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Free Java All August at Pie’s Hole School Supply Drive

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 3:46 pm

Here’s the math: One unwrapped school supply donation is equal to one free $2 drip coffee Here’s the geography: The Pie Hole in Pasadena is hosting a back-to-school supply drive in support of School on Wheels, a Southern California nonprofit that provides tuto... More »

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Shirlee Smith | Around the Corner from La La Land

Monday, April 24, 2017 | 5:14 am

Family members never gave us the information as to who our minstrel relative was. “He’s related” was all I heard back from my mother after spotting his old-time photo among her boxes of treasures. I grew up in Los Angeles around the corner from La La Land. The... More »

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Shirlee Smith | Pasadena – How Rosy is Rosy?

Saturday, December 31, 2016 | 8:01 pm

The old, the new, the wise and the wide-eyed. Pasadena dazzles the world every year with its fabulous Rose Parade that moves east on Colorado Blvd, then north on Sierra Madre to its final resting place at Victory Park located in the eastern part of our majesti... More »

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Shirlee Smith | Taken for a Ride and Not on a One Horse Sleigh

Sunday, December 11, 2016 | 5:52 pm

Not only will the stockings be hung by the chimney with care expecting St. Nicholas to soon be there, but so to have the price tags been hung on department store items expecting some unaware shoppers will soon be there – scooping up sale items with extra dolla... More »

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Shirlee Smith | Parents Need Advice?

Monday, November 14, 2016 | 6:07 am

Subject line on the first email said: “What to tell the kids”. I have a good habit of not opening a lot of email that comes my way – there’s just too much. But “what to tell the kids” isn’t something I’d click the trash icon for since children, parents and fam... More »

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Shirlee Smith | Parents Please Provide a Safe Halloween

Sunday, October 30, 2016 | 7:36 pm

“It’s just a little scary these days,” Barbara reminisced reflecting on her childhood days of knocking on neighbor’s doors and being allowed to yell, “Trick or Treat.” “But that was another time,” Dave, her husband, was quick to add to the conversation in his ... More »

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Shirlee Smith | Parent Education is Critical

Sunday, October 23, 2016 | 8:41 pm

The experts are publishing. Well, don’t they always? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Across the United States, up to one in five children suffers from a mental disorder in a given year.” This equates, according to the report, to m... More »

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Shirlee Smith | Parents Create Pinocchios

Monday, October 17, 2016 | 5:40 am

While she went to the counter to pick up the food order, Mom left her blonde curly-haired, dimpled darling at the table in the small eatery. Upon her return, on the restaurant wall was a huge smearing of ketchup and mustard. The ghastly sight was only a few st... More »

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Shirlee Smith | Parents Teach Kids To Manage Money

Sunday, September 18, 2016 | 9:33 pm

How early for money management? The sooner the better and the use of simple day to day experiences go a long way as teaching tools! 5 year-old Andy gets a $25 Toys R Us gift card for Christmas. • Andy’s first lesson is to determine what he wants to buy. • He d... More »

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Shirlee Smith | Parent Talk

Monday, September 5, 2016 | 7:16 pm

The business consultant said his grandmother told him he was bound, in all situations, to tell the truth, but cautioned him to recognize that didn’t mean the same thing as telling everything he knew. The bank manager said his mother told him women should never... More »

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Shirlee Smith | Troublesome Teenagers

Friday, August 19, 2016 | 1:43 pm

  One foster parent complained that the teenager she was in charge of didn’t come back home some nights. “Just stayed out like she thought she was grown,” was the follow-up grumble after announcing the young lady’s wayward behavior. So, what were the consequen... More »