CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1996 |
Church bells here and across the nation rang for five minutes Wednesday night to denounce the recent rash of church bombings and burnings and affirm the right to worship without fear. More than 325 parishioners and church elders from more than 10 Orange County churches gathered for a ringing of hand-held bells followed by a procession and prayer service at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
April 22, 1986
Texans celebrated the 150th year of independence from Mexico with the ringing of church bells and simultaneous fireworks displays in 10 cities. The two-day birthday bash was led by the official state observance at San Jacinto Battleground State Park, east of Houston. It was at that site that Texas troops led by Sam Houston defeated Mexican Gen. Lopez de Santa Anna on April 21, 1836, and won Texas' independence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2002 |
GENOA, Italy--A Roman Catholic priest has promised to cut back on the number of times he rings the church bells after a parishioner called in her lawyer to complain. Sonia Sander, who lives near the church, said the priest ignored her repeated complaints that the bells at Santa Maria Immacolata kept her awake at night. The volume of the ringing was measured at 80 decibels, well above the legal limit of 30, Sander's lawyer, Laura Buffa, said. Buffa and the Rev.
August 26, 1986 |
Church bells in a tiny Italian hamlet rang for hours today to celebrate the birth of the first child in the community in 15 years. Baby Francesco was born to the only young couple remaining in this isolated northwest Italian mountain hamlet where 90% of the 34-strong community are over 60. Most families started leaving the village in the 1960s to find work in the big cities of Genoa and Massa.
October 9, 2011 |
My father used to eat sardines, bones and all and packed in oil, out of a can, which appalled me as a little girl. When I was older, I saw perfectly civilized people eating whitebait, or English sardines, in pubs near the water, and consuming enticing plates of tiny fried fish prepared in excellent Italian kitchens around Rome. Still, I thought sardines lowly and avoided them until one sunny spring day in Douarnenez, France. Even without the sardine epiphany I will remember the breezy, colorful town because of its enchanting name, pronounced doo-are-nay-nay . It's on a steep little peninsula on the Atlantic coast of France, and it looks over the Douarnenez Bay and the islet of Tristan, a setting for the medieval romance "Tristan and Iseult," according to Breton legend.
December 7, 2011 |
We have a love/hate relationship with Christmas carols. By the time Thanksgiving has rolled past, the limp versions favored by malls and their ilk have sucked the life out of even the best of them. But of course in the right hands, these evergreens can be full of energy and good cheer. Only grinches could hate on a candlelit chorus of "Silent Night" or a choir, brass and organ rendering of "Adeste Fideles. " Several big caroling concerts are coming to town. Non-singers may enjoy the Los Angeles Master Chorale's Festival of Carols, while those who like to belt out a tune or 10 will find the Holiday Sing-Along at Disney Hall just the ticket.