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November 20, 2010
Some suggestions if you're the family elder: Adjust your expectations. Give yourself permission to do only what you can reasonably manage. Choose activities and traditions that are most important to you, and eliminate the rest. If time with family is the priority, skip cooking and host a potluck or get restaurant meals to go. Some suggestions if you're the son or daughter: If Mom or Dad insists on playing host but can't handle the job, organize other family members to take over tasks.
November 13, 2010 | Chris Erskine
With Novemberfest now upon us, I'd like to remind you that you cannot bring food into our house without someone lunging for it: a sandwich, a blintz, a side of pork. What usually happens is you'll be sitting there reading the paper ? contentedly mumbling to yourself the way semi-sane people do ? and someone will stroll by and just take a huge bite of whatever you're eating. Particularly vulnerable are the Bay Cities sandwiches (on Lincoln in Santa Monica). Los Angeles is not really a great sandwich town, so when the lovely and patient older daughter brings by a gloppy Bay Cities sub, it's like the first day of deer season in Duluth.
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 29, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal has put his home on a golf course in La Cañada Flintridge up for sale at $4,449,000, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The contemporary Mediterranean, built in 2000, has a two-story entry, marble and limestone floors, a study, a media room, a wine tasting room and a billiards/game room. The grounds include a swimming pool with spa, an outdoor kitchen and a built-in barbecue. Six bedrooms and nine bathrooms are in about 7,400 square feet of living space.
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.
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