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The Best Self-Defense is a (Unyted) Offense

Female fighters at Krav Maga Unyted
By Emily Glory Peters If you were like the average American kid, keeping healthy might have included a stint in karate, tae kwon do or other martial art for a few months before teetering into your next recreational activity. But what does fitness look like...

The Alliance Brings Young Adults Together to Uplift Foster Youth in LA

The Alliance
By Emily Glory Peters Most of us have an idea of how we’ll spend our next holiday, birthday or even weekend—and more importantly, who’ll we’ll spend it with. Yet for foster youth in Los Angeles, that same certainty can disappear in an instant. Family separation, under...

For This Gym, Boxing is Bigger Than Physical Strength

15th Round Boxing
By Emily Glory Peters As Mike Tyson once famously observed, everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.  Still, having a (thoughtful) approach to caring for your physical and mental health is a great idea—especially in an era where burnout and overstimulation are...

Integrity: The Secret to this Motorcycle Shop’s Longevity

By Emily Glory Peters When Luis Luna named his motorcycle repair shop “Lunatic Psycles,” he was just looking for a unique alternative to the standard “Bob’s Cycles/Joe’s Cycles” option. What’s been truly loony is his approach to growing—or self-sabotaging—his business. “I’m the world’s worst salesperson,” he...

Take a Stroll Down Book Alley, a Pasadena Staple

By Emily Glory Peters One of Pasadena’s best kept secrets is its healthy number of exceptional independent bookstores. Book Alley, founded in 1992 and located just a few blocks from Pasadena City College, is no exception—though weathering a quarter century’s worth of business storms hasn’t...

Need a Staycation? The Historic Bissell House is the Answer

By Emily Glory Peters Built in the 1880s, the Bissell House Bed and Breakfast is nearly as old as Pasadena itself. Named for that Bissell family (you probably owned one of their carpet cleaners at one point), this grand dame of San Gabriel Valley straddles...

Build Your Tribe by Giving Back with the Pasadena Jaycees

By Emily Glory Peters The course toward (and through) adulthood never did run smooth, especially where community is concerned. Some studies have posited that making friends is harder as you get older—and one could argue the same follows for making a social impact for the...

From Honduras to Pasadena: The Journey of Bessy’s Boutique

By Emily Glory Peters When was the last time you walked into an indie shop for an item of clothing? Bessy Centeno wants to know—because for her, your choice to shop local holds the power to change lives. “Growing up in Honduras, I got involved in...

Of Tattoos, Stigma, and the Art of Getting Inked

By Emily Glory Peters For those of you who broke your mother’s heart when you came home with your first tattoo, rejoice. The years of tattoo stigma are in the past—or at least fading into something like acceptance for an art form. “It used to be...

Sierra Madre Rotarians Aren’t Afraid to Tackle Big Ideas

By Emily Glory Peters Reading the news these days can be a grim exercise—you never know what fresh bleak reality you’ll face. Some, understandably, may feel ill-equipped to do much to stop the carousel of social crises. “I’m just one person,” you may think. “What...
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