Communications Project with Cal State LA
One Villager's Story
Pasadena Area Literary Arts Center
Pasadena Village Responds to Rainbow Flag Burning at Pasadena Buddhist Temple
Plan Ahead - And Be Prepared
Tuesday, May 23 Pasadena Celebrated Older Americans
Rumor of Humor #15
Reparations, Social Justice Activity
Rumor of Humor #14
Rumor of Humor #13
Science Monday - Review of Meeting on April 10, 2023
Conversations Re African American Artists Before 1920
Beyond the Village – Suzi and Phil Hoge
Congratulations Wayne April! Honored at UNH
Volunteer Appreciation at the Village
“ACCIDENTAL HOST—The Story of Rat Lungworm Disease”
Pasadenans Recent Experience With Racism
Recent Events Reflecting Racism
Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Photography for Social Justice
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - Catherine Deely
Creative Writing in Older Adults
Gifts of Love
Great Decisions update
Dominion Lawsuit, South Africa and 710 Stub
2023 DEI Progress
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - Doug Colliflower
CONVERSATIONS WITH ART
OLDER ADULTS RESOURCE FAIR
The Important, Influential Books in our Lives - Revisited
History, Resolution of the 710 Freeway
Eminent Domain, 710 Highway
Bernard Garrett, 710 Freeway
Men's Times Gatherings
Pasadena's Senior Commission
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - JIM HENDRICK
GRATITUDE - IT'S GOOD FOR YOU!
JEFF GUTSTADT - FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST
Bernard Garrett, Incredible Black Entrepreneur
What is the "Spirit Talk" Group About?
Same Ol’ New Year, Brand New Me
Review of 2022, Consideration of 2023
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - PATTI LA MARR
FROM THE CHAIR
WALK WITH EASE
Who Controls Our History Controls Our FutureBy Blog Master
Special thanks to Sharon Jarrett
The meeting began with a reflection which employed the statement “He who controls
the past controls the future”.
The group focused on the concept that “traditional”; historical narratives were being
revealed to not, in fact, reflect history as revealed in primary source materials,
contemporaneous reporting and oral history. Many participants reported finding this
emerging knowledge to be unsettling and disturbing.
Many examples were provided by the participants of historical matters they were
unaware of such as the role of African American women in the suffrage movement, the
Tulsa Massacre, the Mt Meadow massacre, and the new information on the events of
the Alamo. The fact that these events are being revealed to be very different from the
history taught in the past led to a brief discussion of the myth of history rather than fact
of history. Several participants reported feeling this was endangering the country.
One participant noted that beyond the facts not being taught, current education did not
teach students how to judge facts and sources, make judgements or ask questions.
Students are not taught the skills to be a critical thinker.
The group next reflected on the appropriateness of having varied laws on voting among
the states. The question was raised about the federal level determining how voting
proceeded. No conclusions were reached.
One participant suggested familiarizing ourselves with the work of Marshall Rosenberg
in the book “Compassionate Communication”. The author outlines a process for
- observing the behavior of those you are engaged with
- identifying your feelings about this behavior
- stating your needs
- respectfully requesting changes in behavior
Starting conversations locally using these processes was discussed. Included was the
suggestion that using elements of the sharing economy can be an open way to begin.
One participant shared how her neighbors changed when she placed a mini lending
library in her yard, then began sharing vegetables from her garden and eggs from her
hens. An environment of trust was established and a willingness to be open to
The meeting concluded with another thought for reflection...appreciate others and care
The next meeting is scheduled for August 20th at 12 PM PST.
The regular meeting scheduled for the first Friday of the month, August 6th, has been
canceled due to other personal commitments of the moderator. We hope to see everyone
again on the third Friday.