February 7, 2012 |
Here's the instruction book for the newest/oldest/oddest sport you'll hear-ye, hear-ye about today: First, you dress like a Buick. Next, you mount a horse. (I know what you're thinking — nothing out of the ordinary so far.) Third, you charge at full gallop toward your opponent, then attempt to bosom him off his horse with an 11-foot lance. You get 10 points if you "de-horse" him (my new favorite verb). Five points if you shatter your lance against the opposing tin man. If you woke up this morning thinking that life no longer excites you, that Wednesday is the same as Thursday, that there's nothing to hold your attention now that football season has expired, meet full metal jousting, a renaissance of the Renaissance.
HOME & GARDEN
January 14, 2012 |
Resolutions? Nothing serious. I'd like to keep Iran from closing the Strait of Hormuz. I'd like to read more political biographies. I'd like to lose 1.3 pounds. I have suddenly found myself at the age at which I need to exercise more but doing so leaves me achy, as if my joints are separating. It becomes a Catch-22 of New Year's resolutions. To feel better, you must work out, but you can't because it hurts. January, huh? Our purgatory of self-improvement. Adding to my predicament is that my Sunday touch football league, formerly made up of overweight litigators, TV types and scrawny scribes, now includes a crew member from the rapper band LMFAO.
January 6, 2012 |
Cognitive decline may start earlier than previously thought - about age 45, according to a study released this week - but that doesn't mean those hitting middle age should think their brain functions are doomed. "I think the notion that we do things as well when we're older as when we're younger is not that tenable," said Dr. Marc L. Gordon, chief of neurology at Zucker Hillside Hospital and an Alzheimer's disease researcher at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research , both in New York.
January 5, 2012 |
If you're waiting for old age to see signs of cognitive decline, don't hold your breath. A study finds that brain function could start falling off in middle age. Researchers gave a number of cognitive tests to 5,198 men and 2,192 women ages 45 to 70 three times over the course of 10 years. The study participants were assessed on memory, reasoning, vocabulary and aural and visual comprehension. Declines were seen in all areas except for vocabulary, and as people got older there was a faster drop.
December 7, 2011 |
We have a love/hate relationship with Christmas carols. By the time Thanksgiving has rolled past, the limp versions favored by malls and their ilk have sucked the life out of even the best of them. But of course in the right hands, these evergreens can be full of energy and good cheer. Only grinches could hate on a candlelit chorus of "Silent Night" or a choir, brass and organ rendering of "Adeste Fideles. " Several big caroling concerts are coming to town. Non-singers may enjoy the Los Angeles Master Chorale's Festival of Carols, while those who like to belt out a tune or 10 will find the Holiday Sing-Along at Disney Hall just the ticket.
HOME & GARDEN
October 15, 2011 |
For me, exasperation is a form of exercise. You should've seen me at the soccer game Saturday, big gasping breaths as if drowning. I recommend it to anyone looking to lose a few pounds while tiptoeing the fine line between sanity and suburbia. "You look like you've lost weight," our friend Barbara said after the game. "I'm mostly wasting away," I explained. "You look good," she said. Thanks. The team performed well, except that in the second quarter I realized that my players seemed unable to run sideways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2011 |
Sister Margaret Farrell peers uncertainly over her shoulder as she tries to maneuver a lumbering minivan across several lanes of morning traffic on the Hollywood Freeway. "I used to drive a cute little nun's car," she says, shaking her head. Her 23-year-old passenger, Leane, chuckles and leans out the window to guide her. They make a cheerful pair: the Irish nun and the transgender woman. Audio slideshow: An unlikely friendship Leane was kicked out of home at 13 and spent years cycling between group homes and the streets.
June 7, 2011 |
"The Summer Without Men" is the story of a bad two-month period in one woman's life, brought on by her husband's affair. It is also the story of a woman who pulls herself from the brink of wit's end, with the help of other women, young and old and in-between, and several long-dead including Jane Austen. When Mia Fredrickson's husband requests a "pause" in their 30-year marriage, her first response is a nervous breakdown. After the breakdown, Mia, a 55-year-old-poet who teaches at Columbia University, decides to spend the summer in the town where she grew up in Minnesota.
May 29, 2011 |
A new muscle drink on the market isn't for bodybuilders or workout fanatics: It's aimed at middle-aged and older adults who are losing muscle naturally because of age. Ensure Muscle Health promises that its 13 grams of protein and special ingredient "HMB" will help such folks shore up muscle and muscle strength into their golden years. HMB — beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate — has been getting a lot of attention from researchers lately because of reports that it can help preserve or increase muscle mass.
May 22, 2011 |
Near the end of "The Leopard," Giuseppe di Lampedusa's 1958 novel about the crumbling Sicilian aristocracy, a priest visits three spinsters to assess the holy relics in the family's private family chapel. The priest determines that, out of all the various bits of bone and other strange objects, some are authentic and should be kept. The rest are thrown away. If author Charles Freeman had been along on that visit, he would have insisted, "Don't throw anything away! Keep everything!"