Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View… (December)

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View…

It must be December. Those Thanksgiving calories are slowly  disappearing. There’s a chill in the air. Not like back in the Midwest or back East, but an LA style Southern California chill, reminding us to smell the roses.

Roses that adorn our Sunrise Chapel grounds are only moments away as you enter our gate on Fair Oaks. It’s also exciting to know that only a few blocks away from Mountain View, as we speak, all those volunteers are working on Pasadena’s cherished world famous Rose Parade floats.

 The rose; perfect in every moment of its existence.
                                                            ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Mountain View Cemetery. Mountain View Mausoleum. The usual holiday suspects. History seekers looking for backstories about Altadena and Pasadena, Historical figures, Statesmen, Stateswomen, Entertainers, Artists. All interred here at Mountain View. Living history. The Way We Were. Your family genealogy search starts with a screen.

The touch-screen in our office. Reach out and touch someone special. Our office staff will be happy to assist. Ask Patience or Cynthia to help you print the easiest way to walk or drive to your family plot.

There’s been a sight to behold this week. Not a stray coyote passing through our cemetery grounds or the scores of squirrels tiptoeing across our sheltering tree branches.

The sight: Birdwatchers. Birdwatchers with old-school steno pads and binoculars. They look up. They take a picture. Then, more pictures. They take notes. Not my cup of tea, but they seem to be having a good time. Birdwatchers of the world and Altadena, unite. Welcome.

There’s no better way to celebrate the Christmas season than to take a 

tour of our Mountain View Mausoleum on Marengo Ave.

It’s a two-minute drive from our office. Bring along all those church cronies or the Bridge-club brigade and be enthralled by our “History of Christianity” fresco featuring “The Nativity.” It’s our own Sistine Chapel. Bring some Christmas Poinsettias, as you pay your respects to family members. Open 7 Days. Be inspired. Remember, at Christmas time, a wave of nostalgia is always in the air and it’s always hip to be square.


We are all busy running our own race, looking after families, entertaining friends and relatives and baking and mostly, buying holiday cookies. Thank Goodness, our office kitchen at Mountain View seems to strangely attract Christmas cookies and more Christmas cookies as we get closer to December 25th.

As our staff criss-cross through our kitchen, on their way to meeting with families, running to gravesite and chapel services, and chasing all the paperwork that goes with every service, those cookie carbs sure come in handy.

Speaking of our staff as we get closer to Christmas and New Year’s, some travel is in the air. Jim will head back to visit family in Pennsylvania. Theresa will probably be heading up to San Francisco to say hello to friends and family. Closer to home, Keith will be heading to Starbucks to recharge his batteries and Smart Phone as he helps, as always, with the 24/7 activities that make up The Rose Parade.

All the rest of the non-traveling staff will be busy too. Busy with Christmas school vacation. Busy wrapping gifts. Busy with shopping, Online!

Speaking of our staff, Katie & Damien, are expecting in 2018. Congratulations guys.

Have a wonderful holiday season. Be watching as the longtime Veteran-supporting Lieutenant Dan Band lead guitarist and actor, Gary Sinise, officiates as Grand Marshall of the ever-awesome Rose Parade.

Take care everyone. If you and your loved ones are looking for holiday entertainment, once again, Pasadena’s A NoiseWithin Repertory Theatre is featuring Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.” And as Dicken’s character Tiny Tim has said for generations “And God bless us…everyone.”


Till we look out the window here at Mountain View once again…

Photos & Text by Denny Dormody F.D. 3383 
Sweetheart photo courtesy of Katie & Damien. 
Research input via Oscar.
Location mapping by Patience.


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