From the Vote to the Float and Beyond

Villa Gardens Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage It was New Year’s Day, 2020 when I realized what it felt like to be a part of history. I looked out at a sea of white hats and long white dresses on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, marching in the wake of our spectacular Rose Bowl

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Mateo’s Best Stitch is Making Masks

Mateo Gavilanes spent more than two decades perfecting his skills as a tailor in Mexico. But when an opportunity to come to the United States presented itself almost 20 years ago, he decided to make the move. He has been a maintenance technician at Vista del Monte ever since, with only limited opportunities to practice

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Old Men and The Sea

In August 2014, my lifelong friend, Dave Radcliff, invited me to join a 20-plus-mile swim relay across Catalina Channel.  As it had never been attempted by 80-year-olds, we would set an international record.  I feared I wouldn’t measure up, but I accepted. Dave swam in the 1956 Olympics.  Our teammates, all Masters Swimmers, compete in

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