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November 1, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo to its fans and detractors, kicks off today. The idea is that in 30 days, anyone who sets his or her mind to it can write a 50,000-word novel. That comes out to about 175 pages -- short for a novel, but not easy to pull off in a single month. So there are many people who seek -- and offer -- advice on how to make it happen. I'm one of them, and I've got all you need: Get off the Internet. You still here? That's all right.
March 24, 2002
I've read the story of the Dear Abby columnist who called police over a letter writer who said he was attracted to underage girls ("No Advice This Time, Just a Call to Police," March 15). What she did was reprehensible, as her column is based on the anonymity of the writers being sacrosanct. STEPHEN GOLDSMITH Sherman Oaks
February 24, 1991
Regarding "Calling for Help," the Feb. 7 article on KROQ's "Loveline": How scary it is that a man--Jim Trenton, a.k.a. the Poorman--who hosts (radio) contests for the "horniest girl in L.A.," is giving advice to young people about such serious issues as AIDS, drugs and sex. JULIE BRIDGWATER Los Angeles
January 31, 1993
Bill Clinton doesn't need the advice of Ken Khachigian, Bay Buchanan, Larry Thomas or Hugh Hewitt on how to fulfill the oath of office. These Republicans, activists all, lost the presidential election, both Senate races in California, seats in the state Assembly, and sense the vulnerability of Pete Wilson in 1994. To put it mildly, they're disappointed, maybe even a tad angry. George Bush should not have lost the election. They're right; but he did. Bush lost not because he ran a terrible campaign, but because he abandoned the domestic responsibilities of the presidency in the year prior to the election.
October 21, 1990
I find the feature "Remodeler's Diary" most interesting, but the Sept. 30 story was surely distressing ("Newlywed Builders Learn Magic Words: 'Redo It' " by Maria Cowell). To read about a young couple who take unfair advantage of the kind, interested salesman at their local hardware store, learn all they can from him about a certain project, and then proceed to purchase materials from a large discount store, is reprehensible. Surely they should know that practice is unfair and deceitful.
December 25, 2010 | By Jen Leo
Hate your job? Bolster your courage to take that epic trip with . What's hot: Travelers who have left their jobs to travel share their stories, from struggles to triumphs. The site aims to offer advice and inspiration through videos and blog posts. Click on the "inspiration" tab to find "real career break stories. " Check out the "market" section, which points to other online travel resources. The site was founded by American Jeff Jung, who says he quit his job in marketing in 2006 to embark on his own career break.
October 9, 2005 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Alex Smith, the quarterback picked first in the draft by San Francisco in April, happily accepted some advice from legendary 49er Steve Young over the summer. It was simple, uncluttered, memorable -- a nugget that could be boiled down to two words. Young told the rookie what to avoid at all costs: The bench.
May 9, 1999 | Clara M. Chu, Clara M. Chu is an assistant professor of library and information science at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
"Not home" burst from my mother's lips. As quickly as she said this, she would place the telephone back on its cradle. I can still recall how I would feel both embarrassment and exasperation when I would walk into the house and hear my mother saying this phrase I had taught her. The caller was probably one of my friends, and if I hadn't explained to them that my mother didn't speak English, they would probably be wondering why this woman sounded rude.
February 2, 2003
Re "Thin Skin May Terminate Schwarzenegger's Hopes," Commentary, Jan. 30: So, Garry South is giving political advice to Arnold Schwarzenegger. South, as Gov. Gray Davis' right-hand man, helped Davis become the most unpopular sitting governor in the state's history and to run up a huge budget shortfall. Arnold, don't listen to a word. Paul Knopick Laguna Hills South accuses Schwarzenegger of "lofty self-appraisal." With his own ego inflamed by altitude sickness, South does speak from experience.
January 19, 1989
When choosing broccoli, size is unimportant, but avoid broccoli with wilted or woody stems or yellow open buds. Choose dark-green buds atop firm, fresh stems. To store, place broccoli in closed plastic bag in the refrigerator, where it should keep about 4 or 5 days. Preparing broccoli is a simple task--just remember that the bud cooks faster than the stalk so it should be split several times lengthwise. Do not, however, cut stem away from bud.
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