Starting Over STEPHANIE JORDAN, Stephanie Jordan, 25, married and the mother of a 4-year-old son, had a well-paying job as a legal secretary. In March, her office closed and she found herself unemployed. Like many who have lost jobs in the recession, Jordan is trying to get back on her feet. She was interviewed by Nancy Slate.
A Channel Island Teeming With Life JOHN McKINNEY, Hike with John McKinney's guidebook: "Walk Los Angeles: Adventures on the Urban Edge " ($14.95). Send check or money order to Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Dept. 1, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles 90053. and
Clinton in Charge : The Bushification of the Presidency Devin Phillips, Kevin Phillips, publisher of American Political Report, is the author of "The Politics of Rich and Poor." His most recent book is "Boiling Point: Republicans, Democrats and the Decline of Middle-Class Prosperity" (Random House)
STYLE: GARDENING : A Time to Grow Janice Emily Bowers, Janice Emily Bowers is a Tucson, Ariz., writer who is trained as a botanist. This essay is adapted from her latest book, "A Full Life in a Small Place and Other Essays From a Desert Garden," 1993, published by University of Arizona Press.