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November 6, 2010 | Chris Erskine
I packed Grandma away with the Halloween decorations the other day. Honest mistake. You know how it goes; you get a little rhythm going and pretty soon you're just throwing everything in the box, boom-boom-boom. Fortunately, my wife heard Grandma yelling from the box in the basement later in the day. Seriously, she couldn't have been down there more than a few hours. "What's that?" Posh asked. "Just my stomach," I said. "Mom?!!" So, we unpacked the old heirloom and plopped her on a stool near the kitchen TV. Nobody was really to blame, of course, yet Posh seemed a little frosted over the whole episode.
October 23, 2010 | Chris Erskine
We call our Honda minivan the Honey Fitz, which is the name John F. Kennedy gave his presidential yacht ? you might remember, you might not. The parallels are obvious. Both are sleek vessels used for family getaways. Both of them reek of old world elegance. When people climb aboard the minivan and it wobbles a little, as if afloat in a big tub of goo, there is just the expectation that memories are about to be made. Usually, what we do is send out vellum invites: "Please join us aboard the Honey Fitz, for a memorable evening of conversation and drinks under the stars.
October 10, 2010 | By Scott Marshutz
Historic homes in Santa Ana's quiet Floral Park neighborhood don't generally carry a "party central" reputation, but this Spanish Colonial Revival has been the site of numerous political fundraisers, weddings and receptions. The guest lists have included the late Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, state Sen. Lou Correa, students from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and members of the Hispanic Bar Assn. Current owner and longtime Santa Ana orthodontist George Georgieff says the gatherings have been a blessing and a curse.
October 9, 2010 | Chris Erskine
So here we are back on the college campus, one of the greatest places you can ever be ? a center of serious thought and discussion. By the way, on a college campus, all communication now takes place by cellphone, primarily text messages. If Romeo and Juliet were attending college today, they'd be hanging out in their respective Starbucks, texting: "Where r't thou, dude?" Juliet would say with her thumbs. "Juz hangin'. U?" Romeo would respond, and then they'd try to hook up. Some people may see this as the death of romance, but I'm young enough to appreciate the magic.
October 9, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Glee" mastermind Ryan Murphy has purchased actress Diane Keaton's Spanish Colonial Revival in Beverly Hills for an undisclosed amount, public records show. Keaton restored the Ralph Flewelling-designed hacienda, which she bought in 2007 for $8.1 million. It first came on the market in March 2009 priced at $12,995,000 and was most recently priced at $10.95 million. It could be months before the prices of September sales appear on public records. The courtyard-style house, built in 1927, has an oversized front door that opens to a hall with a library.
September 25, 2010
Plotting your pots In inland areas, select thick pots to insulate roots or slip one container into another and fill the gap with gravel. Light-colored pots also help to keep roots cooler.
September 15, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Celebrity and fashion photographer Mark Liddell has listed a compound in the Hollywood Hills area at $3.25 million. The gated property, described as cedar lodge style, includes a main house, a guesthouse, a saltwater pool with a hot tub, a meditation garden, mature trees and lawns. Designed as two pavilions, the compound has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and 2,879 square feet of living space. Liddell's 2009 book, "Exposed: 10 Years in Hollywood," looks at his more than 100 shoots of A-listers and luminaries including Britney Spears, Sharon Stone and Avril Lavigne.
September 12, 2010 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Our waiter was staring at us in disbelief. Finally, he leaned forward and, ever so politely, asked my husband to repeat himself. Although we had just ordered three appetizers, a soup and two main courses (we did eat every bite), my husband was, indeed, inquiring about where we might go later that evening to try more of Charleston's culinary delicacies. Most tourists are drawn to Charleston for its graceful, grand homes and hauntingly beautiful gardens. But an increasing number are going for the food, as the rich and varied cuisine of the region undergoes a renaissance propelled by an interest in locally grown ingredients and an influx of new chefs.
September 11, 2010 | Chris Erskine
I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a dozen kids playing touch football on a California beach, as their parents cheer from beach chairs, trying to keep their fluids up with their own special Gatorade. This is football at its finest. At one point, the kids pull off a quadruple hike, the center snapping it to another center, who snaps it to the punk behind him, who snaps it to the freckled fifth-grader at the back of the line. In some 50 years of football, I've never seen anything like this quadruple snap.
September 5, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
A gated estate that was once home to producer David Wolper and then composer Jerry Herman has come on the market in Bel-Air at $23.45 million. The compound sits on an acre overlooking the 16th hole of the Bel Air Country Club. Built in 1951, the "French inspired" house has been redesigned with extended families in mind. Its 19,000 square feet of living space include a kitchen with great room, a formal dining room, a library, a bar and cocktail area, a catering kitchen, a gym, a sauna, a screening room, nine bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.
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