year, I often experience an allergic reaction when I’ve been around trees and plants that produce lots of pollen and cottony-fluff, like willows, cottonwoods, oaks and cattail.  I’ve tried numerous remedies over the years to combat the allergy, but all with limited success.  But finally, one of the natural remedies seemed to have good results. Nettle tea. I’ve long heard of the many health benefits of eating nettles and drinking nettle tea. I’ve eaten the greens like spinach for decades. But once I heard about using tea made with nettle leaves (dried or fresh)...

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Enjoy some of the most scenic trails Southern California has to offer

It’s summer. You’ve been cooped up way too long in the artificial world of your cubicle. You need to get out. You need to breathe fresh air and rediscover the natural world all around us. Where can you go?      From Pasadena, there are plenty of trails and places to explore the outdoors, all more or less under 45 minutes of driving, depending on where you live. Here are some options. CRYSTAL LAKE Travel east on the 210 Freeway to Highway 39, and then head north into the mountains. Crystal Lake is about 10 miles up. There you...

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Upcoming Events

Dec
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1:00 pm Vox Feminae Concert at the Hunti... @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Vox Feminae Concert at the Hunti... @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The vocal ensemble Vox Feminae sings sacred and secular holiday music from the Medieval and Renaissance eras, dressed in elaborate costumes and performing on period instruments, from 1 to 2 p.m. Free.
7:00 pm Vroman’s Bookstore Event with Fa... @ All Saints Church
Vroman’s Bookstore Event with Fa... @ All Saints Church
Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm
Father Gregory Boyle, gang intervention expert and founder of Homeboy Industries discusses and signs “Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship” at 7 p.m. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $27 and[...]
7:30 pm Free Staged Reading at Sierra Ma... @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
Free Staged Reading at Sierra Ma... @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm
A free, staged reading of “Bus Stop” by William Inge starts at 7:30 p.m., the story of a bus traveling from Kansas City that pulls up at a roadside diner during a snow storm, as[...]
Dec
12
Tue
10:00 am Arboretum Wreath Making Class @ Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Arboretum Wreath Making Class @ Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
An old-fashioned wreath making class runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Guests will use traditional and unusual greens, including some from the LA Flower Mart, to make the wreaths. All materials are included. Guests should[...]
7:00 pm J.C. Hyke Songwriter Serenade @ Matt Denny's Ale House
J.C. Hyke Songwriter Serenade @ Matt Denny's Ale House
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm
The weekly showcase features Christmas carols with Annette Conlon, Brainard & Corman, Tim Tedrow, Alice Wallace, Wild Mountain Mystics, The Hardly Sisters and Marty Axelrod at 7 p.m. Free.

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