August 15, 1991
Think a minute about how great it feels to put on your sneakers when your feet are weary. As I read the Times article "Helping Hands," describing the work Bob Sauzo is doing with the homeless in the Silver Lake area, the sentence describing his need for shoes to give to his people leaped out at me. I couldn't help but wonder how many perfectly good tennis shoes lie dormant in the closets of Glendale alone. I write this with some trepidation, not knowing what it will unleash.
May 22, 1991
After reading your article in the May 7 Times, I just had to write to you. Many of my contemporaries are a little provoked, but you really hit the nail on the head. I have heard about the "Casserole Brigade" ever since I h a ve known about Leisure World. No one has ever had the nerve to come right out and write about it, but now that you have, the closets are opening up! There are enough innuendoes and discriminations going on to fill several books. Keep writing, and I'll keep quilting, and maybe some day the twain will meet.
November 27, 1986 |
How to Get Organized When You Don't Have the Time by Stephanie Culp (Writer's Digest Books: paperback, $9.95). Stephanie Culp has taken on an intrinsically dreary subject--orderly closets, tidy files, a place for everything and everything in its place--and makes it all seem exciting, even enticing.
September 19, 1998
As an apartment dweller, reading "Civic Blueprints" (by Nicolai Ouroussoff, Aug. 29) gave me a hoot and a moan in its focus on Gregory Ain's alleged adaptable designs in single dwellings. I wonder about those Mar Vista real estate buyers stripping the owner-modified stark Ain designs back to their original shoebox appearance and claustrophobic dimensions. Are they seeking to create hospitable living spaces and a friendly neighborhood, or marketable objects of art for upscale, single or childless Westsiders?
July 7, 1996
As one who has lived in, loved in and nurtured the family home for close to 30 years, and now has it on the market, I found your article ("Hello, Wake Up and Smell the Cat Box, Home Sellers," June 2) quite depressing. Our home is spacious, immaculate and attractive, and located in the convenient Beverly Center neighborhood. It has the charm of a home built in the 1920s--lovely hardwood floors, stained glass window, beautiful tile work, large rooms and closets, plus all new water pipes, new roof, sparkling spa and pool, wiring for cable TV and the Internet.
July 30, 2001
I read the account of the skunk attack ("With a Skunk Around, Family Life Stinks," July 17) with amusement and remembrances of horror. About 18 months ago my husband, adult son and I were rudely awakened at 3:30 a.m. to the horrific smell of what seemed to be a chemical fire. The fire department quickly arrived in force. Imagine our embarrassment to hear, "Lady, you had a skunk!" My husband showered, dressed and went to church to sing in the choir. The choir members politely requested he go home, change, and shower again between the first and second services, which he did. Monday morning we were delighted to hear about SKUNKS, a volunteer organization run by Share Bond at (310)
June 5, 2010 |
A beautifully preserved 99-year-old Craftsman home, built by Pasadena architect J. Constantine Hillman for himself, blends elements of the early 20th century Arts and Crafts movement with a whimsical playfulness to create a fairy tale house with an unobstructed view of the Arroyo Seco. With a wood shake exterior and a traditional front porch, the two-story house is entered through a central living room, anchored by a fireplace updated with faux Batchelder tile. Patterned redwood paneling, original oak flooring and picture ledges give the room a rough hewn, yet detailed look.
November 10, 1985 |
You can hardly have escaped noticing that builders are putting up more and more condominium complexes especially targeted to the elderly. These communities serve the needs of many older people because they permit comfortable living without the necessity of taking care of the grounds. Some seniors, however, like something more like the houses they lived in all their lives--smaller and with less work--but without a drastic change in life style.
May 17, 1987 |
Question: I own a home with a pool and am tired of taking care of it. It's rarely used. What can I do to rid myself of the pool without filling it in with dirt or destroying its value? Answer: Readers who would love to have their own swimming pools are going to read your question and weep. However, if the pool is not being used, it's understandable that you would like to use the space for another purpose. One solution might be to build a deck over the pool area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1989 |
For eight years, the elderly residents of the Horton House have had this little problem with their closets. They can either hang up their clothes or they can close the closet doors, but they can't do both. The closets are only 17 inches deep. That was only one of the unique features of the building that the owner, San Diego Interfaith Housing Foundation, found unacceptable. In October, 1984, the nonprofit foundation filed suit against the architect and four contractors, claiming their work on the building was inexcusably shoddy.