July 28, 1998 |
Imagine anew the moment in "The Graduate" when a man whispers into Dustin Hoffman's ear the magic word, the stuff of the future: not "plastics," but instead, "butterflies." The butterfly business, a raise-and-release trade, is--forgive the wordplay--taking off in California as a new tradition for weddings, funerals and memorials. Hurling rice at nuptials has fallen rather out of favor; dry rice can seriously hurt birds who eat it. Popcorn lends the festivities the air of a movie premiere.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2006 |
Frank Okamura often began his classes by saying, "I am not licensed to preach in church." That was true. But he made such frequent reference to heaven, Earth and deity that his students could easily imagine they had signed up for a course in religion instead of one on Okamura's specialty: bonsai. Okamura, 94, who died Jan.