| Jul 9, 2011
My friend's phone call numbed me.
Twice in the last week, she said, she'd seen my mother sitting in a car in a neighborhood near her home. "Today she was there for more than two hours in the heat," she added.
My stomach churned.
Mom suffered from...
| Jul 13, 2011
In the summer of 2008, a wildfire burning in California's Los Padres National Forest swept down on Tassajara Hot Springs, a historic resort not far from Big Sur that was home to the first Zen Buddhist monastery in North America.
Little stood in the way...
| Nov 19, 2009
| 9:32 PM
It seems the recent decision by the University of California Board of Regents to increase student fees by 32% has caused not only a "students vs. regents" demonstration at UCLA's campus today, but also a "students vs. non-students" quarrel in......
| Jan 25, 2010
| 9:34 PM
Lots of advice for the Democrat facing a political downturn after his first year in office....
| Feb 22, 2010
| 4:35 PM
The last year or so has been all about the staycation -- staying local or at home in the spirit of penny-pinching as we ride out the recession. But as companies continue to execute layoffs -- January's 9.7% unemployment rate was considered an...
| Apr 26, 2008
Jeff Sotzing remembers a Christmas party more than 30 years ago when he and his Uncle Johnny had a fateful chat.
"I had actually run into Johnny at a Christmas get-together and told him I was going to school studying videotape editing in Pasadena,"...
| May 11, 2008
Exiles: A Novel by Ron Hansen (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 228 pp., $23)
THE GREAT Sicilian mystery writer Leonardo Sciascia once quipped, "A man who dies tragically is, at any moment of his life, a man who will die tragically." For the historical novelist,...
| Apr 12, 2009
For a visionary, Kurt Andersen is keeping it pretty low-key.
The writer is sitting quietly in blazer and jeans in front of a class at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design. He's not just a visiting professor but the school's visionary in residence....
| Jan 29, 2006
On a September day 4 1/2 years ago, nearly 1,100 ninth-graders — a little giddy, a little scared — arrived at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys. They were fifth-generation Americans and new arrivals, straight arrows and gangbangers,...
| Jan 21, 1989
LHASA, Tibet -- " Dalai Lama picture? Dalai Lama picture?" was the incessant request that foreign tourists visiting Tibetan monasteries in recent years heard from maroon-robed monks and nomadic yak-herder or peasant pilgrims.
But these days Tibetans no...