| Mar 31, 2008
In some respects, D-day at Walt Disney Concert Hall resembled many another Friday night concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A young man conducted. Another young man played the piano. The hall was full, and listeners sat respectfully through the...
| May 26, 2009
It's not hard to imagine music churning through the soul of Christoph Eschenbach -- the cosmopolitan conductor who's considered one of the world's great musical minds -- every waking hour. And then some, it turns out.
"I think we all, musicians, have...
| Dec 17, 2007
I recall with fondness the years prior to 1989 when I could take for granted my ability to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep for a full eight hours. After a car accident and subsequent surgeries, however, insomnia and its shiftless cousin, fatigue,...
| Nov 9, 2009
Leon Wittman tweaked his shoulder in 1994 while attempting to keep his basement from flooding during a thunderstorm by scooping water out of a window well with a bucket.
His left arm began to ache. He realized about a year later that he rarely used it...
| Dec 14, 2009
During the holiday season -- or any time, really -- solid sleep can be a real gift. The not-so-sound sleepers on your shopping list would undoubtedly appreciate anything that would help them get some needed rest.
You can't exactly gift-wrap warm milk and...
| Jul 26, 2009
Tears come to Elizabeth Russell's eyes when she thinks of the five Americans her son is accused of gunning down in a moment of rage in Iraq.
She prays for them at St. Patrick Catholic Church in nearby Denison: the Navy officer, the Army psychiatrist...
| Mar 30, 2009
Lost jobs and lost careers. Promising businesses in shambles. The college acceptance letter returned to its envelope. This is how President Obama recently described the effect of the tanking economy on ordinary Americans -- and the stresses keeping them...