CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1991
Thank you for your wonderful article "Latinas' 'Impossible' Dreams Get Boost" by Amy Louise Kazmin. I was one of the Cal State Northridge students at the Young Latina Forum on Friday, March 15, who encouraged junior high school girls to overcome struggles in their lives and realize their dreams. I have participated in conferences produced by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers since my freshman year at CSUN. It always amazes me how much of an impact a group of college students can have on the community in which they live.
December 4, 2012 |
Texas is the only state that allows its residents to vote from space - a practical matter, since most NASA astronauts live in Houston. A quest for the stars is a common pursuit in “Foote Notes,” a luminous and deeply moving staging of two rarely seen Horton Foote one-acts, now at Open Fist Theatre. Under Scott Paulin's fine direction, the residents of Harrison, Texas, chase big dreams just out of reach. In “A Young Lady of Property,” set in 1925, sassy teenage Wilma (the excellent Juliette Goglia)
June 10, 1998 |
OK, it's official. You can now cook almost anything you want on your barbecue grill. With Grilla Gear's Grilla Skillet and Grilla Skillet Wok, you can saute and even stir-fry in your backyard. The perforated pans come with a nonstick coating and a conveniently long handle (necessary to keep your fingers out of the fire). What's left? A steamer? About $15 for the skillet and $18 for the wok at most Bed, Bath and Beyond; Linens and Things; Bristol Farms; and Kmart locations.
May 2, 1989 |
"The willing suspension of disbelief" is one of those phrases you learn at the knee of a zealous English teacher, not long after "I before E except after C." It's true, of course. The play or the movie doesn't really work if you don't go along with the game, ignoring the strip of celluloid whirring through the projector, choosing to forget that the door in the set leads not to an English moor but only to the wings. But some surrenders of disbelief are harder than others. Fantasy takes a lot of surrendering, and even more at the movies than in the theater because, by some sort of paradox, movies are more "realistic" than what living human beings are getting up to on stage only a few feet in front of you. The vaults are crowded with theatrical fantasies that did not survive the voyage onto film--flights of fancy as different as "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad" and "Man of La Mancha."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1995 |
There's something about baseball, a compelling spirituality, that attracts grown men to its fold. They come running like little boys across a field of dreams to their place at bat, hunched and ready for a waist-high fast ball they're going to put over a fence as high as heaven. When the ball does come streaking across the plate like a little white comet, some hit it and some go down in a spin that seems to last until the crowd goes home and the lights go out. Wes Clements was one of those kids.
August 21, 2011 |
Dreams of Significant Girls A Novel Cristina García Simon & Schuster: 238 pp., $16.99, ages 14 and up Friendships are often forged in uncomfortable environs, when individuals who wouldn't ordinarily meet are forced to interact. Such is the case in "Dreams of Significant Girls," a young-adult novel that unfolds in a Swiss boarding school and makes roommates of three girls from radically different backgrounds. Without the advantage of money, it's unlikely that Shirin (the daughter of an Iranian prince)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1992 |
L.A. is a city of make-believe, a planet of dreams, a land of Oz where all things are possible. Stars are made here, curtains rise, spotlights go on and names appear magically on marquees. And because this is a place of the possible, it's a town of pretending too, of playing games on the way to the dream.
August 6, 2004 |
In John Steinbeck's unsentimental chronicles of Depression-era America, human compassion is a sparse commodity. Yet it defiantly springs forth amid the direst adversity, like blades of grass poking through asphalt. Such is the unlikely friendship in "Of Mice and Men."
August 16, 2009 |
The Vangelakoses' southwest Florida condominium has marble floors, a large pool overlooking a river and modern furnishings that speak of affluence and luxury. What they don't have in the 32-story building is a single neighbor. The New Jersey family of five purchased their unit four years ago, when Fort Myers was in the midst of a housing boom and any hints of an impending financial crisis were buried under lofty dreams of expansion and development. They made a $10,000 down payment and eagerly watched as builders transformed an empty lot into an opulent high-rise, one that now symbolizes the foreclosure crisis.
September 5, 2010 |
America has long trafficked in the idea that so long as you have a sound mind, a strong work ethic and maybe a connection or two, the sky is the limit, and dreams can come true. Most of the time this idea is mythology, its metaphorical streets littered with broken souls who never came close or were within tantalizing reach of everything they wanted. And yet, the country still keeps this myth alive thanks to the scant few who do make it happen and the thousands, if not millions, panting for success.