August 20, 2011 |
When it came time to say goodbye, he could not. John Wooden was dead. He was Tony Spino's friend and "I wouldn't leave him," says the UCLA athletic trainer who became Wooden's 24-hour caretaker in the coach's final years. "To see him slowly die in front of me was hard, yet I had a job to do to take care of him," Spino says. "But it really hit me when he died. I was the only one left in the hospital room and I cried my eyes out. "I couldn't go away. I waited for the mortuary to come and get him, bag him and tag him. It was so weird, it was like I wanted them to take me and not him. " It has been more than a year since Wooden's death, and Spino, 61, understands now Coach's undying devotion to his wife, Nellie, who passed 25 years before her husband.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2010 |
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown said Saturday his campaign is about the future and forward-thinking ideas that will spur job growth and lift California out of its recession, such as the state's climate-change legislation that could be overturned by voters in November. "California is just an amazing place. While we do have a very high unemployment rate and have lost a lot of jobs the last couple of years, this has happened before, seven times since World War II … We always come back," he told more than 100 voters at a Faith Forum in San Francisco.
December 26, 2009 |
Aries (March 21-April 19): You'll be a rebel, willing to stand up and announce that you don't accept the prerequisites being dealt to you and your group. There will be many who agree with you. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Mother Teresa once said: "If you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." You'll push past your previous emotional limits and find freedom and happiness. Gemini (May 21-June 21): Never mind the naysayers. You've already made a decision to tackle your challenge, and all that remains is to follow through.
March 15, 2009
I found King's synopsis of Lobdell's book interesting right up to the point Ms. King turned from book reviewer to preacher in her last three paragraphs, ending with a prayer, "May we all find some light . . . etc." I am not interested in King's religious views. I would like to have read more William Lobdell's. Why does his subtitle end with the phrase, " . . . and Found Unexpected Peace"? In what way did Lobdell find "validation for his "dark night" in Mother Teresa? Why was the title of the review "Living with a hole in his heart"?
July 6, 2008 |
Hospitals make the healer nervous, and before her lies a long hallway. But she pushes forward -- as she always does -- because she must. The man who needs her is waiting. Never mind the countless bodies she's seen, the bits of human flesh she's cleaned off the streets, the shattering screams of those she consoles after their loved ones have been slain. To the germ-phobic Alicia Rasin, today's hospital mission is scary. Her goal, as always, is to heal. The hospital setting is incidental; the wounds she salves are not physical but emotional.
September 7, 2007
Re "A doubting Teresa," editorial, Sept. 1 I am not convinced that "doubt" was Mother Teresa's greatest enemy. Doubt is a normal human condition. I believe that Mother Teresa's suffering had more to do with depression than doubt. I see doubt as a natural response to depression. Silence and emptiness speak of depression, not a loss of faith. I don't believe that Mother Teresa ever really doubted God's existence. As for me, it is nice to know that Mother Teresa was human.