May 18, 2013 |
Périgord, France, many years ago: I sit at the oilcloth-covered table, watching the bee climb in and out of the jam jar as I listen to its buzz. The sun is a shock of gold outside the window. The cicadas keep time, rubbing their wiry legs together, spinning out the afternoon. It is hot at the table, claustrophic inside the cottage. I look longingly at the shade spread out beneath the cherry tree. The bee isn't in any hurry. He somehow knows he has all the time in the world, that the 78-year-old woman who lives in the cottage can't see him. She is blind.
December 21, 1986 |
Deer came to drink this morning and left their hoofprints on the beach where Lilie Brown Parsons walked in solitude as a young woman at the turn of the century. Nearby stands a storm-scarred wooden windmill with hand-carved propellers, a failed attempt by Parsons' son, Dave, to generate electricity for the cottage. It sits beside the covered boathouse Parsons' husband pushed across the ice in 1897 and lived in with the carpenter while the cottage was being built.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1998
At last, a bona fide resort on 76 acres of Newport Coast ("Marriott Plans Time Shares on Newport Coast," Jan. 7). Now maybe the publicly owned Crystal Cove Historic District can be restored to its owners, the people of California. We have waited nearly 20 years since its purchase to enjoy an overnight stay in the park's beachfront cottages. The Crystal Cove Historic District is a 13-acre portion of the 2,800-acre Crystal Cove State Park, named for its historic cottage enclave, its gemstone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2000
On Dec. 17, The Times ran an article titled "Ritzy Resort or Rustic Retreat?" about Crystal Cove State Park and the planned resort development. There are several inaccuracies I would like to clarify. The article states, "The residents must raise $35 million, the cost of refurbishing the cottages. . . ." The residents of Crystal Cove are not involved in the alternative plans being formulated for the project, nor are they in any way involved in raising money for the effort. The article states, "Leaking septic tanks are sending raw sewage into the protected waters, which are dolphin birthing grounds."
August 15, 2004
Thank you for "Solo Performances" by Diane Wedner (Aug. 1) on the exceptional women who have forgone the dream of romantic chivalry and have purchased their own homes instead. Their appreciation of an alternative community is also felt among many single female renters, like myself, who simply cannot afford the same degree of domestic security.... We must still endure landlords who evict with impunity, exploiting the vulnerability of their tenants and jeopardizing their safety. For instance, rather than respecting my right of privacy as provided by California law, the owner of the cottage I am renting has given me a 30-day notice.
May 28, 2013 |
Former Grand Valley State University quarterback Cullen Finnerty, who had been missing since Sunday, has been found dead, according to Lake County, Mich., Undersheriff Dennis Robinson. Robinson told the Associated Press that a cause of death has not been determined, but authorites did not suspect foul play. "There was nothing obvious to us, to the view, of anything that would have caused his death," Lake County Sheriff Robert Hilts said, according to the Detroit Free Press . Finnerty's family told police the 30-year-old ex-football star might have suffered “a mental episode” prior to his disappearance Sunday while on a fishing trip near his family's cottage northeast of Baldwin, Mich.
March 14, 2010 |
At 2 a.m. the coyotes began circling, yipping and howling in the darkness beyond our tepee. I gulped hard and stared at my friend Terry. Were these fearsome beasts poised to attack? Terry just laughed. "Think they'll gnaw us to death?" he asked. We had checked in about 1 a.m. after a five-hour, after-work drive from Los Angeles. Our domicile for two nights in mid-February was one of three tepees on the grounds of China Ranch, a date farm in the tiny town of Tecopa just outside Death Valley National Park.
May 3, 2013 |
Some homeowners might consider a 20-foot Ficus nitida rooted in the middle of a 5,400-square-foot lot to be a liability, especially when planning a major remodel. But architect Carlos Zubieta isn't one of those people. The two-story glass addition that he completed with his wife, Tatiana Barhar, also a designer, practically embraces the towering tree, transforming a 650-square-foot Venice cottage into a fresh, contemporary family residence centered on the ficus they spent years nursing to health.
July 26, 1987 |
When a private school stepped in last year to buy the Scripps Hall mansion in old Altadena, the move was applauded by community leaders who had waged an impassioned battle to save the turn-of-the-century home from a developer's wrecking ball.