Sunday, April 21, 2013


Pope phones Argentine shoemaker for shoe repairs
Vatican City, Apr 18, 2013 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis, who has quickly become known for his austere style, will continue using his simple black shoes and has called his shoemaker from his hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina to repair them.

For 40 years, 81 year-old Carlos Samaria has provided shoes from his store on the outskirts of the Argentine capital for Pope Francis, who was known before his election to the papacy as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio.
“Hello Samaria, it’s Bergoglio,” the phone conversation began.
“But who is this?” the shoemaker responded with surprise.
“Samaria, it's Francis, the Pope!” the Holy Father replied.
According to Vatican Radio’s Brazilian program, the Holy Father told Samaria, “No red shoes, make them black like usual.”
Samaria said the shoes Pope Francis wears “are simple and made of black leather, with a smooth toe and no decorations. 
“If you were to grab one of the Pope’s shoes it would feel like a clog, without any adornment but with laces,” the shoemaker explained.
“He doesn’t want new shoes, only that I fix his old ones,” Samaria said.
However, he added that he is planning to “make a new but simple pair to be ready for him when he says I can visit, in May.”

Monday, April 15, 2013


Support McKinley Elementary~Don't Miss: Casino Night

Support McKinley Elementary!
Don't Miss: Casino Night
Saturday 4/20 @ 6:30pm!  

Event will be held at:  
Sunset Temple (behind Claire de Lune coffee) 
Event benefits McKinley Elementary's music and Spanish programs!

Purchase tickets here

Saturday, April 13, 2013

McKinley School Garden is the Best Kind of Green

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 09:54 AM PDT

A Trip to the Octopus' Garden

By Karen Kenyon It’s a sunny day and McKinley Elementary School has a little paradise in its back lot. No Adam and Eve -- but trees and plants that bring knowledge of the earth and its abundance. And organic, as well! Here is a garden with edible plants and seasonal flowers (lettuce, carrots, radishes, artichokes, fava beans -- daisies, sweet peas, California poppies – and even a lemon tree with gorgeous lemons) all surrounded by a sea-themed mural created from broken tiles, pottery, and mirrors. Words that define the International Baccelaureate School’s values weave their way into the patterns of the mural --Respect, Tolerance, Creativity, Imagination, Curiosity.... This area, called “The Octopus’ Garden” is watched over by a large mosaic octopus whose tentacles seem to reach out to enclose visitors with a kindly hug as they enter this magical space.

Friday, April 12, 2013