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……was a performance by the California Artists Radio Theatre at the Garland Little Theatre, The Beverly Garland.  George Bernard Shaw’s HEARTBREAK HOUSE was presented and the host was Leonard Maltin here with Jo Anne Worley.


Jane Windsor played Ellie Dunn. Here’s Jane….


John Harlin was the announcer and here he is with the credits.

Our delightful Diane played Lady Ariadne Utterwood. And here’s Diane (Dennis) Mercer with Norman Lloyd as Captain Shotover.

111 She was wonderful and you can hear a bit in this little segment.

What great fun.  Yours truly stretching during intermission.


….with Edwina, Diane’s dear friend… sweet!


Charlotte Rae and Ed Asner were great fun!

130      And it was a kick to watch Tony Palermo, the sound effects fellow.


Bravo everyone!

136 Announcer (Tea)

A sublime experience happened on the 10th when I went to the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena.  It’s part of a private residence and Kath Abela and Rick Wilson are privileged to hold their ‘Tanka Poets on Site’ gatherings there.  Kath Abela greeted me for this graceful and enchanting evening where I found myself transported back to Japan. 

045 Here are some views of the garden.


051 053 050 Bento boxes and Sake for all….

063 069 The evening was a gathering of Tanka Poets to watch the beautiful Harvest Moon and read of mystical moments in the thrall of the moon. And now let the readings begin…..

This is Wafic Khalil, Editor in Chief of  We first met when I demonstrated for the Shumei Arts Council at the Pasadena Historical Society….celebrating Paadena’s 100th year! Brush painters will remember our exhibit held at Shumei Hall Gallery in Pasadena. We can hear Rick Wilson’s ethereal shakuhachi accompanying Wafic.


Rick Wilson, using a  shakuhachi….which is a Japanese end-blown flute used for meditation.059

Kath Abela holds a lantern for Mariko Kitakubo as she reads her Tanka poem ‘Moon Viewing Tanka from Manyoushu’.066 The lovely Mariko, from Japan,  is the Wilson’s guest while in California. Here’s a brief video of her gentle  reading of one of her Moon Viewing Tankas…..Accompanied by Rick on his shakuhachi.  So beautiful and inspiring.

Thank you for this memorable experience Kath Abela and now here is my poem to you.

A tender shoot,

reaching out…

gathering love

sending roots deep.

Always to blossom.

Doesn’t life always go from the sublime to….

Where else, to a spread from Nate N’Al’s. When cousin Ronald is in town, his idea of a perfect day is deli take out and you’re looking at $250.00 (correct) of yummy.


Mom was in total agreement with the choices…


Oh boy! I’m salivating.  They have the most amazing pickled tomatoes and the herring is absolutely the best!


These cookies had to way at least a pound each and I simply could not believe it as I watched Ronald devour the whole thing.


You know the routine….next Ron hits the sofa for a long nap! Kita has a problem with that.


A big problem!


Big Bird what’s the answer to all this?


Clowns you say?  I thought so….



Kita thought this was more like it……See how she’s dancing with Lynne?  That’s her modus operandi.


I was shocked when Jack, the air conditioning fellow seemed to have Kita hypnotized as she just kept four on the floor looking up adoringly.  I suspect he’s really the dog whisperer.  (The air was out in the studio so no class Saturday.)


Ice cream break…..


So I guess you think all I do is eat….Perhaps I shouldn’t show you this then.





Here’s our Sandie Girl with awesome Melissa and the one and only Jakey.


I am just totally and completely in love with this child….two going on 10.


Yes, it was dinner with the Reilly’s at New Moon Restaurant in Montrose….voted #1 best Chinese restaurant in L.A.  One of three, owned by Collin, dear Pam Tom’s brother.  Of course you remember Pam from the Tyrus Wong movie she’s producing/directing ….’Brushstrokes in Hollywood’.  What an awesome family!!!


Enough food for the week????….Probably not as I’m turning into a hibernating bear!

Time for Sunday brunch so it was off to Trattoria Neapolis in Pasadena where I had such a fantastic brunch with the Reilly’s recently.


It’s worth the trip just to order their bread board.  Mom loved the sticky bun so much she wanted three to go. (Three was all they had left!)


165 I got the lobster hash again and we all just generally pigged out so when the waitress came by, even she was shocked when I asked “What’s for dessert?”


I was sorely tempted to get the Panna Cotta but as I just recently polished off the last that Kaley made for me, I opted for two orders of the Gelato & Cookie Plate.  All made in house and all sooooo good!


This madness has got to stop!!!

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