| Dec 24, 2008
My parents remain the only ones of their respective siblings who have no grandchildren, so we -- Mom, Dad, me, a brother and two sisters -- spend most of our Christmas Eves with the family of my Tía Maria.
Eight of her 11 children live on the same street...
| Dec 25, 2008
Christmas arrives this year at a joyless time for many Californians. The state's unemployment rate is the highest it’s been in 14 years. Families continue to lose their homes at an alarming rate, with defaults rising again despite government efforts...
| Feb 5, 2008
Editor's note: Meet Rick Steves when he presents his Budget European Travel Skills workshop this weekend at the Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show, 9-10 Feb., 2008, at the Long Beach Convention Center.
Just when I was getting used to the idea that...
| Feb 8, 2009
Remember Jennifer Lopez's 2001 hit "Love Don't Cost a Thing"? It's the sort of tune you hope your valentine is whistling this year, given the daily doses of bleak economic news. But even if you're just entertaining in your living room over glasses of...
| Sep 20, 2008
Some of Edward Sorano and Scott Ellis' shopping spots:
Chinatown: Yan's Gifts & Souvenirson the corner of Broadway and Ord Street in Los Angeles has affordable outdoor mats, rugs, bamboo plants, bamboo umbrellas, water fountains and turtles, Sorano says....
| Dec 17, 2007
Apple Inc. is trying to stop people from buying so many iPhones.
Since it started selling the multitasking gadget in June, the company has four times set limits on the number of iPhones it will sell to an individual. Apple loosened the restrictions a...
| Dec 2, 2009
I'm a bit of a Grinch. When Halloween rolls around, I turn off the porch light and close the curtains. Each Thanksgiving, I give thanks that I have a friend who hosts the holiday dinner so I don't have to. And I own an artificial Christmas tree with...
| Dec 16, 2009
Whether you're shopping for that once-a-year splurge for someone special, or a case of affordable gifts for your office mates, here are some suggestions.
2008 Domaine de la Pepiere "Clos des Briords" (Muscadet) is available at Silverlake Wine in Los...
| Dec 16, 2009
As you look back on the year, you've probably had a glass of wine that's bonked you squarely in the pleasure center and made you say, "Sweet Lord, now I'm in trouble," or at the very least, "Whoa, there's more to this stuff than I thought." We've become a...
| Mar 11, 2009
| 8:10 PM
Irish actress won a Tony
Anna Manahan, 84, a leading Irish actress who won a Tony Award in 1998 for her role as the nasty mother Mag in "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" on Broadway, died Sunday in her hometown of Waterford, Ireland, after a...
| Mar 21, 2009
When a nanny with 10 years of experience was let go last year after her Hancock Park employers divorced, she had a hard time finding a new job. After five months of looking, she changed her application at the placement agency from "nanny" to "housekeeper"...