July 24, 2011 |
Every summer when the temperature goes up, people start stripping down. At the risk of sounding like a prude, I find it unseemly. Toddlers look cute in just a pair of shorts. Middle-aged men do not. Most women don't look good in shorts, period. Yes, there are starlets strutting down Sunset Boulevard beautiful in little short-shorts, but they're the exception. I don't see them at my local grocery store leaning over the frozen food case. What I see reaching for the ice cream is just way too much.
April 22, 2011 |
Just in time for Easter comes the devotional South Korean documentary "Baboya," about the late Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-Hwan, who died in 2009 at 86. A worshipfully solemn (if awkwardly translated) love letter to one of Korea's most revered religious figures, director Kang Sung-ok's narrated biography has on hand a truly fascinating subject: a Korean loyalist ordered to study in occupying Japan during World War II; a humble country priest who rose to be Korea's first ordained cardinal; and a human rights advocate who fought for society's downtrodden at every turn (washing a migrant worker's feet to stem rising anti-labor protests, attending a prostitute's funeral)
October 31, 2010 |
Shternie Lipskier's is a stylish, deep red bob with short bangs. Elana Kornfeld's is a long, dark, glossy brunette that she parts on the side. Chani Wuensch's is a lighter brunette, with auburn lowlights and graduated bangs that fall softly across her brow. Chicly dressed and ranging in age from 29 to 36, the three are discussing their hair, or more specifically their sheitels . Sheitels are the wigs that married Orthodox Jewish women of the most devout, or Hasidic, communities wear in public.
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October 7, 2010 |
On one of the holiest nights of Ramadan, Marwa Atik chose a crowded Southern California mosque to debut her latest creation. It was just after midnight when the 20-year-old walked into the Islamic Center of Irvine, dressed in a long, flowing burgundy robe, her head wrapped in a charcoal-colored chiffon hijab , trimmed with decorative gold zippers. After the group prayers, sermon and Koran recitation, a woman approached Atik, gesturing at the scarf. "OK, I want one," she said excitedly.
July 30, 2010
Having neglected to keep up with the journal Psychology of Men & Masculinity, this recent study had escaped my attention: "When Men Break the Gender Rules: Status Incongruity and Backlash Against Modest Men." That is to say, for men, modesty in job interviews comes with risk. Researchers at Rutgers University found that, when watching staged job interviews, both male and female viewers were a bit turned off by modest men, considering them to be rather weak and uncertain -- "low status" traits to be sure.
July 27, 2010 |
President Obama's call for government workers to cut back on driving and travel to reduce air pollution has angered business travel leaders who say he is once again hurting the travel industry. Obama issued a directive last week ordering government workers to commute and travel less to reduce greenhouse emissions 13% by 2020. The move, he said, would eliminate 101 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. But the National Business Travel Assn., a trade group for business travel managers, called the plan a "misguided swing at the travel industry" that could "undermine the slight recovery the travel industry is just now starting to experience."