January 15, 2014 |
Pro ball seems always to just elude my soft, suburban hands. I have this dream, over and over, where the QB zips a pass high over the middle, and I am unable to go up for it. I look down, and I see two newspaper editors wrapping their arms around my legs, preventing me from reaching the ball. One looks like Naomi Watts, the other .... Look, details aren't import. What's important is that something always seems to be holding us back from our dreams. Don't let it. Paper Lion? Meet Paper Kiss.
August 9, 2013 |
On a recent doctor's visit, a compelling health video was looping in the reception room. It incorporated many of the accepted rules for achieving a healthy weight. The motivational video, tailored to the doctor's clientele, illustrated simple ways to eat more fruits and vegetables and get exercise. It was striking, however, that many of the nursing staff, who must have heard this video a thousand times, didn't seem to have taken it to heart. Nurses, as a national study revealed, are just as likely to overeat as the rest of the population.
March 22, 2013 |
As the first of two movies this year portraying a terrorist takeover of the White House, "Olympus Has Fallen" (opening today) has often been mentioned in the same breath as its upcoming summer counterpart, "White House Down. " For movie critics, however, it's a different film that "Olympus" brings to mind: "Die Hard. " As many reviews point out, Gerard Butler follows in Bruce Willis' footsteps as a lone good guy (in this case, a former Secret Service agent) who becomes the last line of defense in a building commandeered by evildoers (in this case, the White House)
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March 3, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - One of Jim Brulte's first acts Sunday as the newly elected leader of the California Republican Party was to hand-deliver a $50,000 check from a friend, with the promise of another one this week. They will only dent the state party's debt, which is in the high six figures, but Brulte's ability to tap a vast network of donors is among the reasons that the former legislative leader was elected to try to salvage the beleaguered party. "Look, wherever - wherever - there is a willing heart and a checkbook that's willing to write a $5, $10, $15, $20, $50, $100, $1,000, $10,000 check, I'll go," Brulte told reporters after the weekend's party convention ended.
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February 22, 2013 |
I expected fireworks in South Los Angeles this week, when LAPD Chief Charlie Beck showed up at a community meeting to talk about Christopher Dorner, the ex-cop turned killer whose manifesto cast the department in an ugly light, resurrecting decades of buried wrongs. The crowd at the Vermont Avenue community center was small, about 100 people. But the line to speak stretched from the stage to the back of the room. Some came for answers, some just to vent. There were stories of ugly street stops and police harassment.
February 19, 2013 |
Bruce Willis says he's never had a grand strategy for his career. But, thanks to a fateful decision he made just as he was on the cusp of major Hollywood stardom in the late 1980s, he's managed to navigate the tricky waters of fame and remain vital even while many of his peers have fallen on hard times. "I was doing TV for a long, straight shot - four, four and a half years - and I realized somewhere in there that I didn't want to be in every frame of every day," said the former star of "Moonlighting," whose latest movie, "A Good Day to Die Hard," debuted Thursday.